Bluffton, South Carolina, 6/6/18: Arrested for "tampering" with a smart meter Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc. forced on her home, Michelle Mancini argued in court that the prosecution (State of South Carolina) had not provided all the evidence in her case. Judge Nancy Sadler agreed and granted an extension of seven weeks to prepare for a jury trial. The new trial date is Friday, July 20, 2018, with a pre-trial roster meeting on July 11th. Also in Ms. Mancini's favor, the judge ruled that lay witnesses may testify.
Maintaining that her arguments could be made at trial, Judge Sadler denied Ms. Mancini's Motion to Dismiss based on the grounds that a vice-president at Palmetto Electric committed fraud when he claimed in a police report that Mancini stole electricity from Palmetto. Back in 2015, Ms Mancini began to ask Palmetto if it would change out the dirty-electricity-emitting smart meter for a safe, non-communicating analog meter, as other utilities do. After numerous requests over more than two years, with Palmetto always refusing to comply, Mancini hired someone to do just that, photographed the entire process, and documented her electricity usage. She sent the documentation along with the smart meter itself to Palmetto's CEO via UPS.
Evidence that Ms. Mancini is seeking from the state includes a recording of a telephone call during which the Beaufort County Sheriff stated to Mancini that the matter concerning the change-out of the smart meter was civil, not criminal. One of his own deputies reviewed Ms. Mancini's documentation of her replacement of the smart meter at her home and stated the same -- further proof that she never should have been arrested.