Constitutional Activists Being Charged with Felony for Trying to Hold Elected Officials Accountable

Posted: December 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

(Please note that the court date has been changed from the 17th of December to the 21st of January)

Mike and Mary Lind of Ozark County, Missouri filed a lawsuit in Ozark County Circuit Court against Thomas W. Cline, the Prosecuting Attorney of Ozark County, along with several other county officials and other private parties in 2010.  The claims against Cline were False Imprisonment, Malicious Prosecution and Abuse of Process for his acting outside the scope of the authority of his office. According to the Lind’s, when an elected official acts outside of the scope of their office, they are without immunity from suits against them for that action.  This case is now in Howell County because the Lind’s requested a venue change in an effort to get a better chance at a fair trial. In this case, the Lind’s are being represented by a Kansas City area Civil Rights attorney.

On January 14,2013 the Lind’s filed another lawsuit in Ozark County Circuit Court against Thomas W. Cline, the Prosecuting Attorney of Ozark County, a few other county officials and one private party.  The claims in this suit are for Slander of Title and Title 42, Section 1983 Civil rights violation. According to the Linds’ all of the charges filed by the Lind’s are related to actions taken by public officials to disposess them of the property they have possessed for 10 years.

Then, on October 8,2013, Special Prosecuting Attorney Linda Mckinney of Ozark County filed felony criminal complaints against both Mike and Mary under RSMo 565.084 for “Tampering With a Judicial Officer”.  The charges are levied against them because they filed suit against the Prosecuting Attorney of Ozark County for stepping outside of his scope of office in the issues regarding their property. The maximum punishment for the charges being brought against the Lind’s is 7 years in prison.  Special Prosecuting Attorney Mckinney is taking this action on behalf of Cline who is the judicial officer alleged to have been harassed by the Linds’.

The lawsuit filed by the Linds’ in January of this year is the alleged harassment. Ozark County stated the reason for the charges against Mike and Mary is based upon multiple lawsuits having been filed against Cline on the same subject matter. The Linds’ completely disagree and state that the second suit and the first suit, while both stemming from actions on Cline and others part regarding their property, are actually separate actionable offenses.

Mary Lind says, “At issue here is nothing less than an individual’s right to get redress in court when elected officials overstep their authority. If they can put you in prison for standing up for the proper role of elected officials, we have lost all accountability in government.”

When asked if they had harassed Cline by suit, Mary said, “That allegation is absolutely false. Cline stated he wasn’t even aware we had filed suit until May of this year. How could we possibly be harassing him if he wasn’t even aware of our actions? We have in no way harassed Cline.”

The Lind’s would appreciate people coming to the Preliminary Hearing, for the felony charges, at the Gainesville Courthouse on January 21st, 2014 at 1:00pm to show support. Mary Lind says, “We need to let our public officials know, including judicial officers, that the people have a constitutional right to bring suit against anyone who is acting outside the authority of their office, without being illegally harassed for holding those officials accountable.”

(Please note the court date has changes as Special Prosecuting Attorney Mckinney asked for a continuance. The need for our presence at the court to support the Linds has not changed!)

Comments
  1. Gayla Mitchell says:

    I have known Mike and Mary Lind for many many years . They are not the kind of people to harass anyone. They believe in God and the Constitution. They also believe that if you are in office and take an oath to protect and follow the Constitution then that is what you do. They are the most honest people in this Country that I know. It is impossible for either of these people to lie or be corrupt in any way. These are the kind of people you could trust with your children, parents or the most prized possession you own for years without seeing them. We live in a society that is corruptible and I believe that most of our officials in County Government are ignorant of laws and then there are the rest who know what they are doing. Mike and Mary do not know how to be dishonest and if they ask they really need your help. Please do so and please pray for them. They are the kind of neighbors you would wish for…….Unfortunately, this is the kind of people a less honorable person in a position of authority regularly steamrollers over…….

    • Cindy Redburn says:

      I will hold them in my prayers, and pray God will grant them victory as they stand against corruption. We need more people like the Linds, who are brave enough to go against “the good ole boys club” that have been running politics in small towns and counties for years.

    • Michael Lind says:

      Hi Gayla, I hadn’t looked at any comments on this site until today. I’ve tried to contact you in the past with no success. Mike and I would like to talk with you, give me a phone # that we can reach you at. Thank you for the wonderful comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Mary Lind

  2. Amy Poelker says:

    People should not have to be afraid of retaliation by public officials for any reason.

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