Justice Prevailed Today

Scales of justice (free clip art)

Scales of justice (free clip art)

Unfortunately we have had difficulties with one of our neighbors since almost the day we moved into our house. Difficulties that eventually forced us to put up “No trespassing” signs up around the yard, hire lawyers, and send out letters advising the neighbor that he is not welcome on our property, and to stay off of our property.

The neighbor I am writing about is a scary and dangerous man who has threatened to kill everyone in our family. He has threatened to kill us himself, and he has threatened to take out “hits” on us. He has bragged that his concealed weapon permit gives him permission to kill us if he wants to kill us.

We have gone to the police for help on more than one occasion for these threats, and the magistrate refused to do anything about it each time. The neighbor continues to violate the no trespassing orders, and we have filed trespassing complaints and gone to criminal court twice now over those violations. The first time the judge dismissed the case. This time, even though the neighbor claimed that he has never stepped on our property since we purchased it (He has been on our property a lot and caused much aggravation from his presence on our property, which is why we served him with papers to stay off the property) however, the judge found in our favor, and found the neighbor guilty of trespassing.

The neighbor was fined $400. The judge suspended $200 of it. The neighbor was sentenced to 60 days in jail, all suspended. The judge told both of us to have no contact of any kind with each other, and instructed the neighbor to stay off of our property. He warned the neighbor that if he violates the order to stay off of the property within the next two years, that he will have to pay the rest of the fine, and serve all of the jail time.

Upon arriving home, I called the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office and left a message for the officer that has been helping me with the troubles with our neighbor to please return my call. Within a few minutes, he called me and I filled him in on the verdict. He was very glad to hear that justice prevailed today, and he agreed to increase the neighborhood patrol to help keep us safer from retribution by the neighbor.

Although I am very glad that the judge found our neighbor guilty of trespassing, I have concerns that the animosity and bad feelings will now escalate into something even more ominous, with sinister results.

We already have a security system installed, and we are going to have a better one installed really soon. My hubby is a crack shot with his guns, and has a concealed weapons permit. I’ve resisted going to the gun range to learn to shoot, but maybe now is the time to give in and do it, for my protection. I have concerns that the kick-back (recoil) will hurt my hands and/or shoulder. My hubby insists that he has at least two or three guns I could learn to shoot that won’t hurt me with their recoil.

We have two very vocal, protective dogs to sound the alarm and help protect us. I don’t know, maybe we’ll buy a trained guard dog that will attack on command as well. We will have to wait and see.

If anything bad happens to us, and we all end up dead, please tell the police to look very hard at the neighbor that we are having problems with. Thank you all!


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Obamacare

Seems as if Obamacare is a hot topic around these parts. So many people are worried about what it is going to do, and have been convinced by some people that Obamacare is going to ruin America. Well, that is a discussion that I really don’t want to get into deeply because it is obvious that everyone I have had contact with has already made up their minds one way or the other and there is nothing that I will be able to say or do to change their minds. And I really am not interested in preaching to the choir. I do know that there is a lot of misinformation out there that has a lot of people upset, and that is really unfortunate.

In my email inbox today there was a message about a neat tool created by Consumer Reports that helps the everyday consumer (like you and me) to understand exactly what we are going to need to do in order to comply with the law. I think that they named it a “health law helper” tool or wizard. Anyway, they created a webpage called healthlawhelper dot org and if you go to their website you will see a page that has a red banner on it that says “Find out what you need to do.” If you actually click on that banner, it takes you to a different webpage that is a wizard. It asks you specific questions, such as what state you live in, how many people are in your family, what is your income (it does NOT ask for your name or address or any personal identifying information, so don’t get all worked up over the questions.) Eventually it actually tells you what you need to do, and offers tips. At no point does it ask for any contact information, so you can just relax and not worry about your email inbox filling up or your telephone ringing off the hook.

I think that is an awesome tool, and I encourage everyone who is worried about what they need to do to be in compliance with the law to calm down and use the tool. You just might be pleasantly surprised!


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Three employees at Dulles airport kicked a service dog and insulted disabled owner

When I hear of people abusing animals, I get angry. When I hear of people abusing service animals, I can’t even come up with the verbiage to express how outraged I feel. Employees that work at an airport should not be so afraid of dogs that they would kick a service dog. If a dog is lunging at you, by all means, defend yourself if you need to, but turning around and seeing a service dog that is standing quietly by the owner,  being “startled” is no excuse.

And when a disabled veteran asks you for help, why on earth would you insult the person? I don’t know if this video is based on truth, but the man recounting his experience at Dulles appears to be sincere. I hope that something good comes of this.


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Their law office is closing

There was a message on my home phone answering machine that the law office of Wesley Marshall had called and that they wanted me to call them back to tell them if and when I will come to the office to pick up my case records. The message said that if I did not come pick them up by the end of July that they would be destroyed. The letter they had sent me last week said that they would hold on to them until the end of August, so I am wondering why the date change!

Calling them back, I spoke with their paralegal and asked them what was going on with the office – I had tried to look up their website and it was being redirected to a different law office in a different city.

The paralegal told me that Wesley Marshall had been appointed to sit on the bench of the Commission and that the lawyer that had worked my case, Joel Young was going to work for a different firm. The entire office was closing at the end of the month.

So now I do not know where that leaves me in my quest for getting Worker’s Compensation to reimburse me for the medical expenses that they were ordered to pay but have refused to pay. What a mess!

 


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I think I need a legal malpractice attorney

This is a true story about my frustrating experience with Fauquier County Schools, Worker’s Compensation, and the law office of Wesley Marshall in Fredericksburg VA.

Several years ago I was involved in a traffic accident that was not my fault. At the time I was a substitute school bus driver for Fauquier County in Virginia. On October 2, 2009 I was driving a school bus, loaded with middle school age children to their school. I stopped at a red traffic light, and when it turned green, after verifying that oncoming traffic had stopped, I proceeded into the intersection. Suddenly a vehicle pulled out of a nearby gas station and ran the red light, broadsiding my school bus.

I was injured in the accident and had to seek medical attention. I have been battling with Worker’s Compensation ever since, but that is another post.

Even though all investigations showed that it was the fault of the driver of the car, and there was absolutely no evidence of any wrong doing, or any wrong actions by be before, during, or after the accident, Fauquier County chose to fire me. I truly believe that firing was a result of my telling Fauquier County that I needed medical attention and had to claim Worker’s Compensation.

I hired a lawyer, Wesley Marshall, to represent me in the Worker’s Compensation case. Although I have “won” my case, I have had to pay out-of-pocket for doctor’s visits, medications, surgery, and physical therapy. I still need another surgery, and I will have disability my entire life as a result of this accident.

Although I “won” the Worker’s Compensation case, when the doctors and the hospitals and the pharmacies tried to bill Worker’s Compensation, all of those claims were denied. When I tried to call the case worker for Worker’s Compensation, the case worker refused to talk to me, telling me that he would only talk to my lawyer.

Although I have submitted copies of those bills to Wesley Marshall’s office, asking them to submit them to Worker’s Compensation so I can be refunded, they have not done so and I have received no refund at all. I have told them that the Worker’s Compensation case worker will not talk to me.

Their response has been to send me a bill for $2,000 for their services, although I have yet to receive one penny of reimbursement for any of my expenses that I have had to pay even though Worker’s Compensation was ordered to pay them!

My phone calls to Mr. Marshall’s office have only resulted in my leaving messages for Mr. Marshall, and Mr. Marshall has not replied by calling me back. In fact, I recently received a letter from his associate Mr. Joel Young (who was assigned my case without my permission) advising me that the law office has closed my case and that they no longer represent me! So now what?

At a bare minimum, I believe that I will send a letter of complaint to the Bar, and I believe that I need to hire a legal malpractice attorney. Do you know of any?


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