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;