My brother, Deputy Sheriff Howard Denham and my sister-in-law, his wife Nicole, are a young, hardworking couple with small children. They are being targeted by Sheriff Thomas J. Dart who, with the help of his powerful BigLaw friends, has filed a lawsuit against Howard and Nicole accusing them of defamation and invasion of privacy based on an email sent from a Yahoo! email account to various investigative authorities in Cook County, Illinois.
You can view the Sun-Times article at the above link.
Neither Howard nor Nicole have the means to fund the litigation and court costs to defend themselves in this lawsuit, and ask for your help in the form of donations to help them pay for these costs. The outcome of this lawsuit will directly impact the ability and rights of concerned citizens to blow-the-whistle and to contact investigative authorities to report actual or suspected abusive practices by their elected officials, whether on or off-duty. Worse, Howard is now under investigation by the Cook County Sheriff's Office for misconduct and in danger of losing his employment.
Three extremely motivated Chicago-based lawyers, Cass T. Casper, Esq., Gia Scatchell, Esq., and John Lanahan, Esq., have agreed to represent Howard and Nicole pro bono in defense of this outrageous and cowardly lawsuit. However, because of the resources of Thomas Dart's BigLaw friends and donors, Howard and Nicole require your assistance with the costs and expenses of defending this suit.
At the completion of the lawsuit, to the extent there are any excess funds from the donations that are not needed to cover court costs and expenses, these funds will be transparently donated to Chicago-area not-for-profit organizations intended to help and assist battered women and children to report their abuse.
Family and friends, this is absolutely a case of a Big Shark attacking a Little Fish and he thinks with money and power he’s going to get away with it. Please stand with me and my family in the name of justice to support not only Howard and Nicole, but battered women and whistle-blowers everywhere. We cannot allow our elected officials be above the law!
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