UPDATE: Arthur Magazine's anti-authoritarian "Do the Math" columnist DAVE REEVES released from jail, now doing forced labor

DAVID REEVES: Great American and longtime Arthur columnist. Photo by Beth Hoeckel.

DAVE REEVES was released from jail late Monday afternoon and is doing fine, considering the circumstances. He got to play cards with King Tee while he was inside, so it wasn’t all bad.

Now he has to report to prison to do day labor every morning from tomorrow (Thursday), through Jan 16.

Dave got about $300 in orders at his defendbrooklyn website while he was in jail. He is very grateful. Obviously he is unable to do paying work again until after this ordeal is finished, so, if you’re able, please buy stuff from him at defendbrooklyn. And remember: when you defend Dave Reeves, you defend yourself.

Thank you,

Jay Babcock, Arthur editor

WHAT HAPPENED:
After a series of bizarro events and idiocies that were farcical at first but now seem almost tragic, Dave Reeves has been sentenced to 23 days in County by Judge Kirkland Nyby (ofc 818.557.3454) for the City of Burbank. He turned himself in last Friday, January 4 at 830am. He is currently in MEN’S CENTRAL JAIL which, according to the LACSD website, “houses the majority of Los Angeles County’s high risk, high security inmates, and ranks as the largest jail in the free world.”

Here’s what happened: Dave Reeves was convicted of not reporting a traffic accident. The other driver was an SUV on his cel phone who inadvertently hit Reeves (who was driving a weak motorcycle) and knocked him over; the driver then swore and gestured aggressively at Dave. Dave got up and drove away with crazy SUV guy charging/yelling after him, trying to run him over. Finally Dave loses him. Dave doesn’t call it in because there’s no damage to his bike, he was the one who was hit, there were no witnesses, and he didn’t have license plate, year or make of the other driver. And also you don’t call in stuff like this from where he comes from (Echo Park–it’s a gang area where LAPD response time is slow to never, and bothering cops with trifling matters like this is a bad-to-stupid thing to do). Anyways other dude calls Burbank PD and says HE has been victim of hit and run. Etc etc. Actually goes to trial, prosecuted by the City of Burbank (Dennis A. Barlow, Burbank City Attorney -Telephone: (818) 238-5700 -Fax: (818) 238-5724), even though there are no witnesses. Damage to guy’s SUV is a pencil mark-sized scratch on front of SUV guy’s mirror, obviously caused by the SUV’s forward motion against Dave’s motorcycle. $200 in “repair.” Jury can’t believe this is a trial. Reeves admits he didn’t call Burbank PD. Jury has to convict, given judge’s instructions. Judge Kirkland Nyby gives max sentence. Reeves gets 30 days of community service which is 240 hours of picking up trash and abating graf. Reeves did 7 days by the deadline to complete the service. Nyby has now sentenced Dave Reeves to jail for the remainder of his sentence.

Dave Reeves should not be in high-security jail with high-risk inmates for this trifling offense–and nor should anyone else.

He was jailed in MEN’S CENTRAL JAIL at 441 BAUCHET STREET, which, according to the LACSD website, “currently houses the majority of Los Angeles County’s high risk, high security inmates, and ranks as the largest jail in the free world. The average housing cost per inmate is $53.45 per day.”

ARTHUR MAGAZINE ARTICLES & COLUMNS BY DAVE REEVES AVAILABLE ONLINE:

“Blank in the Fill”: how to make a suicide bomber (Arthur No. 26/Sept 2007)

“The Blaster of Choice” (Arthur 25/Dec 02006)

“Mission Creeps: One of Us Is Not as Dumb as All of Us” (Arthur 24/Sept 02006)

“Trigger Hippies” (Arthur 23/July 02006)

“Close the Borders” (Arthur 22/May 02006)

“Trust the Government” (Arthur 21/March 2006)

“Man Roots Culture”: Dave Reeves on the power of raw ginseng root (Arthur 19/Nov 02005)

“Siphon Your Way to Financial Freedom”: Dave Reeves on a different way to deal with high gas prices (Arthur 17/July 2005)


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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

11 thoughts on “UPDATE: Arthur Magazine's anti-authoritarian "Do the Math" columnist DAVE REEVES released from jail, now doing forced labor

  1. “And also you don’t call in stuff like this from where he comes from (Echo Park–it’s a gang area where LAPD response time is slow to never, and bothering cops with trifling matters like this is a bad-to-stupid thing to do).”

    – SUV strikes motorcyclist – a “trifling matter” ??
    Yes, the police probably would have shot them both on sight, in that case. Sorry, “farcical” still seems about right to me.

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  4. I’m not surprised. I’m in a similar position. About a year and half ago my car was towed from my underground home garage while I was at work (I ride the bus to work). I got a call from the Burbank PD letting me know that I needed to call them. I call and they say that I was involved in a hit and run and they give me all the details. Nineteen year old driving daddy’s car gave the desription of a dark car at the site of her accident, a week later called and gave my plate number. Trouble is, I wasn’t driving my car that day, I was in bed at the alleged time of the incident and I have a witness. The Burbank PD did not believe me at all, it was obvious that the cop I spoke to had found me guilty without even speaking to me. In fact, the statement the cop put in the police report is not the statement I gave him.

    I had to hire an attorney, spent tons of money, he settled out of court for me, but I still come out losing because it looks like I’m guilty. At the time, it felt like the only choice. I couldn’t afford to pay for the attorney to go to trial. Nineteen year old is now suing me for 25k for lost wages, damages, doctor bills, etc. Ridiculous!!! Money I don’t have.

    There is absolutely no damage on my car (because I wasn’t involved!!). Especially no damage that would warrant 25k; and the police report says she wasn’t hurt. The justice system is broken, It’s only fair to those who have the money to buy it.

    Good luck to you. I’m sorry to say that its probably not over.

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