On 9 April, Rebekah Jones wrote this about Christina Pushaw on her Substack account—No Maryland court has ever found that Ms. Pushaw stalked or harassed Jones. Here’s what has really happened thus far—
Jones went to a District Court Commissioner after normal business hours and filed a petition for a peace order. The Commissioner screened the petition to determine if it should be forwarded to a judge for further evaluation. Because a judge wasn’t available, the Commissioner issued an interim order. That was not a finding that stalking or harassment had occurred; it was a determination that if what Jones claimed were true, she might be entitled to a peace order. Two days later, a judge heard Jones’ claims during an ex parte hearing (one where only one party is present). The judge found that if what Jones claimed were true, she might be entitled to a peace order, so he issued a temporary order to be in place until a hearing could be held during which Jones would be required to actually prove her claims. That hearing hasn’t occurred, and it won’t happen until after Ms. Pushaw has been served with a copy of the petition. No final order has been issued. There has been no finding of harassment or stalking. Jones’ statement is false.
Also, Ms. Pushaw is not a “wanted criminal.” A few hours after the interim order was issued, Jones filed a complaint that Ms. Pushaw had violated that order. Based on a determination that if what Jones claimed were true probable cause might exist that a crime had been committed, a District Court Commissioner issued a summons to Ms. Pushaw to appear before a judge. A summons isn’t an arrest warrant.
IANAL, but every lawyer with whom I’ve discussed this case has told me that because Ms. Pushaw had not been severed with a copy of the interim order, the summons should not have been issued. Based on my experience as a victim of a couple of false criminal charges in Montgomery County, I suspect that the State’s Attorney’s Office will drop the case for lack of evidence before the hearing scheduled on 10 May.
Perhaps, Jones is confused by Maryland’s legal procedures. After all, they’re not exactly the same as Florida’s where the stalking case against her is pending.
The Gentle Reader may form his own opinion.