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Terry L. Sidie

Terry Sidie, 64, of North Platte, asked for a new public defender Monday in Lincoln County District Court and it got him nowhere.

Sidie appeared to face charge of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. He was arrested May 2 and jailed for 39 days. He paid a $1,250 bond and left the jail on June 10.

The court proceedings did not even get started as Sidie, holding papers, demanded that Lincoln County District judge Donald Rowlands listen to him read a statement of his rights to have an attorney.

Another man in the gallery called out, apparently trying to coach Sidie. That man was told by the county attorney and deputies to be quiet, with no result. A deputy finally quieted him, but the man used hand gestures to keep trying to communicate with Sidie.

Sidie told Rowlands that he did not think his appointed public defender Blaine Gillett represented him properly. He demanded another attorney more time to prepare before his arraignment.

But Rowlands informed Sidie that he failed to appear in court June 16, where Gillett represented him competently, successfully asking the court to hold an arrest warrant.

Rowlands told Sidie that the warrant was active immediately and he would to be taken directly to jail, and held without bond until an attorney could be assigned. Sidie appeared shocked as cuffs were put on him.

As Gillett and sidie’s friend left the courtroom, Gilett told the man he needed to be quiet.

Sidie’s friend acted obstinate and Gillett told him “Now you’ve got him sitting in jail.”

The strained conversation continued into the hallway and finally Sidie’s friend left the court house.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/24/2013
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