Archive for Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Attorney withdraws as court determines medication issues in Yellow House case

April 20, 2011


A federal judge Monday allowed a defense attorney to withdraw from the Yellow House Store case as the district court prepares to decide whether defendant Guy Neighbors can be ordered to take medication.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia had already ruled in 2009 that Neighbors was not mentally competent to assist in his defense.

Neighbors, 53, of Lawrence, is accused of selling stolen goods from the former secondhand store, 1904 Mass., and faces charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. Prosecutors accuse him in two other federal cases of obstructing a theft investigation and growing marijuana.

“Issues related to competency and other concerns have resulted in an irretrievable breakdown in communications between Mr. Neighbors and undersigned counsel,” defense attorney Cheryl Pilate wrote in her motion to withdraw from the case.

A federal appeals court recently sent the case back to Murguia and said he needed to conduct a more stringent four-part test set out by U.S. Supreme Court precedent before ordering Neighbors to involuntarily take medication. According to court records, Murguia will appoint a new defense attorney for the new hearing.

Neighbors’ wife, Carrie Neighbors, 49, in January began serving an eight-year prison sentence after a jury in 2010 convicted her of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering, 12 counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. She is appealing that verdict.


Jersey_Girl 6 years ago

What medication do they want him to take?

been_there 6 years ago

“Issues related to competency and other concerns have resulted in an irretrievable breakdown in communications between Mr. Neighbors and undersigned counsel,” defense attorney Cheryl Pilate wrote in her motion to withdraw from the case

somebodynew 6 years ago

Oh you know, .... this attorney (just like all the others) are just part of the LPD conspiracy (because they rule the world, you know).

It has to be a conspiracy, cause there really couldn't be any problem with GN, he and his supporters are the only people not in the conspiracy.

frank mcguinness 6 years ago

As somebody pointed out previously GN and his wife would have a shorter sentance had they been caught stealing millions of dollars worth of tickets from Kansas Athletics while driving intoxicated, killing someone on their bike and driving away from the scene of the crime.

been_there 6 years ago

....if they had admitted their guilt from the beginning.

JimmyJoeBob 6 years ago

They did steal millions of dollars worth of property. Unlike the ticket scandal this has been going on for 20 years.

Richard Payton 6 years ago

Journal World question of the day: Have you ever watched your neighbor's do pilate's?

Neomarxist123 6 years ago

I missed the part about how this is all a conspiracy. I'm sure it is, but just can't understand how without your help.

trymeone35 6 years ago

I feel sorry for there children.. They have to sit here and listen to all the crap people have to say... Like all of you have no skeleton in your closets... All i am saying is think about there children before you run your mouth.. It could have been you.....

somebodynew 6 years ago

Well, I prefer to keep my skeletons IN the closet. Not keep dragging them out and letting people see them. And it is GN and Carrie that have helped this drag out for so long. Just because they may not like the outcome of something, doesn't mean the world conspired against them.

pace 6 years ago

The city needs an independent review committee, one with independent teeth. It will make the community safer and the police safer. It would help the two work together , increase communication. It takes the community working with the police and the police working with the community. Times are tough, we need to work smarter to keep the community safe.

Liberty275 6 years ago

I don't know or care a lot about the case but since when can a court force a person to take any type of medication? That is way over the boundary.

SWJayhawk13 6 years ago

It can (and frequently does) happen when a person is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital, mainly if they refuse to take psychiatric medication that the doctor feels they need. Being involuntarily committed is similar, because you have no legal rights. If the doctor gets the court's approval, the court can force a person to take the medication. If they don't take it willingly (even though they are refusing it), the hospital is allowed to give the medication by force -- ie. hospital staff holding the person down and giving them a shot of the medication.

BlackVelvet 6 years ago

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been_there 6 years ago

I thought the attorney withdrew, smitty says they were dismissed but the article says withdrew. Which is it smitty?

somebodynew 6 years ago

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BlackVelvet 6 years ago

Be careful when you even come close to cricizing Smitty. The LJWorld Gods sometimes strike down comments one may make about Smitty, even if they weren't that bad.

been_there 6 years ago

Oh I have definately noticed that.

been_there 6 years ago

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BruceWayne 6 years ago

YH in the news again and again I ask...does anyone know if Jessica ever got her GED?

Armored_One 6 years ago

just applauding Bruce

Bravo! I was trying to come up with just the same kind of thing, but it's been a while since I watched that show. But in reality, smitty COULD be Burt...

Oh My God!!

It was ALIENS!!!

strongarmcrunch 6 years ago

I don't know anything about these people, yellowhouse, LPD.

But I can tell you, insanity has become a national pass time, if you can judge by Fox news reporting.

It is time to step off the wheel and let it spin without your participation or attention. It is rolling way, way out of control. Just let it go.

strongarmcrunch 6 years ago

Additionally, For eight years, we had a US president who was taking anti-psychotics and suffering from noticeable side effects from it. It must be socially acceptable to be insane.

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Psst, our coke-head Campaign in Chief has only been in office 2 years and a bit. Your math is wrong.

somedude20 6 years ago

coke-head, oh that is right GWB stated that he had coke and booze problems. Thanks for reminding me

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years ago

How many lawyers have the Neighbors been through?

been_there 6 years ago

You are a slow one, bubba......

LadyJ 6 years ago

Notice again how smitty doesn't answer damaging questions but instead tries to divert your attetion away from the question.

somebodynew 6 years ago

smoke and mirrors. Works a lot of time on some people.

Kali Kaufman 6 years ago

Is it too much to ask that you just admit you are wrong? Nothing you post is plausible. All the people it took to investigate this case, prosecute, try this case and convict. I am sure they all had nothing better to do than feed your delusion that they are innocent.. Seriously-you are the biggest definition of a waste of time.

been_there 6 years ago

LOL, wondered how long it would take them to remove my link to the Funny Farm song. Actually was up there a lot longer than I expected.

been_there 6 years ago

As pointed out by Blackvelvet, smitty is protected from any degrading comments by the LJW but smitty is allowed to make them about others. He makes this one about Sgt. Broadman,

Police investigating body found on bench in 700 block of Vermont Street Thank you for the updated photo ....just like the photos on the post office wall....have you seen this... officer?.......bewary!.....procede with great caution. April 20, 2011 at 9:10 a.m. ( permalink | suggest removal )

Insinuating you are in danger if you come across him.

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years ago

Let's try this again... How many lawyers have the Neighbors gone through since the beginning?

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