So Rickmyer was arrested and a probation revocation hearing was set for today, March 24, because Peter is, after all, a Level Three sex offender and only out in our community because he's on probation. His sentence goes until, gee, 2016. Click here for his special little Department of Corrections page, and note the current status.
Simultaneously, while facing a probation revocation hearing, Rickmyer was required to appear before Judge Robert Blaeser on an "order to show cause" for contempt of court, specifically because Rickmyer had attempted to file an "affidavit of service" purporting to serve legal paper on this blogger. (Rickmyer couldn't actually serve this blogger, however, because he has been declared a frivolous litigant under Rule 9) Technically, the legal paper doesn't appear to be a lawsuit, per se, but a pathetically worded rambling request for an "injunction" saying this blogger has somehow photographed Rickmyer and this has interfered with Rickmyer's ability to "think."
After being in jail for a while, Rickmyer retained attorney Jill Clark...
As previously reported on this blog, Clark committed various and sundry crimes against the trees of earth by filing a great big wasteful wad of quasi-legal crapola, including assertions the civil contempt of court proceeding was somehow a criminal proceeding and asserting the judge was less than objective.
At today's hearing, the legal standard was mere "clear and convincing evidence," not "beyond a reasonable doubt." Hearsay, for example, was allowed.
Clark reportedly tried to turn the tables at the proceeding, putting forward a case for Peter Rickmyer being "harassed" because this blog has been (OMG!) writing about him.
So, for example, if Peter were to try to serve legal paper on this blog, and this blog were to report on the attempt to serve papers...that would somehow be HARASSMENT.
In Clark's twisted world view, it is HARASSMENT of a Level Three sex offender to report on his frivolous lawsuits, his creepy hanging around at community meetings with minors present, his attempts to get around a judicial order by filing a civil rights complaint instead of a lawsuit.
Clark reportedly had printouts of pages from this blog, indexed with yellow sticky notes, and the pile was a full two inches thick. The hearing started at about 11 a.m. and went until around 3:45 p.m. Peter Rickmyer was not present in the room during the hearing.
In the end, none of Clark's efforts mattered. Peter was found in violation of his probation.
At about 4 p.m. I spoke on the record to Hana L. O'Neill, Corrections Unit Supervisor, Sex Offender Unit in her office on the 8th Floor of the Hennepin County Government Building. O'Neill was reluctant to say very much and was careful what she said, but it would be fair to say she was helpful, professional, and even friendly.
O'Neill stated Peter had been found in violation on ONE of the alleged violations.
"How many were there?" I asked.
"More than one," she answered, after a thoughtful pause.
Because of this violation, Peter would be "returned to his institution." O'Neill did not know precisely which institution this would be. An official at the jail said that tomorrow Peter would be sent on a bus to St. Cloud where a kind of "sorting" takes place. Prisoners either stay in St. Cloud or go to other institutions, depending on various factors including health needs. In the case of a Level Three sex offender, it was speculated such an individual would go to the Moose Lake Facility or Rush City.
O'Neill characterized Pete's violation as "technical," and said specifically it was not a violation that included stalking or harassment. (Such as the "following around" activity in the court building)
It is believed by this blog the "technical violation" is, in fact, Peter attempting to file an affidavit of service after being declared a frivolous litigant.
Notably, Peter might still have to deal with a contempt of court hearing over that very issue, but for purposes of probation violation, it may be the matter has already been decided.
And so, for a couple happy months, North Minneapolis will get a reprieve from ONE sex offender. The neighborhood is still full of sex offenders.
In an offhand remark, O'Neill said the Department of Community Corrections "doesn't like being in the middle of this." To which this blogger replied, "My neighborhood doesn't like being in the middle of this." Gesturing to a map on the wall full of pins representing the locations of sex offenders, I pointed out L3SOs are being "dumped" in North Minneapolis, and citizens of North Minneapolis are becoming increasingly unhappy and vocal.
Peter "Spanky Pete" is the tip of the deviant iceberg. North Minneapolis has borne this burden for too long. We want a reprieve. We DEMAND a reprieve.
We want the army of sex offenders out, out, OUT.