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.
On Oct. 13, 2006, Jamie Clark was involved in an automobile accident that tragically ended the life of Lucy Miller. Miller, 85, made a U-turn that experts and witnesses say caused the accident. Rabbi Marci Bloch was the only eyewitness other than Clark and the deceased Miller. In regard to Miller pulling directly in front of Clark, Bloch stated: “I had a moment of wanting to say, ‘Don’t go! What are? What are you doing? It was almost like there wasn’t enough judgment in the turn, because it was… I… I would never have made that turn.”
In 2012, Clark’s defense discovered new evidence (vehicle diagnostic reports from Miller’s vehicle), which was not made available or provided to Clark’s defense prior to his conviction in 2011. The evidence was found as his new defense searched through the State’s old file. This evidence, according to experts, scientifically shows that Clark was not at fault, and substantiates Bloch’s statement. Now, more than seven years after the accident, Judge John Kastrenakes is set to rule on a Brady Violation that was rightfully remanded to him by the 4th District Court of Appeals in March.
Crystal Mangum, who made national headlines in 2006 for falsely accusing three Duke University lacrosse players of rape, was found guilty Nov. 22 of second-degree murder.
Mangum stabbed her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, with a kitchen knife in 2011 during an argument. Daye, 46, died 10 days later from complications due to the wound. Magnum claimed self-defense for stabbing Daye. She stated that he dragged her by her hair and threatened to pour hot water on her face and make it so no man would want her.
Back in the 1990s, a nationwide tax-shelter and investment business named Anderson’s Ark Associates caught the Internal Revenue Service’s attention. Claiming that it was nothing more than a tax-evasion scheme, the IRS indicted those involved — including investors who didn’t know it was a scam and who had lost their investments.
What transpired then has become the focus of several US~Observer investigative reports. With several successes at the hands of the winningest lawyer in America against the IRS, Houston-based Michael Minns, there is one final client who deserves vindication: Dr. Erik Dehlinger.
Written in 2004 exclusively for the US~Observer, “Jury Rights! Jury Nullification” became an Internet sensation and a regularly referenced work regarding the true responsibilities of a jury. Now, almost 10 years later, much has happened that further compromises the jury system.
Our courts have systematically stonewalled juries when it comes to the knowledge of their right to decide not only the case but the law. Even Black’s Law Dictionary (Sixth Edition) defines “jury” as “a certain number of men and women selected according to law, and sworn to inquire of certain matters of fact, and declare the truth upon evidence to be laid before them.” Informed jurors must educate themselves to prevent this from happening. Schools do not teach the Constitution of the United States on even the most rudimentary level, much less the rights and duties of a juror.
Splintered, reeling in panic, angry: This is the state of my union, my America. Not the Washington, D.C., world of “reality,” where they pretend to know what the public needs and where their lack of knowledge of the needs of their constituency absolutely astounds me.
Splintered because there are really two Americas. One wants nothing more than a government that leaves them alone. A government that works under the letter of Constitutional law, allowing for the states to make tough economic choices. A government that realizes its public isn’t a bunch of sheep that need to be led or children whose hands they have to hold. They are the responsible America who, in bad times, unite to get things done. They are the ones that you can rely on to search for you if you’re lost or to build you a new home should yours burn down. They are the true community, built from the neighborly way of old, living under the principle of “do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” Bottom line, they are the doers. They are the ones who work long and hard. The ones who believe capitalism equals inventiveness, creativity and opportunity. They stand for the little guy, weak or injured. They show him how to get back on his own feet, and then they leave him to live his life as he wishes — as long as it doesn’t harm others. This America believes in true justice, based on factual guilt. They believe the pursuit of happiness is something to be worked for, not handed, and that life and liberty are the only things that are “given” and that both are worth dying for.
Medford, Ore. — Twin brothers Don and Jason Libby, owners of Jackson County Security, have both been cleared of separate false criminal charges stemming from different encounters with the Medford Police Department (MPD). MPD manufactured claims that the two bothers committed serious crimes, and they were eventually arrested and charged.
Jason Libby’s case was dismissed on June 27, just before trial. Don Libby was found innocent of all charges on Sept. 3 (also the date of his wedding anniversary) following a three-day trial.
A good number of people are hailing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as a way to establish universal healthcare in the United States. Hogwash! These same people are holding up the new bill to tax handgun and ammo sales as a way to curb gun violence. Rubbish! The real reason for these “feel-good” laws has nothing to do with government’s compassion for its citizens. First, government doesn’t feel anything for its citizens. It just is. It does not have feelings. It is not alive. It is, however, comprised of living beings who have separated themselves from the rest of society by passing laws that give them luxury and advantage over the rest. And the one thing those people in government need to do is to find new ways to bring in revenue so their position is never threatened — especially those in high-up positions.
While the rest of us will likely just rely on Social Security, if it still exists, for our retirement, government has its own plan paid for by us. Look at the myriad local-level politicians whose retirement programs are bankrupting their communities. Can anyone say Detroit?
Jackson County, Ore. — Administrative government, comprised of “administrative hearings officers” (unelected judges) who act as judge, jury and executioner in many cases across the United States have created serious problems for our country. Citizens in Jackson County, Ore., claim this type of system is causing them “permanent damage.” “Administrative hearings deprive us of our 7th Amendment right to trial by jury” and also violate Oregon’s Constitution, Article 1, Section 17: “Jury trial in civil cases. In all civil cases the right of Trial by Jury shall remain inviolate.”
In 2011, more than seven years after Bernie Zieminski of Clams LLC, purchased a billboard, he was accused of “illegally illuminating the billboard.” Zieminski had already proven that other charges to remove the billboard by Jackson County and the State of Oregon were frivolous because the sign was protected under free speech, which has been upheld in other cases by the Supreme Court. So with nothing to go after Ziemenski for, the county finally saw the “light.” (No pun intended.)
“The Court has carefully considered the filings of the parties as well as today’s hearing and the court finds for purposes of sentencing these defendants that the Government has failed to carry its burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence, much less by clear and convincing evidence, that the tax loss exceeds zero.” — The Honorable James A. Teilborg, judge
PHOENIX — It is unusual for a reporter to start a story simply quoting the trial court verbatim, but the ruling is the story. This was the sentencing in U.S. v. Kerr and Quiel following a six-week long trial in Phoenix, where the defendants were charged with income tax crimes and were facing 35 years in prison for international tax conspiracies. The story ends with a finding that the government did not prove beyond a preponderance that a tax debt was due and owing.