About a year ago, I read an article that touched home. I believe it was called "Are Wardens Out to Get You". In 2006 I was involved in an incident where an outfitter had my party to purchase illegal permits, or permits where he didn't take us, although he had land there. Federal agents raided my father's house six months afterwards and confiscated four deer heads with mine being the biggest at 154". At the time I lived in TN. I was given a lawyer's info in NE from a lawyer friend in town. The NE attorney advised not to go with a jury trial against my request having read the suggestion from the mentioned article. My mother and I went to court to fight the charges. Due to her financially situation, she was appointed an attorney by the state. To make a long story short, she was found not guilty and I was found guilty, although we hunted in the blind together and both shot deer. I'm a paralyzed veteran of thirteen years. I was fined $2025 and banned from hunting for two years not because I was hunting at night or out of season, but because I had an improper permit; a difference of $255 from a statewide permit. Although my mother was found not guilty, the federal agent behind the investigation has declined to return my mother's antlers. What was supposed to be a hunt of a lifetime now has turned into a death sentence to me not being able to hunt for two years. I paid $750 for a guide to take me hunting and I get taken advantage of. Can anything be done about our judicial system?
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