Note the hilarity of this all. Joe Griffin makes a complaint against the Town Manager and the Town Manager sends him the following letter.
April 8, 2008
The Town has received and reviewed your Citizens Complaint dated February 24, 2008. I am not an attorney and therefore cannot comment on the legal reference made in the complaint. It appears your complaint alleges violation of the Florida Sunshine Law Statute by the Town Attorney and the Town Manager. I am informing you that this is not the proper authority to handle this complaint. Therefore the Town will not proceed any further with your complaint. If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact me.
In our research of background information, I found something very interesting in the White Springs Town Council Meeting dated April 8, 2008. It is obviously the intent of the council was not to follow laws and their attorney’s statement below cites the Council as above reproach. This group of people, (cited below), were never elected to serve the public or follow the law.
CONSIDER CITIZEN COMPLAINT FROM JOE GRIFFIN
Mr. Kennon stated that the complaint was brought before the Council last month but due to the absence of council member, it could not be voted upon. The complaint is against Mayor McKire and Vice Mayor Hardwick, Mr. Kennon went on to state that he disagreed with Mr. Griffin’s assessment of the law. The complaint would not be handled due to the absence of Councilperson Ford.
The second complaint is against the Town Manager and Town attorney proposed violation of the Sunshine Law. Mr. Griffin encouraged the Council to look at the Sunshine Law. The attorney General Opinion is that staff falls under the Sunshine Law. Mr. Griffin went on to state that we are no closer solving the issue than we were eight years ago.
Mayor McKire cautioned Mr. Griffin not to interrupt these meetings.
Councilman Williams stated that he was somewhat confused, the manager is our staff and Mr. Kennon is our legal counsel and from time to time they have to speak to get data to us for our decision, they do the leg work for us, so how can they do that if they have to publish every time they speak to each other.
Mr. Kennon stated that the final decision is always left up to the council.
Councilman Williams asked Mr. Kennon if he was a licensed attorney and licensed to practice in the State of Florida and Mr. Kennon answered yes.
Mr. Griffin interrupted once again stating he had presented the council with two Attorney General Opinions about the staff operating in the Sunshine.
Councilman Williams stated when he was the county coordinator, he was never questioned about the Sunshine Law when he conferred with the county attorney and he doesn’t see where there is any action to take in that we appointed the town manager and town attorney.
Joe Griffin again stated items that will come before the council must be in the sunshine.
Mr. Kennon stated that his response to the citizen complaint stands and that it is not appropriate to investigate the Council.
Mr. Griffin continually tried to interrupt the meeting and at one point he tried to take Councilman Williams council book. (Joe wanted to show him something in the book)
Councilman Williams informed Mr. Griffin that he will ask the Mayor to have the Chief of Police to escort you out of the meeting informing him that he had no right to insult the Council and we have not insulted you.
Motion made by Councilman Williams and seconded by Vice Mayor Hardwick stating that after review by the attorney and discussion with the citizen I find the complaint unfounded and closed.
I didn’t think about it until today but Helen Miller and Walter McKenzie actually have their own blog sites. It is called Jasper News and the Suwannee Democrat. I never could understand how the reporter who works for them could omit anything which may be critical of either Miller or McKenzie but when it comes to Joe or Karin Griffin, they make certain every detail goes in the paper. Yet I find it interesting that they worry about our blog when in fact their two blogs touch most of the people in the surrounding areas that get the papers themselves or have the internet. No wonder there is so much information about the Griffins. It is their intent to harass us as much as possible. That is why there is hardly any news out of Jasper. The Paper only writes about White Springs and even though no other criminal would be on the front page, if it is the Griffins, we can be assured we are on page one.
If you know the answer to this question please make a comment.
When and with what sheets of paper did the Town adopt the policy to “GET GRIFFIN” no matter what the cost?
As far as I can tell, the town has spent approximately $500.00 on the effort to get me arrested for “Stalking”. They are no closer today than they were when they started. I tell you it is a waste of tax payer funds.
We’ve seen the evidence and it is truly weak indeed. All comments will be published as long as the comment has something to do with the question at hand.
“When and with what sheets of paper did the town adopt the policy to “GET GRIFFIN” no matter what the cost?”
Thank you. Joe Griffin
The Decisions important to the Harassment Charge of Joe Griffin and Karin Griffin are as follows; Think of the Griffins as “Curry”. They did nothing Curry did not do…and there are several legal decisions behind it. ENJOY!
District Court of Appeal of Florida,Fourth District.
Paul CURRY, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee.
Nos. 4D99-2601, 4D99-3600, 4D99-4212, 4D99-4213.
Decided: February 27, 2002
Another separate basis exists that compels the finding that no criminal violation occurred in this case. Under the stalking statute, Curry’s complaints and reports to governmental entities did not constitute a “course of conduct,” an aspect of the definition of harassment. See § 784.048(1)(a), Fla. Stat. (2000).
Harassing involves engaging in a “course of conduct” directed at a specific person. See § 784.048(1)(a), Fla. Stat. (2000). “Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of ‘course of conduct.’ ” § 784.048(1)(b), Fla. Stat. (2000) (emphasis supplied). The statute gives “picketing or other organized protests” as examples of constitutionally protected activities. The list is not exclusive. Other constitutionally protected activities are also excluded from the definition of “course of conduct.”
The right to petition the government for a redress of grievances is one such constitutionally protected activity, and one of the most precious liberties “safeguarded by the Bill of Rights.” United Mine Workers of Am., Dist. 12 v. Illinois State Bar Ass’n, 389 U.S. 217, 222, 88 S.Ct. 353, 19 L.Ed.2d 426 (1967).
The history of the right to petition for the redress of grievances is ancient, stretching back in time to before the Magna Carta, see A.D. Bedell Wholesale Co., Inc. v. Philip Morris Inc., 263 F.3d 239, 252 (3d Cir.2001), to a petition by English leaders in 1013 to “Aethelred the Unready.” 3 Norman B. Smith, “Shall Make No Law Abridging ․”: An Analysis of the Neglected, but Nearly Absolute, Right of Petition, 54 U. Cin. L.Rev. 1153, 1154 (1986).
The right to petition has evolved to its current place in both the federal and Florida constitutions, which protect the right of the people to petition the government for redress of grievances. See U.S. Const., amend. I.; Art. I, § 5, Fla. Const.
A citizen’s request for public records also involves a “legitimate purpose,” because the right to obtain the records is established by statute and acknowledged in the state constitution.
Section 119.07(1)(a), Florida Statutes (2000), requires every person “who has custody of a public record” to “permit the record to be inspected and examined by any person desiring to do so.” The motivation of the person seeking the records does not impact the person’s right to see them under the Public Records Act. See Booksmart Enters., Inc. v. Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Inc., 718 So.2d 227, 228 n. 2 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998); Staton v. McMillan, 597 So.2d 940, 941 (Fla. 1st DCA 1992); Lorei v. Smith, 464 So.2d 1330, 1332 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985). Article I, Section 23 of the Florida Constitution demonstrates the importance of the Public Records Act when it states that the constitutional right of privacy “shall not be construed to limit the public’s right of access to public records and meetings as provided by law.”
Curry’s complaints concerning violations of various statutes, ordinances and codes was, therefore, constitutionally protected activity falling outside the statutory definition of criminal harassment. Curry had the constitutional right to convince governmental agencies to enforce laws within their jurisdiction.
Curry’s unsavory motivation in contacting law enforcement or administrative agencies does not eviscerate the constitutional protection of his conduct. See Eastern R.R. Presidents Conference v. Noerr Motor Freight, Inc., 365 U.S. 127, 139, 81 S.Ct. 523, 5 L.Ed.2d 464 (1961) (noting that “[i]t is neither unusual nor illegal for people to seek action on laws in the hope that they may bring about an advantage to themselves and a disadvantage to their competitors.”).
Curry’s complaints concerning violations of various statutes, ordinances and codes was, therefore, constitutionally protected activity falling outside the statutory definition of criminal harassment.
Curry had the constitutional right to convince governmental agencies to enforce laws within their jurisdiction. Curry’s unsavory motivation in contacting law enforcement or administrative agencies does not eviscerate the constitutional protection of his conduct. See Eastern R.R. Presidents Conference v. Noerr Motor Freight, Inc., 365 U.S. 127, 139, 81 S.Ct. 523, 5 L.Ed.2d 464 (1961) (noting that “[i]t is neither unusual nor illegal for people to seek action on laws in the hope that they may bring about an advantage to themselves and a disadvantage to their competitors.”).
Our interpretation of the criminal statute is consistent with the legislative intent to discourage stalking before it develops into a more serious threat to a victim’s personal safety. One function of the criminal law is to channel conduct into socially acceptable forums for asserting grievances. Where a person has complained to an arm of the government about another, there is not the immediate threat to personal security that arises when an emotional, angry complainant delivers his grievances directly.
Section 784.048 should not be read to criminalize conduct which makes the government the intermediary between stalker and stalkee. In such circumstances, civil tort actions such as malicious prosecution or defamation protect an innocent victim from wrongful conduct.
Curry’s conduct in this case was clearly knowing, willful, and repeated-and it may even be thought by some as weird and obsessive, with more than a tinge of spite to it-but it did not qualify as a violation of the anti-stalking statute. Viewed objectively, Curry’s conduct had a “legitimate purpose” under section 784.048(1)(a); also, it did not amount to a “course of conduct,” defined by section 784.048(1)(b), because it excludes “constitutionally protected activity.”
Taking one’s life may be the ultimate selfish act
He showed genius as a small child.
What would become of him in future years?
Had the physical and mental cruelty impeded his ability to go further on to school?
After all, even his English teacher elected to portray him as a fool.
As did his dedication and prowess in wrestling and football find him no deceiver.
He was a tall handsome muscular blond who everyone loved and whose actions they would mirror
Still they did not see the insecurities deep within for which he could not shed an outward tear.
And, there was never a time when he was not truthful.
Everyone desired to be like the friendly, considerate and helpful person he was.
Not knowing that constant worrying about his and everyone’s finances may be a cause.
By bringing forth happiness to those to whom he had meaning.
Yet impeded again by the inability to go beyond those cruel years
He felt not deserving enough for anyone to shed tears
He did not think about his purpose in life nor that of his mortal soul.
Feeling positive he could not eliminate any furthur agony and strife
One afternoon, after doing his chores, he took his life.
He did not realize how many people he would hurt and that is a fact.
Friends in agony needing help because of such despair.
Knowing the hearts of family members and those he touched in life, cannot repair.
We hurt immensely and our thoughts of you forever shall we save
Yet to your friends we say, never consider yourself to submit to such a selfish act.
Everyone has a purpose in life and it is your duty to keep your life in tact.
And by communicating your fears before considering fleeing above
You will find comfort and understanding that you are not alone
And the thought of doing away with yourself, you will be less prone.
Please share your thoughts about, “An Ode to Aric who we loved greatly” by Karin A Fleischhaker-Griffin? Commercial, or personal abusive messages are strictly forbidden. Report questionable comments here.
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray||9/21/2008|
|Sad and so real. My mom chose to leave early. I can relate. Thank you, Kathryn. Love and best wishes to you,
|Reviewed by Lauren Clearwaters (Reader)||4/16/2008|
|I feel for your loss… and oh so understand your pain.
|Reviewed by Lois Christensen||2/14/2008|
|Good poem. So many do not realize what they do to hurt their families in their life. I do and liked this poem and it made me carry on for my family when I am down and out. Fight depression often. Lois C.|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead||1/4/2008|
|powerful, poignant read|
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan||7/2/2007|
|i agree-my youngest sons’ father took his own life when my son was 15-a terrible thing to do to others|
|Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader)||3/16/2007|
|He looks like such a sweet child, too, to feel so unloved. For even if others love us, if we do not love ourselves, we can never feel it from others. I hope he can return in better circumstances some day.
|Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks||10/25/2006|
|Much too often we are aware or hear of a sadness such as this. And we can’t help but wonder…why? A lesson for all parents: Always let your children know how much they are loved; how much they are needed; how much they have to offer the world. Otherwise it is called “child abuse”!
Your poem is a tribute to all lost children…
|Reviewed by Martin Hebert||5/13/2006|
|~~Kathyn~~such a sad poem yet written so well..~~
|Reviewed by Vesna Perkovic||3/22/2006|
He is in light..that’s all that is important now..
Yes others may learn something.. who knows..the only thing I know is that I REALLY felt what he went thru..I dare not comment or judge..
|Reviewed by Lin Edwards (Reader)||2/9/2006|
|A sad story, and a very good message in the last stanza particularly.|
|Reviewed by Leslie Bond||1/31/2006|
|I’m sorry of your loss.He sounded like a person that really did his best, and then some. Leslie|
|Art and creative abilities were important to me at an early age. . I self-studied art mediums through the Bureau of Engraving by age 15. My art work, designs and writings as an Editor were part of my school profile. Business creativity in the form of legal contract reviews, applications, correspondence and template design, sales and marketing for domestic, national and multi-national products became my forte. As a Minneapolis Aquatennial Volunteer from 1979-1986, I produced and directed the pre-parade show and wrote scripts for units in the televised parade as well as development of the Parade Division Manuals.
Other areas: 1989 General Festival Chairman for Crookston Ox Cart Days, REACT & St. Croix Valley Search and Rescue, Youth Counselor for a religious organization. One of the financial and operating partners of a ranch used for grazing, catch and release fly fishing operations, the raising of rainbow and federal cutthroat trout, building acre fish ponds by assisting in the rebar and shot-creting work, landscaping as well as providing formal dining as a chef and caterer for the fishermen.
Birth Place: Warren, MN USA
Accomplishments: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation through the American Institute for Property and Liability Underwriters, Various Insurance Industry related awards. Taught and wrote an insurance company in-house defensive driving course, Insurance Company department artist utilizing ink medums for book covers and cartooning for safety letters. 2006 Marquis Who’s Who of American Women