Archive for Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Drug case against Guy Neighbors dropped

November 29, 2011


A federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday dismissed a drug case against Guy Neighbors, a former owner of the Yellow House Store in Lawrence, but the judge declined to dismiss two other cases Neighbors faces.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia granted a request from Neighbors’ defense attorney Gary Hart to dismiss the 2007 drug case with prejudice — meaning it can’t be re-filed — and ruled the government violated the defendant’s right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment and violations of the Speedy Trial Act. Prosecutors had accused Neighbors of cultivating marijuana at his west Lawrence home after Lawrence police discovered a plant while searching the home as part of a stolen goods investigation.

Murguia denied the same speedy trial motion in two other cases Neighbors faces in which he’s accused of conspiring to sell stolen goods on the Internet from the former store, 1904 Mass., and a separate obstruction case.

Murguia in September ordered Neighbors, 53, to be released from custody after the judge declared him mentally competent to stand trial. Murguia in 2009 had found Neighbors incompetent to assist in his defense, which created a major delay in the case. In January his wife Carrie Neighbors, 50, was sentenced to serve eight years in prison after a jury convicted her in the stolen goods case.

Guy Neighbors is next due in court on Dec. 6.


smitty 2 years, 3 months ago

FYI...Carrie Neighbors was scheduled to go to federal court this month on the same charges that were dismissed against her husband, Guy Neighbors. CN's federally appointed attorney, John Dumas(currently charged with ineffective counsel through pro se filings that 10th circuit Judge Murguia, has failed to acknowledge or act upon).

CN's appeal is in the hands of the federal appellate court now and has been since Oct, '11. It won't be much longer before that is answered.

Lewis Parsons, the felon on parole in possession of a gun, got 27 months..... felon Parsons served maybe 9 months and no time spent due to his parole violations.

There is not one mention that Parsons broke his parole with the gun possession. Our LPD presented a deal and did not charge him with the gun possession if Parsons would witness against the YH owners.

Parsons is one of the many gun carrying felons that USA Barry Grissom claims to be cracking down on...bogus..... Lewis Parsons guilty plea was two years prior in '08 but not sentenced until 2010 and didn't go behind bars until well after the trial of CN.... also got a reduced sentence for witnessing in the YH case. Lewis Parsons has been dismissed from the BOP since May of '11. (a violent offender in possession)

By George Diepenbrock — Lawrence Journal-World January 7, 2010

A federal judge has sentenced an Ottawa man to serve more than two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil on Wednesday sentenced Lewis B. Parsons II to serve 27 months in prison. He must turn himself in to authorities on July 1.

In April 2008 Parsons pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He said stole various items from retail stores and sold them.

Parsons alleged in his plea that in 2004 and 2005 he conspired with Carrie Neighbors of the Yellow House Store in Lawrence to sell the stolen items to the store and receive payment by check. Parsons alleged he obtained about $31,000 in proceeds.

Neighbors and her husband, Guy Neighbors, owners of the Yellow House, face 19 charges in a separate wire fraud case. Prosecutors accuse them of selling stolen goods from their secondhand store.

Since 2005 the couple have maintained their innocence and accused prosecutors and police of corruption in the case.....

Here's to a new year and the freedom for Carrie and Guy Neighbors.

Keep blowing that whistle.


jemerson_58 2 years, 4 months ago

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smitty 2 years, 4 months ago

The charges were for the drug grow claim of the LPD. That was what got the YH owners arrested in '05. For those who are regular readers, it has been documented that our now chief of police was involved at the get go. Khatib was involved in the Peck firing case, too. Khatib was named as the inside informant in the LPD who disclosed to the KC drug dealers they were about to be arrested. As usual a KU professor investigated the calims by Peck and ....are you ready?.....found tht nothing was out of order within the LPD? That's the same type of investigation of the LPD that took place in the cover up of the Sevier murder.

The legal papers from '05 were where the YH was offered a deal to roll over and become bought witnesses but apparently didn't do what the drug unit desired so the frame up of the largest fencing operation in the history of the LPD was created by those in the LPD that had the most to lose.

US asst attorney Terra Moorehead got all excited over Guy naming her relative as a drug dealer. Moorehead apparently had close family members involved in drugs and this is part of what G & C posted on line. The results were that Terra Moorehead broke down in tears in front of the federal courts and continued to pursue this bogus charge.

Congratulations to Guy Neighbors for being able, after more than 6 years, to clear this from his record.

My assumption is that the federal attorneys can no longer hold this case over CN,s head, either. It was dismissed with prejudice.

The appellate court has had CN's appeal in their hands since Oct so that ruling should be available.

It may have started under Olin's watch but Khatib sure has a deep connection to this case and to more than one claim of corruption.
One more thing....Judge Murguia sure has allowed many situations to exist in his court room that are being over turned one by one. What does it take to impeach an incompetent if not corrupt judge?

Good luck Neighbors. Both Guy and Carrie deserve a big thank you from all of us for fighting this abusive, corrupt case.


gl0ckUser 2 years, 4 months ago

This is what happens when you have a business in lawrence and you don't pay city council members pocket money each month........


oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 4 months ago

If the stuff in that store on Mass could have been sold anyplace, then the Neighbors were the smartest retailers in Lawrence. How much could any of it really have been worth, really?

Lawrence is just upset that sales tax didn't go into the public coffers.

The local Chamber of Commerce should be giving the Neighbor's the Business of the Year Award for being the most inventive business in town.


autie 2 years, 4 months ago

From the outpouring of guess is nobody cares.


Mike Gerhardt 2 years, 4 months ago

As far as I know, they are still criminals though.


bopro 2 years, 4 months ago

Hang in there Guy if you have not do not to forget to trust God. There are a lot of us praying for you and your family. We have all fallen short in life but God is ready to forgive and will never leave us or forsake us.


UNIKU 2 years, 4 months ago



pace 2 years, 4 months ago

I would love a break down on how much budget the city, state and feds have spent on this. I wish there was special attention to thefts, not just this case but on the totally unsolvable ones like car, home burglaries, car break ins. If you call one in. ALWAYS ask for a report number or case number, other wise they just consider the phone call a shooting the breeze kind of thing, not a report of a crime, which would have to go into a record. I have dreams. I like the additional map of crimes but I would like to see it on a monthly breakdown, because I want to see the number and location of all car thefts in my town.


Amy Heeter 2 years, 4 months ago

Little consolation considering the house has been sold as well as the loss of the store a.d contents. The pot plants were do important in the beginning, go figure.


puddleglum 2 years, 4 months ago

obstruction from smitty....when will they go after the police dept nd other peoples with black helicopters?


rooster 2 years, 4 months ago

He deserves it. The courts give people who kill innocent people while driving drunk and then flee less time then they give this couple.


blue73harley 2 years, 4 months ago

Smitty got an early Xmas present.

Popcorn anyone?


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