In case anyone wants a late laugh as a coda to the madness of the last week, I’ve finally managed to upload the 19-minute video that Tom Owens offered in court this week as evidence of criminal stalking.
This is the unedited video his videographer gave my attorney Tom Clyde at the hearing. It’s also what was shown to Judge Becker, and probably the reason she threw the whole thing out as summarily as she did. As I said, it’s unreal that they believed this would support their claims.
Joe Newton is literally in my face agitating on the video, and then sat on the stand and accused me of behaving aggressively and threateningly, mere minutes after the judge watched it in HD.
Owens claimed in court, under oath, that I never identified myself as a journalist. Both he and his campaign manager Wayne Witter swore that I said “I will destroy you” with the first words out of my mouth when I met him. (Witter is curiously absent from those first shots, given his claim of hearing such a thing.) Owens testified that I leaned in and whispered “I’ll kill you and I’ll enjoy doing it,” in this first conversation.
And he testified to that after the video had been shown, and after he had watched it with the judge. Watch the first 30 seconds and make your own judgments.
A few highlights. Owens spent at least eight minutes talking with me outside after these supposed threats. He walked away without telling me not to contact him. At 8:43, at the Dunwoody forum, the cameraman goes outside and Owens instructs him to shadow me, hoping for some kind of … something, I don’t know.
At 11:30, after the forum, I attempt to ask questions and Joe Newton gets in my face and starts agitating … and I don’t deck him.
At 14:30, Newton tells me to “go home, fool,” and then Wayne Witter accuses me of lying about my military service record as I ask Owens about rejecting a $150,000 offer to sell his home … for a $500,000 demand. A moment later, Newton calls me “just another violent muslim.”
And at 18:00, I give a monologue to Owens’ cameraman about what I’ve got and why I’m asking questions. It’s hilarious.