Alex Ledante

Prisoner number BHT-413H3AR7-KPT13 was born the daughter of two poor Russian immigrants who first attracted the notice of the authorities with his controversial piece "Mother Russia" which won him the accolades of critics and three years in a reform school for girls. Alex was later transferred to the Platt Institution for Youths where he showed great promise as a graphic designer. His internship would have been a model of rehabilitation but shortly after being hired full time at a prominent graphic design firm, he quit- much to the chagrin of his associates "Alex had a promising future as a graphic designer and could lay out a toothpaste ad like nobody else in the business..." lamented the art director

During this time he grew despondent, and antisocial. His concerned parents were shocked to discover art supplies and highly realistic renderings in his closet. Tearfully, they sent him to a rehabilitation center. His councilor claimed that they had caught him in time, and could expect Alex to recover and lead a normal, productive life

Upon his release in 1991, he promptly enrolled at a local junior college. The subject took many computer courses, along with logic and philosophy. His parents and professors were quick to point out that this entire time he was on the dean's honor roll, and a model student

Two years after enrolling, Alex graduated with an A.A in fine arts and an A.S. in visual communication/illustration. He expressed a desire to become an illustrator for political posters and paint expressionist landscapes on the weekends. Sadly, this proved not to be the case as Alex managed to avoid employment as an illustrator for political posters. Fearful that he was painting again, his girlfriend approached the police in 1994. She claimed he had paint on most of his clothes, and shocked the officers with tales of half glimpsed hyper-realistic works

Upon obtaining a warrant, officers Tate and Rothery entered the suspect's apartment where they were met by the defendant, holding a brush loaded with paint. Under questioning, the suspect claimed he had been painting a Fauvist still life he had just thrown away since "One of the oranges kinda looked like an orange..."

An exhaustive search revealed no Fauvist still lifes, or Impressionist landscapes. There was only, to the horror of the officers, studies from life and paintings with recognizable subject matter, which followed the rules of perspective. During the trial, When said paintings were exhibited, several members of the jury and the court fainted or were physically ill. The judge ordered the evidence removed from the courtroom at once. The defendant protested that some of the backgrounds were "kinda abstracted"

Furthermore, the prosecution was able to show that there were several studies which indicated the defendant had actually completed more paintings than the authorities had confiscated. This suggested he had also been selling artwork to support his habit, making him a dealer. The jury unanimously decided to send the defendant to the Cal Poly Pomona Correctional Facility in 1996 for the next twenty years. Alex resisted rehabilitation at first, claiming cubism was pointless and devoid of value. After stating duchamp's work had "No meaning whatsoever" and begging to look at Caravaggio or Escher, "Just for a moment" he was sent to solitary confinement for the remainder of the quarter

Although testimony from his fellow students cited him as disruptive and most of his instructors claimed he had failed their courses due to constant absences, school records tell a different story of a boy who embraced rehabilitation and maintained a 4.0 grade point average and earned a full scholarship. The parole board finally granted him release on the strength of his resolution to use his art only to serve the community in a meaningful way, "like painting houses or something like that"

Recently the subject was arrested for suspicion of illustration and his alleged involvement in the Drama of Seasons and the Book of Counted Sorrows websites. Despite the compelling testimony of Dr. Henderson and records from his ISP, there was not enough evidence for a conviction and his defense of "Someone must've spoofed my address- it happens all the time..." was indisputable. The lack of art supplies in the defendant's apartment certainly upheld this argument

While the prosecution attempted to show that Alex had simply migrated to digital art, their case was severely undermined due to the defendant's recently formatted hard drive. "It must've been one of those computer viruses you keep hearing about..." he claimed "You know, the kind that format your hard drive?" Under cross-examination, he won the jury over with his resolution to purchase "that Norton Anti-Virus program" because he claimed that he had heard it was really good from a girl he was flirting with at the grocery store

After being awarded damages in the following counter-suit, he expressed an interest in purchasing "a SUV or some kinda gas guzzling automobile" with the proceeds, but certainly not any type of art related software; and if said software should happen to be purchased in his name with his credit card number, it would be yet another instance of "Those naughty little hackers doing their dirty little deeds, and how long are we going to let them get away with this? Certainly, artists need to be stopped before they can get their message out to the public, but what about those hackers? When are we going to stop them?"