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For the second time in three months a judge in Stoughton District Court has denied even scheduling a harassment prevention order hearing for me and “witnesses” in the Karen Read case, who believe that they’re being harassed because I’m asking them uncomfortable questions in public. If you missed the court audio from Chris Albert’s latest failed attempt on September 28 I streamed it this morning.
However, the two highest ranking law enforcement officials in Canton – Chief Helena Rafferty and District Attorney Michael Morrissey – both argued publicly that my actions were illegal. Not only were they wrong, their allegations against me were so baseless that two judges decided that the claims against me didn’t even necessitate two party hearings. Not only was it not against the law, it wasn’t even grounds for an order.
On August 8 at the Board of Selectmen meeting Helena Rafferty stated that our peaceful rolling rally on July 22 violated the witness intimidation law.
“An event that I believe under statute 268 13a, could most possibly be deemed an illegal act.”
According to MGL 268 Section 13A, picketing court, judge, juror, witness, or court officer, says the following:
We did not seek to influence or prevent Jen McCabe, or any other “witness” from testifying. We sought comment from them, and encouraged them to speak more, not less. The only people impeding justice are Brian Albert and Jen McCabe, who refuse to hand over their cell phones despite claiming to have nothing to hide on their devices.
She claimed that Jen McCabe and Chris Albert were being bullied “under the guise of the First Amendment,” and that we should not permit peaceful protest because it is a slippery slope when you let free people be free.
“These are residents who have not been charged with any crimes being bullied at their homes, at their children’s game, or on vacation, all under the guise of the First Amendment. This is a really slippery slope that if allowed to continue will cause a rapid decline in the amount of people who would ever step forward to be a witness in a case.”
Michael Morrissey stated in a pre-recorded statement on August 25 that our peaceful protests and lines of inquiry “need to stop now,” because it “is wrong.”
But now two judges in Stoughton District Court have made it clear that both Rafferty and Morrissey are wrong, and seem to know very little about the law. This is unfortunate because one is in charge of arresting people who violate the law, and the other is in charge of prosecuting them. It should scare us all that people this ignorant run our criminal justice institutions.
Chris Albert and Jen McCabe are not smart people, so you can’t fault them for being this stupid. But Rafferty and Morrissey are supposed to be the best and the brightest, since they rose to such powerful positions.
After Jen made a fool of herself by having her petition denied in May you would think that Chris Albert would have wanted to avoid being emasculated publicly like he should’ve known he would be when I got my hands on this audio. But the only reason he did this was because he was emboldened to do so by Morrissey and Rafferty’s speeches, and by Jennifer Coffindaffer’s bad legal advice on Twitter. Chris is dumb, but he assumes these people are smart because of their resumes. He learned the hard way that they’re no smarter than he is.
There were so many memorable quotes from the Chris Albert court audio that I’ll be going over tonight on the Live Show. Among them are:
“I’m a First Amendment guy.”
“People call me up and tell me you’re going to Hell, you’re going to jail.”
“Showed up at my place of business where I try to provide for my family, make a living.”
“He stuck up the middle finger three fee from my ear, and filmed it, I would say that that clearly falls under harassment.”
“At any given moment he could’ve reached forward and grabbed me. He could’ve, but he didn’t.”
“He was infringing on my private area.”
“He surrounded my car and wouldn’t let me leave. He was filming me from outside my door. They detained me for what felt like forever, but probably was 7-8 minutes.”
Judge: “Did you call 911?”
“The police were there.”
Sorry Chris, but the middle finger is free speech, and you certainly are NOT a First Amendment guy. Don’t worry though, much like your wife Julie, I intend on leaving your private areas alone.
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