Pattern Of Harassment: Alabama Cops Target Law Blogger
Late last week, we asked, “Is A Whistleblowing Alabama Blogger Being Harassed By Law Enforcement?”
The blogger in question is Roger Shuler, whose Legal Schnauzer blog has fearlessly documented a pattern of lawlwssness and corruption within the state’s legal system — in both the courts and the legal profession.
And the answer to that question looks like a great big “You can bet on it.”
A Shelby County deputy on Sunday afternoon conducted a bogus traffic stop in the latest example of harassment my wife and I have encountered since I began reporting on U.S. Judge Bill Pryor and his ties to 1990s gay porn.
The incident almost ended with a physical confrontation between me and Lt. Mike DeHart, after I called the officer a “fraud”–plus a few other choice words–and he threatened me with arrest. I’m not sure what would have happened if my wife (we call her Mrs. Schnauzer here) had not been with me and made it clear that Officer DeHart was going to have to physically deal with her if he took his bullheadedness any further. It appeared that DeHart saw his career flash before his eyes–suddenly becoming conscious of how bad it would look to physically confront a woman in the parking lot of a public library–and thought better of what he was doing.
(For details about the incident, check out the video at the end of this post.)
All of this, it seems, was the culmination of a week that saw multiple visits every day to our home from sheriff’s deputies–always in groups of two or three, with at least two vehicles–resulting in banging on our door, yelling on our doorstep, and trips to the back of our house. On one night-time visit, deputies shined lights into our windows.
As I stated in a number of posts (see here and here), the show of force made it appear to us that deputies were setting me up for a bogus arrest or a groundless search of our home, with the likely intention of seizing our computer. Long-time readers know that Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry orchestrated an unlawful “sale” of our house on the courthouse steps in 2008, just a few days before I officially got cheated out of my job at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). (See second video at the end of this post.)
There’s plenty more in Roger’s latest post. Here’s the video mentioned above: