I took the greyhound down to the courthouse in Lane County yesterday. After about a half hour in the archives room, I was able to uncover Melquist’s affidavits filed in case numbers 10-90-04412, -04413, and -04414. These three documents are nearly identical and were all filed in support of a motion to drop charges on him. (The claim seems to be that the authorities had plenty of chances to extradite him from Pennsylvania back to Oregon, but never did, and therefore he did not get his speedy trial.) In the affidavit he admits to several run-ins with the law way back when he was in college in the 90s. Here’s a snippet to hold us until I can get these scanned in:
“Beginning in 1990, I was in and out of Centre County Prison and Lackawanna County Prison a number of times; mostly serving sentence for Bad Checks, but never for more than 30 days, until 1992.
“On April 29th, 1992, I was arrested in Lakawanna Co. I remember this date because it was the first day of the Los Angeles riots. I was held as a fugitive for 14 days and released. Oregon did not extradite….
“On November 30, 1992, I pled guilty to 3 Counts of Bad Checks and 1 Count of Theft by Receiving in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. I was held in custody until my sentencing on March 30, 1993. In May, the sentencing judge allowed me to participate in the work release program starting on July 1, 1993….
“After my release, I was placed on parole through September 3, 2004….”