I have commented before about the high level of discrimination military veterans face in today's courts. In domestic violence trials and restraining order hearings such men are not only guilty of simply being men but, commonly if not inevitably, are referred to as "trained killers."
The first one involves a trooper from 7 th Special Forces (Green Berets) serving in Kosovo while back home his wife was providing her favors to another rather mentally unstable male. Her adultery became obvious when he returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from overseas. During divorce proceedings her lover began threatening the Special Forces trooper, e.g., " I'm going to kill you, I'm going to put a bullet in you!" (did I say lover boy was a bit psycho?).
Unlike several of his comrades in arms, four of whom killed their wives, and one of whom was killed by his wife, after returning from tours in Afghanistan to similar situations, this trooper followed the law. As a result of the threats he was receiving he went to the Cumberland County Court in Fayetteville, North Carolina. As it turned out lover boy was known to the courts as a dangerous individual and the trooper was directed toattend the North Carolina Department of Justice Concealed Carry Class and get a permit to carry a gun for his protection, which he did.
Then his adulterous wife found out that helegally carried a weapon to protect himself from her lover. She then went to Cumberland County Court (the same court that told him to get the concealed carry permit) and (no surprise to those who get these newsletters) the judge gave her a restraining order against her husband. Further, he wasn't notified of the court date for the hearing nor was the court order served on him. No surprise there either.
A permanent restraining order in today's military means an involuntary discharge, which he was given. However, he did manage to get joint custody of their two boys in the divorce. But, despite a no move order, she took off with lover boy and the kids for Kansas. He is left broke, his career ruined, and his children gone. And America has one less elite soldier.
The second incident involved my eldest son, Chris, who, like me, is a former Marine. Both of us served with Marine infantry, he with 5 th Marines and I with 1 st Marines. However, Chris had the misfortune to be involved in a training accident with his right kneecap ending up behind his leg while with Charlie Co, 1 st Bat., 5 th Marines. As a result he was discharged disabled and receives a small pension. The VA hospital in Denver reconstructed his knee a few years ago and he has few problems with it now.
Presently Chris lives in Evergreen, Colorado, where he splits the rent with Shane, a former Army Ranger (see footnote). For whatever reasons, a neighbor, Ron Neary, took a dislike to Shane and Chris and their dogs, and began harassing and threatening them. Chris was trying to get his security clearance back for a job he wanted and Shane is in training to become a fireman. So neither could afford to be involved in any brawls. As a result, on the advice of an assistant DA, Chris took out a temporary restraining order against Mr. Neary. That restraining order came on for hearing yesterday, July 8, 2003, at ~2;30 PM in the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401-6002 before county judge Charles T. Hoppin telephone (303) 271-6210, facsimilie (303) 271-6272 in case no. 03 C 10897, Corry v. Neary. On the record Hoppin found that Chris, solely because he is a former Marine, constituted a threat (as in a danger to society) though their was no evidence that Chris or Shane had ever threatened or harassed anyone. Hoppin then granted Mr. Neary a mutual restraining order against Chris even though Neary did not request such an order. Hoppin also exhibited either complete disregard or total ignorance of the career consequences to Chris of such an asinine and degrading order.
Mr. Hoppin was appointed to the Jefferson County Court in May 1996 and was a Deputy District Attorney from 1969 to 1972. He practiced law privately from 1972 to 1996 but has never served in the military and has spent his life as a parasite on society.
More and more often I find myself using the phrase "Dumb as a judge!" I rarely encounter one of these black-robed monsters who has the education that I would expect of a sophomore engineering or science student. The two incidents above well illustrate the disasters these bumbling, incompetent, uneducated nitwits are inflicting on society and the men who defend it.
By coincidence, Shane's father and I are both listed among the 50,000-odd overachievers in Marquis Who's Who in the World. For comparison, state governors are not considered for inclusion in that planetary A-list, nor, for that matter, is the Commandant of the Marine Corps. I point this out to illustrate the poverty of the legacy we have been able to leave our children in large measure due to the actions of ill-begotten, black-robed bloodsuckers like Hoppin and his ilk in courts across this land.