Grumpa throws subpoenas into the trash; Rages at Aunt Brie to do the same

The Crime Jan 15, 2020

"Then the lawyers delivering the subpoenas set a court date to compel us to appear. Mine is next week. When Caleb saw this, he got very angry, and said that we were going to just go to the depositions, and get them over with.
When I told my family about this, they wanted to have a quorum so that they could scream at us for betraying the family. My family called me multiple times to scream at me that I didn’t know what I was talking about, I could just throw out the paperwork, and ignore the subpoena."

Here is an excerpt of Aunt Brie's blog from January 15, 2020:

Families Are Worse Than Lawyers

January 15, 2020

"Over my many years writing this blog, my family has often come after me for not keeping their privacy. In fact, my blog is used an excuse for other people’s bad behavior. My sister is getting sued in multiple states by the man she had a child with? It’s because of my blog.

Well, I’m not going to stop fucking writing it. I have very little power in my life, but I have the power to tell my own story.

For the past year or so, every few weeks, a creepy guy shows up at our apartment right as we are putting our kids to bed, and delivers me and Caleb with subpoenas to appear as witnesses in a court case involving my sister and her ex-boyfriend. The conventional wisdom in my family is that we can ignore them. They are not from a judge — yet. Everyone told us that we could throw them in the garbage.

Then the lawyers delivering the subpoenas set a court date to compel us to appear. Mine is next week. When Caleb saw this, he got very angry, and said that we were going to just got to the depositions, and get them over with.

When I told my family about this, they wanted to have a quorum so that they could scream at us for betraying the family. My family called me multiple times to scream at me that I didn’t know what I was talking about, I could just throw out the paperwork, and ignore the subpoena.

Caleb and I consulted multiple friends who are lawyers. All of them went to the best law firms in the country, have done clerkships, and work at the best firms in the Southern District of New York City. They all told us we have to appear. Unanimously. Without hesitation. We cannot ignore the subpoenas. One way or the other, we will be deposed.

“Any smart lawyer would tell you to throw it in the garbage,” my dad just yelled at me when I told him that I had spoken to another lawyer friend about the deposition. I called him in a last ditch effort to get him to help us to hire a lawyer.‌‌

Because we are not involved in this because we did something wrong. We are involved in this because my sister and the man she had a child with did something wrong. Many things wrong. I really wish I could write about the things they did wrong because they are truly unbelievable, and also hilarious, but I don’t want to get fucking sued anymore.

What we did do was take care of my sister throughout her pregnancy, and when she first had her baby. I mean, maybe I did some shitty things, but Caleb definitely did not.

And all of that money we saved? Now we have to use it to hire a lawyer.

I finally got mad at my father over the phone. “I am fucking sick of dealing with this bullshit,” I screamed back at him.

“If you didn’t write bad things about the blog on the family, none of this would be happening!” he screamed back at me.‌‌

But here’s the truth — what I write on the blog doesn’t matter one bit. Every single bad thing I could have even thought of writing was already written directly by my sister to her ex-boyfriend in text messages. Those are much stronger pieces of evidence. The difference? They’re private! So much better for everyone, right?

WRONG. It doesn’t matter to the court. The reason why we’re getting subpoenaed, in the end, is because my sister fucking named Caleb and I as witnesses.

If you have any advice, I would love to hear it. But I am fucking mad."


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Brienne Walsh

Brienne Walsh is a writer and art critic. She is sister to Tara Walsh and the daughter of Stephen Walsh and Brendan Walsh. Her blog ABrieGrowsInBrooklyn.com documents her life and family history.

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