posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:44 PM
I had a situation where the local sheriff and other government officials were in collusion with a couple of neighbors. There were deep family ties,
among other things. I was harrassed, arrested on an unused 80 year old law, threatened in a lot of ways, had my home searched late at night, personal
property seized for no reason, and even had the DA tell me to move. To get away from the harassment. He admitted, "They are insane."
I went to the local press, who knew all the people involved. She wanted to blow it wide open, and that we did. It also infuriated the same DA so much,
he brought my case to the Grand Jury, who returned a No Bill on me. Would have been the case of the century had they tried to proceed, I promise.
Shortly after this incident, the state assembly changed a certain law. I do believe it was because of this whole case. But, I digress.
I contacted the State Attorney General, and recorded that conversation. I also called the state Investigators, the ones the police are only supposed
to be able to call in? When I first called them, and they were about to reject me on that basis, I simply stated, "but if there is no one to police
the police because they are corrupt, then who else do I have to turn to?" There was a long pause, and he said, "I will see what we can do."
Uncertain of the response I would receive, I also went to the FBI. I recorded every call, made copies, and had friends holding them, I was so worried
something would "happen" to me.
To say the least, a lot of people got fired. It was very quiet. No press involved, except the new stories about these officials had new names in the
papers now. Some were allowed to resign. Others, appointed officials, stepped down, to be replaced by other "appointed" officials.
There are a lot of avenues, but the best defense is a good offense. Simply stating, "I am recording this." will be enough to start that offense.
Saving any voicemails is a second step, and making it known doesn't hurt. Making a message on the answering machine stating that "any voicemails
left here are subject to being saved and turned over to the police as evidence, proceed at your own risk" would help too. This not only puts them on
notice without direct confrontation, but removes any doubt that he is taking the offense now, and is building a case.
If the phone harassment continues, he can consider a TPO, or even a Peace Bond, stating he is in fear for his life. He can also file for phone
harassment, for criminal charges, after telling the person(s) one time to stop calling. (And recording that for proof.) I would highly recommend the
Peace Bond to start with. This will at least bring the incident to the courts attention, and he goes on record stating he fears for his life, and from
whom. That way, if anything happens, the people involved are of immediate suspect.
IF this is a true story, and the person is clean, then he has a solid case for at least coming out alive, and having some people fired, or even
arrested and jailed. I never sued, but oh, I could have. I could *own* my town right now, but in reality, who wants that headache? The old addage
about fighting City Hall and all that. I just wanted to be left alone, and stop being made to be the villain, when it was someone else all along, and
they knew it.