Most of Brewington’s allegedly threatening statements were essentially name-calling. Brewington called Dr. Connor (the custody evaluator) and Judge Humphrey “child abusers.” Brewington used the term “child abuse” to refer to what he believed was the improper denial of his participation in his children’s upbringing, which he thought would have detrimental effect on his children. ...I mentioned this conviction below. The fix is in. The authorities don't like his blog and they are sending him to prison for it. Maybe there is more to the story, but this all looks like free speech to me.
The State introduced a comment from Brewington’s Facebook page, in which he stated, regarding the divorce proceedings, “This is like playing with gas and fire, and anyone who has seen me with gas and fire know that I am quite the pyromaniac.” ...
The State also introduced a letter that Brewington sent to Dr. Connor in which he wrote: “The game is over for Dr. Connor.” (Tr. Ex. 49). This was not a threat of violence. This letter requested that Dr. Connor release his entire case file. Brewington’s only threat was to file a petition for contempt against Dr. Connor. ...
The State introduced a blog post in which Brewington discussed watching Dr. Connor testify in a different case in Kentucky. (Tr. Ex. 200). Brewington described Dr. Connor as “surprised” to see Brewington there, and “a little nervous.” ...
Brewington’s allegedly perjured statements were made during his grand jury testimony. Brewington was asked a series of questions about Internet postings wherein he urged readers to write letters concerning Judge Humphrey’s handling of his divorce case to Heidi Humphrey — identified as an “Ethics and Professionalism advisor” to the Indiana Supreme Court “Ethics and Professionalism Committee — and listed her home address. Brewington testified that he found all of this information on the Internet: ... Brewington testified that he was not certain that Heidi Humphrey was married to Judge Humphrey.
I am sure the judge and his wife did not like their names and addresses posted on his blog, but they are public officials and they should be willing to receive mail complaining about their official duties. I don't see where Brewington did anything criminal. It appears to me that he was within his rights in complaining about his mistreatment in court, and about bad testimony by a dubious expert.
Thanks for writing about Dan's case. He questioned a custody evaluator, wouldn't accept all Dr. Connor's excuses why he wouldn't release the case file, wouldn't follow like a whipped dog when Judge Humphrey tried to crush him and continued to fight for his right to be a father and still maintain his dignity. We could never have guessed that it would take this direction but we refuse to quit.Criminalizing free speech poses a danger to every US citizen. Dan is in Putnamville Correctional facility in Greencastle, IN. We have a lot of respect for our first amendment, civil rights attorneys from Indy. For more information on Dan's case see danbrewington.blogspot.com. Thanks again. Sue Brewington
Dan is a martyr for free speech and father's rights. I hope someone keeps us informed on his blog.
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