After reading at Julie's blog about the counsel meeting and apparent SUPPORT of the counsel members for the malicious prosecution of Julie for veggies in her front yard and the dog licenses, I decided that Oak Park deserves its own blog. I hope you already saw the documentaries I recommended to the Oak Park officials:
FREE on Google. It is truly incredible to see how corrupt so many of our governments are.
And I sure admire the scientists who ruined their careers because they refused to follow Monsanto's orders and decided to publish the TRUTH. At the very least we can do our part pill price propecia and refuse to purchase GMOs.
Oak Park prosecutor Eugene Lumberg seems to be inviting a harassment and malicious prosecution lawsuit against himself and his employer, the city of Oak Park. According to Julie Bass, she already showed the receipts for the dog licenses to prosecutor Lumberg:
5- when we got the citation for the dog licenses we cleared it up right away. we went in that friday, only to find that our government is closed on friday due to budget cuts (!). we went back as soon
as we were able the following week and took care of it. we paid the license fees. we paid late fees. we got proof from them that the dogs were current and paid up, and we took this proof to court and we showed it to the prosecutor.
However, they are still required to attend a COURT HEARING for the PAID dog license ticket.
In this Fox News video, prosecutor Lumberg states that everybody has to go to court after getting a dog license ticket, but that he would dismiss the case if Julie showed him proof of payment:
It's Julie's word v prosecutor Lumberg's word.
Does she have a witness?
Here's my question: Are the officials in Oak Park IDIOTS?
Who in their right mind would have a COURT HEARING after a fine was promptly PAID?
Are they so loaded with cash that they don't mind wasting it on court hearings for tickets that have been paid?
That's just insane. And as Julie's attorney mentions in the video, the court hearing may be against city regulations. This definitely reeks of malicious prosecution and harassment.
I sure hope they sue the city and prosecutor Lumberg and that it all ends with the firing of prosecutor Lumberg, a little more respect for the people who pay their salaries by Oak Park city employees and a nice check for the Bass family!
As first mentioned by attorney Jessica Newman (an Oak Park city official’s daughter), the city of Oak Park dropped the charges against Julie. Apparently city officials had received tens of thousands of calls and emails from all over the world and they realized that they did not have a very good case.
Today Julie posted that her attorney went to file a motion at the court and he found out that the case was dismissed. It happens frequently that court notices aren’t actually mailed out until a day or two after the filing.
So I consider that excellent news, although Julie is ill and not nearly as happy as she should be. Of course they could charge her again, but that’s EXTREMELY unlikely unless the city actually changes its laws and explicitly prohibits front yard veggies.
I’m very glad the charges were dropped and now we can move on to more productive projects such as finding out WHY some people feel that veggies will lower home values and we can focus on the big picture. I hope you will all take an hour to watch scientist and activist Vandana Shiva’s speech at UC Irvine. [7/2008]
This was three years ago and unfortunately, nothing has changed for the better. The American government is completely controlled by the corporations and the FDA and the USDA ignore the DOCUMENTED harm caused by genetically modified crops and monoculture.
I hope to get Jessica Newman (her letter to Time Magazine) and many local government officials to watch Food Inc., King Corn and Ms. Shiva’s speech. I am certain that none of the Oak Park officials have been bribed by Monsanto. I seriously doubt that Jessica Newman is on the big ag payroll. Why do they feel so threatened by veggies? Continue reading “City of Oak Park dropped charges against front yard gardener Julie Bass”
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