How would you like your perp’s name on a two year restraining Order ?
Early this Morning we were in a California Court and got a C.C.P. 527.6 Order, to prohibit harassment and stalking.
The victim is a 60 year old woman, subject to stalking and harassment by her neighbor. Her efforts to get government assistance yielded little.
What merits a C.C.P. 527.6 Order ?
Well I can describe the facts of this case so you can get an idea what is needed:
–Stalking: Respondent repeatedly appearing at Respondent’s kitchen window, sometimes wielding a camera and snapping pictures of the inside of Petitioner’s home; combed through Petitioner’s facebook, and cobbled her information into a defamation campaign, using flyers to pre-dispose her neighbors against her. Here is one example:
He used this to question Petitioner’s mental sanity, mostly by referring to her work on emerging medical technologies, which is information that is outside of the common experience. Then the perp prepared another document, alleging she engaged in violence – again a total fabrication – and this created the false impression of physical danger.
People who hear those combined labels of insanity and potential violence don’t want to talk to subject – they worry they might set them off – so this combintion makes it very hard to find out what is happening, and even harder to dispel those lies.
The goal was to unhinge the Petitioner. After defamation and stalking Respondent pressed onto veiled threats of violence, including rape; and uttering these words at her kitchen window. Petitioner is alone much of the time. Is it by fear of violence that victims are usually keept silent.
That is usually enough for most stalkers, but this case had a unique angle: The Respondent tried to trap Petitioner inside a 12 foot high, 36 foot long Wall of plastic tarp. Something he built just outside Petitioner’s windows.
He built this haphazard structure with wooden poles and staple guns, raising a wall of darkness around Petitioner’s home, robbing the Petitioner of sun and fresh air; making her feel like a prisoner in her own home. It looked like he was trying to build a cage.
While he was building this he sat just outside Petitioner’s kitchen window, mouthing vile sexually charged insults at the 60 year old Petitioner, who initially stood there in disbelief, in her own kitchen, watching herself being boxed in.
She called the police, and they did not solve the problem. The city was apparently too busy.
Respondent had already threatened to shoot someone for serving legal papers on him. A well founded fear of violence kept other people from doing anything. To top it all off, there were no funds to hire a regular firm.
That’s where the Legal Coop got involved. People have a right to live peaceful, law abiding lives, free from a power-tripping stalking neighbor. It doesn’t matter who they are, too many alarm bells brought unwanted attention and we went in to restore peace.
We started investigating as described elsewhere. And this very morning months of resolute picture taking, legal work, and journaling paid off. The evidence was clear, the result incisive:
The gavel came down on a 2 Year Restraining Order against Respondent. This is a promise of jail time if the conduct continues. In addition, People may be soon be compensated for their losses, and peace may yet prevail there.
There is an added benefit. Those Restraining Orders go into a Police computer system known as CLETS, and immediately show up on the squad cars’ computer screens in any related call. Police know who they are dealing with, before they arrive on the scene. It also means the stalker’s record now reflects what they have done.
The Respondent was heard in his true colors at the end of the hearing. He said strange things like “the police” told him to do that. As if he was just doing what he was told. Well, no legitimate police would do such a thing, and it is he that will be held fully responsible.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this bit of positive action on this sparse front. We will continue to fight for people affected by harassment and stalking. We simply ask that you help support our work by making a $5 or $10 donation and comment right here:
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