The Gulag Has Got Mary Tormey
A young woman has been stripped of her rights and sent to a mental institution following an assault on her by an officer of the law.
Mary Tormey is twenty-six years old. In January of 2005, the car she was travelling in was stopped at a routine traffic stop. Mary's mother, Elaine, and Mary's live-in boyfriend of five years, Denver, were in the car, as well as another friend.
Without provocation, Mary Tormey was brutally assaulted by the officer, Matt Hathaway. Parenthetically, Hathaway has a record of this sort of behavior, and has had at least six cases filed against him in court for this sort of rabid victimization.
During the ordeal, Hathaway threw Mary against the car, injuring her so badly that she can no longer wear pants or anything binding around her waist. He also held a gun to her head.
Her mother Elaine, who is a Quaker, recently secured a lawyer to sue. Hathaway, who had been put on eighteen months paid administrative leave after the assault, had just been re-hired at a neighboring police department. Mary Tormey had just called that police department to plead with them not to hire him. "I'm one of his victims," she told him.
And then Mary's house in Coeur d Alene was busted. Mary was arrested for marijuana, and the gulag machine moved into action.
She was summarily stripped of her civil rights. She was not allowed to make a phone call for several WEEKS. Her own mother did not know she was in jail. Her court appointed attorney NEVER even saw her. She was placed on "restriction" and allowed no visitors. Her Public Defender, Ed Lawlor of Kootenai County P.D.'s office, moved for a competency hearing based on three statements, all patently false. First, he declared that she was indigent. In fact, she has about $46,000 --quite a bit for a twenty something to have socked away. Second, he declared that she was unable to communicate with him and could not assist in her own defense. In reality, it appears that Mr. Lawlor never met his client, Mary Tormey. And finally, he declared that she had previously been psychiatrically committed, which is also untrue.
After a thirty-second hearing, she was deemed incompetent to stand trial, and shuffled off to State Hospital South. The stripping of rights continued. Her right to refuse medication was overridden by a "hearing" at which her new attorney, a private attorney in Sandpoint, was not present because he was not informed the hearing was taking place.
The hospital is now creating false documentation about Mary Tormey. According to her treatment plan, she has no means of financial support. According to her treatment plan, she has no emotional support system. In reality, she has been living with the same boyfriend for going on six years, and has numerous friends and a loving mother. According to her treatment plan, she has a "delusion" that she has food allergies, which the staff is terming "psychosis." In reality, her food allergies have been documented and treated by a family physician.
Why is this happening to Mary Tormey? I am at a loss to explain this, other than a dreadful, dark hunch. And here it is--
The police have gotten very powerful in our country. They know very well that plans are in place to declare martial law, at which point their power will be absolute. There have been many, many reports of late of unbridled police abuse in the newspapers-- just recently, a fellow was tasered to death in a mini-mart by Spokane officers. The officers tried to say that he lunged at them, but the in-store video proved them liars. With all these reports, peppering newspapers all over the country, the results are generally the same--The District Attorneys are refusing to file charges against the murderous officers, and there are no legal consequences for their actions.
Matt Hathaway got an eighteen month paid vacation for what he did to Mary. With the way the system is moving against her, I believe Mary Tormey may be facing an extended involuntary commitment, for the bad luck of being victimized by a random assault at a random traffic stop by an "officer of the law".
I think we may be able to derail this situation. I am requesting that those reading this report to take the following action: Call the Administrative Director of State Hospital South. His name is Tracy Farnsworth, and his number is (208) 785-1200 (main number for the hospital). I have already spoken with him, and he is nervous as hell. He signed the override to her right to refuse medications, and yes, she is being forcibly medicated with anti-psychotics.
Also call Bob McClune, who is the point person for Mary's treatment at State Hospital South. His direct line is (208) 785-8492. I spoke with him, and he sounds appropriately concerned.
McClune appears to be an improvement on the first clinician, Kevin Young. Young would only state that he would not release any confidential information. Period. When I told him I didn't want any confidential information about Mary's "treatment," but I wanted to know why the hospital was creating false records about her, he would only repeat, "I can't release any information. "
Mary is young, beautiful and smart. We got Susan Lindauer out of the gulag, and I think we can get Mary out, too. But she needs your help.
Call Tracy Farnsworth, and call Bob McClune. It worked for Susan. The bad guys started sweating, and they let her go.
Thank you all.
Janet C. Phelan
phone: (310) 755-4469
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