Judge pushes for progress in animal rescue center lawsuit

“are you aware that animal seizures and rescues are being conducted by a very sophisticated network of organized crime who have developed a very sophisticated scheme by which they are criminalizing longstanding animal owners; divesting them of ownership of entire herds of livestock and commercially valuable animals.

-all of this done at taxpayer expense?!?” -B

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via I Love Animals But Hate Animal Rights Activists

His lawsuit, which demands $5 million in damages, claims that former shelter director Rosey Quinn conspired with the national animal rights group to seize his property and defame his character, manipulating the state’s legal system under the largely complacent eye of Turner County officials.

The agency had refused to release reams of documents and emails without the protection of confidentiality.

Opening the documents to public scrutiny before any determination of wrongdoing could unfairly damage the group’s reputation and fundraising efforts, according to agency lawyer  Eizabeth Hertz

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Protective orders are pretty standard in lawsuits…But why protect animal rights extremists especially HSUS…Much of this has already been exposed anyway…Just another excuse from HSUS attorneys to keep this case from moving forward. Seems pretty ridiculous when it’s already been on the Internet and still circulating!!! In other words why bother arguing about this?!?

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20121108/NEWS/311080041/Judge-pushes-progress-animal-rescue-center-lawsuit

Judge pushes for progress in animal rescue center lawsuit

The judge in a long-delayed civil lawsuit against Turner County, the now-defunct Second Chance Rescue Center and the Humane Society of the United States told the parties Wednesday to “make it a priority” to ready the case for trial.

Former Hurley dog breeder Daniel Reed Christensen filed his federal complaint in 2010, shortly after a Turner County judge ruled a search-and-seizure operation on his property was the result of an illegally obtained warrant.

Christensen had been charged with 173 counts of animal cruelty after his hunting dogs were seized by Second Chance, with the assistance of the Humane Society of the United States.

His lawsuit, which demands $5 million in damages, claims that former shelter director Rosey Quinn conspired with the national animal rights group to seize his property and defame his character, manipulating the state’s legal system under the largely complacent eye of Turner County officials.

The shelter closed its doors in 2010, less than six months after Christensen’s criminal case was thrown out.

The parties to the federal case have clashed in written filings for more than two years. The most recent set of motions dealt with which documents will or won’t be produced for perusal by Christensen’s lawyers and used in the jury trial.

“This case is a little more than two years old,” U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier told lawyers during a telephone hearing in her chambers Wednesday morning. “It needs to become a top priority for you all.”

During that hearing, Schreier granted HSUS a protective order allowing it to hand over internal emails and documents to Christensen’s lawyers but shield them from public view. The agency had refused to release reams of documents and emails without the protection of confidentiality.

Opening the documents to public scrutiny before any determination of wrongdoing could unfairly damage the group’s reputation and fundraising efforts, according to agency lawyer Elizabeth Hertz.

Brian Radke, Christensen’s lawyer, argued that HSUS deserved no such protection, noting that photos and videos of the Sept. 2, 2009 raid on Christensen’s Hurley farm were disseminated to the media immediately, and that those items continue to circulate online.

No trial date has been set. After the hearing, Radke said the nearest possible jury trial date would be next year.

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**Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned and follow this blog…There will be more…There always is  Best  -B

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~ by topcatsroar on November 8, 2012.

2 Responses to “Judge pushes for progress in animal rescue center lawsuit”

  1. Oh, we all definitely agree- making those documents public could really hurt HSUS’s fundraising. Christensen can’t be allowed to leak where their money actually goes! Only problem I see with that is, he’ll be forever haunted by knowing those facts and being unable to speak up about them.

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