Anti-'Stalking' Journo Gets (Pending) Justice on Stalking Charge
• NowPublic.com journalist Vic Livingston accuses Falls Township, Bucks County, PA cops of assault, false arrest and imprisonment; considers civil rights lawsuit.
• But first he must find a conscientious defense attorney who won't charge him 10K to clear his good name against what he says are false charges.
UPDATE: Prosecuting police and the original complainant failed to appear for a rescheduled preliminary hearing on Sept. 29. The case was dismissed by a magisterial court judge. An attorney has advised the defendant that police could "re-file" the charges. That would seem to be double jeopardy. Lacking a final disposition, this article appears here in its original form.
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Falls Township, PA authorities charged me with a crime. By mail. First-degree criminal misdemeanor "stalking." The crime that's been perpetrated against me by the covert, GPS-activated extrajudicial targeting and punishment "matrix" described in my article, "GESTAPO USA."
The crime that has ruined my life for the past five years.
Pennsylvania law says that for a criminal misdemeanor stalking charge to be applicable, there must be a demonstrated "course of conduct" or "repeatedly" committed acts or communications, with the "intent to place (another) person" in "reasonable fear" of "bodily injury" or "substantial emotional distress." That's a condensed summary by a non-lawyer; the full statute, and relevant case law, can be found here:
I did not commit criminal stalking on evening of June 22, 2009, when I took down the out-of-state license plate number of a van whose driver apparently was stalking me when he followed me into a store and left moments after I exited the store. This man apparently saw me taking down his plate number and called the police. Nearly an hour later, after I had been shopping in another store and was driving home, I was pulled over by a caravan of three Falls Township, Bucks County, PA police cars. I was assaulted by a police officer who flung me face-down on the trunk of my car, falsely accused me of "resisting arrest," and handcuffed me so tightly that my wrists ached for a week. My car was confiscated and towed. I was not read my Miranda rights. Police kept me confined in a stress position in a parked squad car, then threw me into a locked cell for about a half hour. Police denied me the right to call an attorney or my wife. They took fingerprints and mug shots and had me sign three forms, then released me, saying I would be charged by mail with "misdemeanor stalking" (which I was, several days later).
But the "stalking" definition fits what has been done systematically to me for five years, wherever I travel, even out of state.
I am being charged with the very "organized" crime that my articles have exposed. I believe this is an abuse of process, unlawful imprisonment, police misconduct, and quite possibly, entrapment.
All of my telecommunications are subject to not just surveillance, but malicious tampering and interception, including phone calls. Some of my calls seeking assistance have been returned by persons that sound to this veteran journalist like impostors. My important emails typically do not generate a response.
A defense attorney recommended to me by a neighbor who is an attorney wants $2,000 plus costs to represent me at the preliminary hearing, and at least another $7,500 if the case goes to trial, regardless of how much time is spent preparing the case.
So I am still seeking representation -- and I want to pursue a police misconduct case. I have requested a police misconduct investigation in a phone conversation with a deputy district attorney. I have received no response. The local ACLU has said they can't help me; I have found that organization sadly lacking.
My hearing is scheduled for Aug. 18th in Bucks County Magisterial District Court 07-1-10 in Fallsington, PA (subject to postponement if my eventual counsel requires more time).
To my media colleagues: coverage invited. I repeat the request despite the mainstream media's lack of coverage of the nationwide extrajudicial targeting network that, I believe, has purged mainstream journalism of some of its best.
I also take note of the dearth of media coverage about the proliferation of silent, injury- and illness-inducing microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons" that have been widely deployed...
... the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum, a development every bit as significant as the invention of gunpowder.
Skilled, ethical defense/civil rights attorneys who can play both defense and offense: please get in touch ASAP.
As for mainstream media coverage of extrajudicial targeting and punishment:
Why are mainstream media journalists AWOL? Our profession, democracy, and the rule of law are in the cross-hairs of a federally-enabled police state.
Prior to this incident, I had never been arrested. Now I'm asked for fork over 10 grand to defend myself against what I consider to be false charges. When I am the victim.
Is this justice? http://NowPublic.com/scrivener