This is Part 5 of my continuing story of the legal plight of Bruce Aristeo of Camden, New Jersey originally begun with a relationship breakup and civil dispute with Jody Raines and subsequently escalated to the Camden County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office.
(NOTE: Because I have written numerous articles on the Jody Raines – Camden County Prosecutors vs. Bruce Aristeo Legal Saga, there is now an article index I refer new readers to read and catch-up. I highly recommend you read the articles in chronological order to get the full, complete story with the proper context.)
I will now uncover Camden County’s written Conditions of Bruce’s release from jail (where he sat for six months). Parts of Page 2 made my head spin.
- Appear at ALL scheduled court appearances
- Maintain place of residence
- No new arrests or offenses during your release on Pretrial Supervision
- Continue to seek/maintain employment
- Have no contact of ANY type with Jody Raines at her residence
- Other: Prohibited from having any oral, written, personal, electronic or other form of contact, direct or indirect,or through third parties with Jody Raines, her family, friends, business or her pets
- Other: Prohibited from making or causing to be made any communication, directly or indirectly, or through third parties regarding Jody Raines, her family, friends, business or her pets in any manner which may be construed to cause annoyance or alarm
- Other: Prohibited from utilizing any internet and/or social media postings, directly or indirectly, or through third parties regarding, referring to, or simulating, characterizing or alluding to Jody Raines, her family, friends, business or her pets in any form, including but not limited to YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
- Participate in Electronic Monitoring
There are many problematic (and unconstitutional) terms listed in this Condition of Release.
First, any mutual friends, acquaintances and business associates that both Jody and Bruce might have shared or known are now off-limits to Bruce from any kind of communication whatsoever. He could be arrested for communicating with them.
Second, Jody Raines’ pets (which could include any rabbits, deer, cats, or dogs that might be roaming around) are also off-limits to Bruce. Bruce cannot neither call out to them or shoo them away. Since when has any pet been a victim of any alleged stalking? Are we now going to get stalking protective orders to “protect” pets?
Third, Bruce cannot make or cause anyone to communicate anything “regarding Jody Raines, her friends, business, or her pets” that might ANNOY Jody. Seriously? Is Bruce seriously going to be arrested if Jody Raines is ANNOYED about whatever I choose to write about her, her business, or her pets?
And finally, Bruce is now forbidden to make any public Internet comments ABOUT Jody Raines, her business, or her pets. He cannot use YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter also to make any comments or state his opinions. Seriously?
My head continues to spin violently as I make my way through the many documents from the Jody Raines v. Bruce Aristeo case.
In my next post, I will share more information and my comments on the current situation. To give a nugget, Bruce Aristeo’s trial is in January 2016. He no longer has any lawyer or public defender working on his behalf. He is broke and now legally considered an indigent. I am working “pro bono” (as a non-lawyer) trying to help Bruce connect with some legal resources. Also, I hope that people who read my blog posts about Bruce Aristeo’s case will give some press/blog coverage, Tweet, or Facebook to share his legal plight.
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