I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple days but I was waiting for a reply from Unpopular Bird who has recently had a run in with the law. If there is anything you can do to help them out, please contact them via their IAM page. This is why I’ve wanted to set up the BME Legal Defense fund so I could help out members like this when they’re in situations that don’t make sense but BME is burdened with it’s own lawsuit and there seems to be little I can do to raise funds currently to help BME, let alone others in the community. So if there is anything you can do to help out Unpopular Bird, please do.
On October 24, 4 sheriffs, from Paulding county, Ohio, raided my house in Antwerp for the reasons of me doing illegal body modification/piercings. They had looked onto my Myspace to see that i was doing suspensions/body piercings, and used a few pictures and a short video of it happening to produce an affidavit to one of the judges of Paulding county.
They came in after they had watched me and my roommate leave, i guess it was no more then 10 mins after he left. They came in and took a whole bunch of stuff including: some marijuana and pipes(i never get high while working, im just a guy who like to smoke in his off time), hooks, my rigging, suspension things, my computer, camera, and other piercing related things that were not suspension related, the unrelated piercing equipment that they took were on there way to going to the shop i work at as a professional piercer. They also took my 12g shotgun and 3 bags of sea salt, then called me a meth dealer for the 3 weeks it took for the bags to come back from the lab.
I was charged with: Illegal body piercing/tattooing, possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia,a minor misdemeanor and two misdemeanor 4′s(all very low charges). I have been in court over 5 times over the last year and a few months.
Last month i had my jury trial, During the Eight hour trial, the only thing the State could prove was that i did the suspension. I admitted to doing the suspension the entire time. Also the pipes that were confiscated were not tested for marijuana and the holding evidence that found me guilty was the sheriff, who was head of the raid, saying it was used for marijuana.
The Man from the board of health in Pauling county was brought to the stand. He stated that they may have a problem here and we might have a problem there, and then saying that the pictures were taken 2 months after the suspension happened, he couldn’t say that a violation had occurred, only that it might have occurred.
After 8 minutes in deliberation from the jury, i was found guilty. Justice was not served and now suspensions are illegal in Ohio, unless done in a shop registered by the health board. And as of Monday the 14th I have my sentencing.