Wednesday May 28, 2008
Nexus Persecution Continues.
If You Tell, We'll Sue You!
Mille Lacs News Staff Writer
"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate
agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning."
It would appear that Nexus is all in favor of Freedom of
Speech - unless you say something they'd rather you not say - about them.
The old mantra your mother may have taught you: "If you can't say anything
nice, don't say anything at all" seems to have become obsolete. According to
the new lawsuit threatening Hannabelle, Nexus' stance is: If you can't say
anything nice, we'll sue you.
And of course, Hannabelle can't find anything nice to say
about Nexus. She has, however, taken up the role of Town Crier, letting the
world know what she has found out about Nexus, in spite of the oncoming
lawsuits meant to shut her up. Hannabelle can't say anything nice, but she
keeps telling it like it is. But keep in mind that Nexus hasn't shown
Hannabelle any of the "Minnesota Nice" that might temper her comments about
the multi-million dollar private corporation which has forced itself upon
her. They've been feeding her fire.
Jim D'Angelo - Plaintiff
The first defamation lawsuit facing Hannabelle was filed by
former Nexus CEO Jim D'Angelo and Nexus board member Peter Freeman, who is a
college teacher in the Social Work Department at St. Thomas University. The
D'Angelo portion of the lawsuit complains that Hannabelle called him
"arrogant" and said that he is a "snake". One must wonder how this corporate
president made it through grade school unscathed. Or perhaps he was indeed
scathed. Of course, he will probably sue Hannabelle for mentioning that he
might have been scathed... The point is, Hannabelle did not defame D'Angelo.
If calling someone "Poopsie" is defamation, the courts would be filled with
Peter Freeman - Plaintiff
The Peter Freeman portion of the lawsuit is equally
ridiculous. When Peter Freeman, a teacher of Social Work, used hostile
tactics of ostracism against Hannabelle, he behaved in a manner incongruent
with the mission of the University which employs him. Just hanging up the
phone on someone is unprofessional and immature, but it can also be
strategic. Freeman hung up on Hannabelle as soon as she identified herself,
refusing to even listen to why she has contacted him. But it wasn't this
typical Nexusian act - the Silent Treatment - that prompted Hannabelle to
lodge a complaint against the professor - who has special interest in "scapegoating"
by the way... Hannabelle, who was also a college instructor (before a health
crisis left her permanently disabled), expressed her concern to the Dean of
his department via a personal email, and only after Freeman sent a
maliciously cruel response obviously meant to cause pain to her. It was this
show of cruelty which disturbed Hannabelle. Now, keep in mind that
Hannabelle didn't over-react by filing a formal complaint. She merely
notified the Dean that one of St. Thomas' teachers had behaved badly. (An
apology by Freeman would have gone a long way...) It was
private and personal until Freeman himself couldn't let it go. He
retaliated. Shortly thereafter, Hannabelle received the "We're gonna sue
your ass" letter from D'Angelo and Freeman's lawyers.
Is litigation justifiable for a simple complaint?
Since when is it forbidden for a person to complain about
being treated badly,
(especially about someone who is forcing 94 convicted sex offenders down the
street from her elderly, frail mom?) The First Amendment of our Constitution
says that Freedom of Speech is not forbidden. It is something to be
protected. It is something that makes us America. Both D'Angelo and Freeman
are using this lawsuit to silence, damage and punish Hannabelle. Money might
not be able to buy everything, but it can buy several lawyers unethical
enough to wage a frivolous lawsuit intended to gag the Town Crier. Think
about it... You are no longer allowed to complain about anything or
anybody without the threat of a lawsuit against you? If that's the
way it works, perhaps a countersuit against Peter Freeman is in order. After
all, he complained about Hannabelle... when he sued her.
Nexus - Plaintiff
On the same note, Nexus is now threatening to sue Hannabelle
for writing about and making a video which exposes the homicide of one of
Nexus' clients by an employee of one of their affiliates - Gerard, in a
former facility in Mason City, Iowa. Hannabelle made a comment that Nexus
didn't like - so they are threatening to sue her for defamation. The
comment? "Nexus - getting away with murder."
Getting away with murder
The interesting part is that in order to tell Hannabelle why
her statement is "defamatory", the lawyers also proved her point. They
basically emphasized that they got away with murder. The boy died in a
"take-down" situation in a Nexus facility. He was smothered to death by the
employee. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide. Yet, Nexus attorneys
point out that Nexus was never charged. Exactly. The boy was killed. Nexus
got away with murder. Is this defamatory? Nope. Opinion based on facts.
Remember, Hannabelle has merely reported about Nexus. It is not Hannabelle's
fault that Nexus has skeletons in their closets.
But why Nexus would want to go to court to explain the fact
that one of their boys was killed by one of their employees is beyond me.
There's sure to be negative publicity. In the discovery phase of the
lawsuit, wouldn't all the nitty-gritty details come out? Dirty little
secrets? The angry parents of the boy claimed that the employee had not
received proper training. They intended to sue Nexus for the boy's death -
but never did. Don't you wonder if there was a settlement and how much money
Nexus paid to make this horrible situation go away? hmmm. Frankly, I'm
surprised that Nexus didn't sue the boy's parents for expressing their anger
about the homicide.
Suing their victims
The problem with Nexus is that they have victimized property
owners in my neighborhood, then threaten to sue us if we complain - about
having 94 sex offenders, a five building institutional complex in our rural
area, about laws and ordinances being changed or ignored, our rights being
disregarded, and the outright lies about safety/risk, etc.
Indeed, Nexus seems to utilize some of the very tactics of
the sex offenders they purport to treat. If you study juvenile sex
offenders, you will find that in order to control their victims, they often
make threats like:
"If you tell, I'll kill you..."