This entry is about my adventure fighting the state pro-se in court on a petty victim-less crime charge who’s real purpose was simply to collect money in restitution for something done that I had nothing to do with.
Here’s a really short and simple description the way I see it with much more detail to follow in other pages:
On Oct. 2nd, I received a permit from the IDL burn permit website that was different than I asked for. This prompted me to decide to burn on a perfect day (the first day of rain in fall) in order to keep an Idaho County Fire Mitigation Contract to burn several hundred burn piles on my property.
This technically broke the law as stated here: Idaho Code 32-115
That day I burned maybe 20 piles with my helper James. Once we were done lighting the fires in two areas, it started raining pretty hard. I decided to take a break and so James and I both went home to get lunch and a short nap before resuming checks on the fires.
The IDL fire department showed up and this began a 3 day unnecessary fire suppression project I had no power to stop.
During this event I tried to serve the fire IC (Incident Coordinator) a notice of trespass and it was refused. This caused a rhetorical question by myself that was taken as a gun threat and caused quite a stir that eventually ended in a sincere apology from me.
When this was over I knew there would be a bill, just like I had paid in the past. Little did I suspect that this time, the bill would come in a disguised form – a criminal charge with no damages specified, no complaintant listed and sworn to on hearsay evidence by an attorney with no oath of office filed. I had no idea this would evolve into a kind of extortion hard for me to believe and I had no idea how corrupt the courts were and what pathetic tricks the prosecution (and judge!) would use to get their money out of me.
I decided to fight, not knowing what I did not know at the time.
My detailed story of the process will be posted here when all is done.
It has been a year-long education indeed and I will tell all when the time is right.