Thief River Falls law firm reacts to civil rights lawsuit

Targeted journalist hopes FBI will initiate RICO investigation

Charlson-Jorgenson P.A. has issued a written demand for all financial and tax information from a journalist that filed a civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

The legal action creates questions, because the Thief River Falls law firm has been locked in a battle with Timothy Charles Holmseth, the Plaintiff in the federal lawsuit, for over five years.

On July 22, 2014, Holmseth filed a civil rights action against the City of East Grand Forks, East Grand Forks Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and a Minnesota Public Defender for violating 42-U.S.C.-1983 (Deprivation of Rights).

On July 29, 2014, Charlson-Jorgenson pursued Holmseth’s financial information through a child support actions – it was the exact same day the City of EGF and Polk County hired outside lawyers to represent them in the civil rights lawsuit filed by Holmseth.

The rights violations Holmseth is suing over began in 2009 and surrounded Holmseth’s journalism regarding a missing child from Florida named HaLeigh Cummings.

Charlson-Jorgenson is mentioned in the law suit.

The CPS complaint filed by Rhonda Callahan against Plaintiff was the fifth CPS complaint filed by Callahan in only four months. Every complaint was screened out or unfounded. Callahan began filing the unprecedented complaints shortly after Plaintiff conducted his interviews on the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping case. Callahan had come into communications with Art Harris, William Staubs, and REDACTED, for the first time ever, at around this very time. Email threads that later surfaced show Callahan was discussing Plaintiff with William Staubs, Art Harris, and REDACTED. Roseau County Family Court records will show that Callahan’s attorney, Michael Jorgenson, admitted in open court he had a conference call with the out-of-state individuals under investigation in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping. Jorgenson told Honorable Donna Dixon they had nothing of value to offer during the call and simply kept telling him that Plaintiff was ‘crazy’.

Michael Mattocks has good reason to be experiencing anxiety because in August of 2013, his law firm was still relentlessly stalking and defaming Holmseth through the courts. In the fall of 2013, Charlson-Jorgenson filed Motions and Affidavits against Holmseth in the Family Division, asserting Holmseth was ‘delusional’ and posed a threat to his son because of his website.

Charlson-Jorgenson is obsessed with discrediting Holmseth.

The filings in 2013 made no less than seven references to the missing child HaLeigh Cummings; describing Holmseth as delusional. The Motion was supported by exhibits consisting of articles Holmseth published on his website about corrupt officials in the Ninth Minnesota Judicial District and East Grand Forks, which had been printed out and attached to the Motion as evidence.

Mattocks was using Holmseth’s small son to file actions against Holmseth in State District Court via the Family Division. Holmseth’s mental health was challenged by presenting articles he had written about corruption in the local government.

Mattocks’s cased received complete support from Matthew Petrovich, a guardian ad litem assigned to Holmseth’s son. Petrovich testified that Holmseth was paranoid. “My great concern is that the degree of paranoia that Mr. Holmseth views everything in his life will have a very detrimental effect on [the minor child],” Petrovich stated to the Court.

Petrovich also backed up Mattocks’ case by telling the Court that Holmseth had filed a complaint against everybody except “Kevin Bacon.” Petrovich specifically mentioned EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad and the EGFPD.

Charlson-Jorgenson’s slanderous assertions about Holmseth had no more credibility in 2013, than they did in 2009 when the defamation campaign started.

Holmseth promptly passed his third psychological/parental capacity evaluation, which was performed by Dr. Madaline Barnes PhD, Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls. She advised the Court that Holmseth is not delusional; is mentally healthy; a good and loving father; and his regular parenting-time should be reinstated.

In the spring of 2014, Grand Forks Child Protection Services opened a file on Mattocks’ client, Rhonda Callahan, and issues regarding her parenting skills and supervision of the minor child had to be addressed. Ironically – not a single complaint ever filed against Holmseth by Mattocks and Callahan has ever been found to be true.

Evidence exists to explain why it is important for certain parties to label Holmseth as mentally unstable and/or attempt to have a State District Judge place restrictions on his publishing, which is what Mattocks, Callahan, and Petrovich were asking the Court to do.

On April 30, 2014, the Grand Forks Herald reported ‘$510,000 loan to EGF goes unpaid for 10 years’. The story became known as the ‘Boardwalk Enterprises’ loan fraud scandal. The City of EGF will not disclose how or why it came under an audit. The information was discussed in closed session.

On July 29, 2014, Holmseth released a piece of information to the public he had never shared. On December 8, 2013, he reported the City of EGF to the Minnesota State Auditor. The letter is a shocking and disturbing account of the corruption Holmseth had witnessed, experienced, and uncovered.

Holmseth is hopeful the FBI will become involved in what appears to be a Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization case (RICO).

READ federal lawsuit @

READ letter to Minnesota State Auditor @


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