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.

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