Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cesar Caballero Sentenced to 3 Months if Federal Prison for Diverting Tribe's Mail,

And for making the judge mad. 

An El Dorado County man was sentenced Monday to three months in federal prison for diverting to his own address mail meant for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.

The band is a tribe made up of Miwok, Maidu and Nisenan Indians that governs the Shingle Springs Rancheria, a 160-acre reservation in El Dorado County, and owns and operates the Red Hawk Casino.

Cesar Caballero, 42, contests the tribe's use of the name, claiming a tribe with which he is affiliated is the real Shingle Springs Band of Miwoks. In August 2010 he submitted three change-of-address orders at the Shingle Springs post office routing mail addressed to the Shingle Springs Rancheria to Caballero's address in the community of El Dorado.

In the course of the civil action, Caballero has managed to keep U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez riled by refusing to obey the judge's directives. As a result, Caballero has spent 2 1/2 months in jail in accord with civil contempt orders issued by Mendez. He was most recently released April 5.

In urging a 30-day sentence Monday, Caballero's criminal-defense attorney, Joseph Wiseman, noted to Brennan that his client was "released after coming into compliance with (Mendez's) order. … This shows that a brief incarceration can have the desired effect on his behavior."

Brennan was not persuaded.


Anonymous said...

Hmm this is good.....

Anonymous said...

I am a member of Shingle Springs Rancheria. This guy has a serious obssession over us. What he never mentions in his lovely rants, we did offer to allow their "tribe" to join ours, only to have them snub us and demand higher percentages and better rights than our family. Before the highway was built through our reservation there was 2, ours and theirs. They sold their property because honestly we were bad off then, no government support or anything. So I can understand that. But we were created on equal terms in the government's eyes, we stayed, they left. His obssession became worse when the casino opened and all he saw was $$$. Honestly what he did deserved more time. Because if he can do that, how can we defend ourselves against people like him? His obssession is unjust and down right creepy. I've had to grow up with him in the background, I understand wanting to belong somewhere but to do this is just illegal. There was checks in that mail, THOUSANDS. I'd be locking his butt up then.

Anonymous said...

Please go to http://wh.gov/Ed1 and create an account and sign the petition to PROTECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICANS. We need 25,000 by june 1st for Obama to take action.