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MI: Defendant testifies in dog fighting case

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Vicki, May 1, 2017.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    Defendant testifies in dog fighting case
    Trace Christenson , Battle Creek Enquirer 5:46 p.m. ET April 28, 2017

    Javaan James testified Friday he loved his five pit bulls and trained them to show, not fight.

    James, 27, of Battle Creek is charged with four counts of possession of dogs for fighting and one count of possessing equipment to train dogs for fighting.

    "I go to dog shows," James told his attorney J. Thomas Schaeffer Friday afternoon. "I have loved dogs since I was 6 or 7. I was just a pit bull lover."

    James faces up to eight years in prison if convicted on all charges. He was the last witness in his four-day trial before Schaeffer and Assistant Calhoun County Prosecutor Karen Pawloski gave final arguments to the jury of seven men and five woman who deliberated an hour before leaving for the weekend. Circuit Judge Sarah Lincoln told jurors to return Monday to continue considering the charges.

    James was arrested July 13 after Battle Creek police raided his home at 168 Battle Creek Ave. looking for illegal drugs and found five pit bull terriers staked with heavy chains in the backyard. Two of the dogs had fresh injuries and police said that, along with some equipment found at the home, show James was training the dogs for fighting.

    But he said Friday he trains the dogs to show and does not take them to fights or allow others to use his dogs for fighting.

    "I love playing with my dogs," he said. "I have never sat up and fought a dog. I don't get fighting dogs."

    He said he has never been to a dog fight and never produced dogs for fighting.

    An expert from the Humane Society of the United States said items like treadmills, flirt poles, heavy chains and harnesses are designed to improve the endurance and strength of dogs for fighting and injuries to the face and front legs of dogs are an indication of fighting.

    But a defense expert, Dennis Norrod who raises pit bulls, said those same items are only to train the dogs to compete in weight pulling, running and climbing and to keep the dogs from running away.

    Pawloski told the jury the case is not anti-dog or anti-pit bull but anti-dog fighting.

    She said the jury should consider all the evidence presented and she noted that three of the dogs were euthanized after they were seized because they were so aggressive toward other animals.

    "These dogs were not able to be rewired," she said. "If you put it all together it is dog fighting."

    Schaeffer said nothing presented showed James was involved in dog fighting. He said the prosecution expert, Janette Reever, merely presented theories.

    "There is great speculation and theory but is there any evidence of it?" Schaeffer asked. "He bubbles when he talks about his dogs. He thinks they are prized dogs. This is a good guy who trains dogs for shows."
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    Javaan James explains some of the awards he won showing pitbulls during questioning by his attorney, J. Thomas Schaeffer. (Photo: Trace Christenson/The Enquirer)

    http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/...endant-testifies-dog-fighting-case/101023638/
     
  2. Michele

    Michele Premium Member Premium Member

    An expert from the Humane Society of the United States said items like treadmills, flirt poles, heavy chains and harnesses are designed to improve the endurance and strength of dogs for fighting and injuries to the face and front legs of dogs are an indication of fighting.

    How about a big "FUCK YOU" to the expert!!!!! The humane society should stick to what they do best.....sucking money out of naïve people and then taking that money and going out for a nice lunch......at the expense of the dogs......
     
  3. oakgrove

    oakgrove Premium Member Premium Member

    I agree this is absolutely crazy..
     
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  4. T.P.C.

    T.P.C. Pup

    I have talked with Mr. James at many Great Lake Shows His Dogs are always in good health as well as shape.
     
  5. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    I logged in just to give Michele a like. LOL
     
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  6. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    James found guilty in dog-fighting case
    Trace Christenson , Battle Creek Enquirer Published 6:13 p.m. ET

    Javaan James lost his trial and his freedom Monday.

    James, 27, of Battle Creek was found guilty of two counts of possession of dogs for fighting and one count of possession of equipment for fighting dogs. The jury found him not guilty of two counts of possession of dogs for fighting. A charge of animal cruelty was dismissed during the trial when the judge ruled there was not enough evidence to support it.

    A Calhoun County Circuit Court jury of seven men and five women deliberated about 5½ hours beginning Friday before reaching verdicts Monday afternoon.

    James faces up to eight years in prison because of prior convictions on unrelated charges and will be sentenced by Judge Sarah Lincoln on June 16.

    But until then James will be in the Calhoun County jail. He had been free on bond, but after the jury verdict Lincoln said she was revoking bond because James was arrested Feb. 17 on charges of possession of cocaine.

    As deputies approached to take him into custody James continued to cry out, "Can I see my son, please. Can't I see my son? This is ridiculous. I can't see my son.

    "This is crap, I didn't do nothing to my dogs. This is bull----."

    James was arrested on the dog-fighting charges on July 13 when Battle Creek police served a search warrant at his home at 168 Battle Creek Ave. Police were looking for drugs but found five pit bull terriers in the back yard along with several items that they and prosecutors said were used to train dogs for fighting.


    During the trial last week Animal Control Officers and an expert from the Humane Society of the United States testified that the dogs showed injuries consistent with dog fighting and that items like heavy harnesses and log chains and a treadmill were used to condition the dogs for fighting.

    James testified all the items were used to condition the dogs, but not for fighting. He said they were being trained for competition at shows that tested the strength and stamina of the dogs.

    He said two dogs found the day of the raid showed recent injuries because they had fought each other the night before when one escaped from its chain.

    Assistant Prosecutor Karen Pawloski argued all the signs were that the dogs were trained to fight, but defense attorney J. Thomas Schaeffer countered that prosecutors had not presented any evidence that James was fighting his dogs.

    Jurors left the courthouse after declining to speak with the Enquirer, but both Pawloski and Schaeffer said they believed they jurors voted to convict James based on the wounds of the two dogs and found James innocent of two other charges because the dogs didn't show recent injuries.

    Schaeffer said the jurors couldn't know how to decide on each specific count because the dogs were not named in the charges.

    Afterwards Schaeffer said his reaction to the verdicts "is very similar to what my client said."

    http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/.../01/james-guilty-dog-fighting-case/101173258/
     
  7. Pitken

    Pitken Pup

    Where is the HSUS on poison in dog food ?
     
  8. Michele

    Michele Premium Member Premium Member

    bullshit.....
     
  9. AGK

    AGK Super duper pooper scooper Administrator

    What a crock of shit. I didn't have any faith in the judicial system before this but if I did, It would be gone now.
     
  10. pitbulld0gs

    pitbulld0gs Top Dog Staff Member

    They couldn't find any coc when they raided so they pinned fighting charges on him? smh.. With AGK here, the system is a complete failure.
     
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  11. c_note

    c_note CH Dog

    Had to make good use of the search warrant... those things cost thousands to sign and get approved. Maybe 10s of thousands. Still bullshit tho
     
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  12. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    Schaeffer said nothing presented showed James was involved in dog fighting. He said the prosecution expert, Janette Reever, merely presented theories.

    "There is great speculation and theory but is there any evidence of it?" Schaeffer asked. "He bubbles when he talks about his dogs. He thinks they are prized dogs. This is a good guy who trains dogs for shows."

    NWO where people are convicted based on a theory and not hard core evidence. LOL
     
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  13. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    I just thought of a great Key and Peele skit> 2 lawyers 2 different cases , 1st case dog fighting , second case drug dealer..........First case well sir you have a motorized treadmill which can be used in dog fighting....no sir that is a human treadmill made for humans you can call up the manufacturer and ask them........but what about this break stick as evidence.....no sir that is not a break stick that is a hammer handle I bought at lowes here is my receipt to prove it , it says hammer handle ....ok but what about this syringe I found you cant deny that evidence....no sir I am not denying that evidence as I use that syringe for my type 1 diabetes here is my medical records to prove I need insulin shots.....seconds later man is convicted of dog fight and sentenced to 10 years in prison. LMAO

    Next case drug dealer> We found a meth lab in house under your name....so what I didnt know there was a meth lab there as I dont currently reside in that house....uh but sir we caught you red handed in that house while you were trying to sell a undercover officer some crack and even smoked it in front of them to prove it was real crack and we got it all on audio and video of how you was bragging and confessing to have the best crack product in your neighborhood ....seconds later all charges dropped you are free to go. LMAO
     
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  14. thecableguy

    thecableguy Big Dog

    Didn't you tell that guy who did the dog trotter review that it could be considered paraphernalia in some states
     
  15. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    Yea, what about it?
     
  16. T.P.C.

    T.P.C. Pup

    I talked to Mr. James every time he was at are local shows. He always had his dogs in great condition and health every time I seen them.
     
  17. pitbulld0gs

    pitbulld0gs Top Dog Staff Member

    That's what got me too, no evidence! I'm telling you, they got mad when they didn't find enough coc to put him away so they used the dogs instead. I would deff appeal that and would request another judge, i think it states somewhere that the judge was a member of HSUS.
     
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  18. promoe

    promoe Premium Member Premium Member

    pretty shitty they came the day after a yard accident! what are the chances? I guess when it rains it pours!

    what got me the most was the statement on how " his dogs were trained to fight" they think its something like an obedience class...sit,lay,FIGHT! GTFOH
     
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  19. niko

    niko CH Dog

    That drives me crazier then anything!!!!Id like to give them a bulldog as a pup and let them raise it around their dogs all the while playing with tug toys,group feedings Lmao...sit back and watch the fireworks then see if they believe you can train them to fight SMH....I wouldn't do this for real just posing a hypothetical situation
     
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  20. promoe

    promoe Premium Member Premium Member

    niko they stated they had to put a few of them down for being DA...why couldn't these EXPERTS "train" them to NOT fight!
     
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