Being charged with a felony is no joke, and not every story gets told in the state penitentiary. In the winter and spring of 2019, two innocent men were charged by the Pima and Cochise county sheriffs on very different charges.
They became cellmates in March 2019 and became friends. One man is a doctor who had a stroke several years ago. He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a charge blasted across Arizona’s media headlines.
While inside, a reporter attempted to contact Doctor Glenn Robertson, but he refused their visits (his claim). He did agree to talk to me, however, because I was the other man he was held with.
Dr. Robertson and I had a lot of conversations over the past month, and he agreed the let me tell his side of the story.
I’m writing this blog while the video of our 25-minute video call this morning renders and publishes to YouTube.
Before telling you what I know so far of Dr. Glenn Robertson from my time spent talking to him in Pima County Jail, I have to preface it with the conditions under which we talked, which are outlined in the video.
Innocent Patient Refused Medical Care in Pima County
As the video shows, I am a legally licensed Arizona Medical Marijuana patient. I was arrested inside my home and held by the Pima County Sheriff for 30 days, in which time, I had my initial appearance, was indicted by a grand jury, arraigned, and released with no bail with a plea of not guilty on a felony charge.
Because I was being refused my state-approved medicine and proper food, I quickly lost weight. I was medically approved for double portions to stabilize my metabolism, but I was denied and retaliated against by several guards for over a week while attempting to seek the medical care I was approved for.
So I staged a hunger strike in jail to ensure I was given proper treatment.
I met Dr. Robertson as he was brought in from the infirmary after suffering a heart attack while being arrested by the Cochise County Sheriff. His guilt or innocence has not yet been proven, and he has now been held for a full month without ever even having his initial appearance.
So I gave him his initial appearance on YouTube to speak about the situation he’s in and the charges he’s facing.
Thankfully, I got pretty good with the format during my eating videos.
Arizona Doctor and Patient Help Each Other
When I met Doctor Glenn, he was clearly suffering from his stroke. The guards labeled him a “lower/lower” which meant his medical condition granted him a lower bunk anywhere he went.
Because he’s an older man and clearly disabled from his medical condition, the inmates leave him alone. Elders are treated well, even in jails and prisons.
Except Glenn is given a substandard level of medical care while being held, as I was. We both experienced food-based medical care that put our lives literally at risk at every moment.
He mentioned several times in which the medical staff inside the jail gave inmates misinformation.
As a PhD and doctor (not a former one, as we mention in the video), Glenn Robertson is a very smart man. Whether or not he’s innocent isn’t my place to say.
What I can say, as I do in the video, is that we’re both innocent men who have legitimate grounds to sue Pima County and even the State of Arizona for our treatment by the Cochise and Pima County Sheriff departments.
I’m at least free for now, and Glenn Roberts may be freed soon (although he already should have been, since technical glitches and operational errors are the only reason he’s being held), but life will not be easy for either of us.
We are both facing felonies, and our fates are now linked because we were held together as innocent men.
We both have very unique and wise first-hand experiences of mistreatment because of police procedural errors.
Here’s the video:
Regardless of what you think you know about Doctor Glenn Robertson, myself, jail, prison, or the criminal justice system, we’re very smart white men facing very serious charges and penalties that we’ve not yet been convicted of.
At a bare minimum, it’ll be fun to see what happens as the year progresses.