I finally had my day in court today with Ms. Sheree Whitfield. First, a bit of background. In Georgia, if you go to the courthouse and tell them that you are in fear of your life because someone is stalking you they automatically give you a TPO and set a hearing within ten days to hear the evidence. It is not necessary to provide any evidence at that time, because all of that will come out in the hearing. So today was the day for the hearing. Sheree was asking for a 12 month stalking order of protection against me.
In court this afternoon, the judge heard both sides of the case. I explained that I went to Chateau Sheree and took some pictures on one occasion. I testified that I had never seen Sheree anywhere ever; nor had I ever attempted to contact her in any way. I also explained I was given permission by the men in physical control of the site to enter the property. I also mentioned that Sheree does not own said property.
Sheree testified that she was afraid for her life. She stated that I was parked outside her property at all hours of the day and night. Under questioning, she was unable to state any time that I had threatened her or harassed her. She admitted that she was not the property owner. She said she was the builder. She said she was there almost every day with her children and they were afraid of me. She admitted that she had shared the blueprints for Chateau Sheree on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. She admitted that she had invited cameras on the property for the show.
Sheree’s attorney then called a man as a witness named Jason Lapene. Who is Jason Lapene? That’s a good question. He said that he knows Sheree because he “did a website for her.” Sheree claimed in her testimony that he is the person who investigated to determine the owner of Tamaratattles.com. He then said he was a real estate developer. He testified that Sheree would call him very late at night crying and scared for her life. He also testified that he had staked out my house in order to determine if it was a “servable address” (presumably for a TPO). I dunno what he even means by that or how a web designer would have any involvement in serving a TPO. I was served by the sheriff. Basically, it seems to me he is some guy that knows Sheree because I can’t see Sheree calling a web designer, or a real estate person at midnight crying. One would think a police officer or 911 would be a better option if one was fearful. His testimony was very odd. It appeared that Sheree’s attorney called him to testify about her “fears.” I know, I don’t get it either. And it’s kind of creepy he is hanging around my house. UPDATE: I just remembered that the guy said he saw me at Chateau Sheree on several occaisions too. What is a web developer/house flipper doing on a construction site he has nothing to do with all the time. And he is still trying to comment here even after the request for a TPO was thrown out saying that it wasn’t. Was he listening to the judge at all?
The judge ruled that there was nothing to support a stalking protective order. Her request was denied. Because Sheree claims to be in fear for her life he indicated that he was sure I would be willing to agree to stay away from her. Which of course, I was fine with as I have never been around her or had any contact with her in the first place. Because there had been two females (one looked very familiar) taking pictures of my house on the day the TPO was filed and because this guy admits to parking outside my house, my attorney asked for a mutual stay away agreement to keep Sheree and her ….web designing/real estate guy from coming to my property. Sheree’s attorney had previously refused that request which we offered prior to court. However, the judge ordered a mutual agreement (not a restraining order) to be drawn up between my legal team and her attorney. Problem solved. Right?
Not so fast. Before I was even able to begin this blog, Jason Lapene began sending out false and unsolicited emails to other blogs stating that the judge granted Sheree’s request for a permanent order. This is completely false. He seems very invested in this situation, no? Is it me or is he acting more like a disgruntled boyfriend than a web designer, or real estate agent, or whatever he is. VERY ODD. He also listed Sheree’s attorney in the email and the link to her attorney’s site. Why? The bloggers that he sent the emails to forwarded them to me for verification, which I of course could not provide, since he seems to be trying to deliberately misinform them.
All in all it was a very interesting day. The request was thrown out and you would think that Sheree’s friend Jason would have no need to continue his email campaign. I should I mention that I have lots of random guys named Joe and John trying to post my personal information on this blog so comments are a bit more moderated for now. Sheree is attempting to serve two other bloggers with TPOs as well. She must really like spending her days in the courtroom.
Meanwhile, I have several non-related blogs I’d like to get back to putting up! But first I may have to celebrate my victory in court. I’d like to thank my legal team at The Merchant Law Firm for their flawless representation in court today!