No, Means No… Dammit!
It’s another defeat for Austin Vantrease and his Morgantown, WV attorney, Heather Noel (MacCorkle, Lavender & Sweeney, PLLC). News accounts this morning are reporting a federal judge upheld the lower court’s denial of the Vantrease request to get his hands on the list of everyone who ever donated to my son’s care and treatment. As I see it, this ruling should essentially resolves this stupidity (as I see it) once-and-for-fuddruckin’-all.
I suppose they could take it to the United States Supreme Court, but that would be laughable. Still, not as much of a joke as trying this stunt in the first place… oh, in my opinion. Let’s make no mistake, it did not play well in the eyes of society that a convicted violent offender wanted good and decent folks personal information. People who simply wanted to help a young man who’s essence was literally beaten out of him.
What’s That Mean to You?
This means that you may give to someone in need without fear or concern from felons getting your information. Federal legal precedence was set, which I’m happy to instrumental in the eventual outcome, but I certainly didn’t appreciate being a part of the process. It’s still crazy to me to think the Vantrease contingent thought this was a good idea. Cads they are, I do declare!
I haven’t run the numbers, but it sure feels like there’s been a chilling effect on the financial support for Ryan. I wonder if it harmed others who rely on the goodness of caring people? I bet it did. I really do.
Take That, Vantrease!
No, it was met with public outrage. People are crying “foul” and it is being handled sternly with monumental support to keep Austin Vantrease in prison. No remorse is one thing. Kicking a man when he’s down is another. This, to me, is nothing short of using the legal system to administratively do what he physically did to my son on that tragic night in November 2009. It just makes things worse. Well, it certainly doesn’t make anything better. Can we all agree on that?