In the first week of February, 2019, we received Notices of Hearing for our applications (SOT-77620-16, SOT-80393-17, SOT-91682-18, and SOT-99829-18) (Doc 264, Doc 265, Doc 266, Doc 267) and John’s related L2 application (SOL-84218-17) (Doc 268) for March 7, 2019. John’s L1 application (SOL-01207-19, for non-payment of rent) was scheduled to be heard on March 19, 2019 (Doc xxx) . John’s newest L2 application (SOL-01323-19) was scheduled to be heard on March 29, 2019 (Doc 269). That one had been filed on January 24, 2019, the same day the second N5 was delivered to our apartment.

At this point, our landlord had managed to have hearings on all of his eviction applications. We hadn’t managed to have either a maintenance application, or three applications alleging serious misconduct by our landlord, heard in over two years. (I’m not a lawyer, but what has been going on bears no resemblance whatsoever to natural justice).

At least there was a bit of breathing room between the hearings this time. There’s an element of chance in the process of generating multiple hearings and it just hadn’t worked out for Greenway.

Saturday February 2, 2019 – I left a voicemail message for Greenway, asking to make an appointment to drop off disclosure to her office.

Sunday February 3, 2019 – Marie complained to Agostino about the lack of water pressure and hot water (AR 150). I left another voicemail message for Greenway, clarifying a detail. Jeremy Stamper and his crew worked on their car in the driveway, complete with loud music and conversation that sounded like a KKK rally (racist, misogynistic and laced with profanity). I was tempted to record it, but didn’t. I wasn’t part of the conversation.

Monday February 4, 2019 – Christina Stamper called me a rat as I entered the building. I did not respond.

Thursday February 7, 2019 – Richard Pollington called me a “Stupid fag”, then asked “What’s wrong with you?” as I passed him in the front hallway of the building. I did not speak to him.

Saturday February 16, 2019 – I left another voicemail message for Greenway, asking for a convenient time to drop off disclosure to her office.

Tuesday February 19, 2019 – I sent Greenway an email (Doc 272) with an index of documents disclosed (Doc 271) and dropped of two flash drives containing the videos, audio recordings and documents relating to disclosure for the various ongoing LTB applications.

Dislcosure to Greenway

Those videos included videos of John Cerino’s entry to our unit on Oct 16, 2018 showing John completely ignoring the order issued at the last merit hearing for the group of related applications. John and Agostino both appear to be completely unaware of the contents of that order in some of the videos. There were also videos of the encounter with Richard Pollington on December 6, 2018, the assault by Jeremy Stamper on November 23, 2019, and encounters with Christina and Ron Stamper and Richard Pollington that showed their antagonistic and unreasoning hostility. It had also occurred to me that John may not have given Greenway all of the previous disclosures so I included a selection from previous disclosures.

I never did get the receipt I asked for, or an acknowledgment for my email. There is nothing in the LTB rules of procedure that require someone served with disclosure to write a receipt. John’s first paralegal had used that to claim she had not been given disclosure.

Monday February 25, 2019 – I received an email (Doc 271) requesting consent to an adjournment of John’s L2 application scheduled for March 29, 2019.

I did not receive any replay to my request to discuss the matter by telephone, and Greenway never filed a request to adjourn with the LTB for the merits hearing on March 29, 2019.

During this period, Ron Stamper, Christina Stamper and Richard Pollington were hostile and belligerent (without provocation) on every occasion I ran into one or more of them around the building. Some of that behavior was recorded, but for the most part the encounters were brief and ended before I could start a camera. There was the occasional shout of “faggot”, “rat” or “bitch” directed at me from one or another of the crew that had worked on the car in the driveway the previous summer.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – I returned to the building around 1:30 am. When I approached the door, I noticed it was slightly ajar, so I pushed on it. It opened, so I cleared the chunk of {whatever it was} that had been holding the door open, checked the foyer (nobody there) and went through. As I did, Christina Stamper opened the door to Richard Pollington’s unit from the inside and stepped through, closely followed by Richard Pollington. They appeared to be in a hurry, and neither looked through the door before they stepped into the hallway. Christina was dressed in a bathrobe and slippers, Pollington was dressed for the cold weather outside. I moved to the left to get around them and access the door to the upstairs. Christina Stamper then started screaming “He’s stalking me!, help!”. I had a headache at the time and her scream in the enclosed foyer was painful. She then said “You’re going to jail for ruining my son’s life” and left through the front door. Pollington then said “You’re not supposed to be going in and out of the building after midnight. You been told that.” He was correct; I had been told that. And I’d ignored it, just as I did this time. I opened the door to the stairway and left, telling Pollington to “Fuck off” as I did. The whole thing caught me by surprise, and I hadn’t recorded any of it.

My notes on this encounter are here (Doc 328):

Doc 328 – 2019-02-27 – Notes on incident in hallway

In my system of recording events at the time, d3 was Christina Stamper, D3 was Richard Pollington. I had a tendency to jot notes on pieces of paper, and toss the pieces of paper into a box to be dealt with and sorted later.

Thursday February 28, 2019 – I was waiting for a cab outside the building when Ron Stamper began shouting at me. This recording is typical of our interactions at this time (Vid 69). I would not usually record them, in an effort to avoid conflict. On this occasion I had a small camera with me, that Ron would not be able to see. I wanted to get a representative example of our interactions.

Vid 69

The video was made on a small camera (approximately a one inch cube) clipped to my jacket, approximately centered on my hest and facing forward. My jacket was dark grey, the camera is black so Ron could not have known he was being recorded. That’s how he acted all the time. Confrontational, profane and menacing seemed to be the norm in his family.

During the month of December 2018 and January 2019 I’d had several no-shows from cabs. When I followed up with a phone call on one of them, I’d been told that I’d spoken to the driver and refused the ride (I hadn’t). I didn’t think anything of it, I just asked them to send another car.

The second time it happened, I’d noticed Jeremy speaking to a cab driver as I came out of the building. The cab left, I waited for about 20 minutes, then called the cab company. I was told I’d refused the ride again, so I had them send the cab back. After that incident, I went outside and waited for any cab I’d called, and began using Lyft (which lets you track the car once you’ve booked the ride). I’d been taking cabs since we moved into the building; it became apparent that the Stampers (or Jeremy at least) had noticed and were playing games. Or, maybe it was just coincidence. Either way, I started waiting inside, and tracking my ride rather than dealing with more of their behavior.

I haven’t included every incident where Pollington, the Stampers or Larry Norman made noise, shouted insults, threw rocks, spit, left garbage in the stairwell leading to our unit, or many of the other petty annoyances they inflicted on us. It was daily. Some of them I wouldn’t jot down until days later, after several incidents, and I may have intermixed minor details for some of those, and they were petty antagonisms or provocations. It was constant, low-level harassment, with random escalations between hearings, and not-so-random escalations before a hearing.

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