Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Landlord Rights and Free Speech, a www.freespeech.com repost

* * * *
I came to downtown Connecticut to fix up property for my benefit, my retirement, to put my national honor society daughter through college, and to make Connecticut my home. I was not politically connected and was not ?Grandfathered? in to the towns I chose. I saw other home and business owners forced out by police and town officials that made the mistake of not having ?connections? and locating to downtown Connecticut. I benefited my community, avoided illegal/high risk behaviors, was a consumer, and worked hard, for this I was punished, harassed and thrown in prison on the smallest excuse.
If I came to Connecticut to shoot up heroin, do/sell drugs, become an alcoholic, live off the system, buy/sell sex, break-in houses, and generally be a common criminal parasite with little means or assets, I probably would have been welcome in downtown Connecticut as I saw such individuals go for years with little done to them unless they were caught breaking the laws while out driving.
But, I was self-sufficient, hardworking, wanted to be active politically, joined a crime watch, and was outspoken in newspapers regarding promoting and protecting my creed, the downtown business owner/investor, was hassled by police and other officials, threatened to leave Connecticut, ?Or else,? and with no record was thrown in prison and out of the State of Connecticut for overreacting while being beaten in the dark during a robbery attempt. -Steven G. Erickson (posting here as Vikingas)
_______________________
I posted a discussion on landlord rights and free speech on MrLandlord.com:
Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT])
Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 7:52 PM Message:
I had trouble getting 'equal protection and service' from police because I was a landlord.
I was considered more sleezy than drug dealers and other criminal.
Police were rude and offered no helf with property damage and other crimes. A Stafford, Connecticut, selectman told me when I was a single family home owner, that the riffraff could be removed from town by squeezing landlords.
By taking away street parking, sicking the building inspector of landlords, and investigating and harassing landlords, the selectman felt he could have less of the the undesirable people in town. Our rights are not protected. I went to prison after being nearly robbed and beaten, as the robber was an alleged police informant.
I was declared the 'victim' and had used pepper spray to end the attack on in my dark driveway. Another landlord was harassed by phone by a tenant and then attacked on his yard.
The police came and arrested the landlord and the woman is being used to prosecute the landlord. We get the harshest treatment possible by police and are treated very unfairly in the courts.
We should sue States and the police for civil rights class action, possibly under the 14th Amendement. your thoughts? Steven G. Erickson PO Box 730 Enfield, CT 06083 --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Deb[Tx]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 7:58 PM Message: Thank God I am in Texas,Our police in my town are Great! --65.154.224.114
RE: Landlord Rights (by tyler[nc]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 8:18 PM Message: Steve...while i sympathize with your story..., it seems rather hard to believe (and remember this is just my opinion) and one sided...another LL gets arrested for not making harrassing calls...I'll bet your stories never end....If you want to convince me...give me proof; otherwise this LL is skeptical of your stories....remember i've got a bridge for sale...you don't know me anymore than i you...so until otherwise...this smells of bs. Why don't you post the police reports, any news articles, proof via the public that shows two sides... I don't have those problems here as long as i respect and work within the law...sure people don't like landlords..., our city works at citing more code violations to ll's then home owners...but ll's obeying, respecting the law don't get beaten up and thrown into jail without reason.... maybe you should start a local LL association. What is your point of the post? what do you want from me? --64.12.96.40
RE: Landlord Rights (by Carolyn[MO]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 8:39 PM Message: This person posted his story a couple of weeks ago. --152.163.253.8
RE: Landlord Rights (by Gulfman[Fl]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 8:39 PM Message: Good points Tyler as something is just not right here. --64.58.217.40
RE: Landlord Rights (by Sean[CA]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 9:35 PM Message: Thank you Tyler. --66.122.184.201
RE: Landlord Rights (by ALDO[WI]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 10:19 PM Message: I've always said, and I'll say again, when I grow up I want to be just like Steven Erickson. Afterall, there are many slumlords in this world, but only a few whiney slimelords, so that must be somethng to aspire to. Those cops weren't picking on you because you are allegedly a landlord. It was because you were seen wearing green socks. --24.94.252.131
RE: Landlord Rights (by Sean[CA]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 10:48 PM Message: And ALDO joins the group that owes me a beer... --63.207.227.12
RE: Landlord Rights (by CAW[OR]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 10:59 PM Message: I get treated just fine out here on the left coast. My landlord experience doesn't bear out what you claim and my police experience makes your stories ring my bull**** meter. Get us the officers. I'd like to hear the other side of the story. It sounds suspiciously like your problem might be drunk in public, not landlording. --206.163.168.11
(links found here)
RE: Landlord Rights (by Brad[Mo]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 11:10 PM Message: Jeffery and Rick: Are you guys out there? I thought we covered all this on September 5th. Sorry Steve, I've already given my closing arguments previously. Sean: How's the ankle doing? --66.143.34.223
RE: Landlord Rights (by Kriver[IL]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2003 11:19 PM Message: I am a Chicago Police Officer and an owner of several properties throughout Chicago. Not only do I totally side with landlords on calls (as to the law), when I call the police, I get prompt action and full cooperation. The police think deadbeat tenants are scum also. --64.12.96.40
RE: Landlord Rights (by Dan[MD]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 1:30 AM Message: I didn't believe this three weeks ago when it was first posted, and I don't believe it now. Where's the Rest OF The Story? --141.157.17.160
RE: Landlord Rights (by Chris[MD]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 3:46 AM Message: here we go again..... can I get this delivered to my garden to till in for next spring? --165.247.105.70
RE: Landlord Rights (by David[fl]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 6:45 AM Message: Last I knew being a landlord was not aginst the law so you can't get arrested for that. I have a great relationship with the local P.D. they know I screen to keep undesribles out and they help me do it. If I call them for help they know I have all ready tried to work tings out and I'm not the problem. I'd bet that you violated someone else's rights or you would'nt have gone to prison. --152.163.253.8
RE: Landlord Rights (by Tom[CT]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 1:33 PM
Message:
I know Steve and its a true story. I went to court for him because I had run ins with his assailant. He got railroaded because he spoke out. --12.242.228.187
RE: Landlord Rights (by tw[nj]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 1:38 PM Message: I had a Police Officer come to my property once. I had called bcause while showing the building to a buyer, some "squatter" jumped out the window when we entered.
The PO's didn't want to do anything.
I insisted we at least file a report, all this dilly-dallying allowed a supervisior to respond. He looked at the PO's like they were rookies-or worse. Report filed. I guess it depends on what cop you get.
A cop that does not live in that town doesn't have any incentives to do anything but collect a weekly check. Maybe Steve got one of these type cops and rubbed him the wrong way. --67.82.5.32
RE: Landlord Rights (by Lynn[CT]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 4:05 PM Message: That is a crazy story. I have not heard about it. I have had no problems with the police in my area. During our evicition my husband and I called the police in CT (Meriden) to escort us into our property 3 times to check on things we told them our situation.
Yeah we were being pain in the #$sses. They were great! they helped us look around to make sure we were going to be safe that no one was going to attack us and vise versa. I would love to read the article if you have one or tell me the dates and I will look it up?
What newspaper was it in? I am not saying that I don't believe you with all the coruption in CT, (Waterbury Mayor and Bridgport most recent) I am not sure what it is your asking us to do I am a little confused? Is anybody else confused? I am a new LL maybe thats my confusion? Lynn --65.141.139.241
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 5:39 PM Message: Thank you Tom from CT, my former neighbor in Stafford CT. Yes, it is all true.
Another landlord in Enfied, CT, was harassed by a woman. Don had allegedly given her a bad recommendation to another landlord. She called threatened, him, and then attacked him on his property.
Don was charged with assault and the woman only with Breach of Peace but was dropped so that she can help the prosecution against Don.
Don defended himself on his property, same as me. Police are more willing to charge landlords than they are tenant or even common criminals. When I was a single family homeowner in Stafford CT, and a member of the crime wathch the selectman said there was a program to clean up the town and get rid of the riffraff, the renters.
His plan which I do not know if it is a statewide policy, was to eliminate parking around a landlord's property to make apartmentts harder to rent, to sick the building inspector on landlords, and to make life difficult for them. Knowing this, I bought 2 boarded up properties in Stafford and fixed them up.
I complained too many times to police about drugs being sold off my front yard and about the vandalism etc and individual police officers told me they did not serve landlords and neither did the courts.
Brian Caldwell is a drunk who is still harrassing elderly at Avery Park in Stafford when they complain when he is doing drugs and drinking all night at a Mr. Armstrong's unit. I was called the victim in the follow up police report, and yes I did get sentenced to one year in prison for using pepper spray while being attacked on my property in the dark during a robbery attempt.
My proof is the court transcripts. Brian Caldwell admitted threatening to kill me in court, and that he had demanded money from me.
Judge Jonathan Kaplan told me that the police can arrest who they want, the prosecutor can prosecute who they want, and then sentenced me to a year. I had given his name to 2 landlord associations saying he was biased against the self employed and landlords saying he should be removed.
I also gave his name to Rep Mordasky and State Sen. Guglielmo for removal. I twice tried to have Rockville Prosecutor Keith Courier fired because he refused to prosecute two cases I had to force police to take my complaints, one a felony property damgage case and another a career fraud who moves in without permission, doesn't pay, and wrecks property over and over with no consequences.
All I have to say is a matter of public record. Rick Guiness of the Manchester Journal Inquirer tried to do a story on me called, 'Raw Deal' but for some reason it was squashed.
He also tried to submit my public comments at a public meeting in Stafford regarding the crime problem and his editor squashed my comments that would normally have been printed as he had submitted them. -Steven G. Erickson --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steve Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 6:32 PM Message:
posted on FreeSpeech.com: October 02, 2003 Dear Governor Rowland, (an open letter to the Governor, entertainment for the rest of you)
I want to ask you what is the logic of Connecticut?s police doing virtually nothing to protect and serve those that need this vital, supposedly, tax supported ?public service?? Is this why it seems that drug dealers, frauds, prostitutes, alcoholics, drug addicts, and career criminal parasites seem to be Connecticut?s preferred, downtown citizens, not productive citizens and those that choose to invest in the American Dream, which is a ?nightmare? in Connecticut.
Connecticut taxes its citizen far beyond what most other states charge. Should Connecticut?s police act merely as ?Armed Revenue Collectors? targeting purses and wallets of mostly honest, hardworking, taxpayers? Do you think this has something to do with Connecticut?s recent net loss of 65,000 citizens where other States are gaining citizens?
Why is it okay for a drug dealer (?Jaybone? Drice) to pull a gun on me on my property when I asked him not to use my yard to deal drugs? I doubt police even talked to ?Jaybone? about the incident.
Why would drug dealer, David Drice, be able to sell drugs off my front lawn telling me if I give him a problem police will go after ME not HIM? I had to argue with the police dispatcher to even send a police officer after telling him, I had been threatened by drug dealers and teens drinking on my front lawn.
Why it is okay for Brian Oulette to assemble pipe bombs under my tenants and children, setting devices in and around my property with police seemingly not do anything?
Why is okay for Stanley Sibonis to sell drugs, vandalize, break in property, pass out on sidewalks drunk and high, and be a general ?pain in the ass? from a young youth to an adult in Stafford, Connecticut, with seemingly little done?
Why is okay for allegedly AIDS infected, Vicky T, able to prostitute herself in Stafford for drugs and money, to just move in apartments and not pay rent over and over, ripping off local stores, elderly, and whomever she can?
Why was it okay for James Hogancamp to move in various places, not pay rent, sell crack and marijuana, fence stolen items including elderly heirlooms and pain medication, not pay support for his 6 children? He has been known to drive a Volvo and seems to live a live of ?carefree? luxury probably living his whole life as criminal parasite.
Why was it okay for crackhead, Dennis Perier, to offer items out of my house he had not yet stolen to others at a local Stafford Springs, CT, bar, with little, if anything done by police? Why was it okay for Gary Baker to destroy my house over and over, break in, sell crack off my front lawn over years?
Gary allegedly shot a man?s eye out during a ?driveby? using a air rifle, was caught with stolen items, drugs, and was allegedly preparing to flee the State to avoid prosecution, allegedly is only to spend 2 months in jail.
Why was it okay for Ken and Robin Pelc to sell marijuana, crack, and heroine out of one of my apartments all hours? Why didn?t the fire personnel that saw drugs lying around their apartment lead to arrests? Fire personnel had evacuated the house as a drunk had tried to run over another man, possibly over a bad drug deal, smashing into my house with a SUV banging into the electric meters.
Police had refused to do anything about the Pelcs. It wasn?t until I called DSS when they left their children unattended without food, while the Ken and Robin were out drugging and drinking that anything was done.
The Pelcs took off to avoid any legal or financial obligations, and probably received no punishment. Why is okay for alleged prostitute, Lana Thompson, to move into apartments without permission, destroy them, and bilk whomever she can over and over, being evicted over and over?
Why was I told, while a member of the Crime Watch, told by police I was not allowed downtown unless I was involved with drugs? I was told to stay out of their way as they, the police, were after big fish to confiscate a business, home, and assets in just one investigation. It seems collecting ?booty? is more important than offering downtown citizens any quality of life.
After complaining about crime, the bias of police and courts against the self employed and landlords in newspapers and to politicians, after trying to have a prosecutor and judge(my sentencing judge) removed for bias, lodging complaints against police officers, why was I arrested for pepper spraying a man that had been harassing me for weeks, had demanded money from me, after jumping from behind, beating me, is not even arrested?
Brian Caldwell allegedly had an altercation with another person who had a ?Clash of the Titan? egos with Connecticut State Police and was the only one arrested after fighting with Caldwell. Caldwell continues to drink heavily daily, use drugs, attack people, harass the elderly, pass out on sidewalks, and urinate in public.
He can be seen intoxicated leaning against the Resident State Trooper office frequently. Police had allegedly been bragging that ?Big Mouth? was going to be run out of town and taught a lesson.
I had no previous record, but police were allegedly bragging that I was going to go to prison before I even went to trial! My charges should have been dropped when I was declared the ?victim? when I finally got police to do an investigation or at minimum, Prosecutor, John Panone, should have offered me AR, to avoid a trial at taxpayer expense.
AR, for a $100 fee, would have resulted in my charges being erased in as little as 3 months, a program that is offered to ALL others with charges such as mine when they have no criminal record. Do Connecticut authorities prefer the non-productive, parasites, and criminals downtown?
Is it normal for a ?crime victim? to be sentenced to a year in prison, 3 years probation for being forced to defend him/herself (during a robbery attempt) because police had refused to?
Attorney Agranoff, who charged me over a $17,000 fee seemed too intimidated by police, the prosecutor, and the judge to call witnesses, to put up any kind of defense, nor to even to challenge obvious false statements and perjury, of Troopers Langlais and Ameral to get me railroaded to prison for being a ?Big Mouth?.
It seems Free Speech in Connecticut is not free.
It is common knowledge that I would not have lost my retirement, credit, family, pets, home, 3 apartment houses, business, etc, the sum total of all that I had built up over a lifetime, had I not complained about police, crime, drugs, and the bias of the Connecticut court system in newspapers.
I think Connecticut is a poor choice of a place to live, given the crime, lack of quality of life, high taxes, limited services, and the seemingly corrupt way the State of Connecticut is run. -Steven G. Erickson
P.S. I was so upset with police not doing anything about drugs being sold off my front yard and how the bias of police and courts hurt property investors and small business, I wrote Bush, and received a response from the SBA and HUD.
I wrote the letter BEFORE being railroaded to prison by police and being sentenced in a Kangaroo Connecticut Court. Posted by Vikingas at October 2, 2003 06:41 AM TrackBack
LT Wack of Connecticut State Police internal Affairs refused to deny nor take my complaint regarding police perjury of State Police Officers Langlais and Ameral regarding incidents involving me going to prison based on their false statements and conflicting police reports. --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 7:14 PM Message: Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs refused to take nor deny these complaints:
Steven G. Erickson February 14, 2003 PO Box 730 Enfield, CT 06083-0730 860-749-xxxx
To whom it may concern at Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs: (fax to 203-238-6447, tel 238-6390)
I belief Troopers Ameral and Langlais of Connecticut State Police, Troop C, Tolland Connecticut, committed perjury in my criminal trial at Rockville GA#19, 20 Park St, Connecticut on 10-22-02, to get me convicted on 2 misdemeanor charges.
I would like to formerly lodge a complaint against Trooper Ameral and Langlais as I believe they perjured themselves.
Trooper Ameral seemed to turn red and choke over his words as he testified that when asked whether or not I had asked to make a statement and identified myself 10-11-01, after I was nearly robbed, beaten, and threatened on my own property at night after arriving home with Clayton Varno in my van.
Troopers Ameral and Langlais refused to listen to the taped threats on Sue xxxx answering machine against me, 10-11-01, before I was assaulted, to take Sue xxxx statement, Apt x, 5 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076 (860-684-xxxx).
The pair also refused to take my statement, refused to listen to the threats against me from my assailant made from 1:00 PM that day against me. I had identified myself as a crime victim, my name, and that I wished to make a complained.
Both officers denied me this. Trooper Ameral refused to take my statement during processing 10-12-01, and refused to listen to my voicemail with the threats against me.
My assailant was not arrested. I asked Trooper Ameral more than once to make a complaint and wanted my statement taken. I called out while being held, and asked to make a complaint against my assailant for attempted robbery, assault, and the threatening of me, Sgt Sticca refused to take my statement, 10-12-01.
I called Troop C, when I arrived home in the morning after being held at Troop C, Trooper Decker listened to my entire account of the previous events from the late evening before. I believe he interviewed tenants that had heard my assailant threaten my life and were aware of my assailant going back and forth from the local bar all day looking for me, each time saying he was going to hurt or kill me when I got home.
Trooper Decker politely refused my 2 or more requests to take my written statement regarding the events from the previous day.
My assailant continued to harass and threaten me and attempted to beat me again, Oct 18, 2001.
I called the State Police and I believe it was Trooper Colleen Anuszewski, who responded to the call maybe sometime between 8PM and 9PM. She listened to the threats on my voicemail and listened to my account of the threats made against me and that I had just nearly escaped a 2nd beating by locking myself in my office in my other multi family house, 3 Church St, Stafford Springs, CT.
My assailant came after me 7 times in the time before my trial. 4 of the times I reported the incidents to police. There was a follow up investigation that calls me the victim of the assault in which I have included.
This tells me that if my statement was taken before I was arrested that I would never have been arrested, and at the time of the 2nd report, I think my charges should have been dropped.
Sgt Izzarelli took my statement and interviewed Sue xxxx, possibly Clayton Varno, and others. Sgt Izzarelli came calling on me and in the presence of Sue xxxx, seemed surprised that my assailant was not arrested and with my case in general, in my opinion.
I believe I had previous arguments with Trooper Langlais, over teens drinking, fighting, and selling drugs off my front lawn, and my displeasure over losing sleep and with the lack of anything being done.
Langlais may have been one of the officers on a previous occasion to Oct 11, 2001, that were chanting, "Oh Stevie, Oh Stevie, Oh Stevie!" outside my office door waking me up maybe 2AM or 3AM in the morning maybe an hour or so after I had called in and complained about intoxicated teenagers, banging into my house, and being so loud they were keeping me awake.
The contents of this letter are to my best belief and knowlege. Thank you, Steven G. Erickson --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 7:16 PM
Message:
Steven G. Erickson April 16, 2003 xxx xxxx
To Whom It May Concern at the Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs Unit (fax to 203-238-6447, tel 238-6390.
Subject: Trooper Mulcahey?s possible violation of my (Steven G. Erickson) 1st and 14th Amendment rights, civil rights violations, and improper conduct unbecoming of a State Law Official
I believe Trooper Mulcahey acted improperly in telling me I would be arrested if I pursued any charges or allegations against anyone and did not leave the State of Connecticut.
I had brought a tape that Trooper Mulcahey took possession of threats against my daughter, her life, by a man who was sexually obsessed with my then 14 year old daughter and her friend Leann.
The tape also had threats against me, possibly 15 to 20 involving Peter Coukos. Please look into my allegations and take my complaint. From statements made by Peter Coukos, before I was harassed by him telling me that the Stafford Resident Trooper and Stafford Police Officers did not like him (Peter Coukos) getting along with me and encouraged him to harass me and get rid of me.
After making this statement, Peter Coukos, told me that if I did not write him a check for $30,000 he would make up a false police report, report me to the building inspector for possible code violations, and would try and say I had committed fraud in some way or another fabricating a complaint.
I was also told I was evicted from the property by Peter Coukos, when I believe only a court order could bar me from 3 and 5 Church St. Stafford Springs, CT, and that it was entirely illegal that I could be told I was barred from Stafford Springs and/or Connecticut, by someone saying they are speaking on behalf of the police.
I asked Trooper Mulcahey to take my complaint against Peter Coukos more than once and over time from as early as February 2002 into the Summer of 2002, regarding Peter Coukos threatening me, assaulting me, locking me of my apartment, blocking my vehicles in the driveway, breaking into my apartment, stealing my van seats and pick up truck cap, etc.
I believe it was an admission to these crimes by Peter Coukos when he signed an agreement not to harass me and to settle my Small Claims suit I brought against him regarding the stolen property.
I do not think it honorable and legal for a State Trooper to threaten me with arrest for being the victim of crimes, not the perpetrator, if I pursued matters taken in police reports, and if I did not leave Stafford Springs and/or Connecticut as soon as was possible.
I find it disturbing that Peter Coukos, claimed to me that the Resident State Trooper had told him, ?Big Mouth is going to be shut up,? ?Big Mouth is going to be run out of town,? and ?Big Mouth is going to be taught a lesson,? before the harassment began, telling me it was encouraged and condoned possibly violating federal and Connecticut laws by police officers and Peter Coukos.
What is contained in this letter is to my best belief and knowledge. Please look into my allegations and take my complaint.
Thank you, Steven G. Erickson P.S. the address of some of the violation is 3 and 5 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076 --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 7:19 PM Message:
October 2, 2003 Heard from a former tenant today and was informed that Peter Coukos called police in Stafford Connecticut today to 5 Church St, Stafford Springs, CT, and they met with him at the address to discuss his allegations that I broke into his basement, kicking in the door, leaving my picture, and a note saying ?F*ck the Police.?
Peter later was overheard saying he had a gun permit, could carry a gun if I were to come around the property.
I hope Peter Coukos does not have a gun permit as he allegedly ran a woman off the road hitting her car repeatedly getting a DUI, takes large amounts of pain killers, is known to smoke marijuana daily, and allegedly attended NA after James Hogancamp and Vicky Tamaro supplied and smoked crack with him, getting him addicted. Peter Coukos is also known to drink large amounts of alcohol daily. --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Willy[PA]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2003 7:58 PM
Message:
Steve, Have you tried 60 minutes? You sound like you have some real issues.
You can complain all you want on this site but there isn't alot any of us can do about it.
You are venting into thin air. One other thing, when you list peoples names and then make accusations about them without positive proof you can be sued. Are you taking your medicine? --64.12.96.40
RE: Landlord Rights (by Tom[CT]) Posted on: Oct 3, 2003 12:17 AM Message: Steve calm down. Were starting a landlord group in town to address the issues. --12.242.228.187
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 3, 2003 3:38 AM
Message:
I'm not the least bit worried about being sued and actually would welcome it.
You have to defame or are being malicious. I am exposing an injustice and criminal behavior.
I have named names, contacted the selectman of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, telling him what I had posted.
The Connecticut State Police are aware of what I post, and I contacted Carol Amino of Governor Rowland's office and faxed her 10 pages Feb 21, 2003.
I faxed Gov Rowland'd aid the complaint State Police internal Affairs refused to take nor deny and the follow up police report, calling me the 'victim'. I told her that State Police had told me to leave the State BEFORE I had any legal trouble and owned $500,000 in property that I had just finished fixing up after not having positive cash flow for 4 years.
Carol Amino, asked me how come I did not leave the State when police asked me to leave town. Carol threatened to turn over the 10 pages to State Police Commissioner, Arthur L. Spada, saying the police think I am a pain in the A** and things could only get worse for me, she asked me, did I want that.
The selectman was so angry when I showed up at the town meeting he could not contain himself getting angry at me, trying to prevent me from speaking at the Sept 11, 2003. When I accused him of running a criminal breeding ground not conducive to business and property investors, a few of my choice comments were printed in the Manchester, Connecticut, Journal Inquirer, September 12, 2003.
But nothing was printed when I attended the 'special' meeting called by residents so upset about the crime and drug dealing, a police forum was set up at the library, my comments to officers unable to explain my case were not printed.
The police wanted to silence me and keep my story from being told, in my opinion.
As far as being crazy.
Having a life altering event, like losing contact with one's family, one's credit, home, pets, contact with friends, losing a business, and the sum total of one's life, I guess it would be a test of one's sanity. I passed as I have been writing and have no intentions of letting the criminals, The State Police officers, prosecutor, and Judge who violated my equal protection under the law, I believe is the 14th Amendement, to task.
What if I were a woman?
I was stalked, threatened and terrorized for weeks, before being jumped behind in my driveway, being punched hard enough in the back I had worried I would urinate blood.
Brian Caldwell had threatened to cut a piece of my male anatomy off, disturbing my neighbors after midnight as he banged on my door.
For 2 weeks Caldwell disturbed countless tenants, and a homeowner before he caught me on my yard at almost midnight 10-11-01.
Caldwell should wear a badge for all his usefulness to the Connecticut State Police. The responding officers refused to look at my injuries. Would a woman be arrested for pepper spraying an attempted robber who beat her from behind, while the robber who was determined to be at fault and admitted to Judge Jonathan Kaplan that he had threatened to kill the victim while demanding money!
The Connecticut Court system is a kangaroo operation.
Landlords are unfairly targetted for extinction.
It may exist in your area, but Stafford definitely does not keep its bias discrete. There is definite bias in courts regarding landlords in all courts, contractors have an trouble also. I was both a contractor and landlord.
My life was altered, and I was treated with the maximum harshness. Was defending myself with pepper spray at my home, so heiness I should go to prison?
Stanley Sibonis was caught by Trooper Mulcahey with what appeared to be drugs and was just let go after possibly hundreds of complaints had been lodged against Stanley over years.
Stephen Carver and Tom Whitney, teenagers, were caught, drunk, beating each other after midnight, smashing my windows. Caught in the act, and police did not arrest them.
Carver almost beat a man to death with a bat weeks later during a robbery, and Tom Whitney who had severely cut himself putting his fist through my window, died Summer '02, dying in a high speed roll over involving drugs and alcohol.
Police do act as 'Armed Revenue Collectors' in Connecticut. They do not protect and serve landlords. Stafford Officer, Prochaska told me he did not serve landlords and neither did the courts when I tried to have him take my felony property damage complaint.
Stafford Police officer, Desso, also a prison guard LT, left me out in the cold winter winds to suffer, calling me separately from all other prisoners to get my legal mail.
He would mock me as he read my mail. Desso and other CO's laughed and mocked me as he released me from prison telling me, I was not allowed to return to Stafford. Parole officer, Eric Ellison, told me he had talked to Desso, and demanded to know which police officers I had complained about, whether I had current complaints, and told me I would go back to prison if I contacted the media.
I now consider Connecticut, the People's Republik of Konnektikut, as I believe I was put in prison for what I said in newspapers, not what I allegedly did, in Judge Kaplan's words "I had over reacted (to the robbery attempt while being beaten on my property)"
My case seems is unbelievable to the average person, as it is so outrageous. But with court documents, conflicting police reports and witnesses if they were contacted would prove all I have to say is true, 100%.
-Steven G. Erickson
P.S. Tom, please contact me ASAP by my email I need Atty C's phone number or any that you think could help me. As far as 60 minutes goes, someone should inform them of my case as I have already written them twice. I have also contacted dateline and others. --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 3, 2003 3:46 AM
Message:
I called the resident State Trooper in Stafford Connecticut Summer before last telling him that Tom Connor was shooting up something into his arm in front of tenant children in my former back yard.
The Trooper or Stafford officer yelled at me and refused to send anyone. Don Labier, my fomer tenant called as the children were his, and he was yelled at too, and no officer was sent.
This is typical in Stafford. Police can refuse to come or even take your complaint if you are a downtown home owner or property investor.
In my case, if you demand service, and speak out in newspapers about drugs and crime, and the lack of police help, you the honest citizen may go to prison, not the drug dealers, frauds and career criminal parasites. --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Willy[PA]) Posted on: Oct 3, 2003 5:20 PM Message: Buy a video camera. News shows love to run action. You need visual evidence not hearsay. --205.188.209.16
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 3, 2003 7:41 PM Message: We are talking about a past event. I lost all my rental property, everything. A video camera is not going to do me much good now. I did fight for landlord rights in newspapers and lobbied politicians. I went to prison as very few dared to speak out in N central Connecticut. Free Speech is not free. --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 4, 2003 3:45 AM
Message:
Landlords and small downtown business revitalize some blighted areas, doing public good. How is it acting in the public's best interest if police, prosecutors, and judges give low priority to quality of life issues, drug and alcohol abuse of those that aren't caught driving, and common criminals that bilk honest citizens over and over with no punishment?
The authorities wish to target you for your assets and cash and WILL fine you with the slightest excuse.
Protect and Serve does not apply to US, it applies to states and towns regarding REVENUE COLLECTION.
Because it is about the money.
What happens when you exercise your freedom of speech rights, voicing you opinion? For me, it landed me in prison.
We as citizens REALLY DON'T have rights if there is no venue for complaining about law enforcement and the court system. And, if our no one is willing to protect our rights, and their is little outcry when someone is majorly violated, such as my case, YOU may experience what I did, with no one raising a finger to help you or even be outraged enough to lobby for helping YOU.
Steven G. Erickson formerly of Stafford Springs, Connecticut. --65.204.211.10
RE: Landlord Rights (by CTLL[CT]) Posted on: Oct 4, 2003 4:13 AM Message: In defense of Steven Erickson who stated above "I complained too many times to police about drugs being sold off my front yard and about the vandalism etc and individual police officers told me they did not serve landlords and neither did the courts".
Take away the descriptive titles LANDLORD and TENANT. This was a person who happened to be a landlord so forget about the landlord being given special consideration as Steven seems to feel this is his right.
I, too, previously asked to hear the other side of the story and I think that Steven has certainly given exact details this time around.
I don't know Steven personally but I do know Tom and his word is absolute.
I do know all the people, many personally, that he has mentioned. But here is the rub and it is in the first sentence of this post. He complained too much!!!.
We all know that unless there is PROOF of allegations, i.e., that there were DRUG DEALERS/USERS, ETC. being caught in the act, the police don't care if you are a landlord and don't expect any special privileges because you say you are the landlord.
You don't have LANDLORD RIGHTS in this situation. You are a person, an individual, making a complaint or allegations to the police.
There has to be a crime committed for the police to take action. (I'm sure Aldo will bear me out) Now as I anaylize what has happened is that two people got into a confrontation and one person (Steven) used pepper spray on the other.
That is the violation and crime for which Steven was arrested for. On the other side of the coin, we sometimes all cry out for injustices that we see happening - and it all falls on deaf ears.
We all become frustrated when that happens. We all get frustrated and downright angry when we see, hear, and know of crime, vandalism, abuse, drug dealing, and the list goes on and it seems that those in authority are looking the other way.
And yes, the police don't care if you are a landlord and your tenant has violated your rules, didn't pay the rent or destroyed your property, etc. They will tell you that is a civil matter and you go on from there with legal action.
I really feel sorry for Steven because the situation exploded and he became the bad guy. No one would listen to him. I do believe people in authority can put the squeeze on people to shut them up and use their positions to put the squeeze on people. That is a fact and anyone who doesn't think that happens is living in fantasy land. Just my two cents. --68.1.170.232
RE: Landlord Rights (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 4, 2003 6:30 AM Message:
Have you ever heard of anyone getting a year in prison, 3 years probation, for pepper spraying someone that admitted in court that he had threatend to kill an individual while demanding money, where the 'victim' gets arrested and prosecuted, where the perpetrator receives no punishment?
Another individual that came before the Rockville Connecticut court was caught, drunk, jumping on a man whom he had broken the the guys nose, and almost his jaw while on probation.
He wasn't even violated on probation and received only a $250 fine! He received the same 2 charges I did, but criminals get breaks in CT courts, not landlords.
With no record I received a $1000 fine and one year in prison, 3 years probation.
Judge Jonathan Kaplan stated I had the ability to pay as I was a contractor and landlord. I suppose the prosecutor, police, and judge all acted in the public's best interest.
I face another 3 to 5 years in prison, minimum if the false police report allegedly filed by Peter Coukos of 5 Church St, Stafford Springs, Connecticut is pursued.
He claimed I kicked a door in at the property, left my picture, and a note that said."F--- the Police." He also is allegedly seeking a restraing order against me saying I have been harassing him.
I have had no contact with him and was no where near the property during the time of the alleged incident.
I face serving all of my 3 years probation back in prison, and while on probation in CT, you have to serve 100% of any time for any new convictions. A restraining order against me is a probation violation. What I am being accused of is much more serious than the conviction I got for using pepper spray because I had been beaten badly enough that I though I was going to urinate blood while being held by police at Troop C, Tolland Connecticut.
Free Speech is not free in Connecticut. I had complained in newspapers and to politicians regarding bias of the police and the courts BEFORE the incident that landed me in prison.
I could again be a political prisoner in the People's Republik of Konnektikut. -Steven G. Erickson
P.S. before I had a feud over lack of service with Connecticut State police I was threatened with a $100/day fine for trash that was accumulating on my property as someone kept dumping trash in my yard.
I would come back from the dump to find more trash than when I started getting rid of it. I faced criminal charges when a tenant intentional kept flooding my basement, one incident a loaded pair of underwear had been flushed down the system by the tenant, a retired police officer or his son.
I got no help when I was threatened, assaulted, for break ins, vandalism, when fraud was committed, etc. Police told me in words and by their actions, "We do not serve landlords, and neither do the courts."
Equal protection under the law does not apply to landlords. I went to prison for complaining and at the same time criminals were caught in the act of committing crimes in downtown Stafford, Connecticut, except only I got arrested and went to prison. --65.204.211.10
* * * * * * * * * * *
Just one of the letters and emails I sent before I was in any legal trouble ...
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 23:55:49 From: Steven G. Erickson [ Add to Address Book Block Address Report as Spam ] To: Subject: landlord rights
Dear Honorable Senator Dodd,
I bought and fixed up a 3 and 4 family housesthat were boarded up in Stafford Springs, CT,in July '98. Now all are fixed up and rented.
There are 'professional' tenants that get accessto apartments, do damage and stay as long as theycan for as long as they can over and over whereever they can.
There seems to be nothing illegalabout this and police do not go after those thathave done severe damage and even left drugusing equipment.
I have had to pay movers to removeone tenant that I evicted after she moved inwithout my permission and stayed many monthsfor free. I have lost over $25,000 last year indamages and lost rent and have no way to recover.
I have sued tenants in Small Claims Court and haveyet to receive a dime for any of my wins. If I owneda candy store and these people stole candy bars,I could have them arrested ...but instead, I may lose my properties and the criminals/drug users go on their merry way without a thought.
Please consider addressing these issues in thisnext session,
Thank you, Steven G. Erickson, Stafford Springs, CT860-684-xxxx
P.S. Are hardworking people to be punished, andirresponsible con artists rewarded?
Posted by Vikingas at October 4, 2003 11:05 AM TrackBack
Comments
All landlords should go to prison for being sleezy scum!Posted by: at October 4, 2003 01:38 PM
Should a Judge sit in judgment of someone who had previously written a nasty letter to the judge accusing the judge of bias and making bad decisions? I tried to have Judge Jonathan Kaplan removed by contacting politicians and 2 political action groups for property owners by giving out Kaplan’s name for approximately 2 years before my incident.
I had tried twice to have the Rockville Connecticut prosecutor, involved in prosecuting m, for not pursuing a felony property damage case and to pursue a case against a career criminal fraud, after a Stafford Police officer told me he did not serve landlords and neither did the courts. Which I found out to be true.
This same Prosecutor was involved in not dropping the charges against me when it was determined that I was a VICTIM, when I was attacked on my property at night after being terrorized for 2 weeks, before being caught out in the open, and nearly robbed.
An arrest warrant was not signed when the other individual was found to be at FAULT as I had started too much trouble complaining in newspapers about the bias of police and the courts and it being a revenue collection operation, not a criminal correction operation, BEFORE the incident.
Judge Jonathan Kaplan heard my assailant admit to harassing me, threatening me, telling individuals he was going to kill me when I got home, the day he attacked me, and was aware of my assailant demanding money while threatening me. My assailant stopped short of admitting attacking me but there was evidence that a struggle and fight took place, yet Judge Kaplan was satisfied that my assailant received no punishment.
Complaining in newspapers about police and the court system must be a more heinous crime than assaulting, threatening to kill someone, stalking, and attempted robbery as my assailant was never arrested nor prosecuted but was instead used as a police and prosecution TOOL.
Should a judge that consistently shows bias and rules as harshly as possible against those of specific occupations remain on the bench? Should a judge sit in judgment of someone he has deep personal dislike for, such as someone who has written letters questioning a judge’s ability and lobbies to have that judge removed?
Does giving someone a year in prison, 3 years probation for what Kaplan called ‘over reacting’ while being robbed as I used pepper spray sound right to you? Almost no one goes to prison for the charges I was charged with, even if I was guilty. Those on probation and that have been in trouble all there lives can rarely end up in prison for the charges I had falsely been charged with.
I guess in Connecticut it is not what you do wrong, it is what you say that upsets the powerful Connecticut officials and police officers that can get you in the most trouble in the shortest amount of time.
I was such a pain in the ass, 2 police officers were willing to commit a serious criminal act, committing perjury to get someone falsely convicted. Possibly to prevent a civil action regarding the officers personally and their department, to hide shoddy, improper police work, and the violation of a citizen’s civil rights.
Should Free Speech violations, saying what the powerful don’t like you saying, land you in prison?
I went to prison for speaking my mind in newspapers, proposing laws unpopular with police, for being a general ‘pain in the ass’, and for lodging complaints and trying to have removed, a judge, prosecutor, and police officers. As I heard said to me, which I now know to be true, “Pay back is a bitch.”
I was paid back as police had allegedly bragged they were going to run ‘Big Mouth’ out of town and teach him a lesson.
Well they did on both accounts. Free Speech does not apply in Connecticut if it is not protected and I was run out of town.Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 5, 2003 11:19 AM
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1052440748051
Secret Files Abolished by JudgesFinancial affidavit protections also adopted after lengthy debate
Thomas B. ScheffeyThe Connecticut Law Tribune05-19-2003
Connecticut's judges converged on Middlesex Judicial Center Wednesday and swiftly ended the decades-old secret file system, approving comprehensive new rules, effective July 1.
Anonymous, sealed and sometimes entirely hidden case files had been permitted since 1980 to spare a select few from public embarrassment, but this arcane secret file "solution" created more embarrassment for the courts than it eliminated. As one judge remarked heading into the courthouse, "Something wrong was done here. It should be undone."
In the afternoon's one controversial vote, the judges debated new provisions for the automatic sealing of financial affidavits in divorce cases. It would keep these lists of income, assets and debts hidden, but such documents would be unsealed if a dispute arose over money issues. The measure passed after more than an hour of spirited debate.
This gave a smooth landing to a wild ride for Connecticut Supreme Court Justice William J. Sullivan and Rules Committee chairman Peter T. Zarella, both still new in their roles.
The new rules have no effect on some 54 "Level 1" secret files which lack docket numbers or any public clue they exist. Also unaffected are over 10,000 "Level 2" cases which name parties, but keep all documents relating to them out of the public domain.
Federal lawsuits filed by The Hartford Courant and The Connecticut Law Tribune, which first revealed the existence of Level 1 cases, seek an open accounting for those still-secret cases.
Though meeting behind closed doors last week, judges interviewed afterward gave Sullivan high marks for his handling of the public policy crisis. The chief's opening remarks emphasized the collegial and cooperative objectives of the process. He then let proponents and opponents take turns speaking. Judges who favored the new rules' policy of making financial affidavits sealed going into court, but subject to unsealing if contested, included F. Herbert Gruendel, the chief administrative judge for family matters, Appellate Court Judge Thomas A. Bishop and Superior Court Judges Jonathan J. Kaplan and Thomas J. Corradino.
About an equal number spoke in opposition to automatic sealing, including Superior Court Judges Jon Alander, Christine S. Keller and Jon C. Blue.
The rules committee proposal of automatically sealing affidavits would insure "a factory worker and a millionaire" would be treated the same, as Zarella put it.
Bishop, who practiced family law before becoming a judge, contended that some shielding of a couples' financial circumstances from public view was fair and proper for most run-of-the-mill cases.
But Keller and Alander noted that many family cases are controlled by federal rules, with detailed financial forms and procedures for enforcing child support through family magistrates. In thousands of these "4D" cases, income and financial matters are public and highly detailed. The new rules would not control those procedures, opponents of the rule change argued. Thus, the only way to treat rich and poor alike is to maintain the existing system, with financial affidavits presumed open.
In one sense, both sides were attempting to improve the image of the courts in the public eye. The pro-sealing side advocated user-friendly financial secrecy. The anti-sealing side favored more uniform treatment across the board. The judges chose to vote by paper ballot, rather than a roll call vote. The rule change on financial affidavits was endorsed by over 100 of the 175 judges voting.
In the weeks leading up to the meeting, a robust exchange developed among the judges via e-mail.
One much-quoted document in the exchange was a letter sent by supreme court Justice David M. Borden to Zarella, Borden's successor as chairman of the Rules Committee. Borden expressed the view that, as a general rule, the processes and documents in courts should be open -- unless closed or sealed for specific, articulated reasons.
Practice Book Rule ? 11-20 requires a judge, before sealing a file or closing a court, to explain the reasons for doing so "on the record in open court." That rule, created while Borden headed the Rules Committee in the late 1990s, was effectively thwarted in practice when the judge's explanation was buried in a sealed file, leaving no rationale for the case's secret status.
Under the new rules, Sullivan said after the vote, "The decision of a judge on the reasons for sealing a file is always available."Posted by: at October 5, 2003 01:14 PM
You obviously have not looked at the history of false arrest in CT. Check out the Peter Reilly and Michael Seri cases for starters.
I have a law enforcement background and have had to deal with local police as a LL. Some of these local cops are really great, and others are lazy at best. I know of other LL's who have been threatened by local cops when two tenants were fighting, and he just want the fight stopped.
Having worked as a Corrections Nurse in the CT DOC, I know there are innocent people there. I have seen it first hand.
Some cops are just plain BAD. Check out my web site at:
http://www.geocities.com/dansegypsy/police.htm
Have a safe day!
Mark Gaines MS BSN RN RRTPulmonary NursePosted by: Mark Gaines at October 5, 2003 05:29 PM
What happens when your attorney does little or nothing in your defense, does not call witnesses, does not appeal your case or file a reason why, and comes to see you as your ‘friend’ when you end up in prison saying the visit is not going to be charged to you, and then sends a bill for $300? Well, nothing happens to the attorney at least in my case.
I tried to complain to the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee, a panel of lawyers, that was unwilling to schedule a hearing for Attorney Michael Agranoff, http://www.agranoff.com/ who charged over $17,000 to defend me against 2 misdemeanor charges when I had no record.
The fee seems excessive compared with other attorneys, and few if any ever go to prison with the very same charges, even if they have a previous record or are on probation! I had no record and the individual that brought the party to me was not even arrested.
Had I not been attacked there probably some other concocted event or charges as I was a considered a complete pain in the ass BEFORE the incident as I had been writing some very disturbing letters to the editor as police had commented on what I wrote blasting them.
If police had not consistently denied me protection and service, and harassed me when I called, maybe they could have prevented what happened, as my assailant was disturbing my neighbors often after midnight, banging on my door, for weeks before he finally caught me out in the open. There would have been no ‘event’ had I not been jumped as the party came to me, I was not looking for trouble when I came home exhausted after a double shift of work.
Brian Caldwell was going back and forth from the bar and Gauthier’s apartment 10 and ? hours looking to attack me. Caldwell left a voicemail saying he was going to ‘hurt’ me at 1:00 PM and he attacked me just before midnight. But that is okay with the police, prosecutor, and Judge Jonathan Kaplan.
Having a ‘Big Mouth’ is not okay.
Does it pass the ‘smell test’ that I was sentenced to a year in prison, 3 years probation, when I was called the ‘victim’ in a follow up police report, police were unwilling to do until a month of me pressuring high ranking law enforcement personnel, the Chief State’s Attorney, and countless politicians.
It seems that Agranoff cooperated with the prosecutor, judge, and police and completely did not act in my best interest for a $17,000 plus fee.
If I were to have defended myself, at least I would have called the countless witnesses aware of my assailant harassing, stalking me and threatening me weeks before he attacked me, to the attack itself, the death threats, and the continuing harassment seemingly with police approval all the way up to trial.
The only witness against me was tenant Cheryl Gauthier, a tenant I had started eviction on her BEFORE the incident.
My assailant had been going in and out of her apartment waiting me out. Agranoff did not dispute Gauthier’s testimony when she would have had to been able to see through a house for her to have seen Caldwell beating me during the robbery attempt.
Cheryl Gauthier tried to have her NEW landlord arrested soon after he served her with eviction, when the new landlord took over.
I stood behind the officer that had his cuffs ready to arrest the new landlord, and told the officer, “So you only arrest landlords around here, not the criminals.”Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 6, 2003 06:24 AM
printed in the Rockville Reminder Connecticut:
Getting Rid of Riff-Raff I was told by a selectman that the riff- raff in towns could be removed by restricting parking around multifamily houses, rigidly enforcing code vio- lations, tearing down multi-family housing, citing fire hazards, nuisance, and digging into financial transactions of landlords, to rid us of the sources of crime and drugs. Riff-raff are mostly renters that live transient lifestyles. If these things were implemented, Connecticut could be suburbs border-to-border, and a safe state. Posted by: at October 10, 2003 12:44 AM
I am hoping someone here can help, or direct me to the correct place. I tried to help out someone by letting them stay in my guest house, no rent (she and her baby had no where else to go because of an abusive boyfriend). I did this to help her get on her feet, needless to say she is now not working and someone managed to get unemployment from a fake injury. At one time I know she received some cash from welfare and is now just getting food stamps (dont they have to have a signature from a landlord or property owner? I never gave one). The only rule was that he was not allowed to live there. Needless to say, she snuck him in...and he has been staying there for the last week. I had created a notice telling her to vacate my guest house by the 1st of November....but I can see that this is going to be a battle because she now has this jerk living there. I do not have funds for an attorney....can anyone give me some direction here? (besides telling me how foolish I've been, trust me I know)Posted by: Janet at October 14, 2003 11:11 PM
Janet,join the club of banging your head against the wall. The least moral, least able to do for themselves have been rewarded for bad behavior too long in this country.
I suggest you speak out at a town meeting if you have the ability. You have about 30 seconds to 2 minutes so plan on what you are going to say.
That is the quickest route as your comments may end up in the newspaper. A less direct approach is calling and WRITING local, state, and federal politicians. It may seem like you get the run around when you write a letter, but if only 1 in 10,000 is willing to speak out and write a letter, what you say has weight.
Write a letter to the editor, be brief and to the point. Write the consumer advocate column in your local newspaper, but only your city and initials will be printed.
Sue in small claims. When you get your judgment when they don't show up, continue the process and have the sack of sh#t arrested and show up in court in leg irons ...
I have suffered your problem on numerous occasions, don't give up and don't be silent.
Also join a landlord and small business group, they are the only non pathetic sheep out there that will listen and maybe even help.
Steven G. EricksonP.S.complain to local and State Police. The only way to get someone's attention is to take something they cherish, take the scammers cash in a settlement!Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 16, 2003 05:10 PM
Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 12:44 PM Message: Should a judge that show bias against the self-employed, namely landlords be removed? I complained to politicians in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, regarding Judge Jonathan Kaplan saying he decided against and showed bias towards landlords and contractors, asking that Kaplan be fired. I gave Kaplan’s name to 2 landlord groups saying he should be removed for bias. I wrote a letter to the editor called, “2nd Class Citizen” printed in a local newspaper and the Enfield Property Owner’s Association Newsletter. After this I was attacked from behind in the dark and had my life threatened on my property during a robbery attempt and used pepper spray to end the attack. Police arrested me, but refused to arrest my assailant. When I finally got the police to take my complaint I was called the ‘victim’. Brian Caldwell my assailant, admitted on the stand to threatening my life after demanding money from me. Judge Kaplan was ok with that and told me I had ‘overreacted’ in using pepper spray. I was sentenced to one year in prison, 3 years probation and I had no previous criminal record. I lost my 3 houses, retirement, pets, contact with family/friends/daughter, business, credit- the sum total of my life for stopping the beating I was taking using pepper spray! Kaplan seemed ok with Caldwell threatening my life, attacking me, after stalking and harassing me for weeks, telling him not to do that again. Other landlords in Connecticut have been charged after being attacked and the police and prosecution use the attacker as a witness against the landlord ‘victim’ to charge the landlord to the maximum. I went to prison as a ‘crime victim’. I think Judge Jonathan Kaplan and other judges should be removed when they show bias based on one’s occupation. Your thoughts? My story can be found at FreeSpeech,com.Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083 --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 12:51 PM Message: my posts on FreeSpeech,com. can be located by clicking on Oct archives 2/3 the way down the column on the left side, looking for posts by 'Vikingas'"What is Prison Really like"
"Landlord Rights and Free Speech" are
just 2. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 1:05 PM Message: Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs refused to take nor deny these complaints:
Steven G. Erickson February 14, 2003
PO Box 730 Enfield, CT 06083-0730
860-749-xxxx
To whom it may concern at Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs: (fax to 203-238-6447, tel 238-6390)
I belief Troopers Ameral and Langlais of Connecticut State Police, Troop C, Tolland Connecticut, committed perjury in my criminal trial at Rockville GA#19, 20 Park St, Connecticut on 10-22-02, to get me convicted on 2 misdemeanor charges. I would like to formerly lodge a complaint against Trooper Ameral and Langlais as I believe they perjured themselves.
Trooper Ameral seemed to turn red and choke over his words as he testified that when asked whether or not I had asked to make a statement and identified myself 10-11-01, after I was nearly robbed, beaten, and threatened on my own property at night after arriving home with Clayton Varno in my van.
Troopers Ameral and Langlais refused to listen to the taped threats on Sue xxxx answering machine against me, 10-11-01, before I was assaulted, to take Sue xxxx statement, Apt x, 5 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076 (860-684-xxxx). The pair also refused to take my statement, refused to listen to the threats against me from my assailant made from 1:00 PM that day against me.
I had identified myself as a crime victim, my name, and that I wished to make a complained. Both officers denied me this.
Trooper Ameral refused to take my statement during processing 10-12-01, and refused to listen to my voicemail with the threats against me. My assailant was not arrested. I asked Trooper Ameral more than once to make a complaint and wanted my statement taken.
I called out while being held, and asked to make a complaint against my assailant for attempted robbery, assault, and the threatening of me, Sgt Sticca refused to take my statement, 10-12-01.
I called Troop C, when I arrived home in the morning after being held at Troop C, Trooper Decker listened to my entire account of the previous events from the late evening before. I believe he interviewed tenants that had heard my assailant threaten my life and were aware of my assailant going back and forth from the local bar all day looking for me, each time saying he was going to hurt or kill me when I got home.
Trooper Decker politely refused my 2 or more requests to take my written statement regarding the events from the previous day.
My assailant continued to harass and threaten me and attempted to beat me again, Oct 18, 2001. I called the State Police and I believe it was Trooper Colleen Anuszewski, who responded to the call maybe sometime between 8PM and 9PM.
She listened to the threats on my voicemail and listened to my account of the threats made against me and that I had just nearly escaped a 2nd beating by locking myself in my office in my other multi family house, 3 Church St, Stafford Springs, CT.
My assailant came after me 7 times in the time before my trial. 4 of the times I reported the incidents to police. There was a follow up investigation that calls me the victim of the assault in which I have included.
This tells me that if my statement was taken before I was arrested that I would never have been arrested, and at the time of the 2nd report, I think my charges should have been dropped.
Sgt Izzarelli took my statement and interviewed Sue xxxx, possibly Clayton Varno, and others. Sgt Izzarelli came calling on me and in the presence of Sue xxxx, seemed surprised that my assailant was not arrested and with my case in general, in my opinion.
I believe I had previous arguments with Trooper Langlais, over teens drinking, fighting, and selling drugs off my front lawn, and my displeasure over losing sleep and with the lack of anything being done.
Langlais may have been one of the officers on a previous occasion to Oct 11, 2001, that were chanting, "Oh Stevie, Oh Stevie, Oh Stevie!" outside my office door waking me up maybe 2AM or 3AM in the morning maybe an hour or so after I had called in and complained about intoxicated teenagers, banging into my house, and being so loud they were keeping me awake.
The contents of this letter are to my best belief and knowlege.
Thank you, Steven G. Erickson --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by llordofny[ny]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 1:31 PM Message: i really can't believe this story. especially in connecticut. you are not telling the whole truth. --204.168.123.4
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Carolyn[MO]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 2:04 PM Message: Here he is again. I guess I would be wiser to have ignored it, in the hopes he would go away. --205.188.209.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Eleanor[PA]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 2:05 PM Message: Hi Steven G. Erickson,What, exactly, was the text of your initial complaint? All I can see is that you think a judge showed bias against self-employed landlords and should be fired. Maybe so. What was the circumstance of your initial problem?
Seems to me you have gone verbally meandering from some (unknown) incident and wandered off onto divergent trails of unfortunate things that have happened to you as a result of some unknown incident...
??
Eleanor --206.99.145.217
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Tired of It[CO]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 2:07 PM Message: You've regaled us with your story countless times. What do you want us to do???? Its geting old especially since you 1) add nothing new 2) provide an corroborating evidence. Get over yourself. --12.253.94.48
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 3:00 PM Message: I will provide any details asked for. Tom from CT, verified all that I had to say when I previously posted.
Would you be quiet if you were terrorized for weeks and then attacked on your property, only to be put in prison for using pepper spray? Yes, it is ridiculous. I spent 4 years and 100's of thousands of dollars fixing up 3 multi houses,2 of them boarded up in Stafford Springs, CT.
What I did wrong was to complain to politicians and in newspapers that the police were doing little about crime and the drugs and the courts were merely revenue collection centers.
What do I want from all of you? Well I spoke out for landlord rights while a landlord. I complained about bias in the courts and the lack of protection and service. Is that so bad my life should be ruined, go to prison and lose everything?
As unbelievable as it sounds it can happen to you.
I suppose if you were Jewish in Germany and it was 1932, you would not not believe any warnings until it was too late.
If landlords will not defend landlord rights, no one else will either.
Connecticut State Police allegedly bragged they were going to run 'Big Mouth' out of town and teach him a lesson.
Those selling drugs and breaking into houses are still operating in Stafford, CT. The landlord with the big mouth went to prison.
I had $6500 gross monthly rents on about $500,000 worth of property. Retirement was only 12 years away as I would have owned all outright. At the time of my arrest for defending my life while being beaten during the robbery attempt, I had just started making a profit after years of toiling and spending all that I had saved for years and years.
I have lost everything, including contact with family and ability to even own a house.
Would you be quiet??? --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Gulfman[Fl]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 3:27 PM Message: I suggest you get over your bitterness and move on to relieving some anger you've built up.Otherwise, you'll be complaining at the upper gates, which you don't have the key to either. --64.58.217.19
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by tyler[nc]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 4:02 PM Message: are you in jail now? --152.163.252.193
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Sean[CA]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 5:01 PM Message: Use Decon for the rats. --66.122.183.21
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 5:32 PM Message: I am out of prison, a place I never expected to go. With 3 years probation and time left, I could end up doing all of my probation and time left on my sentence back in prison for the sightest violation of probation. This shows just how ridiculous my sentence is. I was supposed to be offfer AR, which would have erased my charges in as little as 3 months for $100. Prosecutor John Panone in Rockville, CT, refused to offer me the program, forcing the trial. He also refused to sign the arrest warrant for my assailant when I was determined to be the 'victim' and my assailant the 'perp'. The prosecutor said he could not 'unarrest' me when I was declared the 'victim'.
A landlord in the Thompsonville section of Enfield, CT, was attacked on his property and his attacker is being used to prosecute him also. Don C is a landlord and also annoyed the police reporting crime and being outspoken. He is still going to court dates and is at the beginning of the nightmare I
endured.
If you want to know what my prison experience was like, starting from being wrapped in chains and legs irons from court, I tell my story on FreeSpeech.com. Click on Oct Archives on the left hand side and the story is under, "What is prison really like"
-Vikingas. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by tyler[nc]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 6:07 PM Message: Steve....post the ENTIRE (without editing) police report of the night you maced somebody
Better yet....calling all landlords....go pull this guys police report lets see it from the law inforcements prospective. --152.163.252.193
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Smokowna[Md]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 7:07 PM Message: I read all this, you do make one point. I too believe that Connecticut does little to deter the crime in places like Waterbury. I know this because I am close to a few Bondsmen.
There is a strong undertoe hidden in your story, something amiss. I must agree with the others. Push your story on the Currant and see what response you get.
Okay, off to Water Heater Thermostat --69.140.122.201
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Sean[CA]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 9:35 PM Message: What are plywood prices in CT these days?
How many units do you have Steve? --66.122.183.21
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 2:34 AM Message: I had bought a 3 and 4 family side by side in Stafford CT in Summer '98 and a 2 family in Somersville in Nov '97 also in bad condition. I was forced out of my property asConnecticut State Police officers were telling me that I had to leave town before and after the incident that was used to railroad me to prison.
If Connecticut State Police followed their own policies as described in their website on the Community Policing webpage, I would not have been told to leave the State by police and common criminals, frauds, and vandals would have been the target of the police, not those just trying to get to and from work for traffic fines and the fleecing of downtown property and business owners.
If Connecticut State Police acted as advertised I would still own my property, have credit, my pets, contact with my family, and my business and would not have gone to prison for 2 charges that even those on probation or with a past criminal record almost never go to prison for.
I have been treated worse than some armed robbers and sex offenders, as I am a landlord with a big mouth. I used pepper spray to end the attack I was taking in the dark I my own property after being jumped. The alleged police informant has allegedly been encouraged by police to harass and to continue to harass me.
I did not leave Stafford until a Connecticut State police allegedly encouraged yet another individual to make life difficult for me.
Police officer can get very upset if a citizen is critical of them not doing their jobs. I was upset about them catching drunk teens wrecking my property, smashing windows after midnight with no arrests. I did see motorist pulled over, and had called police "Armed Revenue Collectors" in the newspaper before my saga began.
There is more to my story. There is not enough space to tell all of the names and stories for lack of protection and service suffered by countless single family and multi family home owners over years in Stafford CT and other downtown areas. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 3:00 AM Message: I had 9 units in 3 houses. The 3 and 4 family in Stafford,CT, I had bought in a boarded up condition in '98. I spent over a $100,000 just on my Amex for materials. The hardwood floors alone I spent 3 months on my hands and knees.
It seems to be ok to use crack, heroine, marijuana, break-in property, teens drink, vandalize etc, but not to be an outspoken landlord. Others have similar stories of police refusing to do anything and enduring disrespectful attitudes of police officers.
There is a disparity of justice between the suburbs and downtown. Some politically powerful property owners got excellent service even in downtown Stafford Connecticut.
This is the other complaint Connecticut State Police would neither take nor deny:
Steven G. Erickson April 16, 2003
xxx xxxx
To Whom It May Concern at the Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs Unit
(fax to 203-238-6447, tel 238-6390.
Subject: Trooper Mulcahey’s possible violation of my (Steven G. Erickson) 1st and 14th Amendment rights, civil rights violations, and improper conduct unbecoming of a State Law Official
I believe Trooper Mulcahey acted improperly in telling me I would be arrested if I pursued any charges or allegations against anyone and did not leave the State of Connecticut.
I had brought a tape that Trooper Mulcahey took possession of threats against my daughter, her life, by a man who was sexually obsessed with my then 14 year old daughter and her friend Leann.
The tape also had threats against me, possibly 15 to 20 involving Peter Coukos. Please look into my allegations and take my complaint.
From statements made by Peter Coukos, before I was harassed by him telling me that the Stafford Resident Trooper and Stafford Police Officers did not like him (Peter Coukos) getting along with me and encouraged him to harass me and get rid of me.
After making this statement, Peter Coukos, told me that if I did not write him a check for $30,000 he would make up a false police report, report me to the building inspector for possible code violations, and would try and say I had committed fraud in some way or another fabricating a complaint.
I was also told I was evicted from the property by Peter Coukos, when I believe only a court order could bar me from 3 and 5 Church St. Stafford Springs, CT, and that it was entirely illegal that I could be told I was barred from Stafford Springs and/or Connecticut, by someone saying they are speaking on behalf of the police.
I asked Trooper Mulcahey to take my complaint against Peter Coukos more than once and over time from as early as February 2002 into the Summer of 2002, regarding Peter Coukos threatening me, assaulting me, locking me of my apartment, blocking my vehicles in the driveway, breaking into my apartment, stealing my van seats and pick up truck cap, etc.
I believe it was an admission to these crimes by Peter Coukos when he signed an agreement not to harass me and to settle my Small Claims suit I brought against him regarding the stolen property.
I do not think it honorable and legal for a State Trooper to threaten me with arrest for being the victim of crimes, not the perpetrator, if I pursued matters taken in police reports, and if I did not leave Stafford Springs and/or Connecticut as soon as was possible.
I find it disturbing that Peter Coukos, claimed to me that the Resident State Trooper had told him, “Big Mouth is going to be shut up,” “Big Mouth is going to be run out of town,” and “Big Mouth is going to be taught a lesson,” before the harassment began, telling me it was encouraged and condoned possibly violating federal and Connecticut laws by police officers and Peter Coukos.
What is contained in this letter is to my best belief and knowledge. Please look into my allegations and take my complaint.
Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson
P.S. the address of some of the violation is 3 and 5 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076 --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Upset in CT Also[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 3:21 AM Message: This is a letter to the editor that was printed today in the Hartford Courant
Where Are The Police?
I live in the South End of Hartford and I've been sitting on my front porch, watching different crimes as they are being committed. I call 911 to report the crimes and it takes hours for the police to show up (if they show up at all) or it is already too late and the criminals have already gotten away.
I am a single parent raising my son here. I observe drug deals, prostitution, drug use, robberies and other crimes. I call the police and nothing happens. Then when I call back to see what's taking so long, they say they put crimes into categories in order of importance.
Last week, I witnessed a home being robbed. I called 911. They said they were sending someone out. I didn't see a police car come. It had been at least two hours and the thieves were coming back for more.
It's my understanding that we pay taxes to pay these police officers' salaries. What is the sense if they are not here for us when we need them? I am sick and tired of seeing these crimes go unnoticed and uncared about.
Nicole M. Valenti
Hartford --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Upset in CT Also[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 3:22 AM Message: This is a letter to the editor that was printed today in the Hartford Courant
Where Are The Police?
I live in the South End of Hartford and I've been sitting on my front porch, watching different crimes as they are being committed. I call 911 to report the crimes and it takes hours for the police to show up (if they show up at all) or it is already too late and the criminals have already gotten away.
I am a single parent raising my son here. I observe drug deals, prostitution, drug use, robberies and other crimes. I call the police and nothing happens. Then when I call back to see what's taking so long, they say they put crimes into categories in order of importance.
Last week, I witnessed a home being robbed. I called 911. They said they were sending someone out. I didn't see a police car come. It had been at least two hours and the thieves were coming back for more.
It's my understanding that we pay taxes to pay these police officers' salaries. What is the sense if they are not here for us when we need them? I am sick and tired of seeing these crimes go unnoticed and uncared about.
Nicole M. Valenti
Hartford --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Chris[MD]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 4:28 AM Message: notice the exact same isp# for steven and nicole.this guy sure likes to hear himself talk. wonder if the sanitarium knows he is online??? --165.247.108.242
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 5:33 AM Message: Nicole's letter to the editor can be read in Oct 13 or 14th's Hartford Courant or online at ctnow.com
My sanity should be questioned as I got upset about my front yard being used by teens drinking alcohol out of lawnchairs selling drugs like a drivethru fast food restaurant. Others used my front lawn and the public sidewalks as a toilet. Who am I to complain? I should lose the sum total of my life's work and contact with my family for complaining about crime and drugs, right?
Landlords are 2nd class citizens as compared to the prefered citizens downtown: drug users, vandals, alcoholics, and career criminal parasites.
I would not believe my story, if someone told it to me, and I had not lived it myself. So, I understand those that doubt my account.
I have named names, in many different public forums. Not once have I been contacted by a lawyer, police officer, or individuals named in my posts, challenging one word of what I have typed. If just one word was inaccurate, I could expect to be sued for liable, defamation of character etc.
I challenged the police officers that committed perjury at my trial late Oct '02, to take a lie detector test against me. No takers. I was railroaded, and more and more people see, and agree.
Chris in MD, do you have a daughter? Well if you do how would you like a 40 something year old making comments to you and your 14 year old about your young teen daughter performing a sex act on the 40 something year old? How would you react?
What if the 40 something-year-old was taunting you pushing you, saying come on fight you "Pu...?" I already had been arrested for having pepper sprayed someone that jumped me in the dark from behind in my driveway while demanding money. I did not want to push my luck.
Drug dealers had been told by police who had called them, me. I guess the police, drug dealers, and criminals must have something in common.
Threats against my 14 year old, that had nothing to do with my fued over lack of service, with police had to suffer, were left on my voicemails and cell phone.
The CT Trooper said he would arrest ME, if I pursued a complaint and was told I had to leave town 'or else'.
If the US Constitution does not apply to one individual because he/she is of the wrong occupation and is outspoken, it applies to NO ONE.
In America your rights aren't protected unless you are a 'named' protected groups. Landlords aren't predicted and are often despised by the general public, the judiciary, and the police.
If any of you don't get a fair shake and find yourself in my situation and no one will listen or help, too bad for you. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Kevin[OH]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 7:01 AM Message: I have to concur with the posters that are tired of this but, will honor it with one post... Stevey G. it obvious that you love to filibuster but, apparently you need more tact and skill as you admit to failing badly, it is sad if parts of you story are true which I believe they are...however, I need to point out that there is some inconsistency in the story as you say at times you were attacked then say nearly attacked...there is a big difference between my saying I am going to kick your @$$ and my doing it, if all I do is say I am going to do it, you can't attack in response to a verbal threat, which is what it appears that is what you did...did you have jury at your trial? Or just a bench trial? Did you waive the jury or are they corrupt too? The simple fact is that we can't assist you other than to advise you that obviously the path you are going down isn't working... I think you should realize the hand you are playing and move to another table...you choose to buy in that neighborhood probably thinking you could stand up to the shady elements, well they have the same rights as you...I suggest you use your time to relocate rather than rant... --63.171.93.41
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Felix[MN]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 11:31 AM Message: Your story sounds just to fishy, post the police report, lets get the truth behind all this. I see a landlord jumping out of the bushes and spraying some poor tenant or ex-tenant for no reason. Then ranting and raving at the poor state troopers, who after years of dealing with crazy ol'Steven just throw up their hands. Give us the case # or post some real information, so we can get the "REST OF THE STORY" --199.250.13.98
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 12:05 PM Message: docket # CR01-0074672,Rockville, Court, 20 Park St,
Connecticut.
Connecticut vs. Erickson
A police report was done about a month after I was attack which is public record and I was called the victim. An arrest application charging Brian Caldwell with threatening, breach of peace, and assault was issued, as there was too much evidence to police collected vindicating me, although they did not want to do an investigation.
Prosecutor John Panone refused to sign the arrest application for Caldwell, even though a careful investigation had been done by police. If they dropped the charges and arrested Caldwell they were probably worried I would sue for false arrest and civil rights violations. So Caldwell was never arrested but was instead used by the prosecution.
Caldwell 'tried' to attack me a week later on Oct 18, 2001, and weeks later inside a crowded restaurant grabbing me by my shirt telling me he is going to hurt me. The cook from the restaurant came to my rescue and ejected Caldwell who yelled profanity and spit on the outside of the restaurant window.
Caldwell had left threats on my voicemail before the first incident, that my lawyer refused to play in court. Brian Caldwell was never a tenant as known as a local drug using alcoholic.
Attorney Agranoff of 5 Burbank Rd, Stafford Springs, CT, refused to call witnesses to the attack nor challenge the witness the tenant I had started eviction on (Cheryl Gauthier tried to have her new landlord arrested when he started eviction on her).
Cheryl claims to have seen the altercation which was impossible as her apartment is obstructed as we were on the other side of another house.
Agranoff would not walk up to the diagram at the front of the court to point this out. Judge Kaplan would not let me speak and inform the jury of this.
For a $17000 plus fee, I had no defense as my attorney seemed to aid the prosecution. Police had told me they could not do anything about teens drinking and selling drugs off my property as it was 'private' property. In order for me to be charged, my property was called 'public' property.
Agranoff allowed a worker for the police to be on the jury against my wishes. There was no reason to do that against my wishes. Agranoff allegedly had an improper relationship with a young girl he had charge of and that or something else may have been used to keep him from defending me. I would have called witnesses and put up some kind of defense and I am not a lawyer.
State Police officers allegedly were bragging that I was going to go to prison before there was even a trial. So yes, I got a fair trial, not.
There is nothing anyone can do for me in this landlord post. My purpose is to educate you so it does not happen to anyone else.
Don C of Enfield, CT, is in the beginning stages of what happened to me. The former leader of the Enfield Property Owner's Association was punched in the mouth by a crackhead tenant, she was charged with breach of peace as she bled and held the tooth that had been punched out!
Police refused to protect and serve me because I was a landlord. It has happened to others in Stafford and other downtown areas of Connecticut.
I think an effort should come from landlords and associations to have our civil rights respected. If police acted as advertised I would not have been put in prison for being a pain in the *ss complaining about police not doing their jobs.
I had no record before the incident. A teen with a history of crime committed an armed robbery and got off with probation. A sex offender got off with probation. A guy on probation who while drunk broke a guy's nose, almost his jaw, and was caught by police jumping on the guy was not violated on probation and only received a $250 fine from the same court!
My point is that landlords get the harshest treatment in Connecticut courts, are unfairly targets of police fines and harassment, and do not get equal protection and service.
I am not asking you to care about me, but to use my example to fight for your rights and survival. Something I was doing as a landlord speaking out at landlord meetings.
I am not gaining anything from laying out this embarassment to you. So what are my motives?
It is so what happened to me won't happen to any of you. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by CAW[OR]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 12:37 PM Message: How many times are you going to trot this story around the block? I am so bored with it, I don't read a word you write anymore.
If your local town sucks, sell up and move out. There are 49 other states besides CT. Go to Texas. They don't care if you shoot someone with a gun in self defense, let alone pepper spray.
You may think you are crusader fighting the good fight, but you are not. You are Don Quixote, beating your head against a windmill, and you are going to end up looking like you went through a blender if you don't knock it off. Jail certainly didn't teach you any common sense. --206.163.168.7
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Anonymous[US]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 12:49 PM Message: If this story is actually true, it sounds like a great expose' for the local TV stations or Dateline, 20/20 etc. --68.213.161.11
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 5:08 PM Message: I gave dates, names, and the docket #. There is too much to hide for those that broke the law. Perjury in the police testimony is easily proved in their own police reports and the conflicting accounts. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Suzanne[TX]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 5:34 PM Message: No CAW, don't send him down here! --128.42.90.19
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by llordofny[ny]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 6:01 PM Message: instead of the police report, just post the actual case from the court. that way it will be unbiased.
post the court's decision and i will believe it. --204.168.123.4
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Kevin[OH]) Posted on: Oct 16, 2003 8:11 AM Message: Ok, so I am posting again, although I doubt anyone will read it... why aren't you after the poor attorney that represented you instead of the police? It sounds like your issues lie there as well...so, now it is the police, druggies, teenagers, attorneys, judges, police, prosecuter and jury of your peers that are against you.... if I were you, next time I would lock myself in that restaurant as that cook seems to be your only allie! --207.16.136.21
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 16, 2003 1:28 PM Message: Other landlords were my allies. I found out they had faxed Gov Rowland's office and did what they could to go to bat for me. There was a lot of noise made, as I was a landlord attacked on my own property during a robbery attempt. It was okay for the judge to hear that my life was threatened by my assailant while he was demanding money from me. But I 'overreacted' by using pepper spray and should go to prison not my assailant as all landlords are scum, right?
Don C. of Enfield, CT, is having the same thing happen to him that happened to me. I have contacted local politicians and have written in his behalf and will continue to speak out on his case and on otthers.
I am not a conspiracy theorist wearing a tinfoil hat, blowing a paper trumpet.
A landlord I talked with today, Sue B, had a car battery thrown through a window at her building 99 Main St, Stafford, CT. She alleged that she reported the full name of the individual who through the battery through a drug dealing tenant's window with the police not even doing an investigation.
It is not about law enforcement, it is aboout revenue collection. I dared challenge 'business' as usual and I paid the price.
Family farmers, Mom and Pop shops, the local corner privately owned bar/restaurant, bed and breakfast lodging, and many independent businesses, including individual property investors may completely go the way of the dinasaur if all have the attitude of Mr. Kevin in Ohio.
Maybe Kevin has a condo he is renting out and considers himself a landlord ... --65.204.211.10Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 16, 2003 05:11 PM
Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 12:44 PM Message: Should a judge that show bias against the self-employed, namely landlords be removed? I complained to politicians in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, regarding Judge Jonathan Kaplan saying he decided against and showed bias towards landlords and contractors, asking that Kaplan be fired. I gave Kaplan’s name to 2 landlord groups saying he should be removed for bias. I wrote a letter to the editor called, “2nd Class Citizen” printed in a local newspaper and the Enfield Property Owner’s Association Newsletter. After this I was attacked from behind in the dark and had my life threatened on my property during a robbery attempt and used pepper spray to end the attack. Police arrested me, but refused to arrest my assailant. When I finally got the police to take my complaint I was called the ‘victim’. Brian Caldwell my assailant, admitted on the stand to threatening my life after demanding money from me. Judge Kaplan was ok with that and told me I had ‘overreacted’ in using pepper spray. I was sentenced to one year in prison, 3 years probation and I had no previous criminal record. I lost my 3 houses, retirement, pets, contact with family/friends/daughter, business, credit- the sum total of my life for stopping the beating I was taking using pepper spray! Kaplan seemed ok with Caldwell threatening my life, attacking me, after stalking and harassing me for weeks, telling him not to do that again. Other landlords in Connecticut have been charged after being attacked and the police and prosecution use the attacker as a witness against the landlord ‘victim’ to charge the landlord to the maximum. I went to prison as a ‘crime victim’. I think Judge Jonathan Kaplan and other judges should be removed when they show bias based on one’s occupation. Your thoughts? My story can be found at FreeSpeech,com.Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083 --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 12:51 PM Message: my posts on FreeSpeech,com. can be located by clicking on Oct archives 2/3 the way down the column on the left side, looking for posts by 'Vikingas'"What is Prison Really like"
"Landlord Rights and Free Speech" are
just 2. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 1:05 PM Message: Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs refused to take nor deny these complaints:
Steven G. Erickson February 14, 2003
PO Box 730 Enfield, CT 06083-0730
860-749-xxxx
To whom it may concern at Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs: (fax to 203-238-6447, tel 238-6390)
I belief Troopers Ameral and Langlais of Connecticut State Police, Troop C, Tolland Connecticut, committed perjury in my criminal trial at Rockville GA#19, 20 Park St, Connecticut on 10-22-02, to get me convicted on 2 misdemeanor charges. I would like to formerly lodge a complaint against Trooper Ameral and Langlais as I believe they perjured themselves.
Trooper Ameral seemed to turn red and choke over his words as he testified that when asked whether or not I had asked to make a statement and identified myself 10-11-01, after I was nearly robbed, beaten, and threatened on my own property at night after arriving home with Clayton Varno in my van.
Troopers Ameral and Langlais refused to listen to the taped threats on Sue xxxx answering machine against me, 10-11-01, before I was assaulted, to take Sue xxxx statement, Apt x, 5 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076 (860-684-xxxx). The pair also refused to take my statement, refused to listen to the threats against me from my assailant made from 1:00 PM that day against me.
I had identified myself as a crime victim, my name, and that I wished to make a complained. Both officers denied me this.
Trooper Ameral refused to take my statement during processing 10-12-01, and refused to listen to my voicemail with the threats against me. My assailant was not arrested. I asked Trooper Ameral more than once to make a complaint and wanted my statement taken.
I called out while being held, and asked to make a complaint against my assailant for attempted robbery, assault, and the threatening of me, Sgt Sticca refused to take my statement, 10-12-01.
I called Troop C, when I arrived home in the morning after being held at Troop C, Trooper Decker listened to my entire account of the previous events from the late evening before. I believe he interviewed tenants that had heard my assailant threaten my life and were aware of my assailant going back and forth from the local bar all day looking for me, each time saying he was going to hurt or kill me when I got home.
Trooper Decker politely refused my 2 or more requests to take my written statement regarding the events from the previous day.
My assailant continued to harass and threaten me and attempted to beat me again, Oct 18, 2001. I called the State Police and I believe it was Trooper Colleen Anuszewski, who responded to the call maybe sometime between 8PM and 9PM.
She listened to the threats on my voicemail and listened to my account of the threats made against me and that I had just nearly escaped a 2nd beating by locking myself in my office in my other multi family house, 3 Church St, Stafford Springs, CT.
My assailant came after me 7 times in the time before my trial. 4 of the times I reported the incidents to police. There was a follow up investigation that calls me the victim of the assault in which I have included.
This tells me that if my statement was taken before I was arrested that I would never have been arrested, and at the time of the 2nd report, I think my charges should have been dropped.
Sgt Izzarelli took my statement and interviewed Sue xxxx, possibly Clayton Varno, and others. Sgt Izzarelli came calling on me and in the presence of Sue xxxx, seemed surprised that my assailant was not arrested and with my case in general, in my opinion.
I believe I had previous arguments with Trooper Langlais, over teens drinking, fighting, and selling drugs off my front lawn, and my displeasure over losing sleep and with the lack of anything being done.
Langlais may have been one of the officers on a previous occasion to Oct 11, 2001, that were chanting, "Oh Stevie, Oh Stevie, Oh Stevie!" outside my office door waking me up maybe 2AM or 3AM in the morning maybe an hour or so after I had called in and complained about intoxicated teenagers, banging into my house, and being so loud they were keeping me awake.
The contents of this letter are to my best belief and knowlege.
Thank you, Steven G. Erickson --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by llordofny[ny]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 1:31 PM Message: i really can't believe this story. especially in connecticut. you are not telling the whole truth. --204.168.123.4
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Carolyn[MO]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 2:04 PM Message: Here he is again. I guess I would be wiser to have ignored it, in the hopes he would go away. --205.188.209.16
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Eleanor[PA]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 2:05 PM Message: Hi Steven G. Erickson,What, exactly, was the text of your initial complaint? All I can see is that you think a judge showed bias against self-employed landlords and should be fired. Maybe so. What was the circumstance of your initial problem?
Seems to me you have gone verbally meandering from some (unknown) incident and wandered off onto divergent trails of unfortunate things that have happened to you as a result of some unknown incident...
??
Eleanor --206.99.145.217
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Tired of It[CO]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 2:07 PM Message: You've regaled us with your story countless times. What do you want us to do???? Its geting old especially since you 1) add nothing new 2) provide an corroborating evidence. Get over yourself. --12.253.94.48
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 3:00 PM Message: I will provide any details asked for. Tom from CT, verified all that I had to say when I previously posted.
Would you be quiet if you were terrorized for weeks and then attacked on your property, only to be put in prison for using pepper spray? Yes, it is ridiculous. I spent 4 years and 100's of thousands of dollars fixing up 3 multi houses,2 of them boarded up in Stafford Springs, CT.
What I did wrong was to complain to politicians and in newspapers that the police were doing little about crime and the drugs and the courts were merely revenue collection centers.
What do I want from all of you? Well I spoke out for landlord rights while a landlord. I complained about bias in the courts and the lack of protection and service. Is that so bad my life should be ruined, go to prison and lose everything?
As unbelievable as it sounds it can happen to you.
I suppose if you were Jewish in Germany and it was 1932, you would not not believe any warnings until it was too late.
If landlords will not defend landlord rights, no one else will either.
Connecticut State Police allegedly bragged they were going to run 'Big Mouth' out of town and teach him a lesson.
Those selling drugs and breaking into houses are still operating in Stafford, CT. The landlord with the big mouth went to prison.
I had $6500 gross monthly rents on about $500,000 worth of property. Retirement was only 12 years away as I would have owned all outright. At the time of my arrest for defending my life while being beaten during the robbery attempt, I had just started making a profit after years of toiling and spending all that I had saved for years and years.
I have lost everything, including contact with family and ability to even own a house.
Would you be quiet??? --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Gulfman[Fl]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 3:27 PM Message: I suggest you get over your bitterness and move on to relieving some anger you've built up.Otherwise, you'll be complaining at the upper gates, which you don't have the key to either. --64.58.217.19
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by tyler[nc]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 4:02 PM Message: are you in jail now? --152.163.252.193
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Sean[CA]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 5:01 PM Message: Use Decon for the rats. --66.122.183.21
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 5:32 PM Message: I am out of prison, a place I never expected to go. With 3 years probation and time left, I could end up doing all of my probation and time left on my sentence back in prison for the sightest violation of probation. This shows just how ridiculous my sentence is. I was supposed to be offfer AR, which would have erased my charges in as little as 3 months for $100. Prosecutor John Panone in Rockville, CT, refused to offer me the program, forcing the trial. He also refused to sign the arrest warrant for my assailant when I was determined to be the 'victim' and my assailant the 'perp'. The prosecutor said he could not 'unarrest' me when I was declared the 'victim'.
A landlord in the Thompsonville section of Enfield, CT, was attacked on his property and his attacker is being used to prosecute him also. Don C is a landlord and also annoyed the police reporting crime and being outspoken. He is still going to court dates and is at the beginning of the nightmare I
endured.
If you want to know what my prison experience was like, starting from being wrapped in chains and legs irons from court, I tell my story on FreeSpeech.com. Click on Oct Archives on the left hand side and the story is under, "What is prison really like"
-Vikingas. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by tyler[nc]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 6:07 PM Message: Steve....post the ENTIRE (without editing) police report of the night you maced somebody
Better yet....calling all landlords....go pull this guys police report lets see it from the law inforcements prospective. --152.163.252.193
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Smokowna[Md]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 7:07 PM Message: I read all this, you do make one point. I too believe that Connecticut does little to deter the crime in places like Waterbury. I know this because I am close to a few Bondsmen.
There is a strong undertoe hidden in your story, something amiss. I must agree with the others. Push your story on the Currant and see what response you get.
Okay, off to Water Heater Thermostat --69.140.122.201
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Sean[CA]) Posted on: Oct 13, 2003 9:35 PM Message: What are plywood prices in CT these days?
How many units do you have Steve? --66.122.183.21
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 2:34 AM Message: I had bought a 3 and 4 family side by side in Stafford CT in Summer '98 and a 2 family in Somersville in Nov '97 also in bad condition. I was forced out of my property asConnecticut State Police officers were telling me that I had to leave town before and after the incident that was used to railroad me to prison.
If Connecticut State Police followed their own policies as described in their website on the Community Policing webpage, I would not have been told to leave the State by police and common criminals, frauds, and vandals would have been the target of the police, not those just trying to get to and from work for traffic fines and the fleecing of downtown property and business owners.
If Connecticut State Police acted as advertised I would still own my property, have credit, my pets, contact with my family, and my business and would not have gone to prison for 2 charges that even those on probation or with a past criminal record almost never go to prison for.
I have been treated worse than some armed robbers and sex offenders, as I am a landlord with a big mouth. I used pepper spray to end the attack I was taking in the dark I my own property after being jumped. The alleged police informant has allegedly been encouraged by police to harass and to continue to harass me.
I did not leave Stafford until a Connecticut State police allegedly encouraged yet another individual to make life difficult for me.
Police officer can get very upset if a citizen is critical of them not doing their jobs. I was upset about them catching drunk teens wrecking my property, smashing windows after midnight with no arrests. I did see motorist pulled over, and had called police "Armed Revenue Collectors" in the newspaper before my saga began.
There is more to my story. There is not enough space to tell all of the names and stories for lack of protection and service suffered by countless single family and multi family home owners over years in Stafford CT and other downtown areas. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 3:00 AM Message: I had 9 units in 3 houses. The 3 and 4 family in Stafford,CT, I had bought in a boarded up condition in '98. I spent over a $100,000 just on my Amex for materials. The hardwood floors alone I spent 3 months on my hands and knees.
It seems to be ok to use crack, heroine, marijuana, break-in property, teens drink, vandalize etc, but not to be an outspoken landlord. Others have similar stories of police refusing to do anything and enduring disrespectful attitudes of police officers.
There is a disparity of justice between the suburbs and downtown. Some politically powerful property owners got excellent service even in downtown Stafford Connecticut.
This is the other complaint Connecticut State Police would neither take nor deny:
Steven G. Erickson April 16, 2003
xxx xxxx
To Whom It May Concern at the Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs Unit
(fax to 203-238-6447, tel 238-6390.
Subject: Trooper Mulcahey’s possible violation of my (Steven G. Erickson) 1st and 14th Amendment rights, civil rights violations, and improper conduct unbecoming of a State Law Official
I believe Trooper Mulcahey acted improperly in telling me I would be arrested if I pursued any charges or allegations against anyone and did not leave the State of Connecticut.
I had brought a tape that Trooper Mulcahey took possession of threats against my daughter, her life, by a man who was sexually obsessed with my then 14 year old daughter and her friend Leann.
The tape also had threats against me, possibly 15 to 20 involving Peter Coukos. Please look into my allegations and take my complaint.
From statements made by Peter Coukos, before I was harassed by him telling me that the Stafford Resident Trooper and Stafford Police Officers did not like him (Peter Coukos) getting along with me and encouraged him to harass me and get rid of me.
After making this statement, Peter Coukos, told me that if I did not write him a check for $30,000 he would make up a false police report, report me to the building inspector for possible code violations, and would try and say I had committed fraud in some way or another fabricating a complaint.
I was also told I was evicted from the property by Peter Coukos, when I believe only a court order could bar me from 3 and 5 Church St. Stafford Springs, CT, and that it was entirely illegal that I could be told I was barred from Stafford Springs and/or Connecticut, by someone saying they are speaking on behalf of the police.
I asked Trooper Mulcahey to take my complaint against Peter Coukos more than once and over time from as early as February 2002 into the Summer of 2002, regarding Peter Coukos threatening me, assaulting me, locking me of my apartment, blocking my vehicles in the driveway, breaking into my apartment, stealing my van seats and pick up truck cap, etc.
I believe it was an admission to these crimes by Peter Coukos when he signed an agreement not to harass me and to settle my Small Claims suit I brought against him regarding the stolen property.
I do not think it honorable and legal for a State Trooper to threaten me with arrest for being the victim of crimes, not the perpetrator, if I pursued matters taken in police reports, and if I did not leave Stafford Springs and/or Connecticut as soon as was possible.
I find it disturbing that Peter Coukos, claimed to me that the Resident State Trooper had told him, “Big Mouth is going to be shut up,” “Big Mouth is going to be run out of town,” and “Big Mouth is going to be taught a lesson,” before the harassment began, telling me it was encouraged and condoned possibly violating federal and Connecticut laws by police officers and Peter Coukos.
What is contained in this letter is to my best belief and knowledge. Please look into my allegations and take my complaint.
Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson
P.S. the address of some of the violation is 3 and 5 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076 --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Upset in CT Also[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 3:21 AM Message: This is a letter to the editor that was printed today in the Hartford Courant
Where Are The Police?
I live in the South End of Hartford and I've been sitting on my front porch, watching different crimes as they are being committed. I call 911 to report the crimes and it takes hours for the police to show up (if they show up at all) or it is already too late and the criminals have already gotten away.
I am a single parent raising my son here. I observe drug deals, prostitution, drug use, robberies and other crimes. I call the police and nothing happens. Then when I call back to see what's taking so long, they say they put crimes into categories in order of importance.
Last week, I witnessed a home being robbed. I called 911. They said they were sending someone out. I didn't see a police car come. It had been at least two hours and the thieves were coming back for more.
It's my understanding that we pay taxes to pay these police officers' salaries. What is the sense if they are not here for us when we need them? I am sick and tired of seeing these crimes go unnoticed and uncared about.
Nicole M. Valenti
Hartford --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Upset in CT Also[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 3:22 AM Message: This is a letter to the editor that was printed today in the Hartford Courant
Where Are The Police?
I live in the South End of Hartford and I've been sitting on my front porch, watching different crimes as they are being committed. I call 911 to report the crimes and it takes hours for the police to show up (if they show up at all) or it is already too late and the criminals have already gotten away.
I am a single parent raising my son here. I observe drug deals, prostitution, drug use, robberies and other crimes. I call the police and nothing happens. Then when I call back to see what's taking so long, they say they put crimes into categories in order of importance.
Last week, I witnessed a home being robbed. I called 911. They said they were sending someone out. I didn't see a police car come. It had been at least two hours and the thieves were coming back for more.
It's my understanding that we pay taxes to pay these police officers' salaries. What is the sense if they are not here for us when we need them? I am sick and tired of seeing these crimes go unnoticed and uncared about.
Nicole M. Valenti
Hartford --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Chris[MD]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 4:28 AM Message: notice the exact same isp# for steven and nicole.this guy sure likes to hear himself talk. wonder if the sanitarium knows he is online??? --165.247.108.242
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 5:33 AM Message: Nicole's letter to the editor can be read in Oct 13 or 14th's Hartford Courant or online at ctnow.com
My sanity should be questioned as I got upset about my front yard being used by teens drinking alcohol out of lawnchairs selling drugs like a drivethru fast food restaurant. Others used my front lawn and the public sidewalks as a toilet. Who am I to complain? I should lose the sum total of my life's work and contact with my family for complaining about crime and drugs, right?
Landlords are 2nd class citizens as compared to the prefered citizens downtown: drug users, vandals, alcoholics, and career criminal parasites.
I would not believe my story, if someone told it to me, and I had not lived it myself. So, I understand those that doubt my account.
I have named names, in many different public forums. Not once have I been contacted by a lawyer, police officer, or individuals named in my posts, challenging one word of what I have typed. If just one word was inaccurate, I could expect to be sued for liable, defamation of character etc.
I challenged the police officers that committed perjury at my trial late Oct '02, to take a lie detector test against me. No takers. I was railroaded, and more and more people see, and agree.
Chris in MD, do you have a daughter? Well if you do how would you like a 40 something year old making comments to you and your 14 year old about your young teen daughter performing a sex act on the 40 something year old? How would you react?
What if the 40 something-year-old was taunting you pushing you, saying come on fight you "Pu...?" I already had been arrested for having pepper sprayed someone that jumped me in the dark from behind in my driveway while demanding money. I did not want to push my luck.
Drug dealers had been told by police who had called them, me. I guess the police, drug dealers, and criminals must have something in common.
Threats against my 14 year old, that had nothing to do with my fued over lack of service, with police had to suffer, were left on my voicemails and cell phone.
The CT Trooper said he would arrest ME, if I pursued a complaint and was told I had to leave town 'or else'.
If the US Constitution does not apply to one individual because he/she is of the wrong occupation and is outspoken, it applies to NO ONE.
In America your rights aren't protected unless you are a 'named' protected groups. Landlords aren't predicted and are often despised by the general public, the judiciary, and the police.
If any of you don't get a fair shake and find yourself in my situation and no one will listen or help, too bad for you. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Kevin[OH]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 7:01 AM Message: I have to concur with the posters that are tired of this but, will honor it with one post... Stevey G. it obvious that you love to filibuster but, apparently you need more tact and skill as you admit to failing badly, it is sad if parts of you story are true which I believe they are...however, I need to point out that there is some inconsistency in the story as you say at times you were attacked then say nearly attacked...there is a big difference between my saying I am going to kick your @$$ and my doing it, if all I do is say I am going to do it, you can't attack in response to a verbal threat, which is what it appears that is what you did...did you have jury at your trial? Or just a bench trial? Did you waive the jury or are they corrupt too? The simple fact is that we can't assist you other than to advise you that obviously the path you are going down isn't working... I think you should realize the hand you are playing and move to another table...you choose to buy in that neighborhood probably thinking you could stand up to the shady elements, well they have the same rights as you...I suggest you use your time to relocate rather than rant... --63.171.93.41
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Felix[MN]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 11:31 AM Message: Your story sounds just to fishy, post the police report, lets get the truth behind all this. I see a landlord jumping out of the bushes and spraying some poor tenant or ex-tenant for no reason. Then ranting and raving at the poor state troopers, who after years of dealing with crazy ol'Steven just throw up their hands. Give us the case # or post some real information, so we can get the "REST OF THE STORY" --199.250.13.98
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 12:05 PM Message: docket # CR01-0074672,Rockville, Court, 20 Park St,
Connecticut.
Connecticut vs. Erickson
A police report was done about a month after I was attack which is public record and I was called the victim. An arrest application charging Brian Caldwell with threatening, breach of peace, and assault was issued, as there was too much evidence to police collected vindicating me, although they did not want to do an investigation.
Prosecutor John Panone refused to sign the arrest application for Caldwell, even though a careful investigation had been done by police. If they dropped the charges and arrested Caldwell they were probably worried I would sue for false arrest and civil rights violations. So Caldwell was never arrested but was instead used by the prosecution.
Caldwell 'tried' to attack me a week later on Oct 18, 2001, and weeks later inside a crowded restaurant grabbing me by my shirt telling me he is going to hurt me. The cook from the restaurant came to my rescue and ejected Caldwell who yelled profanity and spit on the outside of the restaurant window.
Caldwell had left threats on my voicemail before the first incident, that my lawyer refused to play in court. Brian Caldwell was never a tenant as known as a local drug using alcoholic.
Attorney Agranoff of 5 Burbank Rd, Stafford Springs, CT, refused to call witnesses to the attack nor challenge the witness the tenant I had started eviction on (Cheryl Gauthier tried to have her new landlord arrested when he started eviction on her).
Cheryl claims to have seen the altercation which was impossible as her apartment is obstructed as we were on the other side of another house.
Agranoff would not walk up to the diagram at the front of the court to point this out. Judge Kaplan would not let me speak and inform the jury of this.
For a $17000 plus fee, I had no defense as my attorney seemed to aid the prosecution. Police had told me they could not do anything about teens drinking and selling drugs off my property as it was 'private' property. In order for me to be charged, my property was called 'public' property.
Agranoff allowed a worker for the police to be on the jury against my wishes. There was no reason to do that against my wishes. Agranoff allegedly had an improper relationship with a young girl he had charge of and that or something else may have been used to keep him from defending me. I would have called witnesses and put up some kind of defense and I am not a lawyer.
State Police officers allegedly were bragging that I was going to go to prison before there was even a trial. So yes, I got a fair trial, not.
There is nothing anyone can do for me in this landlord post. My purpose is to educate you so it does not happen to anyone else.
Don C of Enfield, CT, is in the beginning stages of what happened to me. The former leader of the Enfield Property Owner's Association was punched in the mouth by a crackhead tenant, she was charged with breach of peace as she bled and held the tooth that had been punched out!
Police refused to protect and serve me because I was a landlord. It has happened to others in Stafford and other downtown areas of Connecticut.
I think an effort should come from landlords and associations to have our civil rights respected. If police acted as advertised I would not have been put in prison for being a pain in the *ss complaining about police not doing their jobs.
I had no record before the incident. A teen with a history of crime committed an armed robbery and got off with probation. A sex offender got off with probation. A guy on probation who while drunk broke a guy's nose, almost his jaw, and was caught by police jumping on the guy was not violated on probation and only received a $250 fine from the same court!
My point is that landlords get the harshest treatment in Connecticut courts, are unfairly targets of police fines and harassment, and do not get equal protection and service.
I am not asking you to care about me, but to use my example to fight for your rights and survival. Something I was doing as a landlord speaking out at landlord meetings.
I am not gaining anything from laying out this embarassment to you. So what are my motives?
It is so what happened to me won't happen to any of you. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by CAW[OR]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 12:37 PM Message: How many times are you going to trot this story around the block? I am so bored with it, I don't read a word you write anymore.
If your local town sucks, sell up and move out. There are 49 other states besides CT. Go to Texas. They don't care if you shoot someone with a gun in self defense, let alone pepper spray.
You may think you are crusader fighting the good fight, but you are not. You are Don Quixote, beating your head against a windmill, and you are going to end up looking like you went through a blender if you don't knock it off. Jail certainly didn't teach you any common sense. --206.163.168.7
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Anonymous[US]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 12:49 PM Message: If this story is actually true, it sounds like a great expose' for the local TV stations or Dateline, 20/20 etc. --68.213.161.11
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 5:08 PM Message: I gave dates, names, and the docket #. There is too much to hide for those that broke the law. Perjury in the police testimony is easily proved in their own police reports and the conflicting accounts. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Suzanne[TX]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 5:34 PM Message: No CAW, don't send him down here! --128.42.90.19
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by llordofny[ny]) Posted on: Oct 14, 2003 6:01 PM Message: instead of the police report, just post the actual case from the court. that way it will be unbiased.
post the court's decision and i will believe it. --204.168.123.4
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Kevin[OH]) Posted on: Oct 16, 2003 8:11 AM Message: Ok, so I am posting again, although I doubt anyone will read it... why aren't you after the poor attorney that represented you instead of the police? It sounds like your issues lie there as well...so, now it is the police, druggies, teenagers, attorneys, judges, police, prosecuter and jury of your peers that are against you.... if I were you, next time I would lock myself in that restaurant as that cook seems to be your only allie! --207.16.136.21
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Judicial Bias (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Oct 16, 2003 1:28 PM Message: Other landlords were my allies. I found out they had faxed Gov Rowland's office and did what they could to go to bat for me. There was a lot of noise made, as I was a landlord attacked on my own property during a robbery attempt. It was okay for the judge to hear that my life was threatened by my assailant while he was demanding money from me. But I 'overreacted' by using pepper spray and should go to prison not my assailant as all landlords are scum, right?
Don C. of Enfield, CT, is having the same thing happen to him that happened to me. I have contacted local politicians and have written in his behalf and will continue to speak out on his case and on otthers.
I am not a conspiracy theorist wearing a tinfoil hat, blowing a paper trumpet.
A landlord I talked with today, Sue B, had a car battery thrown through a window at her building 99 Main St, Stafford, CT. She alleged that she reported the full name of the individual who through the battery through a drug dealing tenant's window with the police not even doing an investigation.
It is not about law enforcement, it is aboout revenue collection. I dared challenge 'business' as usual and I paid the price.
Family farmers, Mom and Pop shops, the local corner privately owned bar/restaurant, bed and breakfast lodging, and many independent businesses, including individual property investors may completely go the way of the dinasaur if all have the attitude of Mr. Kevin in Ohio.
Maybe Kevin has a condo he is renting out and considers himself a landlord ... --65.204.211.10Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 16, 2003 05:11 PM
From Jef M, Enfield, Connecticut:
The end of the year 2000 I had completed the sale of a 4 family building in Enfield, which had been placarded and condemed. I completed the end unit 10 High Street and make it liviable for a regular paying tenant and as well as a Section 8 tenant, I had a Fire, Health and Section 8 inspector thoughly inspect the unit. I met all of there requirements. I had all new appliances put in such as a refrigerator, stove and a hot water heater. The gas furnance was thoughly checked and the sump pump was fairly new. Everything was working correctly prior to anyone moving in. On or about April of 2001 I welcomed a Section 8 tenant to move in named Desiree Brown. We agreed upon a rental rate of $725.00, she was to pay $40.00 and the security deposit and the remaining balance was to be paid from Section 8. She applied for only herself and her daughter to live there. From the very first day she moved in, she became very different towards me. Such as her very large furniture could not fit through the door so she damanded me to buy her new furniture that fit. After complaining about the color of the brand new refrigerator, a week later she tells me it died, as well as the furnace was not working either. Also demanded that I install a 220v outlet in the outside porch so she could use her dryer. I felt like she was harassing me to the point of where I would buy a new appliance.During all of this accessment of the apartment issues, I noticed that she did not have her daughter living with her and about a month later her boyfriend, Kevin Hawkins moved in unannouced to Section 8. Since his move in he cut down all of the bushes around the building leaving only the stumps and harrassed the neighbors. They both violated my lease by swiching the main entry door locks; she did not pay her part of the rent, and became very violent with each other and myself.I turned to Section 8 to find out if they were aware of all this going on. Since Section 8 and I have very different applications. They were aware of only her daughter was on their application and that Desiree has changed the rent on the lease to $700.00. I was told by Kay Ouellet of Enfield Section 8 that I would have to agree to the rental rate of $700.00. Well myself being a new provider to Section 8, I felt that I had no other alternative but to agree to all of what they told me. I explained to them that her daughter does not live with her but her boyfriend does, so they told me that they would pay the full rent for them to live there and that she would only owe me the other half of the security deposit. Supposingly Kay had checked into Desiree’s daughter and found out that she lives in New Haven and goes to school there.Kay had set up a meeting for herself, the Section 8 inspector and I to talk about all of these issues, but neglected to tell me she invited Desiree. The conversation got very heated, as I felt the 3 of them where ganging up on me. I felt I have done everything to stick to my agreement with all of them and that Desiree and Section 8 were not. Since that meeting things got worse for myself. Desiree was acting like she could do anything to me or my building and Section 8 would do anything to stand behind her, as well as going above and beyond to make things very difficult for me, such as testing for lead in my other apartments without prior authorization and acting as her advocate. Before anymore of this harrassment got worse I made the choice to start an eviction. She was served a notice to quit for non-payment of rent, harassment, and violation of my lease and was to move in 5 days. Now since I have given her this she is taking her harrassment every futher such as yelling profanity, videotaping anything I did around the building, ignoring letters and verbal information pertaining to mantanaice, declining certified mail, repeatly hitting my van. Once Kay was notified about the notice to quit by Desiree she contacted me and told me I was not allowed to evict a Section 8 tenant. I was advised by other landlords to obtain a lawyer, and I did. I continued my duties as a landlord, I had contacted a contractor to fix the broken stove for the 3rd time and had a new boiler put in.Now I am evicting for lapse of time since that is what my lawyer advised. We have been to court several times because of all this. After I have had everything fixed, which she made it very diffcult to get contractors in the apartment due to schedule conflict, I get a letter in the mail from the court that Desiree is sueing me for neglect, harrassment, and unlawful entry.During all of this conflict, I was also in the process of refinancing this building because she had put me in such a financial hole I had to so I could get my other building out of forclosure, well in order to do this I needed all of the tenants cooperation for the appraiser to see all of the units. All of the tenants did except for Desiree. She told me she would be home at the time I gave her and when the appraiser got there she was no where to be found. She knew that if the appraiser didn’t see her apartment I would be unable to refinance. So I felt that this was an emergency, and with the appraiser and a police offficer by my side I opened the main entry door for the appraiser to look in but in repect to her privacy we did not enter her apartment. Desiree made everything difficult she would have Section 8 inspectors go to her apartment and asess her damage then the inspector would demand that I fix everything on his list. An even though none of that stuff on his list was there the day she moved in I would have to pay someone to go and fix it, it she would make sure to conflict her schedule with the contractors just to delay and try to make me look bad.I had settled the eviction process our lawyer came to an agreement for her to leave in 5 months which after that 5 months I had to physically move her out and yet again pay for her stuff to be moved. Just recently I had received the judgement for the lawsuit and she is rewarded but yet I hadn’t been rembursed for my costs. (See judgement) Yet all of the these things that has been found out about Desiree weather it is through my own investigation, Section 8, and police investigation nothing is being done about it. She has no children living with her yet they still keep her on asssistance. Between Desiree and her boyfriend they have a criminal record a mile long such as animal creulty, fraud, manslaughter, possesion of weopons and drugs. She has done everything in her power as well as abusing the system to make my family phyically, mentally, and financially struggle for 3 years. Being a father of 2 at any early age and once homeless myself I made it a goal to help those in need. My parents and friends parents showed to me the important things in life such as treat those the way you want to be treated. I once had no credit, a landlord gave me a chance and I did not let him down. My father past in 1999 and left me some money, so I took his advise about investing. I bought a condemed buildings fixed them up to code and provided my passion for good service and housing together. Being a father and an advocate for my children, them and myself have volunteered our time to programs such as Christmas In April and Clean Sweep. I feel that if you do the right things in life it will prevail. When I took on the Section 8 program, I was under the impression that anyone who is on Section 8 is to be free of evictions, convictions, no bad history. Section 8 being a representative for the state system I had no reason not to believe what they say. Though my own investigating I found that most of there rules do not apply to everyone. Anytime I turned to them for help with one of there clients, they would turn it back on me and become sneaky, uncooperative, act as advocates and turn there head to welfare fraud. For Section 8 to act this way will make it very hard for those who really need help as well as being a huge waste of taxpayers money.As far as the courts aspect of these types of people, they have shown me by making untruthful judgements and not taking the landlords perspective on this whole case has really empowered some of these people even as regular tenants. I have found to be true that the states system including courts reward people like this for bad behavior or completely ingnore it. I have and excellent reviews with the town officials, marshalls, fire dept, police, other landlords and tenants, but I feel I still get slapped with the bad reputation of a landlord. Being a landlord you get stereotyped as a rich bad person which in turn get treated very differently as well as discrimated against as a landlord. Since I am currently a tenant as well I can see a difference in the way I get treated.For example a bouced check written to me as a landlord for $700.00 is pushed aside but a check for $7.00 to a store is serious. Well that’s my living.Now being in court with this client I have found the magistrate from small claims is very bias against landlords, everyother case I have had with regular paying tenants I prevail but with Section 8 you cannot prevail because there rules do not apply. I have now seen that everythough all of the courts and state system rules are supposed to apply to everyone the same, still to this day a landlord, a Section 8 tenant, regular paying tenant all are treated differently.Posted by: Jef M at October 22, 2003 08:36 AM
From Jef M, Enfield, Connecticut:
The end of the year 2000 I had completed the sale of a 4 family building in Enfield, which had been placarded and condemed. I completed the end unit 10 High Street and make it liviable for a regular paying tenant and as well as a Section 8 tenant, I had a Fire, Health and Section 8 inspector thoughly inspect the unit. I met all of there requirements. I had all new appliances put in such as a refrigerator, stove and a hot water heater. The gas furnance was thoughly checked and the sump pump was fairly new. Everything was working correctly prior to anyone moving in. On or about April of 2001 I welcomed a Section 8 tenant to move in named Desiree Brown. We agreed upon a rental rate of $725.00, she was to pay $40.00 and the security deposit and the remaining balance was to be paid from Section 8. She applied for only herself and her daughter to live there. From the very first day she moved in, she became very different towards me. Such as her very large furniture could not fit through the door so she damanded me to buy her new furniture that fit. After complaining about the color of the brand new refrigerator, a week later she tells me it died, as well as the furnace was not working either. Also demanded that I install a 220v outlet in the outside porch so she could use her dryer. I felt like she was harassing me to the point of where I would buy a new appliance.During all of this accessment of the apartment issues, I noticed that she did not have her daughter living with her and about a month later her boyfriend, Kevin Hawkins moved in unannouced to Section 8. Since his move in he cut down all of the bushes around the building leaving only the stumps and harrassed the neighbors. They both violated my lease by swiching the main entry door locks; she did not pay her part of the rent, and became very violent with each other and myself.I turned to Section 8 to find out if they were aware of all this going on. Since Section 8 and I have very different applications. They were aware of only her daughter was on their application and that Desiree has changed the rent on the lease to $700.00. I was told by Kay Ouellet of Enfield Section 8 that I would have to agree to the rental rate of $700.00. Well myself being a new provider to Section 8, I felt that I had no other alternative but to agree to all of what they told me. I explained to them that her daughter does not live with her but her boyfriend does, so they told me that they would pay the full rent for them to live there and that she would only owe me the other half of the security deposit. Supposingly Kay had checked into Desiree’s daughter and found out that she lives in New Haven and goes to school there.Kay had set up a meeting for herself, the Section 8 inspector and I to talk about all of these issues, but neglected to tell me she invited Desiree. The conversation got very heated, as I felt the 3 of them where ganging up on me. I felt I have done everything to stick to my agreement with all of them and that Desiree and Section 8 were not. Since that meeting things got worse for myself. Desiree was acting like she could do anything to me or my building and Section 8 would do anything to stand behind her, as well as going above and beyond to make things very difficult for me, such as testing for lead in my other apartments without prior authorization and acting as her advocate. Before anymore of this harrassment got worse I made the choice to start an eviction. She was served a notice to quit for non-payment of rent, harassment, and violation of my lease and was to move in 5 days. Now since I have given her this she is taking her harrassment every futher such as yelling profanity, videotaping anything I did around the building, ignoring letters and verbal information pertaining to mantanaice, declining certified mail, repeatly hitting my van. Once Kay was notified about the notice to quit by Desiree she contacted me and told me I was not allowed to evict a Section 8 tenant. I was advised by other landlords to obtain a lawyer, and I did. I continued my duties as a landlord, I had contacted a contractor to fix the broken stove for the 3rd time and had a new boiler put in.Now I am evicting for lapse of time since that is what my lawyer advised. We have been to court several times because of all this. After I have had everything fixed, which she made it very diffcult to get contractors in the apartment due to schedule conflict, I get a letter in the mail from the court that Desiree is sueing me for neglect, harrassment, and unlawful entry.During all of this conflict, I was also in the process of refinancing this building because she had put me in such a financial hole I had to so I could get my other building out of forclosure, well in order to do this I needed all of the tenants cooperation for the appraiser to see all of the units. All of the tenants did except for Desiree. She told me she would be home at the time I gave her and when the appraiser got there she was no where to be found. She knew that if the appraiser didn’t see her apartment I would be unable to refinance. So I felt that this was an emergency, and with the appraiser and a police offficer by my side I opened the main entry door for the appraiser to look in but in repect to her privacy we did not enter her apartment. Desiree made everything difficult she would have Section 8 inspectors go to her apartment and asess her damage then the inspector would demand that I fix everything on his list. An even though none of that stuff on his list was there the day she moved in I would have to pay someone to go and fix it, it she would make sure to conflict her schedule with the contractors just to delay and try to make me look bad.I had settled the eviction process our lawyer came to an agreement for her to leave in 5 months which after that 5 months I had to physically move her out and yet again pay for her stuff to be moved. Just recently I had received the judgement for the lawsuit and she is rewarded but yet I hadn’t been rembursed for my costs. (See judgement) Yet all of the these things that has been found out about Desiree weather it is through my own investigation, Section 8, and police investigation nothing is being done about it. She has no children living with her yet they still keep her on asssistance. Between Desiree and her boyfriend they have a criminal record a mile long such as animal creulty, fraud, manslaughter, possesion of weopons and drugs. She has done everything in her power as well as abusing the system to make my family phyically, mentally, and financially struggle for 3 years. Being a father of 2 at any early age and once homeless myself I made it a goal to help those in need. My parents and friends parents showed to me the important things in life such as treat those the way you want to be treated. I once had no credit, a landlord gave me a chance and I did not let him down. My father past in 1999 and left me some money, so I took his advise about investing. I bought a condemed buildings fixed them up to code and provided my passion for good service and housing together. Being a father and an advocate for my children, them and myself have volunteered our time to programs such as Christmas In April and Clean Sweep. I feel that if you do the right things in life it will prevail. When I took on the Section 8 program, I was under the impression that anyone who is on Section 8 is to be free of evictions, convictions, no bad history. Section 8 being a representative for the state system I had no reason not to believe what they say. Though my own investigating I found that most of there rules do not apply to everyone. Anytime I turned to them for help with one of there clients, they would turn it back on me and become sneaky, uncooperative, act as advocates and turn there head to welfare fraud. For Section 8 to act this way will make it very hard for those who really need help as well as being a huge waste of taxpayers money.As far as the courts aspect of these types of people, they have shown me by making untruthful judgements and not taking the landlords perspective on this whole case has really empowered some of these people even as regular tenants. I have found to be true that the states system including courts reward people like this for bad behavior or completely ingnore it. I have and excellent reviews with the town officials, marshalls, fire dept, police, other landlords and tenants, but I feel I still get slapped with the bad reputation of a landlord. Being a landlord you get stereotyped as a rich bad person which in turn get treated very differently as well as discrimated against as a landlord. Since I am currently a tenant as well I can see a difference in the way I get treated.For example a bouced check written to me as a landlord for $700.00 is pushed aside but a check for $7.00 to a store is serious. Well that’s my living.Now being in court with this client I have found the magistrate from small claims is very bias against landlords, everyother case I have had with regular paying tenants I prevail but with Section 8 you cannot prevail because there rules do not apply. I have now seen that everythough all of the courts and state system rules are supposed to apply to everyone the same, still to this day a landlord, a Section 8 tenant, regular paying tenant all are treated differently.Posted by: Jef M at October 22, 2003 08:36 AM
Thank you for all the emails of support from those coming in from mrlandlord.com and FreeSpeech.com, I have talked with a few of you by telephone, and even met some of you. Thank you.
I was asked if I would be willing to speak at meetings and would I provide more information by fax. I agreed.
To reinterate what I would like to do:
I think that the 2 Connecticut State Police officers that I believe 100%, committed perjury, to get me convicted and railroaded to prison as I was a landlord that was complaining too harshly against police not doing their jobs for landlords, ignoring property crimes and drug dealing. I think, at minimum, the 2 officers should be investigated, and if what I claim bears out, which I believe 100% it does, the officers should be punished to the maximum for perjury which resulted in financial and personal loss, due to a false arrest and conviction.
This is an affront to all landlords, small business people, and those that believe in our US Constitution, as if the Constitution does not apply to me as I was a landlord, it applies to no one.
I was left so financially devasted and without the support system I enjoyed while a contractor with a good reputation and 4 yellow page advertisements, and as a landlord with 9 apartments at 3 locations, so I was left with almost no ability to right the wrongs that allowed me to be railroaded to prison, as I now have nothing after over 20 years of hard work and staying out of trouble.
I think the Attorney Agranoff of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, did nothing other that aid the prosecution for his $17,000 plus fee. I would like to see that wrong, righted.
From what happened to me, I see that the only way to get someone's attention is to take some money from that person or organization. The only recourse I have is to sue. That will not replace my life or mend the separation are wrecked relationships that occured with family, friends, and business associates as I was labeled a criminal that had been sent to prison.
It does seem ridiculous that I was even arrested for using pepper spray against someone that has stalked and harassed my very publicly for weeks, finally catching me in the dark from behind on my property, demanding money or he would kill me. I think the attempted robber should have been arrested based on the follow up police reports calling me the victim. It is almost unheard of for a 1st time offender to go to prison for my 2 misdemeanor charges if I was actually guilty. It is also suspicious that I was not offered AR, for $100, I could have my charges erased, no prison, after a number of months. But it was determined I was going to be run out of Stafford, CT, out of my property, and into prison.
We should send a message the bias and prejudice is not ok. No one should go to prison or receive the harshest treatment possible because of their occupation.
My case is one of the better ones regarding suing for one's civil rights.
If you wish to contact me regarding my case or would like to help in anyway, lobbying, and/or help in bringing a lawsuit, please contact me:
Steven G. EricksonPO Box 730Enfield, CT 06083Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 24, 2003 11:00 AM
a post on mrlandlord.com:
Biting Dog (by Deon[AZ]) Posted on: Nov 4, 2003 6:40 AM Message: State Specific Question About: ARIZONA (AZ)
We just inherited a property from my mother-in-law, which we under normal circumstances would never have bought. While it was hers, we helped her a lot and became good friends with both tenants. Now, unexpectedly, we are their landlords. Both have several dogs, and some like to "nip" at people. We would like the dogs gone but are having a hard time being "hard nose" about it since they are our friends. My question is could we as property owners be liable if their dogs bit someone, even though the rental agreement says they are responsible for their dogs. I have not found anything in the Arizona Statutes yet that clarifies this. --206.26.123.240
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Biting Dog (by Kevin[OH]) Posted on: Nov 4, 2003 6:52 AM Message: I would think if you know the dogs bite, which you obviously do, and you do nothing to mitigate, then you could open yourself up to some legal action...anyone can sue anyone, I don't think I would allow this to continue, it is hard to do with friends, but you have to remember, this is a business. --207.16.136.21
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Biting Dog (by Ellie[Il]) Posted on: Nov 4, 2003 7:07 AM Message: Dog bite suits have went as high as $3 million dollars. Are these tenant/friends worth you losing everything you own? You are liable for any dog bites.
Tell your tenants that your insurance company no longer allows you to accept dogs (which is probably true) and that you will lose insurance coverage unless you remove dogs from your rentals. Give them 30 days to move the dogs or move them. In future remember that Landlording is a business. While you can be friendly to tenants, do not make friends of them. --67.64.223.57
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Biting Dog (by Jim[OH]) Posted on: Nov 4, 2003 7:15 AM Message: Get a letter from an insurance agent regarding pet owner versus property owner liability and vulnerability. Have it worded as such to show that your hands are tied and the dogs must go. Do not, and I will repeat myself again, do not get that letter from your insurance provider or their agent. If something happens, a letter was written to you and placed in your file and any future claim could be denied.
When they find that the dogs must go, understand they may go too. You'll keep your friends this way. They'll keep their dogs. You'll keep your low premiums and your equity that a possible claim could take from you.
P.S. Never rent to friends, relatives or co-workers. --168.193.97.25
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Biting Dog (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Nov 4, 2003 8:02 AM Message: I was told that my insurance didn't cover tenant's dogs.
A tenant that moved in without permission had a German Sheppard. It bit a man on my front yard. I was afraid I was going to get sued but he was too worried about not getting a ride to Hartford to get crack to worry about his hand bleeding.
The dog broke windows trying to get at people and almost came through the door at the Sheriff trying to serve that long running career parasite, fraud, her eviction papers.
If your insurance gets cancelled, you may be violating your mortgage agreements, and could possibly have your house repossed for defaulting on your mortgage.
I heard a story of a Connecticut landlord losing his/her apartment building because a tenant refused to remove a trampoline. --65.204.211.10
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RE: Biting Dog (by Steven G. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Nov 4, 2003 8:03 AM Message:
... because the insurance was cancelled.
--65.204.211.10 Posted by: at November 4, 2003 11:10 AM
posted on mrlandlord.com
Landlord Movie (by S. Erickson[CT]) Posted on: Nov 9, 2003 9:52 AM (California time)Message: Landlord Movie
‘Pacific Heights’ the movie starring Michael Keaton did much to educate the general public and legislators about our plight.
People have a short attention span and are so bombarded by telemarketers and issues of their own daily lives they do not want to listen or even care about issues that do not involve them, that day.
There is no better way in modern times to cause debate and change injustices in modern times than a movie.
Nuclear power got a hard hit from ‘Silkwood’ the problem with police being corrupt and partnering with politicians and criminals was best shown in ‘Serpico’. ‘Erin Brockavich’ showed how one woman can fight injustice and also about the horrors of contaminated water.
I propose that a movie should be written with small downtown business owners and landlords in mind. It could change public perceptions of landlords as helping communities and being respectable people at least partially dispelling the stereotype of landlords, the slumlord.
The Mrlandlord website as well as other companies and businesses could be promoted within the movie. Local legislators could be contacted by landlords and refer to the movie regarding a personal issue they want addressed if the movie can cover enough of our core issues.
I propose writing at least 2 scripts for approval.
It is no rocket science as a typical script is of a standard font, triple spaced, 105 to 110 pages of a somewhat rigid format as to length of scenes down to the size brass brads meant to hold the script that is submitted.
I am looking for a partner(s) that will advance me $6000, and I can submit at least 2 scripts for approval to promote for a landlord movie. I would request at least 5 weeks to complete the works. If none is acceptable I will agree to pay back the advance at $100/week.
I would also want to receive 5% of the gross of the movie, spin offs, unique merchandising to the work, sequels, books, advertising not related to promoting the movie, etc to be paid at 60 day intervals.
If memory serves correctly, $3 mil was paid for the 105 to 110 page script of ‘Basic Instinct’ according to the ‘Screen Writers Bible’.
There are no dream sequences in 'Basic Instinct', flashbacks, or any Hollywood hoopla, just good, simple writing. I am not a known writer, so I could sell my works to a ‘shelving’ movie script company that warehouses scripts and pays $2500 to $20,000 or more for scripts they accept.
I would like a small piece of the pie and to promote landlord and small business issues that I have written countless letters to the editor and to politicians regarding my own personal issues and for the 2 landlord groups in which I met with.
To contact me:
Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083 (please allow 2 weeks for me to respond to any suggestions or inqueries)
P.S. One of my ideas would show our plight as a mix of ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ meets the ‘Gremlins’ that would be palatable to the mainstream with a kicking soundtrack.Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at November 9, 2003 01:12 PM
I allowed a person (may alleged god-daughter) live in my home. We had a verbal agreement that she and her father would split the $400.00 per month rent. She has been living in my house for 5 months now and not paid me one cent, I've been telling her since October to move if she couldn't pay. I attempted to go to court to have her move, she went to court and told the judge that we had an agreement where she could stay in the house and not pay. The judge refused to hear my case, he dismissed the case because my representative didn't have any written documents stating the agreement. The judge stated that I had to get an attorney. I can't afford an attorney. I'm living in Va., on unemployment. I want to know if she's claiming that she is just there to occupy the house can I set her things out. I have a fourth person ready to move in and pay the rent, but will not move in until I can clean the house and get her out.Posted by: Elizabeth Mack at January 15, 2004 11:37 PM
Laws are set up for criminals and cops. Try to live an honest life and get screwed.Posted by: Victim at January 18, 2004 02:36 PM
A book online.Posted by: at April 10, 2004 12:00 AM
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.Posted by: at April 20, 2004 04:31 PM
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.Posted by: at April 20, 2004 04:33 PM
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.Posted by: at April 20, 2004 04:33 PM
I don't know if anyone can but here's my story.
I am currently going through a very nasty divorce due to Domestic Violence. I own a townhome and have the same tenants in there for almost 3 years. I have not increased her rent because she had stressed to me several times how hard times were for her.In the court order, the rental income is listed under my income, because I am still in the home. During the course of 10 months my astranged husband has managed to get over 12,000.00 from me. Preventing me from making my mortgage payments. His attorney two months ago sent a letter to the tenant stating that she is to make rent to my husband. The lease agreement is between me and her only. She is paying him. Of course he can't pay the mortgage because they don't except particial payment for the mortgage and now our home is in foreclosure.In my lease I have stated that if rent is not paid by the 5th of the month they loose all rights to the driveway/garage. Can I just lock her out? Post a note on her door to remove all her personal belonging or it will be towed?What should I do? Can I actually evict her, because of the divorce?I hope someone has advice for me.Stumped in WIPosted by: Stumped in WI at May 28, 2004 02:11 PM
get a book on eviction from the court or talk to a process server as they know the process, should at least know the laws for the forms they process, and should also be able to get you or tell you where to get forms.
Good luck.
As much as I think lawyers are a crock, maybe you should consult with one. The first half hour or hour might be free.Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at June 3, 2004 10:10 PM

1 Comments:

Blogger ISH B said...

TO JEFFREY MARA HOME OWNER 10 HIGH ST ENFIELD, CT.

THIS IS DESERIE, U LOST UR CASE B/C ALL THAT U SAID WASN'T TRUE & CORRECT.
U CAME N2 MY APARTMENT W/ OUT MY PERMISSION WHEN I TOLD U NOT THAT DAY BUT U TOOK IT UPON URSELF 2 TRY 2 DO WHAT U WANTED B/C U OWNED THE PROPERTY VIOLATING MY PRIVACY & RIGHTS & WERE CAUGHT ON VIDEO TAPE DOING SO IS WHY I WON & WAS AWARDED THE SUM OF 1 MONTHS RENT!

UR APPLIANCES & BOILER WASN'T BRAND NEW IS WHY YOU HAD TO REPLACE EVERYTHING.
I WASN'T THE ONLY TENANT U HAD ISSUES W/, U. I WAS THE ONLY TENANT THAT KNEW MY RIGHTS KNOWING HOW 2 FIGHT & NOT LIVE ANY KIND OF WAY! U ALSO HAD ISSUES W/ UR OTHER TENANTS IN ENFIELD ON 6 & 10 SPRING ST WHEN THERE BASEMENTS FLOODED W/ WATER, AS WELL AS COMPLAINTS FROM UR TENANTS IN MANCHESTER OF POOR MAINTENANCE & ALWAYS WHINING WHEN A TENANT TOLD U SOMETHING WAS WRONG!
IF U WERE GOING 2 TELL UR STORY THEN U SHOULD HAVE TOLD THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH & LEFT NOTHING OUT!

THANKS
EACH 1 REACHES & TEACHES 1 WHO IS WILLING 2 LEARN

STAY ENCOURAGED, FOCUSED & BLESSED

D. BROWN TENANT W/ RIGHTS

Saturday, December 14, 2013 9:16:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home


View My Stats