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    **18 Months and Counting**


            ** 18 Months and Counting **

    Dear North Carolina General Assembly Members:
    Do you know where your children are today? Are they safe? Are they being taken care of? Are they learning and making good grades in school? Do they have the things that they need? Are you able to communicate with them each and every day?
    Well, as the title to this letter indicates…..**18 months and counting**….this is how long that my granddaughter, Gretchen, who is 7 years old and in the first grade has been kept from seeing her daddy or having any kind of communication with him or any of his family. **18 months and counting** with NO END IN SIGHT.
    I have reached out to everyone that I can possibly think of and now I am reaching out to you AGAIN, the Lawmakers of North Carolina who can and should be able to make a difference. At least, I have given this my best effort so I will NOT feel guilty, when and if something happens….which SHOULD HAVE, COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.
    Do North Carolina Laws really allow such as this to take place?
    Well, they do if you know how to “work the system and have someone in the system who will agree to go along with what you are doing without following the legal and lawful procedures and having “evidence to present and prove in court” the charges or I should say, the false accusations which have been made against the accused, my son.
    It seems like for several years now this has been a game played, with my son being the “alleged target” and has been the focus of the on going issues, which has kept him
    in court now for many months.
    So I would like to know just how long this can continue? Does anyone know? As it seems, there are no attorneys who actually know what to do or anyone who wants to address this or who can figure out just how to proceed.
    We are stuck or so it seems. We continue to go to court, month after month, appearing each and every time, even though there is no evidence of any kind of any crime being committed, taking up valuable time of the court system. This case should have
    been referred to family court in the beginning, when it first started.
    Charges have been made and arrests have been made with time in jail and bonds set and bails have been made and then countless appearances have been made in court.
    This has become a never ending vicious cycle. The Grand Jury has handed down 2 “indictments” without any evidence. No arraignments have been made and all of this must be contained somewhere in court files.
    Does anyone there review things that are going on? It seems like no one has kept up with any of this or perhaps there is no one who knows just how to address it all and proceed with whatever needs to be done about it.
    There is NO EVIDENCE for anyone to pursue the charges or someone would have surely addressed the “accusations” and charges by now. My son has waited for something to get settled. Is Wake County trying to create more criminals by pushing people to their limit?
    Not many would have put up with what my son has endured, being falsely charged with crimes that he did not do and that did not even happen, going to jail and spending money.
    Amily McCool, ADA of WAKE COUNTY, has allowed this to go on now for over 18 months and in the meantime, a little 7 year old girl has been kept from having any contact at all with her daddy.
    So what happened to his father’s rights, which legally he should be entitled to? His rights have been violated many times and this continues.
    The first indictment was from a “false accusation of 2nd degree attempted rape….which supposedly took place in June 2010. The first magistrate would not even issue a warrant for the charges, due to the circumstances of the situation at hand. But someone continued to pursue this until another magistrate ordered the warrant, again with any evidence, since it did not happen.
    The 2nd indictment was violating the protection order multiple times which did not happen.
    So I have to ask each of you, how did the Grand Jury hand down indictments for crimes without evidence to begin with? A Raleigh attorney said that “all cases which are presented to the Grand Jury are just rubberstamped”. Seems like to me that this must be the truth. Has anyone actually checked such as this out to see, if indeed, this is the case?
    Are our North Carolina Laws so vague that our law enforcement officials and Judicial Systems can continue to keep “someone tied up in the court system” until they finally discover that there was NO EVIDENCE to begin with to even charge the person on
    accusations which have no merit at all in a court of law to begin with? So exactly who is in charge of “things like this which happened”? Anyone? No one? Is anyone in control of things which happen like this?
    There was a reason for the false accusations and the reason is to keep a little girl from seeing her father. The mother of this child had a very disturbed childhood life with abuse which took place early on and continued throughout her early adult life, which was considered to be “family kept secrets”…and now my grand-daughter is suffering the consequences of something that neither she nor her daddy have anything to do with or any control over at all.
    It has now been 18 months and counting, it seems like there is nothing any one can do about any of the “created accusations” which were started and have now gotten way out of control.
    My granddaughter’s mother has used and abused the legal system with the assistance of Amily McCool, that has become a vicious cycle and so far it has worked. This has continued to keep John tied up in court for 18 months and counting without any evidence at all.
    Since the issues are not being resolved no attorney will represent my son in family court until these false accusations are resolved one way or another.
    So I am asking someone, actually anyone, in the North Carolina General Assembly for help, since it seems that no one else knows what to do about it.
    Perhaps someone could at least check into this matter to verify what I have told you is indeed what has taken place. And then perhaps someone can then address matters such as this which need to be addressed.

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