Tinley Park, IL. (ECWd) –
The story of “Real Residents of Tinley Park” Facebook group founder Christy Heins continues to unfold, with recent claims she made in social media about her appearance in Will County Circuit Court on 3/7/16 warranting factual rebuttal, now that the official court transcript is been published (below) and it can be confirmed that Heins was indeed directed to stay away from freelance reporter Megan Fox and to stay clear of her.
This is not an everyday occurrence in a reasonable person’s life: having a sitting Judge in a courtroom tell you directly to stop doing something to another citizen. Heins contends that because the Court admonished her but stopped short of handing down a no-stalking order against her that she “won” the day, but no one truly “wins” when someone’s behavior crosses lines where the Court has to schedule a date and time to publicly direct someone to stay away from and stay clear of another person.
Heins has mocked the proceedings held before 12th Circuit Judge Jessica Colon-Sayre on the “Real Residents of Tinley Park” Facebook page, ignoring the seriousness of the Judge’s very specific direction for her to “stay away from” and “stay clear of” Fox. These and other actions by Heins since her court appearance have called into question Heins’ willingness to follow the Judge’s instructions and keep her distance from Fox going forward. It is concerning that Heins has chosen to pretend that her behavior is not a serious matter, just because Heins did not receive the worst possible outcome in court (which would have been finding herself on the receiving end of a two-year no stalking order).
Christy Heins was summoned before Judge Colon-Sayre after a series of actions undertaken against freelance reporter Megan Fox in February 2016. Upset and angry that Fox was conducting interviews and filming a documentary on corruption in the Tinley Park Planning Department, Heins harassed Fox after an open public meeting in Village Hall and caused Fox to fear for her safety. Heins then escalated the next day by filing a false police report against Fox with the Tinley Park Police Department, which was quickly debunked by the Reporting Officer, Jose Vega.
Some quotes from the Judge to Christy Heins:
“Miss Heins, for it to rise to the level where she was so concerned for her safety and she was in such fear was concerning to me. So I wanted it — to address it to you.”
“I understand you have an interest of going to the meetings. If you do, you see Miss Fox, stay away from her; stay clear of her. Okay?”
“So I am not going to extend the order of protection in the spirit of hoping that you guys can conduct yourselves as adults. And good luck.”
Remember, these were directed at Heins, not at Fox. The statement of Heins claiming “dismissed for lack of evidence” is completely false, as is her statement that there was no evidence of harassment also being false
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ColleenPosted at 18:59h, 09 March
Thanks for posting the transcript. This is different from the story that is being told on Real Residents. No mention of Christy being told to stay away from Megan over there. For a judge to have to tell you to stay away from someone means there was a serious problem the judge wanted to address. Christy got a slap on the wrist but it was still a slap and being told to stop. That is nothing to celebrate over.
DavePosted at 20:38h, 09 March
I’m not a gambling man, but I was so certain before she appeared before the judge she would just get a hand slap that I would have bet on it. If heins fails to obey the judge she subjects herself to a lesser penalty than it would have been had the order of protection been extended and it violated was by heins. The judge, in my opinion was out of line with his comment stating.. ““So I am not going to extend the order of protection in the spirit of hoping that you guys can conduct yourselves as adults. And good luck.” Really Judge?? Ms Heins was the only aggressor, so why the comment about “you guys can conduct yourself as adults” That comment is insulting to the Ms Heins’ victims as Ms Heins was clearly the childish one. It appears to me justice wasn’t blind in this case.
DavePosted at 21:10h, 09 March
Why did all the lower case “i’s” disappear in the comments?
jmkraftPosted at 22:21h, 09 March
looks like they are still there to me
DavePosted at 12:10h, 10 March
To me too Jim…. I swear they were missing when I posted the question. Maybe its time for a new computer…. LOL
lawyerlyonePosted at 11:25h, 13 March
This is why people don’t go to authorities most of the time. Waste of time. So the judge tells her to stop and she doesn’t and even mocks the judge and the system. Then the victim will be forced to go again to the court and beg for the order again when the judge should have just given it the first time. I am a lawyer in family court and I see it all the time. Too many judges want to give people who don’t deserve it a second chance and expect them to be reasonable people when they are not reasonable people. I hope this doesn’t escalate.