See you next year, judge rules!
By Sean Cruz
It took 14 years to get Kory Wright, the organizer of my children’s kidnapping, into a courtroom, and that drama played out today.
The courtroom opportunity took place as a result of my confrontation with this criminal in the lobby of the Vancouver Hilton Hotel, where I slapped him with a copy of Aaron’s Law, Oregon’s anti-kidnapping statute…
…bounced it right off of his face…, telling him: “Oregon’s Aaron’s Law was written for people like you, motherfucker. You are served!”
Kory Wright was asking for a permanent Order For Protection From Unlawful Civil Harassment, which would restrain me from entering or being within 250 feet of his home or of Columbia Ultimate, his place of employment.
The judge heard me out…you lose track of time in there…she listened to me explain the Order for Joint Custody that had protected my children for four years…
She listened to me describe how Kory Wright, motivated by his rabid Mormon zealotry, had violated that order and criminal statutes in three states, but there had been no investigation and the statute of limitations had run on those crimes….
The judge saw documentation detailing Kory Wright’s criminal conduct…there was no question about whether he violated the law or not, that was easy to show….
The judge heard me describe my history of work on the issue of parental and family abductions:
My testimony on Kory Wright’s criminal conduct before the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee and the Joint Ways and Means Public Safety Committee in 2003….
My testimony on Kory Wright’s criminal conduct before the Senate President’s Interim Task Force on Parental and Family Abductions in 2004….
My assignment, as Senator Avel Gordly’s Chief of Staff, to lead her workgroup on Senate Bill 1041 in the 2005 legislative session….
My 2005 testimony on Kory Wright’s criminal conduct before the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Rules Committee and the House State and Federal Affairs Committee….
The 2005 passage of Senate Bill 1041 on a unanimous House vote…the bill became known as Aaron’s Law after the death of my son….
I showed the judge a photograph of my family—my children and I—taken before the abduction, and a photograph of Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signing the bill into law with Aaron’s picture on his desk….
The judge asked me questions…What does Aaron’s Law do?...I described the law…explained that it provides an alternative to traditional criminal and family law procedures….
I described how both the criminal and family law systems had failed in response to the abduction of my children, and how common the problem is….
The judge asked me if there were any other legal avenues available regarding my quest for justice against Kory Wright (and the other criminals)….
I explained that custodial interference statutes have a 3-year statute of limitations, even if the children remain kidnapped, and that fact plus the inaction of law enforcement had allowed Kory Wright and the other criminals to escape justice.
I said that I had hoped that she would find Kory Wright’s conduct offensive and that she might order him jailed today on a perjury charge….
We discussed the fact that my “service” of Aaron’s Law on Kory Wright was an intentionally symbolic act, and not a legal process. I had not gone to the Hilton in order to get into a scuffle but to serve a document…there was a larger public purpose at stake.
I described my ongoing efforts to raise public awareness of the crime of abduction by persons known to the child or to members of the child’s family….
We talked about the Hilton confrontation. If he hadn’t smiled, I wouldn’t have thrown the envelope at him, I explained. He smiled, I threw it at his face….
After some deliberation, the judge handed down her order:
“Mr. Cruz, I see that you are an intelligent man, and I commend you for your work on these issues….”
She then ordered the Protective Order into effect until October 27, 2010.
Kory Wright protested…he was asking for a permanent order….
“You will have to file again next year”, the judge said.
Looks like I will be seeing my children’s kidnapper again, this time next year….
I'll be seeing you, motherfucker...!
I wonder how soon/often he is planning to set foot in Oregon…home of Aaron’s Law…?