This is what Vogel Law Firm wrote to an Attorney simply because the law firm knew this Attorney had a personal relationship with the Altru author:
Please see the below. I believe Doug is possibly in trouble. I don’t have an expectation that you get involved, but based upon past experience I know if you CAN help Doug you’d possibly want to help Doug, so I’m sending this email to you in that light. I don’t know if Doug is still your client or not. But the below sort of tripe makes him look clinically insane. If his cause is solving Katie’s death, it does NOT help his cause.
I’m writing this on my own behalf. I can’t speak for Nancy Yon or David Jones or the State’s Attorney’s Office. I am guessing they will just go straight to the authorities with this.
All of the below information—100% of it—is patently false. I do have the resources for a defamation suit and/or a restraining order, but I’d prefer not to go that way. I’d prefer he just wipe me off his web site. As both his former attorney (21 years ago) and as someone who used to advocate for Doug to law enforcement, I don’t want to be adverse to him. But I will be if I need to be. I don’t have to tolerate this garbage anymore.
What I DON’T think Doug realizes is that what he is doing is also criminal. And he is admitting to crimes by sending the below communications, in addition to publishing it on his web site. It is patently (1) harassment, (2) criminal defamation, and (3) stalking. I’ve attached the statutes. I’m not a public figure anymore, so he has no constitutionally protected right to push the harassment or stalking envelope.
Another twist is this. Doug says he has communications that prove up his allegations, such as emails. I believe no such legitimate emails exist. But—and this is where I don’t think Doug has thought this through—if they existed they are also subject to the NDCC 12.1-15-02 and 12.1-15-05 interception of correspondence/eavesdropping statutes (also attached). I don’t think he realizes that he is ADMITTING to criminal activity with this threat.
I’d prefer not to go to the authorities, or to institute civil proceedings, is because I truly feel badly for Doug. And I like Doug. And another “moral obligation” reason is because I am one of the only people left in past/present/future law enforcement who believes Doug when he says something was fishy with Katie’s death. I have always believed that, even if Doug doesn’t believe I believe it. And I still hold out hope that maybe someday there will be a break in the case of Katie’s death. But if Doug ends up being charged with harassment/stalking and ends up looking like he has no credibility, then Katie’s death will never be truly examined again.
Regardless, the worst thing to do with a stalker is give them attention. I believe Doug’s actions have elevated to stalking. So I won’t contact him directly. If he can’t be reached through you, I’ll just report this to Steve Gilpin and the B.C.I. and wash my hands of it. The chips can fall where they may.
If you can, please intervene with Doug. If not, I truly do understand. And regardless, I do appreciate you taking the time to read this email and the attached statutes.
Be well, *******. Again, thank you.
This was written from a Vogel Law Office using a Vogel Email Account, email@example.com, so it was not done on Welte's own behalf, it was done by Vogel Law Firm. The Attorney General and State's Attorney have been notified of Welte's threats and defamatory comments. Both the State's Attorney and Attorney General, as well as former Governor, John Hoeven, are fully aware of Welte's affair with Yon and the child they have together, which is why neither ever received a Judicial Appointment by the Governor.
Vogel took it upon themselves to predetermine Doug West to be a clinically insane criminal who is going to need a Lawyer soon.