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What to Do When You are Wrong

Updated on September 8, 2012

© by Jennifer McLeod writing as jenjen0703, all rights reserved.


Early Days of Writing

When I first began writing for HubPages, I had no experience with blogging, text editors, back links, or any of the other many things on a long list you learn as a writer. I spent hours reading the Learning Center. I love to write and journal, so why not take some time to write articles that could help others and make some make money?

I have learned that the best way to write is to tell the truth in my stories. By doing so, I avoided issues such as plagiarism. Telling the truth also means I have to be sure there is credibility in my writing by researching the information thoroughly. I learned, the hard way, to be careful of the words you print when it comes to other people's opinion or "side or the story" because misinformation could cause harm to others.

A few months after I started writing, a unique opportunity presented itself, something I was completely unprepared for...


Defending a Criminal

I recently spent around four months writing on behalf of a man who was charged with some serious crimes. He was facing a long time in prison if convicted of these crimes.

When I first heard of his charges on the news, I was stunned. I did not know the man well, but I knew of him and had heard many people talk about him in a positive manner for several years. I had never heard anything bad about him. He had a large pillow of support underneath of him. For several years, he operated an animal rescue, and later, a youth residential facility for older male foster children. He also had several children of his own, some of which were adopted.

Over 700 people signed a petition to show support in his innocence. I did not have much to say when I first heard the news. I felt that something happened somewhere, or it would not be spread all over the news.

It was not until one of the victims came forward, signed a notarized statement, and talked to the local news station that I started to feel like maybe this man could be the victim of some type of government corruption.

At that point, I offered my assistance, and like a (moron), I ignorantly defended this accused man, with a few other people who will later be called the "Followers".

Helping an injured mule stay on his feet.
Helping an injured mule stay on his feet. | Source

What is a Follower?

To be a Follower, there were many "dirty deeds done dirt cheap".

  • Scooping ankle-deep horse manure from barn stalls
  • Writing blogs
  • Attending court hearings
  • Stalking innocent people
  • Committing slander online
  • Breaking no-contact orders
  • Getting CPS called on you for not going along with The Terpening Plan

Recanting the Recant

After a period of time, the recanting victim became homeless and needed a place to stay. I had an extra bedroom and decided to open my home to him. In a very short amount of time, he revealed to me that his recant was a lie and the original charges against the accused man still stood true.

I was shocked and at a loss for words. Despite any remorse and guilt I was feeling, I had to do the right thing and report what I knew. No matter what, the victim's well-being had to be my primary focus.

I contacted the proper authorities and resigned from my position of defending the suspect. Information I had possession of subsequently cause the suspect to become arrested on charges of bond violation.


The Web Site with Viruses

A man named Rob saw the news about the case and decided he was not liking the information he was hearing. He was disgusted with the way the Followers were handling themselves and acting out in public. A few exchanges in comments sections of various media sites had alternate sides in this case feuding and arguing.

Instead of bringing forth facts and evidence, the Followers through out allegations and at times, lies, to cover up the people that later transcripts show them to be. They lashed out and called Rob a troll.

So, Rob created a Web site that brought truth and evidence in the case to people's attention who would not receive it any other way. Rob is a sworn enemy to the Followers. When the victim confessed that the recant was a lie, I had no one to turn to, aside from the investigators and prosecutors in this case.

The suspect told everyone to avoid Rob's site, alleging it had viruses and would make people's computers crash if they visited it. Of course the suspect did not want people visiting the site. It was the first site to report the transcripts when they became available to the public.

Had I saw those transcripts first, I would have never offered my assistance. Never, again. Next time, I will let the jury decide the suspect's fate and remember to keep the victim first in importance.

Making Things Right

Sometimes, we can never totally make our actions right. But, we can learn from our actions and use them as tools to not make the same dumb choices again.

I no longer support the suspect in this case. My statements, as well as the victims, caused the man to be arrested on bond violation charges and put back in jail on a $750,000 cash bond. I do not think he will be getting out anytime soon.

I have received a large amount of negative criticism from the suspect's family and friends. It has made life a bit stressful. The truth will be revealed very soon, but I do not have to be a part of that roller coaster ride. I do not have to be part of the Followers who abuse anyone who stand up against them.

I choose to be honest and credible. That is the only way to get to the truth of these charges against this man.


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    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks Bruce. The situation involves a high profile case that I've been wrapped in since first of the year. Trial continues to be pushed back, but it will be here soon, and then hopefully, all parties involved will be able to move forward with their lives. The situation is very difficult, and seeing some of the things online about me, knowing that they are not all true, is disheartening. I have had to just let it roll off my back and try to move with the punches.

      Life is too short, and sometimes you have to go alone with what you feel is right. I cannot have victims' blood on my hands. Thank you for the compliment.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Nice hub JenJen0703

      It's tough enough to live in a world full of unconscious people...even harder to live with yourself when the truth cannot be revealed because it remains behind our egos.

      I know this was a difficult situation and you must have had some very emotional nights. Glad you freed yourself and can smile when looking into the mirror.

      Thank you for being you!


    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks for reading my hub and thanks for the feedback.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks for the support nikkijohntan. These last several months have been crazy, but it won't be much longer and the rest will come out. Admitting you're wrong can be difficult, but it's best when others' lives are in jeopardy...

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      Nikki John 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing your experiences about how you have started writing hubs and Other details like what is followers and how to make a thing right which you have defined in your Hub is awesome. It is very clear and easy to understand.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks Sueswan. It gets really difficult some days, especially when I see things online, but I learned to quit looking at them and just live my life. I don't care what a bunch of people have to say who aren't anyone in my life to begin with, other than users dominating my time to help support a sick cause. I'd rather make

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      6 years ago

      Hi Jen

      You are doing the right thing by being honest and credible.

      Don't let the followers get to you. The truth will come out.

      Take care

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks Vinaya! Something positive has to come out of all this legal mess. I hope once this is over, that there will be peace restored back into our lives. Thanks for taking time to read the hub!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      It is great to know what you have been doing to the people. This hub is very inspiring.

      Good writing.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Well, this man has plenty of support. Well, he did until his recent arrest. This arrest and evidence I gave to the attorney general will definitely carry some weight in the trial, we shall see. The truth to any case needs to be investigated thoroughly. Obviously, something fell through the cracks. My support is for the true victims in this case...

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Oh, Bob...did you seriously think I backed out over the first thing I saw or heard? Not hardly. Even after I became suspicious, I continued in my role. I needed proof before making allegations. If you want to hear the story, there are links to my blog in this article. That blog has links to copies of charges, police reports, CPS reports, transcripts. Plenty of lengths to take you where you want to go...thanks for reading!!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      This hub is a learning tool for people who don't act.. but only think about acting.. if I were in need a help and someone came to my aid.. even if nothing came of it.. I'd feel good deep down no matter what ..:)

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      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Diogenes says "No hand oft gets bitten as hard as one offered in friendship to strangers."

      You followed your heart, Jen-Jen. But what a pity you didn't get the full story of the charges, etc., at the outset.

      Life's a learning experience and this must have been a big one for you. Thanks for sharing.


    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks sgbrown. This situation has been a nerve-wracking experience that is not even close to being over yet. Trial doesn't start until at least June.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I think it is a good thing that you acted to help someone who you believed needed your help. You were trying to do what you believed at the time, was the right thing. We all can make mistakes, especially about other people. You again, did the right thing. You can never be ashamed of standing up for what you believe is right, even if it is wrong. Great hub, voted up and intersting! :)


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