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Charges Dropped Against Paul Lathrop. His Story-

August 25, 2016

Paul at the parkA friend of mine was arrested at a truck stop.  The incident happened last February.  Paul Lathrop was accused of brandishing a firearm and making terroristic threats.  All charges were dropped earlier this week.  Here is what we can learn.

Paul drives a truck for a living.  He was instructing when this happened.  His student driver was behind the wheel as they moved through a truck stop.  An irate driver who was parked in the lot climbed onto Paul’s truck to yell at Paul’s student.  Paul diffused the situation rather than call 911.  That was a mistake, though no one knew it at the time.

It was a mistake because the irate driver later called police and claimed that Paul threatened him and “waved a silver glock revolver out the window of the truck”.  The irate driver won the race to the phone.  The police therefore considered the irate driver to be the victim.  Video showed otherwise.  The testimony of Paul and his student matched the video and indicated otherwise.  The police only dropped the charges after Paul spent tens of thousands of dollars hiring a lawyer and being dragged through the legal system.  The lawyer had the truck stop video to exonerate Paul.  Here is the important lesson.

The prosecuting attorney in Nebraska would have happily prosecuted and convicted an innocent man.  The only way that justice was done was because a few hundred of us helped Paul pay for his defense.  You only get the justice you pay for.

Thank you to the many people who supported Paul.  We need to have 20 to 30 thousand dollars sitting in the bank to pay for our defense.  If you don’t have those assets, then you should buy “insurance” plans that will pay for your bail and your legal defense.  It is important that you choose a plan that will pay for your defense rather than reimburse you after your trial.  The point being that you’ll have to come up with the $20k out of your own pocket before you would be reimbursed.

Please learn from other peoples’ experience since you probably can’t afford this lesson.  Thank you to the Armed Citizen Legal Defense Network for helping Paul.  The ACLDN did everything they could to help.  They could not write a check because Paul was not a member at the time of the incident.  Paul is a member now.. as am I.

Here are the lessons in brief-

  • Win the race to the phone.
  • Have self-defense “insurance”.
  • Don’t expect “justice” from our legal system.

Here are the podcasts where Paul described the incident, his arrest, his imprisonment, and his defense.

I will link to other interviews as they are released.
~_~_

Rob

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2016 12:11 am

    same basic type thing happened to me man called said I was chasing him with gun cops took me to jail spent 11 day in there and 50,000 bail got out lucky a cop friend tapped my phone I got him to admit I did not threaten him or pull gun on him so dismissed case but lost my company and 50,000

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  2. August 26, 2016 8:22 am

    it seems that there are some pieces missing from the puzzle of this story. The guy has a permit, witness to back his story. Accuser does not have a permit(presumably) and there is video at the stop but this is not reviewed either before or within very close time frame of the event?

    At best this is shoddy investigative work. At the minimum it should be a BAR complaint against the prosecutor and an internal affairs investigation into the officers involved in the investigation.

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    • August 26, 2016 9:24 am

      Lawyers will not take false witness claims on contingency. Paul would have to pay another 15k to pursue his loss of 15k. If Paul won that case, he would still have to collect the judgement.

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  3. August 27, 2016 8:29 am

    I would like to see the accuser arrested for false reporting of a crime. I’d like to think the prosecuting attorney would write the charge and detain the anger driven liar. We need fewer men filled with anger driving semi around my family.
    I am very happy for Paul.

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    • August 28, 2016 9:49 am

      Red, you are thinking about a different legal system than the one we have in the US today.

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