McGuckin Family Lawyer
PRESS RELEASE - IMMEDIATE June 6,
2001, 2:00 p.m., Sagle, Idaho
Thousands wouldn't believe you, Phil, but don't
worry - I do-- Edgar J. Steele Attorney at Law
PRESS RELEASE - IMMEDIATE June 6, 2001, 2:00 p.m., Sagle, Idaho
Edgar J. Steele, McGuckin Family Lawyer-in-Exile
102 South Fourth Avenue, Suite C Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
Admitted in Idaho, Oregon, Washington & California
Facsimile: (208) 265-5329
Telephone: (208) 265-4153
Thousands wouldn't believe you, Phil, but don't worry I do.
The time has come to directly address the many false representations made
about the McGuckin case by local government, as personified by the
Prosecuting Attorney, Phil Robinson.
By way of doing so, Edgar J. Steele, the McGuckin Family Lawyer-in-Exile
releases the following open letter, since Mr. Robinson refuses to
communicate with him in private.
Well, it's been a pretty wild ride so far, hasn't it? Guess you didn't
expect it to turn into quite the media circus that it has become. Of
course, if those kids hadn't possessed the moxie to defy your storm
troopers, this whole affair would have gone down without a hitch, with
nobody the wiser, wouldn't it?
I can appreciate why you might be worried now, particularly since you
swore, under penalty of perjury before Magistrate Heise, to so many things
that so many people now claim are so false.
Like that business about there being no power to the house? Northern
Lights, the utility company, said it was hooked up and working all along,
but they must be mistaken. They don't seem to believe you, Phil, but don't
worry I do.
And about the kids starving and having no food in the house? The people at
the Food Bank, who gave them 200 pounds of food the week prior, don't seem
to believe you. Nor do the good people at Bonner General Hospital, who
examined the kids after being holed up in the bathroom of that little house
for five days while under siege from their own government, yet pronounced
them to be in good health. But don't worry, Phil I believe you.
And about that lily pad soup you said the kids were cooking up in their
back yard over the camp fire? I know many people have researched it and
claim it's not true because lily pads are poisonous and the kids would all
be dead now, so they must not believe you, either. Don't worry, though,
Phil I believe you.
And about the husband, Michael, dying of malnutrition and dehydration, the
same things you say the kids are suffering from? I hear that Mr. Coffelt,
the coroner, has now recanted and says the death certificate is wrong, that
Mr. McGuckin actually died as a result of multiple sclerosis, so he must
not believe you, either. But don't worry, Phil I do.
And about that pack of marauding, vicious dogs? Lots of people, including
the vet and the receiving animal facility seem to think there;s a lot fewer
than 27 and that many of them are actually puppies, to boot, so they don't
seem to believe you. Can you imagine? Now, I saw them myself the other
day and thought they were pretty small and could have sworn many of them
were wagging their tails, but I just figured it must be some breed of
midget fighting dog. Don't worry, Phil I'm with you on this one, too.
And about the house being filthy and strewn with dog feces? Well, I'm
absolutely sure you're right about this, and it's a good thing that, once
the kids were out of there, you had your people in there taking pictures
without wasting time to get a search warrant, to prove it. I know there
are those doubting Thomases who say the kids had the dogs inside with them
during the siege so your jackbooted thugs (not a phrase I would ever use,
of course) wouldn't shoot them and, of course those vicious, huge,
marauding canines couldn't be expected to use the toilets because the water
was off, so of course there was a huge mess, with dog feces everywhere.
I'm sure it was like that all along, just like you said, so don't worry,
Phil I believe you here, too.
And about the kids being poorly educated? Well, we all know how inadequate
home schooling is after all, the only reason home-schooled kids are taking
top honors in all the national spelling and geography bees is because they
sit at home, 24 hours a day, boning up just for those things and ignoring
the really important stuff that is taught in the government schools these
days. Yep, Phil, I'm with you all the way on this one, too.
And about me being disbarred? They haven't told me about it yet and, when
I called them to discuss the ethics of what you have been doing and saying,
they said they didn't know anything about my being disbarred, so the people
at the Idaho State Bar don't seem to believe you. But I'm sure you re in
contact with those who are really in the know, so, don't worry, Phil I
believe you on this one, too.
And about me being fired by JoAnn McGuckin? Well, of course, you have
issued orders to everybody, including the Sheriff (isn't he an elected
official, by the way?), that I am not to be allowed even to talk with any
McGuckin family member by telephone and I am not to be told when the secret
hearings about the kids take place, so of course I have to take your word
for this one, as well. But I know you wouldn't lie about something like
And about JoAnn being held incommunicado despite Magistrate Heise's recent
order? Well, we all know she is stubbornly refusing to sign that
O.R. release paper, thereby admitting that she is guilty and that she will
stay away from her own children, so of course you can't just let her
go. We all understand that, Phil.
And, of course, since she is pretty fragile mentally and extremely
susceptible to being unduly influenced, there are those who say you and
your minions have been keeping her that way until she falls in line. But
don't worry, Phil , because I know you would never stoop to that sort of
thing I believe you.
And about the public defender, Mr. Powell, being in your pocket? There
are those who say, because he was a Shoshone County PD before he came here
and because he's kind of hurting for money (his words, not mine)
and would be doing much better financially if he was one of your
assistants, that he is carrying your water on this case. I think that is a
simply scurrilous suggestion and refuse to believe one word of it, even
though he also refuses to let me talk to JoAnn. Don't worry, Phil, I
believe you on this one, too.
And about your pushing for $100,000 bail for JoAnn, even though her public
defender hadn t gotten around to seeing to her interests, and getting it
without a struggle from Magistrate Heise, even though you and I both know
how difficult it is to get bonds like that for murderers? I know you,
Phil, and I am absolutely certain this is true.
And about your being sorry you didn't have JoAnn arrested during her
husband's funeral? I have no doubt whatsoever about this one, Phil.
I realize you have a powerful motivation to ensure that everything you
swore to before Magistrate Heise is shown to be true, since you gave up
your unqualified government official immunity when you chose to testify
yourself. That's the problem with actually swearing out your own arrest
warrant, of course, and why so many district and prosecuting attorneys know
better. I know, however, Phil, that everybody who says that is why you are
pushing the above things with such a vengeance is just being
mean-spirited, because you would never allow your self interest to come into play in a
case involving a citizen.
Thousands wouldn't believe you, Phil. But don't worry - because I do.
Edgar J. Steele Attorney at Law - firstname.lastname@example.org
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