Hear ye, hear ye... All rise...
Of course they didn't show up at court... I knew they wouldn't. Bullies are generally cowards. And, of course, Peter Freeman (former St. Thomas Social Work instructor, now self-employed with Integral Organization Consulting) and Jim D'Angelo (former Nexus CEO, now self-employed with D'Angelo Consulting) are just that: Bullies. But perhaps I'm wrong in just assuming their absence was "small balls". Maybe it was strategic - showing the judge how insignificant this case is to them. Or perhaps they just had a "play date" and couldn't fit court into their schedule. Maybe it conflicted with tee time. Oh, there I go again... They'll probably sue me for wondering out loud as to why neither of them showed up to face Hannabelle. (sigh).
There are many Peter Freemans and a couple of James D'Angelos in the world today. (People in MY neighborhood might tell you that there are two too many... that is, if they weren't so afraid of getting sued...) I want you, dear readers, to be sure which Pete and Jim I'm talking about. These are the two Nexus affiliates who are suing me for telling the truth about them and exposing things they apparently didn't want exposed. Tough. They're tampering with our First Amendment Rights by monitoring and trying to censor MY blogs! They aggressively force themselves into MY life, and expect me to just lie down or go away - quietly... They should know that: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. [Newton's Third Law] But then, I guess they're no Einsteins... (They're not even Newtons...) For every offense, there is a defense. When D'Angelo decided to TAKE my neighborhood, he definitely got a defensive reaction. One he obviously didn't expect. He certainly didn't handle things well over here across the river. (Perhaps he should consult a consultant?)
If a thief gets caught for stealing, he doesn't sue the police. He goes to jail. If a bigwig CEO gets caught in his own lies, he sues the one who caught him. Doesn't seem right, does it? Actually, I'm not the only one who caught Jim D'Angelo lying. He was quite public about it. He even distributed pamphlets. Cheeky, huh. There are many witnesses. I'm just the one he singled out to SLAPP with a lawsuit. I'm the "fall guy", the "scapegoat", the "patsy", the EXAMPLE.
"I THINK SHE MADE IT ALL UP!" Victor Lund (their lawyer) cried indignantly to the judge. I made it all up? Yeah. Right. That's his opinion. We know otherwise. Perhaps Vic was just trying to do his job, or maybe he is easily bamboozled and actually believes whatever his clients - D'Angelo and Freeman said about me that wasn't true: like maybe that I just made it all up. How lame can they get?
Okay. So Victor Lund is entitled to his opinion. But is it ethical or proper for a lawyer to testify to the judge - I THINK, therefore she IS guilty as charged. If it is, I never saw it on Court TV... Of course, Vic was arguing against my Motion to Dismiss (because this is a stupid, silly, frivolous SLAPP suit, a wasteful burden with which they are saddling our court system.) Nope. D'Angelo and Freeman wish to continue on to trial. Why? They have no case. They never did. I haven't defamed anybody. Seriously - I called the man "Poopsie"! So sue me... They want to go to trial now because they have in essence, painted us all into a corner. And apparently they just make stuff up about ME in order to WIN.
In one affidavit for the Plaintiffs, it not only states that I just made everything up, it states that I just sit at my computer making things up because I think its FUNNY. Doubly false. It states that I have NOT RESEARCHED. This, my friends, is just IN-YOUR-FACE false. (Check out the Mille Lacs News to see the extent of our research.) Therefore, the Plaintiffs and their lawyer have actually defamed me to the judge. Perhaps I should sue them?
Victor Lund also took my words out of context and paraphrased them to suit his purpose. For example, I did say that Jim D'Angelo "preyed" on the elderly and infirm. The frail and elderly widows in our neighborhood didn't stand a chance against the rich and powerful Nexus or the determined and misguided Onamia city council. Nobody wants to live next to 94 sex offenders (except, perhaps, other sex offenders...) In a larger neighborhood, the resistance could succeed. Like a sick giraffe or an old zebra, our neighorhood was easy prey. Suddenly Vic is using words like "child molestor", "pedophile", and "stalker"!!! Hey, where did THAT come from? I never said any of those things. I guess those words, HIS words, sound a bit more inflamatory and defamatory than mine. (arrogant, snake, heartless, and of course "Poopsie"). To me, Vic's tactics seem like cheating in order to win a bogus case...
And the Plaintiffs are insisting upon DISCOVERY. What a joke! All they need to do is read the Mille Lacs News and they can discover lots of facts and figures. DOCUMENTATION! If we go to trial, all of the dirt we've dug up will be entered into the record FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. I've been very open and honest. (A tough job but SOMEBODY'S got to do it...)
Apparently their strategy is to extend this lawsuit, to run up my lawyer fees and court costs to the breaking point. MY breaking point. They are both wealthy men who are into The Game and want to WIN at any cost. They can afford it. Remember what D'Angelo told the good ol' boys at city hall? What's $10,000... what's $50,000 on a project this size? Jim D'Angelo actually told me with a SMIRK that he doubted he'd see me in court because: "I think you'll find its not worth it." To me, his smile indicated the true nature of his lawsuit. SLAPP. Remember D'Angelo's vicious, spiteful comment to one of my Neighbors after the December 4, 2007 County Commissioner hearing where he got seven years of tax abatement for Nexus? "Game over," he said. "You lose."
There are games and there are games. Some games are fun, some are not. Some think that Life itself is only a game. Victor Lund said that it is wrong that anybody (me) can sit at a computer and write whatever they want about anybody. (I think its called "Freedom of Speech"? and you can only offer your opinion - which I have - and only tell the Truth - which I have. You can't tell lies - which I haven't. ) I think it's wrong that anybody can DO whatever they want TO anybody and if anybody objects that anybody can SUE anybody for anything.
The Golden Rule
He who has the most gold, rules. (It worked for O.J.)
I hope to prove that wrong. I hope that for once in this crazy world that JUSTICE will prevail, that Good will triumph over Evil, and I sincerely hope with all of my heart that
Jim D'Angelo will get what he deserves for lying on his sworn affadavit.
Yes indeed. He lied about confessing that by suing me "We thought you'd go away." SLAPP. All games have rules. If you break them, if you cheat, if you can't win by your own skill - you're not much of a player.
The judge recused herself due to conflict of interest. We're rescheduling. I hope that Attorney Lund chooses to present this blog to the next judge. Justice is supposedly blind. We shall see. We shall see.
Note: To all Mille Lacs County Commissioners and Onamia city officials who may be reading this - Jim D'Angelo was CEO of Nexus during their application for tax abatement. We tried to provide evidence showing that figures presented by Nexus to obtain public assistance were false, inaccurate, and misleading but you flat out refused to hear us. I strongly urge you now to reconsider the granting of tax abatement based on figures supplied by Jim D'Angelo, Nexus, and Nexus Diversified Community Services. Considering that this CEO lied on a sworn affadavit - to beat Hannabelle in court, how can you trust information provided to obtain hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars? I also urge YOU, dear Readers, to contact your government and alert them to discrepencies in the figures provided by Nexus. Scared of getting sued? Do it anonymously. Let the government know that we don't tolerate liars in Mille Lacs County!