Freeman/D'Angelo vs Hannabelle
Update 2015: by Hannabelle
what you'll find on the Internet about Freeman/D'Angelo vs Swift (Hannabelle)
concerns my Motion to Dismiss under the Minnesota SLAPP Law (Strategic
Lawsuit Against Public Participation). Judge Rosenbaum denied this
motion. I appealed and the Appeals Court also denied the motion to
dismiss and sent me back to district court to stand trial for
"Defamation". So where you might find online that I "lost" in court, it
was only the motion to dismiss that I lost. I never actually had my day
in court. First, Rosenbaum denied my right to a jury of my peers.
Second, a few days before my scheduled trial,
D'Angelo and Freeman dropped all
charges against me. Since I did not break the law, there was no
defamation, and I was erroneously dragged through the court system
in a frivolous SLAPP lawsuit, I am confident that had I faced a jury
(one that had nothing to gain from lying and had not been paid off), I
would definitely have prevailed. As it happened, I prevailed anyway.
Below is what I wrote about it during that historical time period.
In the fall of 2007, Nexus CEO Jim
D'Angelo and Nexus board member Peter D. Freeman filed a
"defamation" lawsuit in Hennepin Fourth District Court against Bradbury
Township citizen "Hannabelle E. Lector". While fighting to keep the
Onamia city council from conspiring with the Nexus Corporation
to construct a commercial facility to house 94 convicted juvenile sex
offender in her residential neighborhood, Hannabelle acted as a
whistle-blower. As part of her activism, she created and developed The
Mille Lacs News, an independent news source and The Bradbury Buzzz, an
opinion blog. Hannabelle used words as her weapon.
As part of her strategy to influence the Onamia city council Hannabelle
phoned Nexus board member Peter D. Freeman to solicit his aid in finding
an appropriate location for the Mille Lacs Academy - rather than the
property chosen by the Onamia City Council which placed sex
offenders next to daycare, families with children, disabled residents,
and elderly widows. When Peter D. Freeman, a trained social worker hung
up the phone, refusing to listen or talk with her, she sent an email to his supervisor requesting
her help. What Freeman was involved with was unethical, immoral, and at
the time, illegal. It was not her intention to embarrass Freeman. It was
her intention to convince him to stop Nexus from building on the chosen
A self-purported expert
in "conflict resolution", Freeman's first response was to litigate.
Next: The Complaint