Editor’s Note: The following is a preview chapter from Jeremy Baumhower’s Socked. This highly anticipated book chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama of Washington Local Schools, the fall of Superintendent Patrick Hickey, and the social media circus that caused it.
Chapter 12: Showing Restraint
The corridor of the Lucas County Courthouse was the first time I had ever seen Terri Kern in person. The atmosphere was thick — not of tension, but awkwardness. She and I both knew the truth behind the last 9 months. Her last-second Hail Mary was in the air and the ball was coming down. The clock had struck zero.
Kern’s attempt to silence me via the judicial system was running out of time. Six weeks earlier, Kern filed for and was granted a temporary restraining order against me. This surprising act of desperation happened hours after I posted “The moment you can prove who’s behind Hickey Leaks.”
We had never met. We had never been in the same room.
My life had been turned into a soap opera and this hearing was the season finale.
If you are wondering how a person could get a “Civil Stalking Protection Order Ex Parte” against someone they’ve never met, so was I.
An ex parte decision is one decided by a judge without requiring all of the parties to be present. Ex parte matters are usually temporary, pending a formal hearing. The court would rather err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to requests from people fearing for their lives.
Here’s the actual page of Kern’s request, where she describes the reasons why it was needed.
Source: Lucas County Order of Protection Case No. G-4801-CI-0201602142 (Page 7)
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