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Old 05-17-2018, 05:04 AM
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So we have all read posts that someone discloses information (usually legal matters) and then gets showered in responses of "stop posting this on public forums".
I recently had a crazy scary experience that is now being processed through the system. I have had this internal debate on if I should post it up for you all to read and offer comments/advice. But the last thing I want to do is have it negatively affect the case going forward.
My family was recently a victim of a serious crime. A person has been arrested and has been charged with multiple felony counts. The prosecution is developing their arguments now. I'm not sure I agree with the strategy the PA's office wants to pursue. They have told us that our input does matter and they are open to hearing our concerns and would possibly adjust their strategy accordingly. The case will go to trial in the next couple of months.
Should I be silent on the matter, or can we discuss without the possibility of messing up the prosecuting attorney's case?
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I found out a while back that conspiring to have a sex offender evicted is a no go zone. I pulled a lot of that stuff down, but thinking back would not pull it back down again.

When I say sex offender, not talking about someone who got busted taking a leak in public. This guy was raping his 13 year old niece.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:23 AM
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What are the odds that "slipfit" would be a screen name that was well-known to the public in your area?

You could post and change a couple of details and be pretty safe, IMO.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:27 AM
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Just use a lot of hypothetically speaking, beat around the bush, change up characters sex, name, etc., change up a few details and let'er rip.

I am in no way shape or form a lawyer nor do I pretend to be one just my .02
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:29 AM
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I was gonna say, just Jane Doe it, easy peezy. Let's have it.
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If you're not sure it would be a good idea to post then it's probably not.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:42 AM
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I wouldn't post it
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:44 AM
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Is the story public knowledge? Is there a news article on it? Have you been asked to remain silent by the DA or SA or whoever is prosecuting?
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:52 AM
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Why do you feel it necessary to solicit advice on the internet on this matter from “ kitchen lawyers “? If you think that this would in anyway jeopardize the case seek better consul outside of the internet.
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RE: They have told us that our input does matter and they are open to hearing our concerns and would possibly adjust their strategy accordingly.

The victims should be asked to file a victim impact statement as well as be given the chance in court to read/tell it; I've been there.
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Meet with a second attorney for a consultation. See their opinion as to your case and how current attorneys are handling it.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
What are the odds that "slipfit" would be a screen name that was well-known to the public in your area?

You could post and change a couple of details and be pretty safe, IMO.
This..........but only if you have questions that require silly, funny, sophomoric answers.
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My experience with local PA's is they give you the lip-service but in the end do whatever is most expedient for them with little to no consideration to the victim. My cases only involved property crimes though so they may handle personal crimes more "judiciously".
Just bear in mind, you, understandably, take this crime personal, to the PA this is business as usual.

I do hope you nor anyone in your family has suffered irreparable damage and the bad guy gets what is coming to him.
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Peoples "Asking for a friend" on here all the time. No biggie.
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Prosecutor is just gonna plead it down to a minor crime so everything is irelevant.
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Originally Posted by Leeroyjenkins View Post
Is the story public knowledge? Is there a news article on it? Have you been asked to remain silent by the DA or SA or whoever is prosecuting?
This much of it is public knowledge, but like most media reports, not completely accurate.

Police arrest man for armed home invasion, placing woman in restraints | MLive.com

But to garner some informed advice/comments from my fellow hooligans, I would need to add some detail.

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RE: They have told us that our input does matter and they are open to hearing our concerns and would possibly adjust their strategy accordingly.

The victims should be asked to file a victim impact statement as well as be given the chance in court to read/tell it; I've been there.
Understood. But I believe this happens at the sentencing stage of the process, yes?

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Meet with a second attorney for a consultation. See their opinion as to your case and how current attorneys are handling it.
Could do this but the PA's office will not release or copy the evidence of the case to anyone except the defense. They have allowed us to read all the case files. But would not give copies. I did expend some memory on my phone that morning.

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My experience with local PA's is they give you the lip-service but in the end do whatever is most expedient for them with little to no consideration to the victim. My cases only involved property crimes though so they may handle personal crimes more "judiciously".
Just bear in mind, you, understandably, take this crime personal, to the PA this is business as usual.

I do hope you nor anyone in your family has suffered irreparable damage and the bad guy gets what is coming to him.
Thanks BR, that means a lot.
BTW, this is one of the more sober responses from you in a while. You ok? jk
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You obviously have reservations about posting and as such you should hold your tongue, err finger. Be patient and do not risk aiding the Defendant by placing the matter online, it may effect the outcome in ways you do not know. If you have issues discuss them with the victim advocate or District Attorney. All police reports generally are available to the public, except perhaps for work-product. My speculation is that he has priors which will aggravate his sentencing, the next "home" he will invade will be a MI State Dept. of Corrections facility for 10-20 years.
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Originally Posted by slipfit View Post
Thanks BR, that means a lot.
BTW, this is one of the more sober responses from you in a while. You ok? jk
No, I'm sober
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Your gut is telling you not to post or you would not have asked. Your first reaction is usually best.

And BR being sober needs to investigated.
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Prosecutor is just gonna plead it down to a minor crime so everything is irelevant.
Prosecutor said absolutely no plea deal will be offered.
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