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no I have been intimidated by family to keep quiet and I am hesitant to harm the sgt even though he in my opinion had some duties to me to warn of the danger and to discourage his brother from harming me which he did not other than warning of escalation. I believe the texting is enough to show obvious agreement to harm me.
I have copied the texts mentioned and shown them to their mother. she is frantic and sleepless about me being a "vindictive bastard" I understand the natural tendancy to protect children but the family has made no apologies or admissions other than they believe my and my son's story but decline to face the fact that the civilian son is a criminal. now that the texts are available to me and shown I expect more retaliation. I am trying to be admitted to practice law in PA this fall. the army unit is 3d batalion rangers at ft benning.
Mr Simmons thank you for your straight answer to my question. You join a unanimous opinion of retired military friends I have spoken to and shown the texts to. In consideration of my next action I find this to be a very hard question of what damage will this do to the career of a great soldier? What good will it do me? What damage to the family. However on balance I have not been treated with respect or honesty by this family and there has been great harm to me and my son. I had to stop working at a law office because of the turmoil and depression and anxiety experienced by me and my son. My employer was told this story and I agreed I should take time away I am still not back at work nor is my son. I am told by the mother that it could effect my career in law if I tell this story to the military, meaning they will retaliate. Any case law on this for me to read would be appreciated I have access to westlaw. Is there any provision in military law for remedy of damages in a case such as this?
Thank you for your answer. I will take it into account. My natural instinct is to do nothing further regarding this matter to negatively effect the soldier. He is a highly decorated warrior and it is against my conscience to harm his career. Perhaps I would be thanked someday. No remedy is available to me so what is the point? In a perfect world people would tell the truth and make amends. I am willing to take one on the jaw for this man. FYI I am totally disabled and was paralyzed by a drunk driver and it really hurts to be treated this way but I believe life is good and want to think about other things such as helping others I will attempt to reach some settlement of this matter with the family. Wish me the best. My compliments and thanks to you.
Jerry Stephens JD
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