Her name was Robin Ashton. I say “was” because now she is deceased. On February 9, 2017, Ms. Ashton took her own life. Suicide in and of itself is a tragedy, but it is even moreso when one is driven there by a corrupt judiciary and legal system that disregarded someone’s cries for help, and allowed someone to be driven to the point of hopelessness.
I knew Robin. I knew her quite well. I know her story and have read many of her documents (not all, but enough for a fair assessment of her claims, in my opinion). I spoke with her the morning of February 9th (though I was not informed of her suicide until two days ago), and though I detected no plans in what we spoke of that would suggest that she had planned to commit suicide that evening, I will always be haunted that I might have missed something, that there might have been something I could have done to keep Robin safe. Alas, I did not and now I must live with the survivor’s guilt of not knowing that this tragedy loomed.
If this were a simple suicide, I would not be writing this. No, this is not a simple tragedy of someone losing her battle with depression. This is about a woman who was wronged, who turned to the Flathead County justice system for relief, and presiding judge Heidi Ulbricht, who repeatedly disregarded Robin’s pleas for help. Finally, having been driven down to the point of helplessness, the only remedy Robin felt she had was suicide.
Maybe Heidi Ulbricht did not pull the trigger. But she certainly deliberately disregarded Robin’s welfare and allowed the persecution that drove her beyond the point of no return.
For Robin, her struggle through the corrupt legal system of Montana began in 2008. At the time, gasoline was exorbitantly priced and a man by the name of Richard Hoinville advertised on the radio that he had an invention that could convert water to gasoline – all he needed was a piece of land where he could build a shop to manufacture them. Robin contacted Mr. Hoinville and agreed to sell him a joint ownership (rent-to-own, essentially) so he would have property to build the devices. Robin thought she was doing something positive by helping Mr. Hoinville, and that she would also be helping the world by contributing to lower emissions.
What Robin did not know was that Richard Hoinville was not interested in building gas conversion devices – he wanted an off-the-grid property where he could build munitions, explosives and other deadly weapons. Mr. Hoinville had a criminal record for arson and for bombing a public service company substation in Colorado. In fact, Mr. Hoinville is a home-grown terrorist who actually declared himself a one-man terrorist cell called the Continental Revolutionary Army, dedicated to overthrowing the United States government. Mr. Hoinville had gone to prison for his crimes, and upon release, he started right back on his agenda – all he needed was a solitary, isolated area where he could construct his weapons of mass destruction.
Once Robin found out what Mr. Hoinville’s true agenda was, she tried to evict him. He instead hired a lawyer (Richard De Jana) and even counter-sued Robin over possession of her property!
Now keep in mind: Robin had not been a healthy woman to begin with. One reason she lived in such a remote area was because she suffered from a disease known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity – essentially, the electrical and transmission frequencies that we use everyday without consequence had a chronic impact on Robin’s health. It affected both her physical well-being as well as had debilitating affects on her mental health, leading to depression, headaches and suicidal ideations. While isolated on her property, Robin managed her disease well enough – but when she was forced through the ongoing legal struggles to spend more and more time in Kalispell, her health began to decline sharply.
In dealing with the courts, Robin made frequent requests for disability accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act. Ironically enough, the same judge who had been assigned to her case was also the ADA Administrator for Flathead County’s court building, the Flathead County Justice Center: Heidi Ulbricht. The very notion that a judge presiding over a case could somehow also act as the administrator of ADA claims made against that court is beyond belief – it is not only blatant conflict of interest, but it also allows the bias from a court proceeding to impact the so-called impartiality of determining ADA compliance.
Needless to say, Heidi Ulbricht repeatedly refused to make any accommodations for Robin in her court.
To make matters worse, the lawyer Mr. Hoinville hired, Richard De Jana, was a shark. Lacking in actual legal grounds to prevail, De Jana mounted a campaign of psychological warfare against Robin, peppering her with threats and verbal abuse that left Robin fearful for her life. Robin’s suicidal ideations increased and she even sought help for her suicidal compulsions, only to have the medical community dismiss her pleas for help. Eventually, under the weight of the threats from De Jana and Hoinville combined, Robin was forced to move off of her own property and take shelter elsewhere.
In the last several years of her life, Robin Ashton never felt safe enough to return home.
Again, Robin made frequent complaints of De Jana’s menacing conduct, and made frequent reports to Heidi Ulbricht that the threats she was being subjected to were both affecting her health and overwhelming her with thoughts of suicide. She even went so far as to file claims against De Jana and others in federal court. But again – much like with my own claims – the federal courts stepped up to defend the criminal negligence of Flathead County courts and authorities. She made frequent requests for legal help, as she was just completely overwhelmed by the legality of it all, but again neither Ulbricht nor the federal courts would provide her assistance of counsel.
In the end, Ulbricht dismissed Robin’s lawsuit to re-secure her property. The justice court likewise denied her the simple remedy of evicting Hoinville from her property. And to add insult to injury, Ulbricht actually scheduled a trial against Robin for Hoinville’s countersuit.
Robin was not allowed the simplest of remedies to recover her own property, but Hoinville – *A CONVICTED TERRORIST!* – was able to not only bully her off her property, but was being given leave to sue Robin for possession of her own property!!
In the end, it was just too much for Robin. Overwhelmed, degraded to the point of abject despair, Robin Ashton took her own life on February 9th. She posted notes all around herself, decrying that she had been murdered by Ulbricht and De Jana. She then dialed 911, and while on the phone with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, put a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger.
Heidi Ulbricht. Richard De Jana. Richard Hoinville. These were Robin’s demons. And though none of them may have placed the gun in her hand nor made her pull the trigger, they each contributed in driving her over the edge.
But the biggest fiend here is Judge Heidi Ulbricht. Though De Jana and Hoinville may have been the criminals committing these horrific acts against a frail and ill woman, Ulbricht had a LEGAL DUTY to shelter Robin from harm. A court of law exists to protect the interests of American citizens, to STOP this kind of wholesale abuse. Instead, Ulbricht not only allowed it, she endorsed it. She dismissed Robin’s claims and bolstered Hoinville’s. And when Robin pleaded with her for help – both for her own declining mental health and for legal assistance – Ulbricht summarily shut her down, deliberately indifferent to Robin’s pleas for help.
In effect, Judge Heidi Ulbricht brazenly endorsed and empowered a criminal terrorist munitions production operation in Flathead County! And she helped drive the legal land owner off her property to make sure it continued! Deliberate or not, this was the end result – all because Ulbricht continues to play crooked political games that protect and shelter criminals over honest, upstanding citizens.
And I should know – Heidi Ulbricht is the judge who has been actively obstructing me from reclaiming my business assets and trying to throw me in prison to keep me from doing so!
I understand the hopelessness Robin felt. The sheer disbelief that her rights as an American citizen could so easily be disregarded – all because Hoinville could afford to hire a lawyer, while she was left to fend for herself.
If you would like to read more about Robin’s crisis – and in her own words – please go HERE.
I said at the outset that I had read much of Robin’s paperwork. I can honestly say I think that by the end, she was making quite a few claims she could not legitimately pursue. She did not know where to turn, and in having nowhere, she flailed helplessly – all the while, trying to find a foothold. But none of this diminished that her core issue was valid.
Richard Hoinville was a criminal and predator, preying upon Robin’s goodwill and thereafter her infirmity and lack of finances. He hired a snake of a lawyer who was willing to harass and badger a helpless old lady until together they drove her to suicide. No matter where Robin’s desperation led her later, this issue was legally sound and she should have been able to seek immediate and lasting relief from Heidi Ulbricht’s court.
Instead, Robin Ashton simply became another victim of Flathead County corruption – a fatality in the oppression of American citizens in Montana.
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