This is my Victim Impact Statement apropos of this post, hurriedly written before I leave for Palestine.
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office of Victim Witness Advocacy
Victim Impact Information Form
Prosecutor’s File #: 16-002203
Defendant’s Name: Michael Ramos
Your Name: Irfan* Khawaja
I understand that this case has been downgraded to prosecution in Bloomfield Municipal Court. Nonetheless, I’d like to say that minor as the theft was in the larger scheme of things, it’s been a real hassle for me. I have a spinal injury, which is what the orthopedic pillow was for. I went ahead and bought a new one at my own expense.** The documentation for the expense is in my email–I ordered the pillow online–but I don’t have a printer at home, and I’m about to go on a long trip abroad, so I don’t have time to go in to work or the public library, print it out, and attach the necessary documentation for a restitution order.*** Anyway, I expect that the defendant, if found guilty, will also be found judgment-proof, so I’ll just have to forego restitution.****
In lieu of monetary restitution, I’m taking the opportunity here to vent. If found guilty, please inform the defendant that I am pissed. Inform him that my stuff is not his for the taking, and if he thinks he has problems, well, so do I. Want to trade places with my spinal injury? Doubt it. Want to wake up some days and not feel your right foot? Probably not. Want to have to walk around some days at age 47 with a cane? Let me guess. But you don’t see me going around stealing your stuff, do you? Or anybody else’s.
Ultimately, I don’t care about the sentence or the legal niceties here. It’s too pointless and inconvenient to go through the steps for a restitution order, and I know that I’m submitting the Victim Impact Form seven weeks after the due date. I just want the guilty party to know where I stand, even if that’s all I get in the way of restitution from him.*****
*Not “Ifran,” goddammit.
**Malouf Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow. Yes, Queen. It was $79.99 + $9.19 shipping when I bought it.
***I’m supposed to be packing right now. Forget TSA delays: at this rate, I’m just going to miss the damn flight altogether.
****The police told me as much. Recall, incidentally, that the defendant confessed to the crime and several related ones. I’ve written the statement so as to observe the presumption of innocence before any finding of guilt. If Mr. Ramos isn’t the guilty party, the statement can be understood to be addressed to whoever is the guilty party. I mean, somebody is.
*****And even if I can’t feel my right foot when I do, or have to use a cane (or both).
That sucks!!!! What is wrong with our justice system?? Have a safe trip. #giveirfanhispillowback!!
I can’t really complain about the justice system on this one. They caught the guy, itself a minor miracle, and he’ll be prosecuted. He sold the stuff he stole, so the stuff is gone now, and I’m told he used it to finance a drug habit, so there goes the money. I actually feel bad for him, but that doesn’t stop me from being pissed.
Thanks for the safe trip wishes. I’m here, safe and sound. Just tired as hell.
Did you buy another pillow yet? Good im glad your safe and sound. Hope you are able to get some rest.
I did, but it was too big to pack, so I have to go without it until I get back. Ultimately, I think this song summarizes my attitude toward rest.
BTW, can you believe that that album came out in 1983? I saw them open for Rush in 1984, I think it was. Memories…Back in the day when there were no smartphones, and life was cool, mostly because I was 14 and didn’t have a job.
OMG great song, haven’t heard it in years!!!!
Something tells me that Mr. Ramos is not going to care about your loss. And if you get $89.18 back, I might lose consciousness in shock. As for the justice system, I’m impressed that they managed this much; of all the crimes one could commit without getting caught, I’d think that stealing packages from people’s porches would be high on the list. Proof that even if all crime is always bad, you can still be a good criminal. At least, you don’t have to bad nearly so bad at it as this character.
I hope your back doesn’t give you too much trouble during your travels, Mrs. Ifran.
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I don’t even care whether Mr Ramos cares. The catharsis was worth it. I’m not going to get the money back because I missed the filing deadline (5 days after receipt of the letter), but in theory, if you dot the i’s and cross the t’s, the judge is supposed to issue a restitution order. If the money is there, it has to be given to the victim.
The guy got caught because (1) he was a serial offender, therefore in the system already, and (2) he went on a spree that included a house with a hidden camera. So he was caught on camera there, but there were a series of thefts nearby, and he’d done this before, so he was easy to catch. When he was caught, he confessed. He’d been arrested in the nearby town of Belleville before, so he moved west and targeted Bloomfield. If he gets out again soon, he may just target a new town. Unlikely he’s going to be in for very long for committing such low impact crimes–but he probably won’t be back in Bloomfield.
I actually don’t feel my spinal injury primarily in my back–I mostly feel it in my foot. Sciatic nerve damage. Hard for it not to bother me, esp since I like walking. But what’s a lady to do?
You should play that number 8-9-1-8 pick 4 Lottery!!
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I just happen to be in a “country” where gambling is illegal.
I will play the number for you tomorrow night!!
We’re just going to lose! There’s no way to win the lottery. It’s stacked against you (us). Why don’t you use the money to eat some dessert for me? There are no desserts here. There’s a desert, but no dessert.
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I have played the lottery, pick 4, only twice in my life so far and both times I have won!! Don’t underestimate it. I’m going to play anyway. Dessert, I’m a cook I can make any dessert you want and freeze it for when you get back!!!
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