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Friday, October 14, 2016


Attorney Dean Strang, the former trial lawyer in the Steven Avery case featured in Netflix's hit true-crime documentary “Making a Murderer”, is scheduled to appear at Traverse City’s State Theatre on Friday, November 11 from 6-7:30pm. 

The event, billed as “A Conversation With Dean Strang”, reminded me of my own “conversation” with Strang — a bizarre email exchange about a claim made by convicted tax cheat Steven Ingersoll.

Through a series of emails back in July, I sought to confirm an assertion regarding Strang made by Ingersoll in a January 8, 2016 email to Bruce Harger, former Lake Superior State University Charter Office head.

(SHOCKER ALERT — because you really need to be reminded!) Brad Habermehl, then president of the Grand Traverse Academy board of directors, identified Harger as one of five investors, including Habermehl and Ingersoll, “perusing a school project” during his December 8, 2015 Ingersoll sentencing hearing testimony. 

A series of “loan solicitation” emails were sent by Habermehl to a business associate on behalf of his “friend and colleague” Steven Ingersoll beginning in November 2014, continuing past Ingersoll’s March 10, 2015 conviction.)

Seamy internal conflict alert over, back to our regular report.

Among the emails Ingersoll and Harger traded regarding sentencing hearing testimony was one peerless gem — a January 8, 2016 message where Ingersoll humblebragged to Harger that former Steven Avery co-counsel Dean Strang was “coming to Bay City to evaluate my case as a potential sequel of government abuse of power.”

Wait, what? 

Abuse of power? 

Has this guy been illegally imprisoned? 

Denied the right to legal counsel? 

Deprived from earning money? 

Subject of a warrantless wiretapping? 

Tortured or kidnapped? 

No to all of the above. 

However, I had to check it out so I contacted Strang, sending a screen grab of Ingersoll's claim — and received what's known (post-Watergate) as a “non-denial denial”. A non-denial denial is a statement that, at first hearing, seems a direct, clear-cut unambiguous denial of some accusation, but on careful parsing turns out not to be a denial after all. 

Although I revealed the results in a July 19, 2016 post on this blog, I've never published my email exchange with Strang...until now! (I've redacted Strang's email address; click on the images to enlarge. Of particular interest is Strang's mansplaining in his initial response: the assertion that I'm somehow 'misreading the email for whatever reason'.)

If you haven't already, I strongly encourage you to read the entire five-part Ingersoll/Harger email series, “My Bread Is Buttered On Both Sides: Emails From One White Guy To Another White Guy”. Click on these links:

Part 1: I'm In Bed With My Authorizer
Part 2: Don't Know Much About IVL
Part 3: Going Cuckoo Over The Coup
Part 4: The Fraudulent Phallus: Misogyny In The Schoolhouse...And The Courthouse
Part 5: Screwed And Skewed: No One Believes You, Steve

1 comment:

  1. Thank you again, Miss Fortune, for all your diligence and endless research in pursuit of justice and truth. May you be rewarded.