|Milorad Olic: Vegetables upset my stomach, okay?|
As of 2010, Orange County's 43-year-old Milorad Olic, who dreamed of becoming a physicist, had never worked a day in his life thanks to a successful father who gave him about $800,000 for living expenses, including more than $2,100 a month to live free in a South Coast Plaza apartment.
When 80-year-old father Teodor asked the spoiled Milorad to scale down on the freeloading, the son reacted by yelling "Die, scumbag" and repeatedly slammed a knife into papa's head, face, mouth and eyeballs.
The Orange County District Attorney's office won convictions
(attempted murder and elder abuse) after a jury didn't buy Olic's claim
that his mutilated father somehow fabricated the horrific knife
Judge Thomas M. Goethals reward him with a government-paid trip to prison.
appealed to the California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana, claiming
that he'd been represented in court by a mentally ill moron and so the
conviction should be overturned.
He should know.
Olic had demanded and won the right to serve as his own lawyer during the trial.
justices weren't humored. Last August, they upheld the righteousness of
the trial and its guilty findings. But Olic refuses to give up.
|Santa Ana Police Department|
|Milorad's mug shot|
In January, he told federal judges that his constitutional rights had been trampled because:
~His taxpayer-funded lawyer for his state appeal sabotaged his arguments by not following his legal instructions.
~His jury should have had included more Mexican Americans.
~Judge Goethals conspired to taint him as guilty before the trial and then blackmailed jurors.
~He was blocked from making collect calls to a Serbian embassy.
~His court-appointed detective was lazy and incompetent.
and, my favorite:
~Jail deputies "systematically tortured" him by making him eat vegetarian meals when he preferred a "low lactose diet."
don't eat vegetable because of my stomach problems and yet they gave me
vegetable-only diet," Olic told the federal judges. "This torture cased
me to lose weight and undermine my defense in court."
month, U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald dismissed the
appeal on technical grounds after noting that this defendant's latest
complaints are new and haven't been considered by state authorities.
Olic, 46, will remain serving his 13 years to life sentence inside Mule
Creek State Prison and, given that he can request parole, may
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