news & updates / November 23, 2002


Haunted House Party tickets
transmission: website

We are posting this information below because obviously this situation does concern the future of events here in Southeastern Wisconsin and therefore it concerns us. Since we will be getting a fair amount of web traffic over the next few weeks with people checking out the dbn.nye event we wanted to help get the word out.

First and foremost, the Haunted House Party was not one of our events and we were in no way involved with this event. Any questions, comments, concerns, or whatever should be directed to the Majestic Theatre Restoration Group who produced the event. You can get in touch with them through their website. Even if you don't need to get in touch with them you should go to their site and check out their news and updates. There's a lot of good interesting reading.

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Were you one of the 400 and some lucky recipients of a $968 ticket for being an "inmate in a disorderly house" on Saturday, November 02/03, 2002? Well then...

*** It's important you fill these out***

Make sure you fill out both forms listed here.
It is very important and will help everyone involved!

ACLU Report
American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU Incident Form (click here for the form)

Check off that you don't have legal representation yet, this is where the legal representation may come from.

Fax the form to 414-272-0182 by November 29...or as soon as you can.

If you have questions, call Donavan Lee, of the WI-ACLU, at 414-272-4032 ext.14

Event Report

Electronic Music Defense and Education Fund
Please fill out an event report: EM:DEF Incident Report Form (click here for the form)

The ACLU complaint form gives your consent to the ACLU to represent you, if they choose to do so. You MUST fill it out for them to consider representing you. They will contact you directly.

If you were issued a ticket, the Haunted House Party promoters are advising that you should plead not guilty. You may plead not guilty by mail. Alternately, you can fax your not guilty plea to 262-636-9110. See below for a sample letter to use.

The Municipal Court will then mail you a court date for you. This may be several weeks, to months later. By this time, legal representation should be in place for everyone.

The City Attorney has offered a reduced fine of $100 for everyone if they plead guilty or no contest. Why should you even pay $1 if you have to plead guilty? Then you're admitting you did something wrong. What did anyone (except the 3 people, out of 448, that were actually arrested) do wrong at this legally permitted event?


Form letter for pleading not guilty by mail/fax:

Simply copy and paste this letter into a word processing program, insert in your specific information, and mail, fax or drop off to the Racine Municipal Court.

It's advisable that you either send this letter certified mail, or have a fax confirmation printed, and follow up with a phone call to confirm they received your not guilty plea.

(Your name)
(Your address)
(Your city, state, zip)


City Hall Annex
Municipal Court
800 Center St., Room#115
Racine, WI 53403

To Whom it May Concern:

I was issued a citation on 11/3/02 for $968. My citation # is (insert # here).

My name and address on the ticket is:
(Your name)
(Your address)
(Your city, state, zip)

The court date written on my ticket is (insert date here. it should be 12/2, 12/9, or 12/16)

I'm disputing this ticket and consider it to be frivolous and unmerited. I have done nothing wrong, and therefore I'm pleading not guilty. I'm requesting a court date.

Enclosed is a photocopy of my citation. Please call me at (insert your phone #) to confirm you have received this.

Thank you.


(your signature)
(your name)