Wilmington, Neighbor's Order Denied Against Our Client
Finally, after about the third repair job in three months, our client installed a security camera to record the neighbor’s crashing into his garage door once again, as he was certain she would do so. As the neighbor watched our client installing the security camera, she notified her husband, he became furious, as the camera pointed outwards and into the neighbor’s garage. Since the neighbor’s husband enjoyed smoking marijuana in the garage and drinking there, he was concerned about his privacy.In 40 Words or Less, What Happened: Our client defeats neighbor’s request for a restraining order arising over their respective garage doors opening “into each other” and our client allegedly threatened the much larger neighbor. The judge in Long Beach understood the request was a misguided effort to get a vote from a judge about who was more at fault.
Tensions rose as the neighbor’s husband decided to clown around in front of the camera, as if to show he could not be intimidated. His clowning turned illegal when he began exposing himself to the camera (which did record it) and exposing himself to our client’s wife to intimidate her.
One day, tensions reached a boiling point as our client was attempting to pull out from his garage. The neighbor’s husband ran over to demand that the camera be removed. Our client, five feet, four inches tall, refused and a very brief scuffle ensued with the six feet, one inch tall neighbor’s husband. Police were called and the neighbor’s husband was arrested.
Our client, meanwhile, attempted to curtail the tension by seeking assistance from the homeowner’s association. This only infuriated our client’s neighbor more, so she filed a request for a restraining order.
In the order, she fabricated a story that our client was a constant physical menace to her and that our client, described as six feet, one inch tall, needed to stop reporting her to the homeowner’s association, as it was harassing her.
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The court in Long Beach recognized the request for a restraining order for what it was – a misguided attempt to reciprocate harassment to our client for her husband’s arrest. The court also pointed out that security cameras are a constant presence everywhere and the right of privacy is not meant to protect illegal conduct, especially if the conduct is in public view as it would be anyways if one were to simply look into the neighbor’s open garage.
Our client was relieved that the judge denied the neighbor’s request for a restraining order.
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