Balloon boy parents get jail time for making false statements

I TOTALLY agree that we can NOT tolerate FALSE reports — not about kids floating away to the police and not about “companion websites” and refusals to delete defamatory statements in lawsuits.

Balloon boy parents get jail time, tough probation

Dec 23 02:03 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – The parents who carried out the balloon boy hoax were sentenced to jail Wednesday and given strict probation conditions that forbid them from earning any money from the spectacle for four years.

Richard Heene was sentenced to 90 days in jail, including 60 days of work release that will let him pursue his job as a construction contractor while serving his time. His wife, Mayumi, was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Richard Heene choked back tears as he said he was sorry, especially to the rescue workers who chased down false reports that his 6-year-old son had floated away in a balloon on Oct. 15. It was a stunt designed to generate attention for a reality TV show.

“I do want to reiterate that I’m very, very sorry. And I want to apologize to all the rescue workers out there, and the people that got involved in the community. That’s it,” said Richard Heene, whose wife did not speak at the hearing.

Larimer County District Judge Stephen Schapanski then ordered Heene to begin a 30-day jail term on Jan. 11, delaying the start of the sentence for two weeks so he can spend the holidays with his family. Schapanski allowed Heene to serve the remaining 60 days of his jail term under work release, meaning he can work during the day but spend his nights in jail.

The Heenes’ probation will be revoked if they are found to be profiting from any book, TV, movie or other deals related to the stunt.

“This, in simple terms, was an elaborate hoax that was devised by Mr. and Mrs. Heene,” the judge said.

The Heenes pleaded guilty to charges that they carried out the balloon hoax, with deals that called for up to 90 days in jail for the husband and 60 days for his wife.

Schapanski ordered Mayumi Heene to serve 20 days in jail after her husband completes his sentence. Her time served is flexible

Doctor [CENSORED] submitted false allegations to the court, under oath, yet judge Rafferty ruled that she did not commit perjury.

Her attorney Irving Johnson KNEW that the allegations were false, but apparently he was sure that I would immediately delete everything like doctor [CENSORED]’s former patient.

She named me in this lawsuit to force me to delete TRUE information about her patients’ complaints.

Incredibly, judge Rafferty ordered my websites removed TWICE!    The 10/17/08 complaint and motion for temporary restraining order had NO exhibits whatsoever to substantiate the ludicrous allegations against me.

Litigants and their attorneys need to get JAIL TIME just like the Heenes for making false statements.

The damages due to harassment suits are DEVASTATING.

I almost died.

Few people dare to post about this litigation because they are AFRAID TO BE SUED!

And every judge who not only condones but ENCOURAGES false statements to the court ought to be fired on the spot and put on trial for obstruction of justice.

Attorney Irving Johnson’s EXTREMELY Unfair Practices

This blog will be about attorney Irving Johnson, who represents doctor Tameira Hollander in her defamation lawsuit against me.

Doctor Tameira Hollander sued me in 10/08 and accused me of running a companion site to a “gripe” site by one of her former patients.

This was one of several blatant lies.   In fact, I only had a LINK to her former patient’ s website.

Doctor Tameira Hollander has yet to apologize to me.

Attorney Irving Johnson got judge Rafferty in Colorado Arapahoe County district court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring me to remove my main website  I complied with the order and was practically without income for two months until judge Weishaupl ruled that the TRO had expired before I was even served.

Notably, attorney Johnson had filed a motion for contempt including threats of JAIL because I started the new site Tameira Hollander and I had posted a news release about the lawsuit at other websites.

As a Colorado licensed attorney, how could Johnson not have known that Colorado TROs are only valid for 10 days?

Apparently attorney Johnson thought I would give up and delete all references to doctor Tameira Hollander as her former patient had done.

I also received many harassing emails and comments about this lawsuit from a person identified as “Mathew Hilton.”

I have no idea whether that’s his real name, probably not.  He gave me “legal” advice,  telling me that I really should delete all references to doctor Tameira Hollander.  When I refused to comply, he became increasingly abusive and threatening and he continued to harass me despite my numerous requests to stop contacting me.

I could not prove that “Mathew Hilton” was directly related to doctor Tameira Hollander’s lawsuit until he emailed me the pictures that the process server had taken at my private property of my home, car, license plate and laundry on the clothesline.

I questioned doctor Tameira Hollander under oath and she denied providing the pictures to anyone and she denied knowing “Mathew Hilton.”

Who else had the pictures?

The process server and apparently attorney Irving Johnson.  It is unlikely that the process server gave the pictures to anyone else.  Apparently attorney Johnson gave the pictures to “Hilton”.

The harassment stopped shortly after I sent an irate email to attorney Johnson and I also filed a police report, but they couldn’t care less.  I do have IP numbers and if I had the cash, I could subpoena his information from Yahoo and from his ISP.  But, that’s the big if …

Recently I again asked attorney Johnson who he gave the pictures to and his response implies that he doesn’t think it’s necessary to identify the person(s) who harassed me.

In July 2009 attorney Johnson got a second TRO  requiring me to delete my entire doctor Tameira Hollander litigation info site and I had to remove ALL REFERENCES to doctor Tameira Hollander from my sites.

It took FOUR months of hearings until judge Rafferty finally ruled that I enjoy IMMUNITY for posting the LINK to doctor Tameira Hollander‘s former patient’s site and that I CAN post about the litigation.

I’ve been through hell for a year due to this litigation.  I almost died due to the litigation-related stress and financial problems.

Additionally, attorney Johnson made numerous false statements about me to the court.

While I know that lawyers are licensed to lie, I’d like to see what the State Bar has to say about that.

I really don’t expect the Colorado State Bar to do anything about attorney Johnson’s misconduct, but the point of this exercise is to show the world how corrupt the American legal system is.

We need to abolish the current judicial system as it could not possibly be more corrupt.

  • The people who PAY for this corrupt system are prejudiced by ludicrous rules such as Colorado courts allowing only attorneys to utilize electronic filing, leaving pro se litigants with practically NO time to file responses, replies and objections.
  • THE PEOPLE are NOT entitled to compensation for the TIME spent on litigation.  Only people who are WEALTHY enough to PAY for ATTORNEYS get compensation for the attorneys’ fees if they prevail.
  • The LAWYERS are currently licensed to lie and civil cases simply ought to outlaw LIES.  How can justice be based on LIES?  Why should the best liar win?

We need a NEW judicial system that provides justice for ALL —  with plain English rules and judges with RESPECT for THE PEOPLE and THE TRUTH.

There will be additional blogs about the corrupt courts, judges and lawyers and of course about the doctor Tameira Hollander litigation.  We’re not nearly done as I will appeal several rulings, including the dismissal of my counterclaims and the ruling that doctor Tameira Hollander’s false sworn statements in her complaint and affidavit are NOT perjury.

I’m currently in the process of setting up Liars and Cheats EXPOSED and this is my first blog.  Since I’m new to the software, getting everything working will take all my spare time and the CO State Bar complaint about attorney Johnson will have to wait until I can get the MANY exhibits posted along with the Bar Code of Ethics.

UPDATE 8/1/13:  I truly regret that I never filed the Bar complaint.  I just didn’t have the time and money.  If there is a hell, it’s for people like attorney Johnson. Karma will catch up with him and doctor Tameira Hollander.