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    Pocatello Idaho regulates facebook messages, and charges a man with a crime for defending his family at his own home



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    This campaign is for the hiring of a good civil rights lawyer. I am presently disabled after a near death car accident. I have retained a public defender, because I have not worked since the accident in May of 2013. I have 4 children to support and financially I am devastated. This crowd funding will help me get to trial with a good lawyer that will pay attention to my case. Right now my public defender is on vacation, and I almost missed a court appearance because he left for vacation without telling the prosecutor that I would not be there (and he was supposed to be there in my place). I called today to find out that the Public Defender also left no notes on my case for his colleagues, who when I called thought I was supposed to be in court on June 18th.

    I am scared that I am not being represented well. I need an attorney who is dedicated to my case, and who will not drop the ball. This will require about $3500.


    On February 16th 2015 the Pocatello police responded to a call to my house over a situation of assault and battery. A family member came to my house and assaulted me over a minor family dispute with a 3rd party. He also hurt my 3 year old son in the process.

    The police officer gave me the option to press charges for battery, and I told him “no, this is family”.

    In speaking with the officer, he told me that “facebook messages are not illegal” and that “offering to box someone is not illegal”. (I have the discovery evidence which includes and audio recording of this conversation)

    Also if you want to hear the entire story, I have supplied the discovery evidence, and the recorded police interviews here;

    So after the police officer left, I wrote on facebook to the perpetrator and said; “If you want to fight me, there is a boxing ring here in town. I’ll meet you there any time you want.”

    I was not threatening him, or intimidating him. In fact, with his interview (that is part of the discovery evidence) he admitted to the police that he (the perp) originally offered and advised me of a fist fight, and that “he does things old school”. I was simply offering a venue to fight OTHER THAN my home where my family resides. I wanted to let the perp know that there are better places to take care of that, IF HE STILL WANTED TO FIGHT. But it was not acceptable to do it at my home.

    Looking at the perp’s record, and his step-son’s (the step-son was the instigator) record in the public court repository, these two have a criminal records of one of them that includes “assault and battery with a deadly weapon”, “phone threats and harassment” and the other of “stalking” and assault. I have a fairly clean record for the past 20 years. When I was a teen I got a pot ticket for simple possession, and since then I have had a hand full of traffic infractions. But nothing else. (7 of those traffic citations came from over zealous police in Pocat