So this idiot posts my full name and address on the comments section of my blog, which I believe is an attempt at intimidation. I had written - back almost 3 years ago - some posts about him that contained some misunderstandings of mine about his criminal record - which, to be sure, he doesn't have one, but he has butted heads with the Vermont Supreme Court as early as last year about how
he does not have a criminal record.
By the way, before I go further, let me issue a warning to Scott Huminski
: Do not, ever, post my full name and address on fucking blogs. I will not hesitate to take proper action if you have the petulence to do so again in my comments.
Now let's get back to the brunt of Scott's idiotic pursuit of an obscure blogger (me). You would almost think that he has some weird infatuation with me. But to set the record straight, let me retell the story. Three years ago, I read a diatribe by Scott on SF Indymedia screaming and yelling at Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, and the Vermont Judiciary. You can ask him his reasons, but the facts are as follows - and I am not going to do the summary myself, but let the Vermont Supreme Court do it for me. I will quote from the Vermont Supreme Court
(a link, by the way, that Scott himself provided), although I will highlight the parts that I think had some reasonable basis for me to. I am not going to quote the parts written in exact order, for telling the narrative, as the court itself did first would help (now keep in mind that 'defendant here is Scott Huminski, and again, emphases mine):
Defendant was charged with two felony counts of obstruction of justice in February 1997 based on allegations that he created false evidence and threatened a potential witness. Pursuant to a March 1998 plea agreement, the State dismissed the first count without prejudice and defendant pled no contest to an amended charge of disorderly conduct on the second count. See Huminski, No. 1999-445, slip op. at 1. The punishment for this latter charge appears to have been a $100 fine with a $17.50 surcharge, which defendant paid. Defendant also agreed to dismiss without prejudice two civil actions that he had filed in superior court, and he agreed not to refile a certain civil action in federal court. The State agreed not to recharge defendant as long as he did not pursue the three civil actions.
So there's the background on the claim on which I got into this skirmish with Mr. Scott I-have-no-life Huminski here. I don't know for sure, but it could have opened old wounds. Aww.
Anyway, so what happened then? The VT Supreme Court continues the narrative.
Shortly thereafter, defendant’s wife filed an amended complaint in the federal litigation, without defendant, and the State moved to vacate defendant’s plea. The trial court granted its request, vacating the plea agreement and reinstating the two felony counts. In response, defendant moved to dismiss the charges and expunge his record. A different trial judge considered defendant’s request, and it dismissed the reinstated obstruction-of-justice charges with prejudice. Id. at 2. The court denied defendant’s expungement request. On appeal, we affirmed the dismissal of the charges against defendant and remanded for further consideration of defendant’s motion to expunge, and specifically an evaluation of defendant’s claim that the State acted in bad faith in bringing the charges. See id. at 4 (explaining that in his motion to expunge, defendant argued that “the State’s bad faith conduct in his case demonstrated that this was an unusual and extreme case in which expunction was appropriate”).
On remand, the trial court denied defendant’s motion to expunge. Huminski, No. 2001-330, slip op. at 2. It rejected defendant’s claims that the obstruction charges were unfounded and the result of improper collusion between the police and prosecutors. As it explained, a competent trial judge had found probable cause for the obstruction charges and there was no evidence to support defendant’s claim of bad faith. Id. The court also found no basis to expunge the record of defendant’s conviction for disorderly conduct. Id. In balancing the need for the arrest record against the harm to the person arrested, the trial court noted that defendant failed to show any financial or personal loss or liability as the result of the record. Accordingly, the court concluded that defendant failed to demonstrate any unusual or extreme circumstances requiring expungement. Defendant moved to reconsider, and the court denied his request, reiterating that there was no credible evidence to support defendant’s motion for expunction. We affirmed the trial court’s decision on appeal, rejecting defendant’s argument that the court failed to address his claims of prosecutorial misconduct and bad faith, and finding that defendant adduced no credible evidence at the hearing to show that the prosecution was brought in bad faith or that the police and prosecutors engaged in other misconduct.
So there was
a record, for at least a while. So what happened then? Hey, I'm going to let the court speak, and wish Scotty here great luck with suing the VT Supreme court for whatever charges he can think of.
Five years later, in March 2007, defendant filed a motion to vacate the case “from its inception” as well as a motion entitled “objection to further prosecution.” The court treated defendant’s motions as a request to expunge, and granted his request in an April 2007 order. The court struck defendant’s adjudication of guilt pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 7041(d). It ordered the destruction of any documentation specifically referring to the obstruction of justice charges; it stated that the proceedings with respect to these charges would be considered never to have occurred, and that all index references to proceedings on the above charge would be deleted. The court also indicated that if any request for information was made of court, prosecutorial, and law enforcement personnel, they would reply that no record existed with respect to the proceeding.
So what does genius do after getting a ruling from a court that says "no record existed" of the proceedings? Go celebrate with a glass of champagne? Nope, he plays language professor. Uhh, how dare the court "expunge" instead of declaring prosecution "void ab initio"?
On appeal, defendant asserts that the court should have declared the prosecution void ab initio rather than issuing an order expunging the record. He raises numerous assertions in connection with this main argument. He also states that the court’s expungment order contains inconsistencies. Defendant reiterates in great detail his assertions about alleged prosecutorial misconduct, conflicts of interests, and bad faith.
So what in the world is "void ab initio"? From wikipedia: "A contract is null from the beginning if it seriously offends law or public policy in contrast to a contract which is merely voidable
at the election of one of the parties to the contract." So far as I can surmise, Scott wanted the court to find that the prosecution seriously offended law or public policy, and therefore was void from the beginning. Instead, the court said, well, we're ordering that your record be erased and the law would consider that it never existed.
So what'd the VT Supremes say
We find no basis to disturb the court’s order. Although the trial court cited an incorrect statute in its expungement order,* the trial court has inherent power to expunge the record and it acted within its discretion in doing so here. See State v. Motchnik, 149 Vt. 113, 113-14 (1987) (court has inherent power to order the expunction of arrest records and in deciding if expunction is appropriate, court should balance State’s need for arrest record against harm resulting to person arrested from maintaining the records). As the trial court explained, it expunged the record because the charges against defendant were dismissed in 1999, no party was prejudiced by the requested relief, and because recent statutory changes had expanded the circumstances under which expungement may be ordered. Indeed, we note that the State does not challenge the order of expungement. Defendant has been granted full relief. He asked the court to “vacate” the case in its entirety, and the court ordered that the proceedings in this case “shall be considered never to have occurred.” There is no other legal relief available to defendant and no basis for him to challenge the court’s order.
So that was what was summerized in the very first paragraph of the Supreme Court's decision (but if I told you that first, you wouldn't have read the whole story, would you?):
Scott Huminski appeals pro se from the trial court’s order striking the adjudication of his guilt and expunging the record of the criminal proceedings against him pursuant to 13 V.S.A.§7041(d). Defendant raises numerous arguments, all of which are without merit. We affirm the court’s decision.
I love it when courts say "without merit." I personally translate to mean, "you brainless hothead! Stop wasting our time!"