Attorney John W. Drake (left) Nikolai R James (right) appear before Judge Michael Mulcahy
The prosecution requested Judge Mulcahy revoke his bail from a previous case of domestic abuse he was charged with only last week in Orange District Court. And on the two current counts brought by the Amherst Police Department, the Commonwealth requested bail of $2,500 per count or $5,000 total.
Greenfield Recorder District Court Logs (9/29/14)
The prosecutor told the Judge Nikolai James first drew attention to himself near Hobart Lane and North Pleasant Street around 2:30 PM Saturday by jumping up and down while grabbing his groin with one hand while the other hand was holding a bottle of champagne.
The officer pulled his cruiser over and when he approached him, James shouted, "Fuck you, I'm just drinking from my open container." He then raised the bottle over his head in a threatening manner.
The officer grabbed his hand and a struggle ensued. James managed to break free and sprinted away from the officer, who only then noticed his throbbing finger, which turned out to be broken.
Later Saturday night at 8:41 PM on Triangle Street near town center another officer spotted James, who still had a bottle in his hand. Again Mr. James ran, only this time he fell, rolled onto his back and when the officer was reaching for him he kicked upward with both feet.
The kick landed, breaking two fingers. James was wearing work boots at the time.
The Public Defender told the Judge his client, "has long term psych issues. He was at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital for a month this past summer and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia disorder."
Judge Mulcahey agreed with the prosecution about revoking bail from the recent Orange Court case, but set bail at $750 for each APD assault count, or $1,500 total. The Judge also set up a "competency hearing" to be held before Mr. James goes to trial next month.
Note to readers: Yes, both officers were named in court proceedings but I will not publish them because even though they are police they were still victims.