September 27, 2010 –

Shelly Sweet locked us out of our home at some point prior to our having discovering that fact on September 27, 2010. We had left our home the previous Friday returning on Monday the 27th to find ourselves locked out. Our lockout was in violation of MCL 600.2918, the Michigan Anti-Lockout Law as we had not been evicted.

Below is a quote from the Michigan Legal Aid website and can also be found at this link: Michigan Legal Aid


The only legal eviction is a court ordered eviction. If a landlord forces a tenant out through any other means, the eviction is illegal and the tenant is entitled to damages and repossession of the property. Only someone from the county sheriff’s department, or in rare cases a specially authorized police officer, may legally remove evicted tenants from their home. That person must have a court eviction order, called a writ of restitution.

Shelly Sweet had already tried and failed to evict in Summary Proceedings Case No: 10-1885-LT, but she claimed to have a court ordered eviction. Fortunately for her…. “Only someone from the county sheriff’s department, may legally remove evicted tenants from their home.” and she just happened to be “someone” from the Sheriff’s department. Deputy Clinton Steinert was also “someone” from the sheriff’s department.

This, by definition, was a self help eviction which is not legal in Michigan. My wife and I knew this and called police not knowing that Sweet worked in the same building as 9-1-1 dispatch and not knowing that Sweet was an employee of the Isabella County Sheriff Department.

Sweet was the first to respond to our call to 9-1-1 for help and Sweet was the person that locked us out in the first place. The response time was just under an hour. With the sheriff’s department’s ability to tamper with records, it may never be known if Sweet was working on September 27, 2010 when our 9-1-1 call came into the sheriff’s department but what we do know is that the response time took long enough for her to go to her house and change out of Isabella County Sheriff’s Department uniform before coming to and being the first to arrive at the property in responce to our 9-1-1 call for help.

Deputy Steinert arrived shortly after Sweet. With Sweet and her boyfriend, myself and my wife and deputy Steinert all at the scene together. Steinert and Sweet went into an explanation as to how the two knew one another from an event in the distant past.

This conversation was planned ahead. Sweet knew that we didn’t know she worked for the same Sheriff’s Department as Deputy Steinert. Sweet and Steinert’s claim that they only knew one another from something years in the past constitutes a disguise and a collaborative effort by both Sweet and Steinert to maintain that disguise.

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241
Conspiracy Against Rights

This statute makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same).

It further makes it unlawful for two or more persons to go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another with the intent to prevent or hinder his/her free exercise or enjoyment of any rights so secured.

This is a Federal Criminal Statute… and can be found on the FBI website here: FBI website

Under-sheriff Tellis and Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski both knew that Sweet and Steinert were co-workers employed by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department and Under-sheriff Tellis’s only action was to tell me to sue him while Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski did nothing except pretend to not understand my complaint. Email between Visner and Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski.

This is what a Sheriff with “Police Officer Experience” can accomplish.

Our current Sheriff’s Department Administration and our Prosecuting Attorney Larry Burdick all knew that our claim was much more significant then even we knew because they all knew that Sweet was an employee of Isabella County and the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department. This fact was concealed from us and the same people started banking on the notion that we would never discover it.

The people and government entities named in our civil suit knew and were told that my family’s home and it’s contents were taken from us outside of any due process and did absolutely nothing to assist us and forced us to pursue a 4, 5  or 6 year legal battle as our only remedy for having lost our home and it’s contents why maintaining withthe Morning Sun and with the Michigan State Police that we had been evicted when we had not been evicted.

We didn’t get any help from our Sheriff’s Department because the administrators and the prosecuting attorney knew the full extent of what they had just done and gambled that we would not be smart enough or strong enough to mount this complaint.

Isabella County Under-sheriff John Tellis, with 20+ years of law enforcement experience, told me to sue him ten minuets into my oral complaint on September 27, 2010.

Ordinarily people like to resolve issues and conflict without going directly to the courts first and that was what I was trying to do… resolve…

I had just told John that my family had been forced to leave our own property without a court order and without due process by his deputy.

John called Larry Burdick and told me that he said, If we could prove that we had not been evicted, we should be able to get our house back…

After interviewing dozens of Law Enforcement Officers, the response was unanimous that what happened to us couldn’t have happened without the cooperation of the responding deputy, Clinton Steinert. Every officer interviewed knew that executing an eviction without a court order was completely absurd and stupid. Although every officer interviewed was completely disgusted, none were willing to write a statement out of fear of reprisal.

A Michigan State Trooper did interview us and told us that if we had been locked out without a court order that we could have knocked the doors down to regain access to our own home. This troopers involvement in our case was ended abruptly by someone <unknown> and the trooper all the sudden went on an extended vacation. Evidence was given to this trooper that has since been lost and we never got it back.


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