Friday, December 07, 2012

When you're accused of a gun crime

Boulder, CO (November 2012)—The scary part of this story is how easily it could happen to any one of us.
Steven and Michelle Gesse thought that the small dinner party they hosted on the night of April 5, 2009, would be just that: an informal, pleasant gathering of neighbors over good food and good wine.
Instead, it turned out to be the beginning of a nightmarish spiral into a confusing and frightening justice system that in practice, if not in theory, considers you to be guilty until proven innocent.
“During dinner that night, my husband, Steven, made an offhand comment that offended one of our guests,” recalls Michelle Gesse, author of the new book Bogus Allegations: The Injustice of Guilty Until Proven Innocent (Johnson Books, March 2012, ISBN: 978-1-55566-450-3, $17.95). “We were not even aware that she was offended since the remainder of the evening passed pleasantly. But what took place later that night changed the course of our lives forever. Never, in a million years, could we have imagined it could happen to us.”
Thanks to Luke for sending this in.


orbitup said...

Thanks for the link. There is a lot of advice there that was learned the hard way.

Aaron de Bruyn said...

Easy solution. Move to the middle of nowhere. Like Idaho. Surround yourself with a huge wall. Maybe get some like-minded people to go with you.

...wait. I just had an idea... ;)

orbitup said...

@Aaron - That didn't work for the Davidians.

MrG's said...

She made a lot of good points, something to think about. I have already started "lawyer" shopping in case I get hemmed in by a false accusation. I wish there was a "loser pays" tort in place.