Christian Gerhartsreiter, a.k.a Clark Rockefeller, was arraigned in an Alhambra, CA courtroom on July 8. The LA Times reports he entered a not guilty plea to the charge that he murdered LASFS member John Sohus in 1985. He only spoke to say “yes” when the prosecutor asked if he would waive his right to a speedy trial and preliminary hearing.
The judge ordered Gerhartsreiter held without bail until August 16, when he will return to court and a date will be set for his preliminary hearing.
The dockets are too crowded when there’s over a month’s gap before the hearing at which the date for his Preliminary Hearing will be set. In almost every state and at the federal level there are too many unfilled judge positions because of stick-it-to-the-other-political-party games. The legislators don’t seem to realize how much they’re slowing down the wheels of justice by leaving benches and their responsibilities unfilled.
Personally, I’m not sure if found guilty in court that he’ll get the needle or not, but he should enjoy Pelican Bay (the newest, overcrowded state supermax to which Charles Manson was transferred from Folsom).