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When Hell Came to Our Home Part 4

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We went to see a lawyer we've had dealings with before today.  Usually when he calls us up on Sunday he asks us to come over in the late morning.  This time he wants to see us first at 6, then at 6:30.

When we reach his office, there's a campaign sign in the front yard for the County Attorney who won't return our calls.

We tell him about yesterday's break-in and the rest of the story while he texts.  He doesn't want to get a subpoena to find out who called our house.  He says the answering machine tape isn't the sort of evidence that will stand up in court.  Only DNA evidence or pictures will.

(That's funny because when we were robbed two years ago the burglar cut himself on the glass of the window getting in and bled all over the floor.  The Sheriff's Department refused to take a blood sample when we asked them to.)

He offers to help us deal with DHS.  We take him up on it.

When we get home we find out that he was right.  The answering machine won't stand up in court.  Because while we were at his office someone broke into our front door and erased our answering machine, including the copy of the message that was on it.

Good thing there's more copies.


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Oct. 11th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
They knew to cut your internet access earlier -- somewhat basic these days, so not that surprising. They knew to wipe your answering machine?!? Did you post about that anywhere but here on your LJ?


Edited at 2010-10-11 04:47 am (UTC)
Oct. 11th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
All over. And told played people the recording.
Oct. 11th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
....holy crap.

As I've advised elsewhere, see about contacting a lawyer OUTSIDE your area. One less likely to be connected to these people and more willing to pursue things.

Contact the ACLU.
Oct. 11th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
Seconded, on all counts. Sounds like the local law enforcement is waaaay too incestuous to be trusted.
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hiya, followed copperbadge's link:

"He says the answering machine tape isn't the sort of evidence that will stand up in court."

I can say that this is bullshit. I worked for a local newspaper here in Texas. One of the local deputies was fired for corruption in regards to getting his sister-in-law/girlfriend off a drug charge because of an answering machine tape. We had the FBI and state police camped out for two months on that case just because of a answering machine tape.

As someone mentioned before, it might be a good idea to find a lawyer from a couple of counties away. They'll have no relationships built within your county so no reason to try and "keep the peace," so to speak.
Oct. 11th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
6:30 in the morning, or in the afternoon?

Get another lawyer get another lawyer get another lawyer, one from out of state. And call the bloody FBI. These people all deserve to spend a long, long time in jail.
Oct. 11th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Originally I came because of becky_h. Now I'm still here because I hope like hell these people are caught for what they're doing to you.

I find it awfully suspicious that the day you mention to the lawyer the tape recording is the same day that it's destroyed.
Oct. 12th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and he was TEXTING while they spoke to him and told him about it?
THERE"S yet another screaming red-flag...
Oct. 15th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
OMG! Here via a_phoenixdragon.

I hope these people are caught and caught fast.
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