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Why is it
when you think you have everything under control something else pops up?
notice that Jeanie Ann was being sued by someone from back east. They claimed
they were the rightful heirs to the property we just won in the court case
against the man who molested Jeanie Ann.
The next day
three people and their battery of lawyers showed up and a few days later we
found ourselves in court for a preliminary hearing.
read over the suit and said this is a bogus attempt to take the property from
Jeanie Ann. Go and tell Abner not to do anything for he will just get into
trouble if he takes matters in his own hands. When he said that an image of a
sinkhole I knew of came into my mind with several new inhabitants.
I did as I
was told and Abner finally agreed not to do anything for now. From the way he looked and talked I knew these
people would never live to enjoy any of their ill-gotten goods should they
prevail in the suit.
later Abby’s father said I just received a wire from the detective agency I
hired to completely check out these people and we are ready to go.
The rest of
the afternoon we spent laying out our strategy.
legal teams spent the morning setting forth their legal position and then turned
it over to us. Abner and half of his hands were sitting in the front with their
weapons with them.
I thought no
matter what the ruling was these people had already lost. If they win they are
dead and if they lose they may get away with their lives. It was up to me to
start the defense so I started by asking many questions about who the people
were and where did they live.
In the first
ten minutes they told fifteen lies and then I reminded them the penalty for
lying under oath. Then I asked if they wanted to change any of their answers
and they looked at each other and become very nervous.
I asked the
judge to excuse the one I was questioning and called the private detective to
the stand. I got by his qualifications and him being licensed by the state
where he was living. I asked him if the people who were suing were telling the
truth in their testimony and he said no they were lying. He then took out his
notes and went down a list he had copied.
asked him a few questions about his testimony and then he called all three of
the plaintiffs to stand before him and asked if they lied when I asked my
questions and they said yes and then the whole story came out.
happened another attorney in our town had followed the proceedings and how
Jeanie Ann had come to own the disputed property. He then contacted the eastern
attorney’s and they set the whole thing up. They got some actors to pretend to
be heirs and now their plot had fallen apart.
We had filed
a countersuit and the judge said he would hear that as soon as he passed judgment.
The three plaintiffs received fifteen
years and a large fine. The legal team were given one year and lost their
license to practice law plus a fine of twenty five thousand dollars.
said that he ruled for us on the countersuit and set the settlement at fifty
thousand dollars. That was more than the plaintiffs and their lawyers could pay
so the judge made them pay what they had and gave us a judgment on the rest.
shouting that this wasn’t the way it was done in their jurisdiction but the
judge gaveled them down. He then said to the attorneys I want the name of the
attorney who concocted this whole fraudulent scheme.
At first the
lead attorney hesitated but when the judge threatened a contempt charge against
them with more time in jail he gave him the man’s name. The Judge told the
bailiff to see to it the lawyer was arrested and brought before him.
The bailiff wasted
no time in looking for the lawyer but he was nowhere to be seen. A week later
still no lawyer in fact he was never found. Most believe he took a cattle train
as far as it went and then he took a passenger train on to the west.
saw to it that the lawyer's license was revoked but he said if he went to the northwest
he will probably end up as a judge.