FOR THE RECORD
It has been difficult, to say the least, to find an attorney experienced in these matters. (There are a great many divorce, estate, family or business lawyers, etc. No doubt a case like mine is rare, involving civil rights and health care. The best (reputation) attorney's contacted all had conflicts of interest, either they had already been retained by the hospital, or have represented the psychiatrist.) I even tried to retain some of the more famous "personal injury" attorneys, who also declined.
The primary objective is to preserve the video of me as evidence, and time is running out. Attorney after attorney told me the couldn't help me "We don't do that." (File an evidence preservation order.) Thinking I would have to go before the court pro se (representing myself) I finally received a call from an attorney who said he can and will help. He sounded too good to be true, so we'll see how far this goes early next week. In the meantime, I will have to proceed on my own, because with that video preserved, I could go pro se on the basis that I was no threat to myself or others, even though official certificates were signed to the contrary.
After the difficulty retaining an attorney, I called the Illinois States Attorney's office because I felt there may be criminal charges. They told me that if there are criminal charges, I should go to the "police" and if they cannot help, hire an attorney. The Illnois State's Attorney told me that they would not be in a position to file an evidence preservation order.
My first call was to the FBI (turns out they have an office in the city where I live.) I felt my constitutional rights had been violated. They were very professional over the phone, but explained that they would not be able to file an evidence preservation order for one citizen, even with jurisdiction. Their agents had enough trouble getting their own court orders through the Federal courts.
I then went to my local police station, however, since the "incidents" happened in another city, my local police "passed the buck" and suggested I talk to the police in the city where the hospital was located. I went to the Downer's Grove police. Again, the very professional police office listened to the story, but explained that what I was describing would not be actionable by their department (just as an EPA environmental spill is against the law, but not something the police would investigate.) The police officer felt that what I was describing was civil, not criminal, and suggested a medical "malpractice" attorney..
I then went online to a Dupage county lawyer referral service - searching for malpractice lawyers. So far no response.
Then I received an interesting email from a public relations person from the Hospital asking me to take this forum on my incarceration down, suggesting that it was libelous and defamatory. I responded that a) if the hospital agrees in writing to preserve the video of me, I will take this forum offline, b) all the names will appear in public records because court cases are public records, and c) Truth is an absolute defense against slander/libel. (I may post the email and my response.)
Owen R. Fonorow, Follow #OWENRFONOROW at twitter