Probation Revoked

April 21st, 2008

Cassidy had a probation revocation hearing today in Nevada.

During the hearing the judge reviewed Cassidy’s claims that he had no idea he had violated the terms of his probation. The judge was informed that in August of 2007 California had sent word to Nevada that his parole officer had not heard from him in 6 months and the warrant that resulted in his arrest was issued.  Cassidy had nothing in his possession to dispute California’s claim.

Cassidy claimed he had been keeping in touch with his probation officer via email, and when he stopped getting replies he assumed it was all okay.  The judge pointed out this was not the case, it was Cassidy’s responsibility to provide the necessary paperwork to maintain his status under parole.  The judge also pointed out that $45,000 in damages had been awarded in the case for which Cassidy was on probation, and that Cassidy had only paid $60 towards those awarded damages.

He appeared in court with two lawyers.  His Nevada lawyer and his California lawyer.

The California lawyer was acting as a character witness.  His private nurse also appeared as a character witness. When the judge first heard that character witnesses were present he initially did not want to hear from any for a probation revocation hearing, but when he saw two Buddhist monks in the courtroom he did invite all the character witnesses to speak.

The two monks were from KPC in Arizona and testified regarding Cassidy having claimed a special status within the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual tradition.  They testified that such claims must be verified, and that KPC did begin a process of researching the claim.  During the time that Cassidy spent with KPC he was offered housing and care for his claimed illness.  He was provided with all necessities, including nursing care by one of the nuns.

The monks also testified that although Cassidy claimed his health was extremely poor he was still able to organize and participate in an event last Losar where he presided for over 5 hours and greeted over 500 people.

During that same time in Arizona under the care of KPC, Cassidy claimed to have great business savviness.  KPC had already initiated a re-organization in an attempt to establish better better business practices.  Cassidy offered to help establish a better business model, taking on the role of COO for the organization for the span of a little more than a week. During the hearing the judge expressed interest in hearing about Cassidy’s nurse, understanding that the nurse use to be a nun.  The monks at the hearing confirmed her background; that she had been a nun for over 20 years.

The monks also testified that during the time that Cassidy was acting as COO, KPC received word from their sources that Cassidy was not who he claimed to be.  It was at that time he was asked to leave.  He took with him financial information from the organization and posted much of it on the internet.

Cassidy appeared in court wearing oxygen, claiming he had been in the hospital 70 times since going on probation.

The nurse also took the stand, testifying that she has been a nurse for 30 years, and that she had once been part of KPC.  She stated she was providing personal nursing services to him while he was there and testified that he was very sick.  She stated that she had left Arizona with him to continue to offer personal nursing services.  The judge asked her if she was being paid, and when she said she was not the judge stated it was a suspicious situation and that Cassidy was a con man.

In the end the judge reduced Cassidy’s sentence from 5 years to 36 months with a minimum of 12 months. His 12 month minimum ends in approximately 60 days.

Reports from the field

Julie Green, previously a Buddhist nun has moved to California to be with Mr. Cassidy.  She met Cassidy in Arizona while he was posing as a Tibetan doctor and Rinpoche.  Based on conversations Ms. Green has had with others it is believed she has been diagnosed as bipolar.  She had been a devoted student for more than 20 years and has recently exhibited changes in her behavior.  It appears that she has been manipulated and confused by Cassidy.   He is making false accusations about our dharma community and she seems to be parroting these misrepresentations.  We know that he told a number of people in our organization that he doesn’t believe in medication, and even told someone on heart medication to stop cold turkey.   It is recommended that anyone who hears any information from Julie to keep in mind these facts and her behavior.