The former mayoral candidate, vice president of Elise Marciano’s anti-immigrant hate-group, United States Citizens for Immigration and Law Enforcement, and prominent figure in the xenophobic movement in the greater Danbury area whose case is receiving national attention, was arrested on a first degree sexual assault charge.
Here’s the disturbing details:
In the 13-page affidavit, the woman describes a variety of sexual encounters to which she consented, but she claimed that on Oct. 20, 2008, after attending a meeting at McGowan's church, he assaulted her anally at a house he was building on Juniper Road in New Milford.
The woman told police she said, "What are you doing?" and "Stop," but McGowan instead "put his right arm around her neck and put her in a headlock," according to the affidavit.
After speaking with counselors at the women's shelter in Danbury, the victim went to New Milford Hospital on Oct. 22 and hospital personnel called police, according to the affidavit.
PART ONE: Self-representation
*As a side note, entering day five, as I entered the chambers at Litchfield Superior court, I noticed that McGowan’s local access show partner Kevin Gallagher joined his so-called “support” group. Sharing in McGowan’s various common “beliefs”, Gallagher has been seen with Else Marciano’s sidekick after the first day of the trail at TK’s restaurant, as well as days before his third court appearance. This is the first time I've seen Gallagher in court.
The start of the fifth day of the trial began by Judge Ginocchio asking McGowan if:
- he would be representing himself,
- if he was aware of the charge against him,
- if he would be representing himself, that he would have to follow the rule of law and CT general statues
- he understood that he had the option of hiring an attorney yet it is not his intention to seek legal counsel
- understood what the prosecution had to prove in this case
- he’s undergoing any mental health issues or seeing a doctor for any mental health issues
In a nutshell, the judge questioned McGowan about self-representation because, unlike the competency hearing, we’re at a stage of the trail when the prosecution is going to present evidence and basically laying out the case against him.
As he clearly demonstrated thus far in the trial in his ramblings about jurisdiction, McGowan’s bizarre behavior in the courtroom will only hurt him as the trail enters the next phase. Yet, in his answers to the judge, the anti-immigrant activist continues to insist that he’ll represent himself at this time and acknowledged that he understood the charges against him (first degree sexual assault carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison).
PART TWO: McGowan’s strange subpoenas and motions to dismiss the case
After dealing with the issue of self-representation, Judge Ginocchio moved to the next issue at hand, McGowan’s subpoenas motions to dismiss the case…and lets just say, McGowan’s request are ridiculous to say the least.
According to court records, McGowan issued a series motions to dismiss the case...get ready to shake your head:
During the time in which Dawn Gallo walked away into the jury box, Judge James Ginocchio was acting as the prosecution.
Motion to dismiss
I turned myself in and was not immediately brought to a magistrate with jurisdiction, but instead was set to Bantam Court on a different day and then set to Litchfield court on a different day
Motion to dismiss
Prosecutor Dawn Gallo walked away during the 1st proceeding stating, "I don't want any part of this" and proceeded to walk to the juror box.
Then conspired with the judge to deny me my sue process by sending me to a psychiatric examination during a time I had to be in court in violation of 18 USC 241 & 242.
Motion to dismiss
Court clerk hasn't provided to me certified copies of case file required.
Motion to dismiss
Judge has asked me to set a psychiatric evaluation. I request that you provide me documented evidence that shows you have the authority to order a secured party creditor to do so.
It is not under the jurisdiction of this court, or the jurisdiction of the United States Corporation. Documents have already been provided for you that I am not a citizen of your corporation or under your jurisdiction.
I do not refuse this evaluation. I do require that you give me proof I request before I submit to it. I do not believe you have the authority to order this evaluation and I believe there is no evidence to the contrary.
Any attempt to force me against my will is denial of due process, obstruction of justice, fraud, and racketeering, by the office of the court.
McGowan also filed a series of so-called “subpoenas” against members of the police department as well as the prosecutor who’s handling the case.
After stating to McGowan that he would not deal with his the issue of his “subpoenas” at this time, the judge set a date of December 15 at 2 PM to deal with McGowan’s strange motions to dismiss.
Overall, up to this point, we're no where near the point where we'll get to the matter at hand, the details of the alleged sexual assault. At some point, this case will move forward and the prosecution will be allowed to present the case against McGowan. The only question that remains is when will McGowan take this case seriously?