Conservation Easements: The Rape And Pillage of Landowners

The US~Observer has recently started an investigation into what is obviously a scheme to fraudulently obtain ranchers’ and farmers’ property for nothing or next to nothing by using controversial conservation easements. From what we know so far, the major players in this scheme are the State of Colorado, brokers and land trusts made up of or directed primarily by attorneys. At the time of this writing, the US~Observer believes that the ultimate goal of the perpetrators is to get control of the ranchers’ and farmers’ land, which includes water, mining and development rights.

This process in the State of Colorado concerning conservation easements began in 1999, when the land developers asked certain attorneys to design a State bill that would allow tax deductions and tax credits to be generated in exchange for landowners to donate all or portions of their property to go to conservation easements, reportedly to preserve the land for “ranching, farming, and open space,” thereby preserving natural resources. This bill was introduced at a time when the State enjoyed a surplus of tax revenue.

However, in the mid-2000s and later when the economy began to take a downturn, the State began seeking additional or new tax revenues, even if it meant double-crossing people who had legally and honestly availed themselves of tax incentives offered earlier by the State.

A decade later, the State of Colorado is now on a relentless mission, with the “behind the scenes” help of other entities, to recoup tax credits, plus multiple years of penalty and interest, from landowners who legitimately took advantage of the scheme established by the State Legislature. The ruse the State is using is that the lands that were appraised by “State-licensed” appraisers at the land owner’s expense are actually of zero value. How’s that for pure insanity!

In one case, involving one family and three separate, contiguous conservation easements, the Internal Revenue Service calculated their 2003 conservation easements to have at least 87 percent of their appraised value. But officials within the State of Colorado — particularly the executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR), Barbara Brohl, and State Attorney General John Suthers — are virtually ignoring the IRS. Brohl and Suthers are promoting this insidious injustice, even in light of the fact that the Colorado statutes (2003-2007) identified that the IRS regulations were the only standards that applied to Colorado conservation easements. And they simultaneously argue that statutes enacted from 2008 to 2013 apply retroactively to the “open space” donations made between 2003 and 2007.

Amazingly, Governor John Hickenlooper settled his own personal conservation easements with the IRS in the midst of his gubernatorial campaign, and the CDOR accepted “his” IRS settlement. In other words, it didn’t attempt to monetarily rape and pillage Hickenlooper, like it has approximately 600 ranchers and farmers throughout the State. Go figure! Hickenlooper is Brohl’s boss, and he obviously has great influence over Suthers.

Hickenlooper could have ended the abuse and financial destruction of ranchers and farmers at any time during his tenure of office. But he has remained mute, seeming to enjoy Colorado’s stolen benefits, as well as his enhanced connections to high-dollar interests.

Property owners, financially devastated by their participation in the conservation easement program, have done everything strictly by the book and at great expense:

  • Costs and professional fees to establish the conservation easements.
  • And expending exorbitant attorney fees to defend their “open space” donations.

What the State is doing to them is absolutely unconscionable. And the arguments being used by the State and certain attorneys can be described only as an egregious abuse of power — an outrageous story of David and Goliath.

The US~Observer is preparing an in-depth article on this issue for our April edition wherein we will be naming the main culprits and their true motives.

Anyone with information on Colorado’s conservation easements or any of the players involved is urged to call Lorne Dey at 720-231-2038 or email lorne@usobserver.com.

Lorne Dey

Deflated Property Values For Public Officials?

NYE COUNTY, Nev. — In US~Observer‘s last edition, US~Observer Chief of Investigations Edward Snook wrote: “DA Brian Kunzi is almost frantic in his efforts to destroy Shirley Matson. Kunzi appears to be hiding some things that are extremely important (damning) and rest assured, we will find out exactly what they are.”

One of the most expensive residential properties in Tonopah, Nev., is owned by former Nye County Commissioner Joni Eastley and her husband Dennis. Let’s cut right to the chase, readers.

When allegations of corruption come to the attention of the US~Observer, Chief of Investigations Edward Snook always instructs that you need to follow the money. He has stated, “Corruption always involves the monetary in one way or another.”

The Eastleys paid $583.72 in property taxes for their castle and the property it is built on in 2013.

According to Nye County records, the Eastleys bought their castle in 1998 for $145,000. One would assume that it was worth $145,000, or they wouldn’t have paid that amount. One would also assume that since Bank of America gave the Eastleys a loan against the property, that they required an appraisal equaling the amount of the loan.

Reports uncovered by the US~Observer show that Joni Eastley reportedly stated that she and her husband put an amount equal to the purchase price ($145,000) into the outside of their Castle. This would mean that the value of the Eastley castle was at least $290,000 in the tax year 2000. However, Nye County had only a $21,943 taxable value on the Eastley castle for tax year 2000-2001. While taxable values and market values are different, the fact remains that the Eastleys are obviously paying far less in property taxes for their Castle than most Nye County homeowners, if you compare true value. Why?

JoVon Sotak, a contributing writer for Old House Web, wrote an article on the Eastley castle wherein he stated, “Joni discreetly told me that she and Dennis have put money equal to the purchase price into the exterior of the home.” He went on to disclose that Eastleys spent an additional $10,000 into rewiring the home and that they were planning to restore the basement. Given these figures, the Eastley castle would be worth at least $300,000, not including the basement restoration or other work done to the interior of the home. Our experts estimate the current value of the Eastley castle at $400,000.

It certainly would appear to any prudent person that former Nye County Commissioner Joni Eastley has received favoritism from present and past employees of the Nye County Tax Assessor’s Office and or past elected tax assessors themselves. And there is no question why assessor Matson was stripped of having a chief deputy appraiser. Certain people wanted Matson to become overwhelmed with duties other than making sure property values were correct. Matson will likely be doing a lot of checking once she reads this article.

In any event, the ridiculously low, current tax value of $44,274 assessed on the Eastley castle has all appearance of possible criminal or highly unethical activity. Is this part of the reason that Nye County public officials and others attacked Matson so viciously when she was “mistakenly” elected Assessor in the last election? It must be, because no one had any valid reason whatsoever for going after her.

Cheating the hardworking, taxpaying citizens of Nye County is certainly going to make some insiders very nervous, as well it should. Those who are paying double and triple the amount of property taxes compared to Joni and Dennis Eastley are going to be mighty upset when they read this alarming article!

The US~Observer is digging into other tax issues related to past and present Nye County public officials. The US~Observer is also investigating numerous other tax- and money-related accusations that allege corruption in Nye County.

The US~Observer asks all homeowners in Nye County to compare their property to the Eastley castle and then compare what they paid last year in property taxes with the $583.72 that the Eastleys paid on their castle. Keep in mind when you compare your home and property with the Eastley castle that if the Eastleys made such extravagant renovations to the outside of their castle, you can rest assured that they made significant renovations to the inside as well.

Icing On Top Of The Corruption Cake

Joni Eastley is alleged to have been fired from Round Mountain Gold a dozen or so years ago. She went into politics, becoming a Nye County Commissioner and reportedly earning a measly stipend of $24,000 a year. Now, after 12 years, she is currently termed out. From a commissioner she was moved laterally (via alleged unlawful tactics) by the Board of Commissioners (with Commissioner Lorinda Wichman’s alleged influence) in 2013, to the position of assistant county manager. I’ll just bet that she has her sights set on the Nye County manager position. And if my bet is right, Nye County taxpayers had better watch out.

Nye County taxpayers need to pay attention and get involved, or just keep on getting screwed.

Anyone with information regarding corruption in Nye County, Nev., is urged to contact investigative reporter Andrew Alberti at 775-513-6056 or email andrew@usobserver.com.

Edward Snook’s Public Message To Nye County District Attorney Brian Kunzi:

As you can see, Kunzi, we have been very busy investigating Nye County alleged corruption; and we have barely scratched the surface. We have plenty more issues to bring to the citizens of Nye County once we have confirmed validity, and most of them are far more serious than the Eastley castle one.

I am fully aware of the many statements you have made about my “rag” US~Observer, about your ability to file a lawsuit, etc. I am also completely aware of valid complaints that have been presented to you that you have done absolutely nothing about. Rest assured Mr. Kunzi, I would welcome a frivolous lawsuit, and in fact I would gladly pay your filing fees. It would be extremely interesting to see you attempt to answer the many questions I have for you.

At this time I would again urge you to start seeking justice and simply do what is right. You still have the ability to call me and make things right in Nye County. When and if you call I suggest you start our conversation by assuring me that you will personally see that Nye County Tax Assessor Shirley Matson is reimbursed the $45,000.00 plus she has coming. You absolutely know what this amount is all about.

Further, given your track record, I don’t expect you to do anything about the damning information in this article, other than to attempt to cover it up.

If you continue on the road you have taken, the time will soon come when my phone line will no longer be available to you. When that occurs, I would make the educated guess that your career and reputation will go exactly the same direction as your predecessor Robert Beckett (crooked former Nye County District Attorney).

My direct number is 541-291-6052 Brian, call me.

Every taxpaying citizen in Nye County should be enraged after reading about this corruption. If they are responsible, they will pick up their phone, call Kunzi at 775-751-7080 and give him a piece of their mind.

–Andrew Alberti and Edward Snook

DA, Undersheriff And Criminal In Bed; Criminal Case Manufactured

Would you believe the accusations of a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal record who has been in and out of prison and in trouble with the law since 1982 without corroborating his story? Bent County, Colo., Undersheriff Tandy Hasser would and did when she arrested 68-year-old Fritz Sturges based solely on accusations from an officially identified “habitual felony offender” by the name of David Elmo Henry Jr.

Henry’s rap sheet is so long, it appears he seeks to get arrested for something every time he needs a free meal from a government-sponsored jail cell.

Contrasting Henry is Sturges, the true victim in this case. Sturges, an exemplary citizen with a spotless criminal record, is the type of individual who gives freely of his time and resources to worthwhile causes with no strings attached.

For example, this reporter discovered that in 2011, Sturges made sure, out of his own resources, that a 4-H program designed to train children in horsemanship became a reality. The program ultimately came to fruition because Sturges personally fronted the approximately $5,500 needed for the youth program. In addition, he donated his time and use of his horses and tack valued at over $50,000 for use in the program. Not only did he donate the use of the horses, but he trailered them back and forth from his ranch to the training grounds every day so the children could show the horses at the Baca County Fair and ride in the parade in Springfield. Sturges said: “I wanted to share my love of horses with children who could not afford to own their own horse.” This program was so well-thought-of that the Colorado Horse Council, Baca County 4H, Frontier Bank and Springfield Baptist Chapel cooperatively sponsored the program with Sturges. This is the kind of man Sturges is.

No Evidence? No Problem — In Bent County Anyway!

On April 19, Sturges was arrested on seven counts of criminal solicitation to commit first degree kidnapping and one count of criminal solicitation to commit assault in the first degree. On May 20, District Attorney James R. Bullock filed an information document and changed to seven counts of attempted murder, seven counts of kidnapping and one count of solicitation to commit assault on eight individuals — all without a shred of evidence, apart from the words of proven felon and serial liar Henry, who had been working as an employee of Clay Creek Ranch.

On Feb. 16, 2013, after Henry had lied about an appointment with his parole officer, Sturges took Henry’s keys from him, causing Henry to become disgruntled. On Feb. 24, 2013, an attempted theft of Sturges’ favorite horse, Homer, failed; and the horse was severely injured. Bent County failed to respond to the 911 call and, to this day, has not investigated the attempted theft and injury of the horse. Henry was the key suspect in the attempted theft.

According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Henry has a long list of aliases such as: Bronc, Nick Heel, Cowboy Henry, Mic Henry, Nick Henry, Dave Hill and Nic Nealy, to name just a few. To show how ridiculous the charges against Sturges actually are, his supposed victims didn’t even know Fritz was allegedly after them until they were notified by Hasser. Also, the eight people Sturges allegedly planned to victimize hadn’t been murdered, kidnapped or assaulted. In fact, Housten Gourley, one of the reported victims, was staying at Sturges’ house on weekends when the accusations were made; and he has never been contacted by Bent County.

In an interview with local investigator Dan Corsentino, one alleged victim, Jami Childers, said: “I think Fritz is a good person. If he gets away from Belinda (Sturges’ girlfriend), I don’t want him to go to jail. He was always good to us.”

Apparently, in Bent County you don’t need to have committed a crime to have your animals injured and your life ruined by false criminal charges; all you need is an accusation from anyone, even a habitual felony offender like Henry. It is important to note at this juncture that a majority of the many crimes Henry has committed involved dishonesty, including but not limited to horse theft, cattle theft, tack theft, burglary and con games.

Sturges has been accused by Henry of digging a hole on his property for the sole purpose of burying his alleged victims, then planning to use lime to quickly decompose their bodies. Henry has to be “in bed” with Hasser in some manner because this reporter easily learned from other ranchers in Bent County that it is common practice for nearly every rancher in the area to dig holes on their property for the disposal of dead livestock to keep down the stench of decay and discourage predators such as coyotes. In fact, it is the recommended, cost-effective practice by myriad farm and ranch-related websites for the disposal of livestock carcasses.

Austin White Lime, the kind that Sturges keeps on hand around the ranch and has been photographed for use as evidence against him, is actually used to control odor and absorb liquid and is a common item readily available at local feed and building supply stores for a variety of agricultural uses. A majority of Colorado ranchers use this product for the same exact reason.

Henry or Hasser or both also have to be “in bed” with Bullock, due to the fact that Bullock is not ignorant enough to prosecute a rancher for a crime that hasn’t been committed and that makes no sense whatsoever. Bullock had firsthand knowledge of the trespassing issues, horse death and injuries; and he received a request for assistance in catching the perpetrator(s) in a meeting on March 7, 2013, with Sturges, Lonye Buck and Belinda Groner.

So Why Was Sturges Arrested And Charged?

According to what this reporter has uncovered, the prime instigator behind Sturges’ arrest appears to be Hasser. There is compelling evidence to show that Hasser has been at odds with Sturges for some time over calls Sturges made to ask Bent County law enforcement to investigate vandalism and horses being killed and injured on his ranch.

Also, according to evidence, Hasser appears to not be averse to abusing her power and falsifying official documents to get what she wants or go after someone she has decided she doesn’t like.

For example, on Dec. 6, 2012, law enforcement officers from Bent and Prowers counties reportedly executed a search warrant at the Prowers County residence of Kim and Alden Piner. The Piners were reportedly accused by Hasser of selling stolen “horse tack,” after she allegedly searched their private Facebook page. After a thorough search of their premises, it turned out that the Piners were completely innocent. Sheriff Jim Faull of Prowers County was later quoted as stating, “… follow up investigations showed that the people in question were totally innocent and the information to obtain the warrant proved to be inaccurate.” The affidavit used to obtain the search warrant was reportedly submitted by Hasser.

In a blog post on lamarco.us entitled “Falsely Accused,” Jan Verhoeff wrote:

When I asked Kim Piner if Tandy Parrish-Hasser (a deputy sheriff officer from Bent County and the officer who had bullishly pushed the warrant through various levels of the judicial system prior to arrival at the Piner home) was on hand from the beginning, she said, “Oh yea, in a big, hateful-smug kind of way. If you were here I would show you the warrant, she lied about the vehicles that we own to make them match the description of the vehicles seen on the property. Prowers County Deputies said that they were washing their hands of this whole case, because of all the mis-information.”

Groner, Sturges’ partner, told reporters at the US~Observer of other instances wherein Hasser lied about facts in Sturges’ case. For example, the hole in question was originally estimated to be about 7 feet by 7.5 feet. That was later changed on the return search warrant, allegedly by Hasser, to be about 12 feet by 15 feet, reportedly in order to accommodate Sturges’ victims after he killed them. It’s obvious why Hasser would change the size of the hole, and it’s also very clear to this writer why she would fail to mention that Sturges has many other holes in the area where he has buried dead livestock and deceased pets in the past.

Groner told the US~Observer of DNA evidence found on one of her injured horses that died on Nov. 8, 2012, that could have incriminated one of Hasser’s friends and how that evidence was reported lost by Bent County Deputy Sam Fief in a report amended in February 2013, after Hasser repeatedly claimed it was at the CBI. Groner said she contacted CBI, and they advised no evidence was ever received.

How Does Law Enforcement Just ‘Lose’ Evidence?

So how does a sheriff’s deputy do these kinds of things and still keep her job? The answer may lie with Bent County Sheriff David R. Encinias. The following is taken directly from another lamarco.us article titled, “Bent County Sheriff Gone Rogue?”:

Law Abiding Citizens in the county feel like they’ve been targeted by specific officers in the department, for no reason. As well they should! From all appearances, the officers have chosen to focus on harassing law abiding citizens instead of doing the work necessary to put a criminal behind bars. WHY are they protecting a man who shows every indication of having emotional issues, if not dangerous insanity issues, by tormenting and harassing law abiding citizens?

The favored man in question here is another felon, named Albert Kirk Hornung.

In a companion article, the lamarco.us writer recounts the story of Ray and Penny Gonzales, who were allegedly harassed by Hornung. In the Gonzales’ story, Hornung is allowed to possess a gun and fire it regularly, sometimes toward the Gonzales’ residence without any negative consequences from Bent County law enforcement. However, when the Gonzales’ complained about what their neighbor Hornung was doing, the Bent County Deputies ultimately turned the tables on them and made Hornung the victim and Ray Gonzales the perpetrator — very much like in the Sturges story.

Why would sheriff’s deputies protect felons at the expense of law-abiding citizens, and why was a felon allowed to possess a firearm and discharge it continually in order to harass anyone? Perhaps Encinias can answer these questions.

Getting back to the false charges against Sturges, pushing this travesty of justice forward against all reason is Bullock.

Giving Bullock the benefit of doubt, on Jan. 20, the US~Observer contacted Bullock, telling him that after a thorough investigation, we found Sturges to be completely innocent of the charges against him and that the accusations came solely from a “factually dishonest, conniving, career criminal” with no corroborating evidence. At a hearing on Jan. 31, Bullock had an opportunity to drop these ludicrous charges against Sturges, but he did not and has not as of the writing of this article. Bullock also reportedly did not, as required by law, forward our letter to Sturges’ attorney.

The false charges against Sturges are so insane that a conspiracy of some nature is nearly a given. Apart from the false accusations of a career criminal, Bullock and company are relying on irrelevant circumstantial evidence in the form of immaterial statements of previous employees, Sturges’ ex-wife and neighbors who have been at odds with Sturges over horses of theirs that they reportedly owed room and board on. Again, they knew nothing of any alleged threat until Hasser informed them of one (that factually didn’t exist).

This reporter interviewed a prominent law enforcement official from a county adjoining Bent County. He called the Sturges case “the most botched up nonsense that I have seen in my career… incredibly sloppy work” and said that if he were Bullock, he would “want to end this thing as fast as I could possibly end it.”

So why doesn’t Bullock end it by dropping the ludicrous false charges leveled against Sturges? Perhaps he is bucking for a State investigation like that of his counterpart Frank Ruybalid in Las Animas and Huerfano counties, for ethics violations in the mishandling of criminal cases by him, his prosecutors and other staff. Whatever the case may be (and rest assured, we will find out), one fact we have determined without question is that Henry, Bullock and Hasser are tied at the hip.

Sturges’s trial is currently scheduled for March 24 at the Bent County Courthouse, and he is represented by attorney Karl S. Tameler.

Anyone who has information regarding corruption or unethical actions committed by Bullock, Henry, Hasser, Encinias or Marion Summers (formerly Marion Sturges, the ex-wife of Fritz Sturges) is asked to contact Lorne Dey at lorne@usobserver.com. Witnesses can also call 541-474-7885. Your name and contact information will be completely confidential.

–Lorne Dey

‘Serial Rapist’ Headline Brings Silence

Washington State — The US~Observer published an article in our last edition titled “Wrestling Champ O’Neil — Serial Rapist? Innocent Referee in Prison.” I expected to see fireworks once this sensational, alarming blockbuster was published; but the only response was dead silence.

I did receive numerous complaints on Brian Garvie’s attorney, John Crowley of Seattle. The accusations related to his failure to adequately represent his clients. The complaints received were nearly identical to the complaints that Garvie and his father have related to me.

I also received numerous complaints regarding false prosecutions conducted by Snohomish County District Attorney Mark Roe, but not one word from the allegedly corrupt prosecutor himself. This is very telling, given the huge amount of evidence we published about Washington State Wrestling Champion Patrick O’Neil’s raping his teammates and others. Roe’s silence was totally expected. He was the prosecutor who conducted the manufactured criminal case against Garvie, placing the innocent wrestling referee in prison on a possible life sentence.

In my prior article on this case, I wrote: “In our next edition I am going to publish much more on this story. If people don’t come forward and if Snohomish County District Attorney Mark Roe fails to act, I intend to expose more facts. I will also name everyone involved…” People didn’t come forward, and Roe has failed to act on the valid evidence contained in that article; so I’ll get with the program.

On Oct. 14, I called and spoke with Kelly Longsdale, who is Michael Longsdale’s father. I informed him that I had received credible evidence that O’Neil raped or molested his son Michael when they were wrestling teammates spending nights together during wrestling tournaments. Longsdale was shocked at this information and maybe a bit offended, but he stated he would speak with his son about the accusations. I naively expected him to call me back and help me hold O’Neil accountable after he spoke with Michael. I obviously expected Michael to tell his father the truth; but to date, I haven’t heard one word from the Longsdales.

On Oct. 14, I also called Dave Gilbertson, who is the father of Johnny Gilbertson. He was shocked as well; but just like Longsdale, he stated he would question his son. I have credible witnesses who have stated that O’Neil raped and attempted to rape Johnny Gilbertson on more than one occasion when they were wrestling teammates spending nights together during wrestling tournaments.

Further, and as I reported in my original article on this case, other teammates of O’Neil’s claim that he raped them or attempted to rape them. I agreed to withhold their names because of their honesty and because the issue of a young male’s raping another young male is a filthy subject to anyone with morals.

Other teammates of O’Neil’s who were allegedly raped or molested include J.D. Goodrich, Nathan Decker, Tyson Metz, Josh Monson, Alex Pellegrini, Chace Smith, Trent Magneson and Shane Hunt.

I have very believable accusations that O’Neil allegedly claimed he raped 150 to 250 males, and I intend to name more of them in my next article on the perverse allegations against O’Neil.

I can understand that this article and the accusations are degrading. However, an innocent former wrestling referee has been in prison going on nine long years now; and I would expect he is actually in for the rest of his life. The people who allegedly have been victimized by O’Neil need to step forward and start demanding justice for Garvie, instead of attempting to hide from the alleged criminal acts over which they had no control.

No good and decent person could ever allow an innocent man to sit in prison for life while an alleged criminal rapist maintains his freedom and his ability to possibly rape others. For all those who think these issues will just go away, I have news for you: I am going to continue turning up the heat until those involved are forced to come forward.

I urge anyone with information on the alleged rapes and molestation by O’Neil, the alleged claims of ineffective assistance of counsel by Crowley or corruption involving Roe to call me at 541-474-7885 or email me at ed@usobserver.com.

–Edward Snook

Felony Sex-Abuse Charges Against US~Observer Client Dismissed

Jackson County, Ore. – On Jan. 17, Michael Young of Medford, Ore., breathed a grateful sigh of relief as he received word that multiple, stacked felony sex abuse charges against him had been dismissed.

Young was charged with Rape 1, Sodomy 1, Sex Abuse 2 and 3, and Assault 4 on March 21. Young wasted no time; on March 29, he contacted the US~Observer, and we began our investigation regarding the charges against him.

History 

Young married his wife, Jennifer, in the summer of 2011. At that time, he had no idea that her daughter had severe mental problems. Unbeknownst to Young, his new stepdaughter had previously accused her biological father of sex abuse, resulting in his suicide. Evidence suggests that the sex abuse at the hands of her biological father never occurred.

Soon after Michael and Jennifer were married, the couple moved to Medford with his family so they could care for his elderly parents. Young’s stepdaughter’s mental illness immediately began to surface and quickly escalated into false accusations of sex abuse — accusations that were easily disproven, as some things could not have even taken place.

The very sick stepdaughter’s false accusations soon reached the ears of Medford Police Detective Diane Sandler and Department of Human Services caseworker Angie Albiar. Like two vicious pit bulls, these so-called “professionals” started their attack. As written in our previous article on Young, these two women “overlooked lie after lie coming from Michael’s stepdaughter, as they coached her, groomed her, and then tailored her castle of lies.” Albiar and Sandler failed to conduct any valid investigation whatsoever before sending their lies to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for formal charges.

Through the hard work of US~Observer investigative reporters and his legal representation, Young’s innocence was proven in the court of public opinion and accepted by Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert and Terry Smith-Norton, the assigned deputy district attorney. They showed their integrity by dismissing the case for lack of evidence. However, this was not a case of it being dismissed because it couldn’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This was a case where Young’s actual innocence could be established by the evidence, and they knew they couldn’t win — especially against a strong defense.

Young’s support system, defense investigators and legal team were poised to establish that the allegations were false, should this case have gone to trial. Renowned sex-abuse attorney Richard Cohen conducted flawless defense strategies for Young and communicated these with Smith-Norton in a highly professional and tactful manner.

To the credit of the deputy district attorney, she reportedly painstakingly investigated the case. This was critical because the Department of Human Services and the other investigating agencies involved failed to engage in an objective investigation. Smith- Norton interviewed numerous witnesses, including the child herself, and came to the correct conclusion that the State could not prove Young committed the charged acts. The US~Observer, along with Young, his family, supporters and his legal team, were thrilled to learn that justice prevailed in this case and that Young was vindicated from these heinous allegations.

The real moral to this story is very simple: When police and the DHS rush to judgment and falsely arrest an innocent person for crimes he did not commit, that person had better make sure he retains the professionals who are capable of vindicating him. Above all, public exposure is imperative, especially when false sex-abuse allegations are made.

Again, the US~Observer commends Cohen for his excellent legal representation of Young. And again, this writer personally commends Heckert and Smith-Norton for serving justice.

–Edward Snook

An Innocent Man Fights for Release From Prison

West Palm Beach, Fla. — Jamie Clark sits in prison, convicted of a crime from a tragic and unavoidable accident that occurred in October 2006. Clark’s innocence is backed up by the only eyewitness and hard evidence — evidence that was either withheld, disallowed or falsely refuted by a court whose judge has worked hand in hand with the prosecution.

In several articles, the US~Observer has outlined the facts of the case, including:

  • Eyewitness testimony withheld: Prosecutors filed a motion in limine preventing that testimony, which was upheld by the judge.
  • Selective prosecution: In four nearly identical cases, others were not prosecuted. Clark was.
  • Withheld exculpatory evidence from defense: Car black box data, obtained by the prosecution, was not properly shared with the defense prior to Clark’s conviction.
  • “Expert” testimony: The State relied on a reconstruction “expert” who had reconstructed only one accident prior to Clark’s. The court upheld that the State’s findings were more accurate than the defense expert, a nationally recognized reconstruction instructor who has reconstructed thousands of accidents.

Clark recently appealed his Sept. 15, 2011, conviction after discovering a Brady and Giglio violation: the court withheld evidence not provided to the defense at trial and permitted false testimony. Clark’s motion for a new trial was denied by Judge John Kastrenakes of the 15th Circuit Court, who was also the original trial judge. Kastrenakes was a prosecutor for nearly 30 years before his judgeship.

Investigative reporter for the US~Observer, Joseph Snook, asserts: “The judge and the prosecutor have worked to keep their prosecution statistics high while turning a blind eye to justice. The many facts in this case all show, beyond doubt, that Jamie Clark was falsely convicted. This has been a continuous mishandling of justice.”

Clark is appealing the current ruling, as well as his conviction at trial.

The US~Observer is continuing its investigation and coverage of the Clark case and asks all media outlets to look hard at the facts. Clark’s case highlights the growing problem with wrongful convictions in the United States.

If you would like to contact Joseph Snook regarding the Clark case, he can be reached at the US~Observer by calling 541-474-7885 or writing joe@usobserver.com.

Check out the Facebook page “Jamie Clark Deserves Justice.”

It’s The Constitution, Stupid — Republican Form Of Government

As an informed American and patriot, I have lived long enough to recognize and identify the ignored liberties and rights of the American people by our government. Our Founding Fathers were students of common sense and history. They knew from the study of past civilizations the inherent nature of man. That inherent nature has shown that when men have unregulated power and authority over other men, they will always abuse that power.

The genius of our founders was that they identified the root cause of the failure and extinction of past governments. They developed a formula to prevent those failures in the future.

To prevent history from repeating its self, a Constitutional Republic was born. America is a Constitutional republic by design and Constitutional guarantee as stated in Article IV Section 4: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government.”

A Constitutional republic guarantees officials are democratically elected as representatives of the people and that they must govern according to existing Constitutional law. These laws limit government’s power over the people.

The creation of our Constitutional republic was not a fluke. Our Founding Fathers knew that a pure democracy was akin to the monarchy from which the people had fought and died to free themselves.

Our Founders believed that democracy in its pure form is a government system of mob rule where 51 percent of the population will dictate the fate and the rights of the other 49 percent.

Knowing this, our Founders chose a democratic representative system of government also known as a “republican form,” a system of government that governs the people by Constitutional law and not the tyranny of mob rule that many forms of democracy offered. Australia and the United Kingdom have a democratic system of government that allows the citizens to elect officials to represent them but not necessarily represent their wishes.

In the United States the people elect their representatives, who must abide by Constitutional law and the limitations it places on governments control over the people.

All governments — Federal, State, county and city — are created by the authority of the American people. As such, they belong to the people and are to be obedient slaves not only to every word in the Constitution, but the intent and spirit of its creators.

Let’s be very clear on this point: As a Constitutional republic, no government or its representatives at any level can create a law or rule that exceeds the authority given to that branch of government by the Constitution.

Equally important, the same Constitutional standards apply when laws or rules are created that may restrict, impede or deny any citizen the rights Constitutionally guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.

For the first time in history, a blueprint for freedom was created in the form of a Constitution. As recipients of these protected freedoms, all we the people had to do was to be vigilant and actively participate in the republican process.

This would insure the safety of these freedoms, for all future generations to come.

In 1787, our Founding Fathers gave us the greatest gift mortal man could give their fellow man, the gift of freedom guaranteed by a written Constitution and a Bill of Rights.

Thomas Jefferson observed that the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. I believe a great example of that would be the Supreme Court’s claiming an authority and power to interpret the people’s Constitution.

In 1803, just 16 years after the creation of our Constitution, the Supreme Court, in my opinion, used the court case Marbury vs. Madison as an instrument to claim the Constitutional authority to interpret our Constitution.

I believe it is important to note: Nowhere in our constitution is the Supreme Court given authority to interpret our Constitution.

In fact, it was no accident these powers were not put in the hands of nine unelected attorneys who would make up the Supreme Court. The major reason was the people’s justified contempt, mistrust and hatred of attorneys, judges and politicians.

History shows clearly the people of America did not ask our Founders to protect us from government’s attorneys, judges and politicians. Instead they demanded protection through our Constitution’s Bill of Rights and the Constitutional protections of a trial by jury.

There is a reason our Founding Fathers did not clearly announce the authority of our Supreme Court to interpret our Constitution in Article III of our Constitution.

Common sense dictates that he who controls the interpretation of America’s Constitution controls the law of the land and, therefore, controls the United States and its people.

Our Founders and the framers of our Constitution were extraordinary men. These men had a vision for the future of this place called America and its people.

Just as important was their knowledge of history and the failures and success of past societies and their governments.

These men were driven in their quest to prevent anything like the king and his Star Chamber courts from ever existing in America. Thus, their mistrust and outright hatred of judges, attorneys and government officials was known far and wide.

They also shared Montesquieu’s theory of the three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. They knew and understood that anyone given the duties of one of these offices shall not perform the duties of the other.

They realized when any one person or group of people possessed all three powers freedom would be lost and tyranny would reign supreme.

These extraordinary men, armed with the above knowledge and experience, fought for more than 10 years to create a Constitution and a country that was the envy of the rest of the world. To believe they would then turn it all over to nine unelected government attorneys is taking stupid to a new level.

You only have to look at the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare to understand why our Founders did not give the Supreme Court the authority to interpret our Constitution.

The people of the United States have lost nearly all Constitutional protections, taken for granted for the past 238 years. These protections were removed slowly, one by one, leaving our once-great Nation a “Nation of ignorant sheep.” People forgot true freedom long ago, just like Jefferson predicted they would.

Will our freedoms ever return? Will government officials return to serving the people instead of ruling over them? It is doubtful, but not impossible.

The coming day when citizens of this country are unable to go to the grocery store and fill their carts will be the day we all find out what changes are to take place. I can make the educated guess that none of us will ever live in a true Constitutional republic again.

The fault for this tragedy will lie at the feet of the stupid.

–Curt Chancler

Corrupt Oregon Judge Assisting Perverse Prosecution In Case

Albany, Ore. (US~Observer) — A travesty and mockery of justice is currently occurring in the racketeering case against Randy Gray of Albany, Ore. Circuit Judge Thomas McHill has teamed with a prosecution right out of the “Pit of Hell” to attempt to successfully prosecute the innocent Gray.

Gray, who is the father of six children and who has an exemplary wife, is — without question — honest, ethical and, above all: innocent! On the other hand, McHill and the prosecution, condoned and promoted by corrupt Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum, are nothing more or less than hypocritical thieves, keeping all pertinent defense evidence from the jury.

To me, McHill can be described only as a perverse, filthy whore, standing on a street corner, infecting unsuspecting clients with AIDS. In my opinion, Rosenblum is — without question — his pimp. McHill’s black robe is totally appropriate!

Why in the world would a court and prosecution order Gray’s defense not to mention the fact that he didn’t believe he was involved in selling securities? This is exactly like accusing someone of murder and then refusing to allow that person to state that they didn’t commit murder. This is a pure police state, fascist action.

Why would the court refuse to allow the jury to know that co-defendant and career criminal Derek Dunmyer staged the crimes without Gray’s knowledge? Shouldn’t the jury know that Dunmyer was given a plea bargain by Oregon’s corrupt Attorney General’s Office, wherein he simply had to plead guilty to a misdemeanor crime, with no jail time? Shouldn’t the jury be informed that the factually dangerous criminal, Dunmyer, has been allowed to keep his real estate license, issued by the State of Oregon, and is currently selling property? Shouldn’t the jury know that this is all part of the agreement, just to get Dunmyer on the witness stand and commit perjury in front of them, against Gray?

Shouldn’t the jury know that the court is not allowing the defense to call Gray’s prior attorneys as witnesses — that the attorneys had been paid to make sure that the dealings between Gray, Whitney and Dunmyer were all legal and aboveboard? Shouldn’t the jury know that Dunmyer went to a prestigious Portland, Ore., law firm at the time he was scamming Gray and the investors? That this firm told Dunmyer that the transactions were securities and that he kept this from Gray? Why in the world would McHill and the prosecution want to keep all of this highly relevant truth from the jury?

Shouldn’t the jury know that during the time Dunmyer was scamming Gray and numerous investors, Dunmyer was bringing in illegal aliens to provide dirt-cheap labor on the homes that he was building; that Dunmyer was using other people’s bank accounts for payroll, in order to commit tax evasion; that Dunmyer squandered hundreds of thousands of investor’s dollars on gambling trips to Las Vegas, expensive vehicles, Rolex watches and a multimillion-dollar home?

Should the jury know that this investigative reporter received a call two weeks ago from one of the State’s witnesses claiming that prosecutor Daniel Wendel had called him and threatened him, “scaring the hell out of him.” According to this witness, if he refused to allow Wendel to instruct him on what he should say in front of the jury, that it would be “the worst mistake of his life.”

Wouldn’t the jury want to know that if it convicts Gray, he will spend years in prison, his family will be completely destroyed and his life will virtually be over? I have investigated thousands of cases during my career, and I have never witnessed a more vile, corrupt, “Star Chamber” trial than the one Gray is being forced to endure.

The legal system, McHill, the prosecution and even Rosenblum call all of this justice. Hardly. I call it pure evil.

One of the greatest evils will be if Gray is convicted, and the jurors discover the truth. Can you imagine the guilt they will feel when they discover they aided in Gray’s false conviction? How will they sleep at night?

You, my readers, have just read the unadulterated truth about the attempted false conviction of Randy Gray of Albany, Ore. Now, read the “politically correct” version (in part) of this tragic story…

Judge Tom McHill, Circuit Court of Linn County, is currently presiding over the case State of Oregon v. Randy Gray. The defendant was charged in August 2011 with one count of racketeering involving securities fraud and selling of unregistered securities, to wit: an investment contract; 16 counts of selling an unregistered securities (investment contract); and 16 counts of theft. Prosecuting the case are Assistant Attorneys General Daniel Wendel and Simon Whang. Securities law itself is intentionally vague and unclear to prevent unscrupulous members of society from evading securities law and is designed to catch and imprison any unwary violators. Because of an Oregon court ruling, State v. Jacobs, 55 Or App 406, 413 (1981), securities violators are not subject to mens rea, or the common law test of criminal liability requiring intent to commit the crime. Additionally, a defendant’s good faith belief and consultation with legal counsel are not relevant defenses and are inadmissible at trial, including in the trial of Gray.

At issue, McHill has ruled on a number of motions that should cause concern to the public that justice and consistency are not at the forefront of this judge’s mind or practice. In a motion in limine submitted by the State in early 2013, the State moved to not allow Gray to testify that he intended to and did repay lenders for their lost “investment” funds out of his own pocket. McHill ruled that the crime took place on Aug. 29, 2008, and nothing that happened afterward was relevant. He likened the scenario to someone taking a candy bar from a store, then turning around and taking it back; the crime was committed when taking the candy bar. The problem with that example is that the judge assumed a crime was committed before determining there was a crime committed.

Additionally, McHill ruled in a pretrial motion that expert witnesses would not be allowed to testify as to the interpretation of law. On the first day of Gray’s trial, McHill reversed his ruling and allowing the testimony of expert witnesses. Reversing rulings demonstrates inconsistency, changing the rules of the game favoring one party over the other and causing hardship on the defense to find an expert witness with no notice.

Finally, in the pretrial ruling based on the State v. Jacobs (1981), the case that prevented Gray from testifying that he didn’t know he was selling a securities or that he relied on legal counsel, McHill broadened his pretrial ruling to include the co-defendants and witnesses. These inconsistencies and mid-trial rule changes pervert justice and draw into question whether defendants are truly innocent until proven guilty. Thus, it seems that Gray has already been convicted of theft and selling unregistered securities and securities fraud in the case State of Oregon v. Randy Gray, a clear perversion of justice.

I ask any of my readers who believe in God to pray that Gray is acquitted. Pray that McHill and the prosecution are promptly punished for what they are doing. And, equally important, pray that God will forgive the jury if they are deceived and convict an innocent man.

Read the first article here.

–Edward Snook

Paradigm Shift In How Citizens View A Sitting President

When was the last time you remember rooting for a leader of one of America’s traditional enemies instead of its own leader? I can’t recall that happening in the 40 years I have been following politics.

According to a recent poll, Americans favored, by an almost 2-1 margin, Russia’s Vladimir Putin over our President in the handling of the Syrian chemical weapons crisis.

The view of the office of the Presidency of the United States has undergone a fundamental change since Barack Obama, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, was elected in 2008.

Although Presidents come and go, good ones and bad, most have at least tried to give the impression of trying to do what is best for America, even if they’re not — until Obama. Unlike former occupants of the office, Obama clearly does not consider himself to be accountable to anyone: not to the law, Congress or the American people. He does not even appear to attempt to cover up his lawlessness against the Constitution or his alignment with America’s enemies like al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. His arrogance knows no bounds. For possibly the first time in American history, a sitting President is seen by a growing number of U.S. citizens as an enemy of the people and America itself.

It is commonplace anymore to read blogs and hear callers on radio programs calling the President of the United States a traitor and even have them side with our traditional antagonists like Russia. Obama is also often viewed as an enemy of our longtime ally, Israel, for his aiding and abetting terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and refusing to do anything about Iran’s nuclear buildup. Even when reading posts from people on news sites like Yahoo, hardly an advocate for conservatism, Obama news is typically overwhelmingly critical of him and often in the strongest terms. To hear Obama referred to as a Manchurian candidate is also not an uncommon occurrence.

In short, Obama is viewed by a growing number of people as being an enemy of America and against anything that could be good or beneficial for the country. That represents a paradigm shift of how the office of President is now perceived. If you care about liberty and the law, call the White House and demand accountability from Obama.

–Lorne Dey

District Attorney Targets County Assessor

Nye County, Nev. — Corruption has become the order of the day throughout our Nation from top to bottom. One doesn’t need to look too far to find it on all sides. Though corruption existed before, it gained momentum three years ago in Nye County, Nev., with a meeting in Pahrump attended by Nye County District Attorney Brian Kunzi.

The discussion was to welcome him as the new DA, as well as to discuss prior corruption in the county and address questions regarding what lay in store for the future. During the discussion, Kunzi’s phony, angry outbursts confirmed everyone’s concerns. They got a blast of the man’s real attitude regarding corruption. Today, this writer has little doubt about Kunzi and certain other dirty Nye County officials.

Nye County Assessor’s Position

During the election of 2010 for County Assessor, incumbent Sandra Musselman signed on to run for re-election. Shirley Matson signed up as the challenger. As the deadline to withdraw from the election passed, names could not be removed from the ballot. Corrupt Nye County officials thought the incumbent Musselman was a shoo-in. Then, Nye County started offering early retirement buyouts for employees — employees, now, mind you. Danelle Shamrell of the Nye County Human Resources Office determined that Musselman, an elected official, was considered to be an employee eligible for the early buyout package. Mussleman took the buyout. Due to the election rules, she could not remove her name from the ballot; but come hell or high water, she was going to take the buyout. Do Nye County citizens consider this corrupt? A withdrawn candidate was on the ballot, but not running, who was about to get a little taxpayer bonus.

The Attack

The challenger won the election. That’s when the trouble started, as Matson’s opposition didn’t want her to be in that position. Almost immediately, Kunzi and other county officials proceeded to harass Matson. They have orchestrated attack, after attack, after attack.

Shortly after Matson’s election, forged checks appeared that looked like the Assessor’s checks (even to sequencing of the numbers), leaving Matson with questions about the integrity of the account. Several States contacted the Assessor’s office asking if certain checks were valid. They were all written for $3,200 each. The total of the checks amounted to more than $24,000. It had all the appearances of an inside job, especially coming so soon after the election. The newly elected Assessor, suspecting something suspicious, innocently called Kunzi and requested an investigation. The checks had Matson’s name (superimposed) on them, and immediately those who opposed Matson started accusing her. I have received information that the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and other law enforcement attempted to appear to investigate this matter, but the investigation went nowhere — except that it was used to launch a concerted effort to publicly attack Matson and destroy her. Evidently, if you forge checks, you get a free pass. Could it be that all of these high-power law enforcement agencies were simply used by Kunzi and some inside power brokers in Nye County to start the attack on Matson? What is Kunzi and his cohorts worried about? What don’t they want Matson to uncover?

It Gets Worse

An ethics complaint was filed against Matson. She was never advised by Kunzi, who represents the elected officials and employees, that she should notify the county insurer of her plight. Instead, Kunzi participated in the complaint against Matson. She personally paid all expenses for her defense, to the tune of $45,000. The insurer should have defended her. After the fact, Matson now knows she should have had access to the insurance. She is currently — and rightly so — requesting coverage from her insurer, but the insurer is refusing to cover her costs. Adding insult to injury, the Pahrump Valley Times ignored the facts and brutally attacked Matson. Editor Matt Ward reportedly inserted words in news stories written by his reporters, then conveniently left out his name. He allegedly came up with headlines like “Packagegate” in an obvious effort to publicly trash Matson, as he has slithered around Pahrump like a snake on its belly. Would you consider this good journalism? It’s beginning to appear that Kunzi is the snake charmer.

The Crooks Are Running Scared

The bulk-mailing machine for all the Nye County offices in Pahrump just so happened to be in the Assessor’s office. An employee in Matson’s office reported that Matson removed a letter from the mail stack, but the employee had no idea why. Within hours, Kunzi, accompanied by Nye County Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall, two FBI agents, a Federal marshal and others beat it over to Matson’s office, where she was questioned about stealing mail having to do with confidential information relating to evidence about a criminal complaint being sent to the Clark County Grand Jury. To make things look good, the PVT was called to be there. According to sources, Ward and his photographer had been alerted and were waiting outside of the Assessor’s office. This is corruption at its worst, it is possibly criminal in nature and I have no doubt whatsoever that Kunzi orchestrated it. They had exclusive information along with a picture of the Assessor being met at her office entrance.

There were accusations flying everywhere but none substantiated. The FBI and Kunzi had no interest in the check fraud attempted against county funds, but showed exceptional interest in a piece of mail addressed to the FBI, left at the Assessor’s office and personally delivered to the post office by Matson. The question is who brought this letter to the Assessor’s office? How in the world was Kunzi ready to attack Matson within hours of her delivering the envelope to the Post Office? The person who allegedly called to report that Matson had the envelope also reported that Matson had taken the disk and copied it to her home computers. Kunzi’s corruption squad confiscated Matson’s home computers. They made sure that the local newspaper reported all this to the public so they would think that Matson was crooked, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Has Kunzi No Shame?

Shamrell received a request from Jolyne Zimmerman, an employee in Matson’s department. Shamrell then sent correspondence ordering the publicly elected Matson to refrain from any communication with her employee, Zimmerman, who was on medical leave. What does Matson’s employee know that Shamrell et al. want to keep secret? This is not only a clear violation of county policy — to have a county employee (Shamrell) order around an elected official (Matson); it’s a perfect example of Kunzi’s involvement, plus his turning a blind eye. Or could Kunzi’s eyes have been open all along?

US~Observer Bone Of Contention

Nevada has a law equal to the Federal Freedom of Information Act called the Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA). It’s based upon the premise that all records are open to the public unless declared confidential by law. NRS 239 states confidentiality defaults in favor of disclosure. Requirements for disclosure “must be construed liberally,” according to the act, while exemptions allowing confidentiality must be “construed narrowly.”

Human Resource’s records are determined to be public records, with Social Security numbers and medical information to be treated as confidential. A public records request by this reporter was refused three times. The fourth request produced only in a redacted copy of all 39 applications to the position of Assistant County Manager. The public has a vested interest in the selection process, the qualifications and who gets hired and why. To hide this information under protection, as Kunzi has done, is to cause grave concern and suspicion about more rampant corruption in Nye County.

An investigative reporter for the US~Observer and — believe it or not — the editor himself, Edward Snook, requested these copies without redaction. Both were refused outright. Kunzi’s condescending response to Snook infuriated Snook to the point that he informed Kunzi that he was being a “smart ass,” which, of course, he was. The US~Observer will now pursue this charade with a vengeance, dragging Kunzi and all his corrupt cohorts in complicity into the court of public opinion by informing all Nye County citizens of this allegedly sordid, filthy, corrupt District Attorney who needs to be replaced before he wrecks two cars like his corrupt, drunken forerunner Robert S. Beckett did.

All of this is important because it pertains to a reported blatant scheme to place an existing Nye County Commissioner into the position of Assistant County Manager, paving the way for the late Commissioner Joni Eastley to ascend to the throne of County Manager someday. This entire gig was all orchestrated by most of the Nye County Officials right out in plain sight. Can you believe even during Board of County Commissioner meetings? They took a vote on it (Eastley’s acceptance) on Dec. 18, 2012. It failed, so they turned around on Jan. 5, 2013, and passed it after questions were addressed to Kunzi about legality and Eastley having no qualifications. Kunzi blessed it, and the rest is history. You have to hand it to them; they got corruption down to a science. If you look up there by Nye County Manager Pam Webster’s throne, you’ll see Eastley smugly sitting on her right- hand side.

Ethics Complaint

A state ethics complaint was filed about the hiring process of Eastley, and the Ethics Commission never held a public hearing. If you violate hiring practices in Nye County and the DA favors a certain individual, there are no consequences. How peachy! Citizens have complained about past hiring practices, but it’s a waste of time in Nye County as long as Kunzi is involved and the whole county is incestuously connected by families. Nye County: a taxpayer-funded, family-operated business. There is no question about corruption in Nye County: It’s pervasive.

–Andrew Alberti

Edward Snook’s Note: District Attorney Brian Kunzi has slandered Shirley Matson, whom I consider to be a very fine human being and an honest, outstanding public servant. In my opinion, Kunzi is no better than his predecessor, District Attorney Robert Beckett. The only difference I see is that he hasn’t started drunken driving yet, and he hasn’t been arrested in front of Heidi Fleiss’s House.

The US~Observer sincerely hopes that the citizens of Nye County, Nev., wake up and put a stop to Kunzi’s corrupted bullying. My personal message to Kunzi: Brian Kunzi, you are indeed a bully, and you will find our future relationship to be far more challenging than the one you have had with Assessor Shirley Matson. Prepare yourself to reimburse Shirley Matson the $45,000 that was withheld from her through political chicanery.

It’s truly amazing that the all-important District Attorney of Nye County, Nev., finds it necessary to beat up on a helpless woman. What isn’t amazing is the fact that Kunzi is almost frantic in his efforts to destroy Matson. Kunzi appears to be hiding some things that are extremely important (damning); and rest assured, we will find out exactly what they are.

If supposed “public servants” like Kunzi possessed any real intelligence, they would simply do what is right. Sadly, and at their own demise, they rarely do so. In other words, “a leopard can’t change its spots.” Kunzi will never be able to say he wasn’t given the opportunity.

Anyone with information on Kunzi and his Nye County cabal is urged to contact Andrew Alberti at 775-513-6056 or email andrew@usobserver.com.

Where Is The Person Of Principle?

Are cowardice and narcissism the price for material prosperity? Jesus asked the question: “What will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Will an individual today give his soul in exchange for anonymity and material prosperity? In America today it seems there are plenty of people who will give just about anything — including their principles, if they had any to begin with — in exchange for those two possessions.

A person of principle seems to be a damn rare commodity these days.

Where are people of principle in law enforcement? During President Barack Obama’s most recent manufactured government crisis (the Federal government shutdown), officials with the National Park Service claimed they were just following orders when they broke their oaths of office and willfully followed unlawful edicts from Obama to close national parks and other government facilities and make life as miserable as possible for veterans and other U.S. citizens. What did they get in return for their part in the lawlessness — the privilege to keep their jobs?

Where is the politician of principle? Conservatives mistakenly thought that since Republicans controlled the U. S. House of Representatives, we had some safeguard against Obama and the other Democrats and their Marxist policies. Boy, were we fooled, as a majority of Republicans regularly cave to Obama’s Nation-killing agenda.

In my State of Colorado, I live within the Congressional district of Mike Coffman, a Gulf War veteran who I thought was a conservative and a safe bet for not giving in to Obama. But Coffman sold out his constituents and his country when he voted, along with the liberal Republicans in the House of Representatives, for pretty much everything the power-crazed rabble in the Democratic Party wanted. What did Coffman exchange his soul and principles for? More power? More money? More favor from those above him who could further his career in politics in any way and at any cost — just like his other complicit Republican comrades?

Sadly, for liberty, what Coffman did is all too common in both the House and Senate anymore. Where our Founding Fathers risked all to resist the evil of their day, our modern politicians prostitute themselves by getting in bed with evildoers in order to bolster and increase their holdings and prestige.

I also foolishly thought that since Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was known to be a conservative judge and could hopefully be counted upon to uphold the Constitution, Obamacare would be struck down. We all know how that went. What did Roberts trade his soul for?

Where are the people of principle in any profession these days?

There don’t seem to be many even in our so-called Christian churches. I personally know several professed followers of Christ who voted for Obama in the 2008 election even though ministries like Focus on the Family, then-headed by Dr. James Dobson, exposed him as a God and Bible hater at least six months before the election.

A Christian church that my wife and I have been attending is between pastors. The board of elders has found a pastor it is going to ask to fill the position. I talked with one of the elders whether it had been determined how much the church was prepared to offer this new pastor in terms of salary. The elder commented that whatever it was, it was going to have to include at least $24,000 a year to pay for Obamacare for the new pastor and his family of five. Even my own church appeared to have every intention of just going along with the evil within its midst in order to get along and not have their good 501(c)3 status with the government compromised. So where is the Christian of principle?

Are you a person of principle? What will you give in exchange for your soul? Is there a line in this life that you will not cross even in order to preserve your position, money and/or possessions? Is this short, temporary life too dear to you? Do you lack a fear of death and ultimately standing before a righteous God who will ask you to make an account of your life one day in the fast approaching future?

Now, in probably this Nation’s darkest hour since its inception, we desperately need good people of integrity who will risk all in every profession to stand by their principles and resist the evil at their doorstep.

–Lorne Dey

Local Citizen Involvement Wanted? Whatever!

This article first ran on US~Observer as an exclusive.

Jackson County, Ore. — It is an absolute and fundamental responsibility for citizens to be involved in their local government structure. In fact, the county documents in Jackson County, Ore., display an organizational chart depicting the head of the county to be the citizens themselves; next in the organizational hierarchy are the Commissioners, then the Administrator, and on down to every county department head. And yet, nothing could be further from the truth. As a citizen who has decided to be involved and attends the county commissioner meetings, and who dares to question the details or authority, I can testify to the fact that if I am one who stands “in charge,” the commissioners did not get the memo. Their televised meetings begin playing the regal music with verbal dialog to “come and experience the process” by attending the meetings. Apparently, experiencing the process means come in and shut up.

In addition to claiming tyrannical control by functioning as the executive, legislative and judicial branches, the Commissioners are in charge of keeping the citizen who might dare to question or express their opinion in an open forum of intimidation.

The Commissioners have sent a written formal request that I stop asking questions. They have written guest editorials in response to my opinion letter to the editor, calling me a liar or an idiot too stupid to understand. As a journalist, I have been asked to submit a weekly report of county activity and business to my small local paper. My articles have consistently been rebuked in person, by commissioner editorial and by relentless phone calls. Their defensive posture to purposefully discredit my involvement and intimidate me is unprofessional, unscrupulous and completely unproductive.

Commissioner Doug Breidenthal has certainly accepted the challenge to degrade any citizen with questions:

  • His verbal response to a question I asked, which addressed another Commissioner, was that it “rubbed him the wrong way” and in his opinion, was not appropriate.
  • A call to the editor of the local paper, complaining of my behavior.
  • An email that stated, “I also believe you owe Mr. Jordan (the Administrator) a THANK YOU for responding to your request without any of us giving him direction to do so.”

His arrogance and contempt for the people that he works for gives credit to Curt Chancler’s evaluation of Breidenthal in his article It’s The Constitution, Stupid – Administrative Rule Be Damned!.

The usurped power, contempt and arrogance of the Board of Commissioners in Jackson County will be stopped only by the demands of the people, either by the collaborative assertive and successful supervision by the people, or by removing these elected individuals from their posts. Then, perhaps, we will have won back a county government for the people, by the people and of the people.

–Colleen Roberts

Oregon City Is Every Bit As Politically Corrupt As Chicago

Grants Pass, Ore. — I’m a good citizen, work hard, own a house and property and pay my taxes. Why then, did FBI Special Agents visit my private shop Tuesday?

It was retribution, pure and simple — an attempt to intimidate me because I use my 1st Amendment right to free speech by writing letters to the local newspaper, illuminating the morally bankrupt local government.

Special Agent Jeffery Gray from the Medford, Ore., FBI office explained that the official reason for the visit was that the FBI received a tip that I had threatened Grants Pass city councilors. If they feel threatened, it’s because they know I may write the truth about their actions. They are threatened by the 1st Amendment.

I was elected to the City Council. But after seeing the corruption, I couldn’t stomach it and resigned.

To alert the public, anything I’ve said or written about Grants Pass city government officials since has been out in the open, in the public domain — usually in published letters to the local newspaper or letters to the official City Hall email.

Back in 2006 or 2007, I did go beyond that when I reported the Grants Pass city government to the Secretary of State for violating State laws. They routinely held their annual Grants Pass City Council planning session far outside city limits at a luxury lodge. That made it nearly impossible for local citizens to attend to listen or participate. State government officials immediately recognized the illegality and forced Grants Pass to cease and desist.

In 2010, the Grants Pass city manager, assistant manager and police chief were found guilty of violating State election laws for illegally influencing a public vote on a safety levy tax increase. When the three went to Salem to appeal, I wrote a letter to the City Council protesting the use of my tax dollars toward their defense. I documented a pattern of behavior that made me feel they weren’t worth defending.

Shortly thereafter, I received an email from Police Chief Joe Henner insisting that I: “cease and desist” speaking about him or the “next communication will be from my (his) lawyer.” I forwarded his benign threat to the Secretary of State.

When former Mayor Mike Murphy appointed city councilors in a secret backroom deal with no public input or media observers, I paid for a full-page newspaper ad exposing his brazen flaunt of the democratic process.

Last year, when a former strip club DJ, Mark Gatlin, allegedly turned Christian and ran for City Council, I dug onto my own pocket again and paid for a citywide postcard mailing warning voters of his background.

In several open letters published in local newspapers, I have been critical of the lack of real work and huge overcompensation that the city’s firefighters’ union has managed to extract from the citizens under the complicit eye of Henner.

Upon the recent announcement of Henner’s planned retirement, I wrote a letter criticizing his management style and lack of scruples.

On Tuesday, someone connected to the Grants Pass city government sent the FBI to rattle my cage. I don’t rattle. I grew up in Chicago, and the corruption and moral decay in Grants Pass government and politics is nothing I haven’t seen before.

–Bob Anderson

US~Observer Editor’s Note: Bob Anderson is an example of a citizen who stands against corruption on the local level by demanding accountability. We could all take a page out of his playbook and begin holding our own officials’ hands to the fire. Thank you, Bob, for not rattling.

Bob may be reached by emailing bob@usobserver.com.

‘New’ IRS Abuse Is The Same Old Story

Here we go again, or rather, it just keeps on going.

The Internal Revenue Service, the same agency that took lavish trips on the taxpayers’ dime and discriminated against conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, is up to its old tricks of threatening criminal charges against people who for years have sought to work out their back tax issues.

“All too often the IRS  just isn’t interested in working out a tax debt, but rather want to criminalize people for their personal beliefs,” said Edward Snook, editor-in-chief of the US~Observer.

Tom Curry is a reasonable man who doesn’t push his beliefs on others. He simply works hard and wants to be left alone. He doesn’t believe in victimless crimes. He also doesn’t believe it is right for a government to continually fund other countries and waste our money on resort vacations while our citizens are put to the ever increasing task to pay for it.

When Curry was taken in by the works of Irwin Schiff, an anti-tax evangelist, he believed so wholeheartedly in what Schiff was selling that he stopped filing his personal income taxes, believing that it was a completely voluntary system of taxation.

After being contacted by the IRS and informed he did have to file and pay his personal income taxes, he decided not to fight them and he set about hiring several individuals to file his returns and also to run the administration of his Boston-based landscaping and snow-removal business.

The IRS kicked back his returns as fraudulent. They also set the tax debt to Curry’s gross income, ignoring any legitimate deductions for business costs and pricing it beyond any possibility of payment.

It didn’t stop Curry from trying. He hired tax-settlement negotiators.

Acting in good faith, however, didn’t stop the raids on Curry’s home, the confiscation of personal belongings or the threats of charges against his wife, who loosely worked for the business.

And it hasn’t stopped U.S. Prosecutor Victor Wild from seeking to imprison this man who reasonably has tried to work it all out.

It’s time to demand accountability – to act. Call Wild’s office at 617-748-3100 and demand he settle this situation rather than prosecute a man so willing to be reasonable and pay his taxes. And submit your phone call experience in the comments below.

The US~Observer has written up all of the details regarding Curry’s predicament. You can read it here.

US~Observer Staff