Bernath v. Sanity

| April 18, 2017

We last updated you on the doings of Daniel A. Bernath in January and events yesterday demand an update. He was brought into Chesapeake, Virginia on five charges of violating protective orders that the court had awarded Mr and Mrs Don Shipley. Three of the charges were dropped because the Shipleys were unable to find the evidence against Bernath in their mountain of evidence. Two charges stuck, though;

365 days in jail was the sentence.

He was in jail for a bit yesterday, but he since he appealed the decision, he’s out on the street – kicking the inevitable can down the road.

According to witnesses in the courtroom, Bernath thought he was the smartest person in the room and he didn’t bother to warn his own lawyer about the evidence against him, so there was no real defense. Bernath thought that he could sow the seeds of reasonable doubt that the emails he sent to the Shipleys weren’t from him. Then he tried to convince the judge that he wasn’t in command of all of his faculties – blaming Agent Orange and his combat service in the waters off of the coast of Vietnam. It didn’t work.

Before you comment, remember that this case is going to appeal and I remind you that most of our legal troubles stem from comments on the blog, not the material we publish. If your comment disappears, it’s because I didn’t want to hear it read to me in a courtroom.

Also, on March 20th, Florida court gave him fourteen days to file an amended complaint against us. I’m not sure what the result of that was, but here’s the court’s decision on his second complaint.

Next up in court, is Joseph Cryer for when he assaulted Mrs. Shipley in Maryland;

Added; Yesterday’s mugshot;

Category: Bernath

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  1. thebesig says:

    Joseph B. Cryer, the phony Navy SEAL who actually was an OS when he served.

  2. NavyEODguy says:

    The headline says it all.

  3. EODJay says:

    I can only imagine how hard his time will be on the inside where control and anger issues will probably not go over well.

    I’m reminded of a few lines from Cool Hand Luke that fit this situation like a glove. “Some men you just can’t reach which, is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it.”

  4. QM1 says:

    This guy has just dug his own hole about as deep as it can get. Should’ve cut his losses years ago.

    I know there’s no fixing stupid, but wow. Just wow.

  5. Eden says:

    I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the court story.

    I wonder what his wife thinks of all this. Perhaps she’s relieved to finally get rid of him?

  6. Skidmark says:

    I’ve been a subscriber to Don & Dianes site for last couple yrs, what Dallas & Dan have put them through is so unbelievable, it couldn’t be made up by the most creative of writers. That being said, crazy always catches up with you…it’s called karma. This guy is seriously deranged and should be institutionalized, along with his buddies Cryer and Wigginfieldcrotch (their court dates are upcoming).
    The Shipley’s could not be better people, they do nothing other than to help our fellow man and make this world a better place. Hope this pos starts his sentence soon and someone in GP is a Shipley fan. I doubt he’d be released into GP, he’ll prob be classified into PC as a mental mess.

    • Aysel says:

      Your so right. Don and Diane are some of the best kind of people. They DRG really do needs professional help, and I mean that in the sincerest way possible.

      If I ever get the chance to meet Diane I want to give her the biggest hug possible.

  7. AW1 Tim says:

    Be interesting to see if ol’ Danl gets served with divorce papers while he’s in custody.

    • Daisy Cutter says:

      It would be serendipitous opportunity for her if she desires a clean break.

      Bernath transferred all his financial assets into her name some time ago after he lost a lawsuit and had to pay a substantial amount of money.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        She’s still liable for his debts, and he has some big ones.

        • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

          Both of them could end up very, very poor in a divorce… they may be married out of “convenience”.

          She should have done it years ago, before he really went off the deep end.

        • Ex-PH2 says:


        • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

          That’s putting it VERY mildly. Let’s not forget that the plane Bernath wrecked was bought and registered using his Daughter’s name.

  8. E-6 type, 1 ea says:

    His life really took a nose-dive.

  9. Hondo says:

    Geez – I spend all day on the road yesterday (literally), and good stuff like this gets announced.

    Hmm. Maybe I should travel more often. (smile)

    I see yet another judge has given our “good friend” DAB a loud – and well-deserved – “kutomba wewe” shout-out. (Hat tip to API for the phrase.) Good to see that.

    I also see that it appears DAB might be attempting to convince judges he’s not in control of his faculties. A word of advice, Danni-boi: be careful what you wish for – you just might get it. From what I hear, being involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward is even less pleasant than serving time in jail.

    • ChipNASA says:

      “kutomba wewe”

      Stealing that and adding it to the Wall O Shame/Insults.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        “Kutomba wewe” is the Swahili term for FY.

        • ChipNASA says:

          Yeah I googled it.

        • Hondo says:

          Interestingly enough, according to both Bing Translator and Google Translate the Swahili term for “a-hole” is “a-hole”.

          So, Schwarzenegger’s famous phrase from Terminator in Swahili would be, “Kutomba wewe, a**hole.”


    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      “From what I hear, being involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward is even less pleasant than serving time in jail.”

      Not just that, a Psychiatric Hospital can keep someone indefinitely detained while jails and prisons have to release an inmate once his or her sentence is complete.

  10. Skidmark says:

    Hey guys @ TAH, just wanted to clear something up about the article…According to Don & Diane, DAB was sentenced to 2 years, not 365 days. Maybe I missed something and I’m wrong, but their video after court said 2. If I’m mistaken, I apologize, If it’s correct, I just wanted to clear the air.
    Regardless, this clown should be locked up from society for alot longer than that. Hopefully his appeal is denied and he has to serve the sentence.
    Love the site, been a long time lurker here, I just rarely comment. Respects!

  11. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    All over America and parts of Canadia, people are listening to The Newton now. Thanks! Been a long time since I heard his castrato voice.

  12. IDC SARC says:

    I just had to look…

    Carry on 🙂