Monday, February 21, 2011

No Free Speech and No Fair Trial in Dearborn County, Indiana

Five days after the state of Indiana dismissed my complaint against Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard, Aaron Negangard sent me a notice that he was seeking indictments against me for Harassment and Intimidation. The Judge that is supposed to preside over the case is Dearborn Superior Court II Judge Sally Blankenship. My case will involve subpoenaing IP addresses, emails, browser histories, etc., and anything else related to protecting my First Amendment Rights from being infringed upon by the Dearborn County "Justice" System. Now it looks like I may face an obstacle in obtaining necessary evidence. Honorable Sally Blankenship publicly endorses the services that Midwest Data provides to the Dearborn County Court System and the Dearborn County Prosecutor's Office.

The Honorable Judge Blankenship wrote, "The Prosecutor's Office along with the Court systems have been pleased with the service we have been receiving from Midwest Data." How can I expect to have a fair hearing when the prosecutor's office and the court system actively endorse the company that I would be subject to subpoenas? If Midwest Data were to file a motion to quash a subpoena of mine, I would be going up against a company whose website has a testimonial from the judge presiding over the hearing. I'll be going against a prosecutor whose office endorses the services from Midwest Data. This doesn't even account for the fact that the Dearborn County Courts and the Dearborn County Prosecutor's Office have previous discussed their satisfaction with the services of Midwest Data. (click the above image for large view) Now, the entities that employ and endorse Midwest Data are going to be responsible for deciding what information I may subpoena from Midwest Data.

This is just another advantage that Dearborn County uses to restrict free speech and the people's right to a fair trial. If you believe in free speech, feel free to contact Dearborn County Officials to voice your concerns. You can also post comments/concerns on Dearborn Prosecutor Aaron Negangard's Facebook Page.

I am in no way suggesting that the good people of Midwest Data have engaged in any sort of unprofessional conduct. They come highly recommended by members of the community. Midwest Data offers a multitude of technical services/sales and is very gracious in giving back to the community. I am not challenging the validity of Judge Blankenship's endorsement of Midwest Data; I just question why Judge Blankenship did not inform Midwest Data that Canon 2(B) of the Indiana Rules of Judicial Conduct prohibits judges from "lend[ing] the prestige of judicial office to advance the private interest of the judge or others."

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