INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana lawmaker has won a protective order against a man who contacted him more than 50 times in a day, asked for his home address and sent a letter to his wife.
An Allen Superior Court magistrate determined last week that Erick Mackey posed a credible threat to Rep. Christopher Judy of Fort Wayne, The Journal Gazette (http://bit.ly/2s0Haht ) reported. The magistrate ordered Mackey to stop communicating with the Judy family and to stay away from their home, school and work.
“With him knowing where I live and work, I felt it was necessary to protect my wife and two daughters,” Judy said. “A protective order is only a piece of paper. I hope the consequences of violating that will quiet everything down.”
Mackey said he wasn’t stalking anyone, but rather exercising his constitutional right to petition the government.
Judy initially received a protective order on April 24, but Mackey requested a hearing. The protective order expires in April 2019.
Mackey said he initially tried to contact Judy in May 2016, asking if he’d support legalizing assisted suicide. He sent a letter to Judy’s press liaison in March that said he’d reached out to the representative on more than 50 occasions over the past 10 months with no reply. When he didn’t receive a response, Mackey called dozens of times in one day in April.
Mackey said he was receiving treatment for mental health issues. His father said his son has obsessive-compulsive disorder.
“The whole point was that he never received a response at all (from Judy). With his OCD, that just ate away at him,” Kent Mackey said. “But he’s certainly not a stalker. If anything, he’s a pacifist.”
Mackey also wrote several times to President Barack Obama about assisted suicide and received two responses. He also received responses from the governor and two senators that said he should contact his state legislator about the matter.
Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net