Austin Vantrease wants to know all about you if you donated to his victim! Remember a few days ago when I said you almost certainly will be personally offended by Austin Vantrease? At that time I promised to share this with you when the timing is right. Well, it’s time! An article broke on the front pages of West Virginia news this morning that does it for me. Hold on to your hats, folks!
The article’s link will follow, but let me give you the gist (from my opinion). Austin Vantrease believes his obligation to my son is reduced by the amount contributed by anyone and everyone since the night he brutally beat him. In effect, the premise is any financial judgement from the pending civil suit should be offset by community goodwill.
Obviously, I disagree. Strongly.
I believe we will win. West Virginia case-law is clearly in our favor, but one thing I know about our legal system is… I don’t know everything about our legal system. Perhaps there is some obscure loophole? Maybe a remedy is to give this information to the court (but not the defendants) if it comes into play. My issue is more along the lines of How Dare You! This is remorse? This is accountability?
No, to me, this is classless. Something that seems to be a family value (again, opinion).
You should know, I will protect your information until I’ve exhausted every court that will listen to me. Sue is afraid I might even go to jail to protect it, in contempt of court. I won’t comment on that, other than to say I never compromise on my principles and morals.
I learned early on — from the instant I found out about the attackers running and hiding — that “doing the right thing” is not expected. In this case, the right thing to do (yes, opinion… again) is just knock it off, for pity sake. Eh, I guess some violent offenders will never learn. Just when I think a felon can’t look any worse, stuff like this happens.
Who’s giving him this advice, anyhow? Sheesh.
Diviney Donor Info Requested
Attorney Asks for Names, Addresses of Supporters
BY BRANDY BRUBAKER The Dominion Post
Austin Vantrease’s attorney wants the name and address of every person who has ever made a donation toward Ryan Diviney’s care.
So far, Diviney’s attorneys are refusing to hand over the names — saying they don’t think personal information of donors should be in the hands of Vantrease, a prison inmate and convicted felon.[Continue Reading Article] at the Dominion Post website.
Please! Don’t stop donating while this nonsense is resolved. If you are more comfortable (and trust me as an honest person), you can even just send a personal check in my name. I’ll know its intent and will see to it that it’s properly spent! Which reminds me, the De-Clutter for the Divineys event this weekend is no longer considered a fundraiser for the Ryan’s Special Needs Trust Fund. Let’s just say it is a non-deductable gift to the us, the Diviney family, that can be used at our discretion.
I beg of you to share my post today on Facebook (just click the button immediately below). I want everyone to know what type of person and family we are dealing with here! Please read the passage at the top of this page… We Must Interfere!
Update, 10/25/2012: The Federal Court ruled. Read about it here.