TNJ.............. Working the Final Pieces.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 14, 2011, 12:59 am

Part OneI must admit I did a better job of sending everything for my case to the equine attorney than I did posting about the process here. I left out of my post some components that were pretty important to the case. Of those items I forgot to mention were the facts my new friend had turned up in her search of public records. There was BG's arrest and the quit claim of that house from WF to her son in the fall of 2009. Also there was the information on the legal owner of the property that is the
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TNJ.................. Getting to the Evidence............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 13, 2011, 1:04 am

Part OneOnce I got done with all of the court documents, I began on the actual evidence I had gathered to that point. I wanted to send them off in some semblance of chronological order but that didn't really work in a way that wasn't confusing to me so I knew it wouldn't work for someone who had no idea what all this stuff might be. Instead I ended up going with the most important pieces first. From there, it was how a piece fit into the case. I began with the calendar I had created. Since it was
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TNJ......... Transmitting Court Documents........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 12, 2011, 1:46 am

Part OneWhen I hung up from that phone call, I immediately kicked into high gear getting my paperwork ready for the equine attorney. I began with the legal documents starting right at the beginning with each and every single piece of paper that was involved. That included the documents of service and the document saying what the sheriff had done attempting to serve WF and why those attempts were unsuccessful. I worked through all those legal documents in chronological order scanning each page. Then
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TNJ............. Some Legal Hope.............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 11, 2011, 12:59 am

Part OneAfter I got off the phone with the equine attorney, I did not follow my first reaction to curl up into a ball although I certainly felt like it. Instead I called and talked to a couple of my friends and we went over my conversation with this new attorney. They agreed as much as he had tried to discourage me, he hadn't said "no" either so they thought I shouldn't give up until I knew for sure.By this time I had bought a copy of the NOLO publication Represent Yourself in Court -- How to Prepare
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TNJ.............. Talking to Another Attorney........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 10, 2011, 1:12 am

Part OneFirst thing Monday morning after the Daffodil All Arabian Horse Summer Show, I called that equine lawyer I had been referred to by the friend I'd run into at the horse show. I knew the odds were against me getting an attorney at this late date but I felt insecure enough about the process I figured I'd better check things out. I wouldn't know for sure unless I asked.My friend had used this attorney in an equine case too, but it was for considerably less that my suit. Still she had been surprised
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TMJ.................. What's Next?.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 9, 2011, 12:31 am

Part OneAs I worked on getting my show clothes put away and my other show items in order, I remembered I hadn't taken care of the open check I left with the show secretary. I quit what I was doing and headed to the show office to get my account close out before I forgot. When the show secretary opened up my folder there was nothing inside but my check stabled to the folder. My mind lurched at the realization I had forgotten to bring her my copies of my horse's registration papers and my AHA and
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TNJ........... Unexpected Loss...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 8, 2011, 12:45 am

series if you missed it.Part OneI took care of that phone call with the court clerk on Friday morning and then shifted gears to do horse show. I hurried onto getting packed up and moved into the Daffodil All Arabian Horse Summer Show having made promises about arrival times I was beginning to think I couldn't make. I had friends going and was going to be stabled with them so I wanted not to be holding them up because I hadn't gotten my act together yet. I rushed around, even though neither my horse
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TNJ............. a Questionable Meeting..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 7, 2011, 12:53 am

Part OneI had an odd feeling about my court room experiences so far. Most of the time I was not really sure if the judge was listening to what I said or if he was off somewhere else mentally. I felt to some extent like I was not being taken seriously maybe because I was representing myself or maybe it was because he already had his mind made up despite what I had to say. I don't know for sure. I just know I felt like a little tiny fish in a great big ocean with the shark beginning to circle and
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TNJ......... The Discovery Motions Hearing........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 6, 2011, 12:22 am

Part OneDave and I arrived at the courthouse in time for a 1 pm hearing only to find start time for that hearing was 1:30 pm. I thought the court had changed the time but looking back over my records I realized it was my nerves that got things confused. I am not a patient person and the last thing I needed was an extra half hour to sit in the court house lobby and stew about things to come but I'd set myself up for just that.I must have made a half dozen trips to the bathroom before the courtroom
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TNJ............. A Legal Response from Opposing Counsel........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 5, 2011, 12:13 am

Part OneThe Monday after I got home for the C-Fair Charity Horse Show was pretty much a crash day for me. After running for six days straight my mind was mush and really I could not think. I just sat in a chair and vegged.Then that Tuesday was the day from H*LL as I said goodbye to Solidare. I had known the whole time I was gone this was what was waiting for me when I got home. It made even the lawsuit pale in comparison. Wednesday I had to pull myself together and get focused for my hearing the
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TNJ......... Sabotage

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 3, 2011, 11:59 pm

Part OneYou would think being gone a week to a horse show, even if it was as show manager, would be a break from the lawsuit. That's not, however, what happened here. I had taken my paperwork, just in case I thought of something or had a boring break to deal with but I never really expected issues to arise at the horse show that had anything to do with the lawsuit.The C-Fair Charity Horse Show is put on by the Morgan Horse Club of Washington but it is not exclusively a morgan show. There are four
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TNJ.......... Causes of Action..... and a little Strategy.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 3, 2011, 12:38 am

Part OneThere were 282 Verified Admissions that I put together but there was a catch. I didn't request these to be answered by BG and WF together. I did these Verified Admissions in two sets, one addressed to each of them, for a total of 564 admissions all together. I thought it was important to do it this way because each could have a different perspective on what was done. In fact I was counting on it and I knew that could affect their testimony as well as how the court perceived them.In actuality
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CNJ........ No Stone Unturned..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 2, 2011, 12:27 am

Part OneThe horse shows that I stabled with BG and WF were not the only issue surrounding horse shows that I wanted to address. There was the Region 5 Championship Show with Rhet that also showed up as a charge on BG's accounting sheet. It was important to clarify for the court what BG's role had been at that show since he figured he was due $450 for training that was never done and fuel to get him to the horse show.255.MiKael Caillier took only one horse, Rhet, to the Region 5 Championships in
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TNJ....... Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty of Stuff....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 1, 2011, 12:35 am

Part OneI wanted to be sure these admissions worked for me. That meant I didn't just want to expose BG and WF with them. There were other functions that were equally as important. I wanted to spell out any kind of details that might have bearing on the case. In addition these admissions were a good way to begin to build the foundations required to present documents I had received from them. If you think about trials you have seen on TV sometimes evidence is disputed based on "no foundation." In
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TNJ.............. With the Horses Gone....What's Left??

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 31, 2011, 12:20 am

Part One With the horses out of the way, it was time to work on other aspects of this case. There were circumstances that clearly affected the charges which needed to be defined and attitudes that needed to be exposed. There were also foundations for evidence that needed to be laid and these admissions were a great way to accomplish that. I went through all of these the same as I had for the horses. I wanted BG and WF to acknowledge what they did or didn't do, where they were or whatever their
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TNJ................ Let's Eliminate Some Horses.....Shall We?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 30, 2011, 12:11 am

Part OneI know you must be wondering if I'm ever going to get through all of this stuff in these admissions. However, this document is so important to the outcome of my case, to leave out important details would not give you a true picture of how this document carried the power it did. The only way you can see why it carried such power is by showing you how I used this format to further my goal.Every horse in my herd got an admission. Most of my herd was never worked by BG and most did not ever
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TNJ................. Looking to Compare.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 29, 2011, 12:30 am

Part OneThere were important things I wanted to establish about my horses in these Verified Admissions. I needed the court to know which ones were broke before we started, how broke they were, which ones were broke after we started and which ones weren't broke at all if they were to understand at all what the work should have represented and what the horses are really like.I also needed to court to know in what capacity each horse was at BG's facility and which horses were never there. Because I
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TNJ............. Working Towards a Plan..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 27, 2011, 11:58 pm

Part OneSome of the statements in the admissions I hoped would play on the ego of BG. While I had never seen the man as a show horse trainer, he most certainly did. It would be important to put his perception of himself to work for my benefit. With the amount of time he was claiming horses had been worked, there should have been plenty of time for a trainer of reasonable abilities to get some of these horses into the ring. That just wasn't the case. None of these horses was anywhere near ready to
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TNJ............. Using Admissions to Tighten the Noose.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 27, 2011, 1:10 am

Part OneThe biggest problems this case had at this point was the vagueness of the documents provided to the court as exhibits by BG and WF. I could visualize the things they would say to get around my responses to their claims. My goal with the Verified Admissions was to make it impossible for them to do so without incriminating themselves more. Anything I planned to use as evidence against BG and WF, I presented in the admissions in some way. The basis for all of my causes of action were included
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TNJ.......... My Expansion of Discovery...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 26, 2011, 1:57 am

Part OneThe interesting dynamic about the legal system is the discovery process. You just don't get to bring something to court without the other side getting to see it first. Clearly how discovery is done can make or break a case. Looking at my evidence along with BG and WF's propensity for manipulation, it was obvious I needed to make sure that discovery worked for me and not against me.The local court rules have a set time limit set up for that process that is determined by the starting date
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