Grieving dad jailed for repeatedly criticizing court system in Macomb County | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Grieving dad jailed for repeatedly criticizing court system in Macomb County

He lost a custody battle, then his son lost his life. He blames the court system. He voiced his strong opinions on social media and the next thing he knew he was locked in jail.

“He was so full of life,” said Deborah Vanderhagen of her grandson. “I am trying not to cry.”

On September 22 it will be the two-year anniversary of the day Deborah Vanderhagen’s grandson Killian lost his life. She believes her son Jonathan Vanderhagen is justified in feeling the court cost her grandson his life. He died in the custody of his mom after her son asked for sole custody.

“His lawyer said something is going to happen to this child. You need to get him away from the mother. There are too many red flags. And the judge said, oh that is in the past,” said Deborah Vanderhagen.

Judge Rachel Rancilio saw the posts, many of which are publicly targeted at her. She apparently felt uncomfortable and possibly threatened.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s office responded and found he criticized what Judge Rachel Rancilio pinned on Pinterest as in his opinion inappropriate, posted videos saying he feels she and others responsible for Killian’s death, and blamed the court system for his loss.

The investigative report also says at no time did he threaten harm or violence.

Still he was charged with malicious use of telecommunications services and released on bond.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you still feel that the First Amendment protects free speech, you had better think again, after reading this article.

Losing a kid, particularly under the circumstances in this case, has to be horrific in the extreme; but what Vanderhagen failed to understand, is that the US Court System will vigorously defend and exonerate itself in any way it feels necessary, should charges be leveled against it, no matter that the actual truth of a case may align against it.

I am hoping, and praying, that some attorney with some real guts and moral fortitude, will file an "amicus curiae brief" when Vanderhoven goes to trial.

"Amicus Curiae" (from Google) in Latin, means a "friend of the court.

Frequently, a person or group who is not a party to an action, but has a strong interest in the matter, will petition the court for permission to submit a brief in the action with the intent of influencing the court's decision.

I hope that this man is not convicted, but is mandated to undergo some kind of compassionate counseling, to deal with his loss and grief; however, the judge who gave the kid's mother guardianship, should be concretely reprimanded for not understanding that sometimes, mom is NOT the best person to care for a child, after a split from the Dad.

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