Two California lawyers have been arrested in a bizarre alleged conspiracy to plant drugs in the car of the PTA president of their child’s school. Lawyers Kent Wycliffe Easter, 38, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 38, targeted Kelli Peters because they felt she treated her son poorly by locking him outside of the school for 20 minutes. They are accused of putting Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana, and a used marijuana pipe behind the front seat of her car to frame her.
The police received a tip on February 16, 2011 from a concerned parent, told an Irvine police dispatcher that he had seen a woman driving erratically and parking at Plaza Vista School. What was a bit suspicious is that the citizen also knew her license plate, name, and witnessed her hiding drugs behind the seat. Police pulled Peters from the school and found the drugs. When she denied knowledge of the drugs, they traced the call to a Newport beach hotel and then found a surveillance tape of the business center where the call originated. The tape showed Kent Easter.
Both Easters were arrested on charges of false imprisonment, conspiracy to falsely report a crime and conspiracy to procure the false arrest of the elementary-school parent volunteer.
Kent Easter is a law graduate of the University of California-Los Angeles while Jill Easter is a graduate from the University of California-Berkeley law school.
Kent Easter is accused of driving to the volunteer’s home after midnight to plant the drugs.
Notably, in 2010, Kent Easter filed a civil suit on his son’s behalf against a volunteer organization associated with Plaza Vista Elementary School in Irvine. The complaint states that Jill Easter arrived at the then-first grade child’s school to pick him up after a tennis lesson and found that he had been locked outside for nearly 20 minutes. Ironically, it sought damages for claimed false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress but was later dismissed.
Jill Easter also filed a restraining order against Peters, alleging that Peters was “harassing and stalking” her and her son, and had “threatened to kill me.”
The police say that they have text messages between the lawyers throughout the conspiracy. That is particularly bizarre. You go to the business center of a hotel to make the call but they leave a trail of text messages with your wife. Given the past legal actions against Peters, police would likely go to the Easters first if they suspected a frame up.
The situation looks rather bleak for the Easters who are going to loose custody, go to jail, and be stripped of their licenses in quick succession.
Source: LA Times