|A gift for my 46th birthday...|
So here is the next chapter of this outrageous saga: our pre-trial experience.
On Thursday, Lisa Schaa and I traveled to Des Moines--for the THIRD time--to appear before a judge for a pre-trial conference. I was unsure as to the purpose of a "pre-trial appearance," but I thought it may be where we set the date for our trial. Honestly, that is for what I hoped; I have learned that indeed the wheels of justice turn slowly, and these slow turns are taxing to my emotional well being. But Lisa and I arrived optimistic for the next step of justice.
It did have an ominous start. As we moved through security, Lisa is detained. "Miss, can you empty your purse?" Yeah...she was packin' a Swiss Army knife. We returned the weapon to her car ("This one has a corkscrew and these aren't cheap!"), and begin again.
I pause a moment and reflect. It's funny, this congregation of strangers gathered to fight bike trail injustice. I smile at the idiosyncratic nature of life. However, reflection cannot last long; we're due in court.
It was anti-climatic. It seems the county's attorney would prefer to avoid a trial and wishes to try mediation first. Our attorneys seem to be amenable to this idea. So, chapter four will be mediation, and all involved parties, including our notorious deputy, will be there.
My advisor from graduate school left a comment on my Facebook page: "What is it you wish to gain from mediation?" It gives me pause...what DO I want?
I want justice. I want the truth. I want Deputy Dale Petersen to tell all: that we stopped at that stopped sign; that he acted inappropriately by harassing us to define what little, red, octagon signs mean and by threatening me with, "I'm gonna rain on your parade,"; to admit I had every legal right to ride around him when I had done nothing wrong. I want these haters on Facebook saying terrible things about me to hear these truths from Deputy Dale himself. And maybe....just maybe...I'd like him to apologize for causing this entire mess. That is what I want, Dr. Z.
And if this proves impossible during the mediation process, then I want a trial.
|Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird|
And it all will be in the Des Moines Register and on the 6 o'clock news, for our local TV stations wish to tell all of Central Iowa what ever happened to those High Trestle Trail troublemakers!
|These t-shirts were gifts awaiting us in Marshalltown after a grueling RAGBRAI day!|