Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Jim Gregory, Political Prisoner
Gregory has previously been convicted twice for criminal contempt of the PFA. Those convictions stem from attempts to contact his ex via phone text messages, blogs and Facebook. Gregory contended that someone else, possibly his nephew or Tricia Mezzacappa, was responsible. At that time, Tricia Mezzacappa launched a venomous attack against Judge Zito on her blog, accusing him of being too old for the bench, among other things.
After his second conviction, Gregory was sentenced to six months in jail, pending the results of a sealed psychological evaluation. He was released after three weeks, thanks to an impassioned pleas by noted criminal defense lawyer Gary Asteak. Gregory later said that Asteak had instructed him to break off all contact with Mezzacappa,
After his release, Gregory ignored his attorney's instructions. He started a radio show at Joe Timmer's dying radio station, and included Mezzacappa as a co-host for four of his seven broadcasts. He played love songs for his ex and repeatedly discussed the PFA, attacking his ex's mother as well as one of the witnesses who testified against him. On Monday, he began speaking to his ex directly, offering her a job, imploring her to come back to him. "Lina, not only are you cute, you're adorable. You have a great body, great heart, great soul. You'd be a great salesperson for us, and you also have office skills."
One of the contempt citations is based on this direct or indirect contact. Other citations are for about 20 unwanted telephone calls from him, as well as three letters he smuggled to her while he was in jail.
On his radio show yesterday, Gregory admitted to calling his ex accidentally a few times, but states he hung up right away. He claimed the letters were OK because he was under the impression the PFA was being dropped. He has no explanation for his radio message.
Gregory has blamed several people for his current mess, from DA John Morganelli to Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan to a Bethlehem police officer who supposedly has his eyes on his ex. He can tell that to Judge Zito on Friday. Hopefully, he'll call him Zito, not Ziti, like he did on Monday.
Timmer, of course, has no interest in being responsible. So my guess is that Mezzacappa will do his show today.