Kansas City, Kan. — Have you ever heard of being arrested and charged for a crime that you might commit? If you live in Kansas and are unlucky enough to get in the evil crosshairs of Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra D. Morehead, it is a distinct possibility. Especially when you consider that her boss, Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, has not responded to any of the factual evidence against Morehead and her false prosecution of Jose Velasco-Veyro, as detailed in Too Fast, Too Furious: Jose Velasco-Veyro Faces False Federal Charges.
Velasco-Veyro was unjustly named on a November 2012 superseding indictment along with five other Hispanics, including Ramon Chavez Sr. and his “mentally deficient” son, Douglas Chavez, as part of an alleged gun trafficking operation.
The US~Observer has just recently discovered from a witness that an informant told him that during Douglas Chavez’s plea bargain session, Morehead stated that she included him in the indictment only so that “Douglas would never be able to buy guns and provide them to his father.” According to information, this confession by Morehead was “recorded in open court.”
The US~Observer has also learned that, out of fear of being sent to prison for years, both Douglas Chavez and his mother, Tammy Chavez, have signed “plea bargains.” This instantly makes them criminals without any trial and, in these cases, without any competent investigations whatsoever.
Abuse at the hands of prosecutors who are supposed to acknowledge our Constitutional rights and seek justice just doesn’t get much worse than this, folks. When Grissom turns a blind eye to his assistant prosecutors’ abuse of completely innocent Hispanic individuals, he is exposing his involvement and that this is, without question, a very well-concerted conspiracy. Concerning Velasco-Veyro, Douglas Chavez and possibly some of their co-defendants, this is in part a conspiracy to cover up the criminal actions of our Federal government when it conducted its Fast and Furious gun-running program with Mexican drug cartels.
The Fast and Furious scandal became national news when Attorney General Eric Holder stonewalled Congress and attempted his all-out effort to cover up his Justice Department’s criminality in this failed and fatal operation. However, Holder was unable to stop Special Agent John Dodson from talking to a Congressional committee.
A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial stated:
The Justice Department blocks a tell-all book by an ATF special agent on how Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican nationals were killed with weapons supplied by this administration.
ATF Special Agent John Dodson is a national hero who in 2011 blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration’s gun-running operation to Mexico.
Testifying before Congress, he disclosed that his supervisors had authorized the flow of semiautomatic weapons into Mexico instead of interdicting them, weapons that found their way into the hands of Mexican drug cartels with deadly results.
No one had a clue, until the US~Observer broke the Velasco-Veyro case wide open, that the Fast and Furious cover-up actually involved the false prosecution and abuse of Hispanics on seemingly unrelated fronts.
When we boil down all the facts in Velasco-Veyro’s case, the results clearly show that Holder, the Justice Department and certain U.S. attorneys under Holder are manufacturing gun-running cases against innocent Hispanics to lessen the public scrutiny of our government’s involvement in gun-running.
Additional Attorney Abuse
This reporter has uncovered other highly suspect instances of Morehead’s abusing her position of power. For example, in 2008, defendants Guy and Carrie Neighbors (Case No. 07-20124-01-02-KHV/DJW) filed a motion with the Kansas Federal court to dismiss an indictment against them on the grounds that Morehead was guilty of “prosecutorial misconduct… Vindictive prosecution… mis-construction of statutes… perjured testimony, by deprivations of constitutionally secured due process, conspiracy and by the commencement of a vindictive prosecution by a prosecutor.” The list of grievances against Morehead and her alleged accomplice, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker, continues with allegations for participating in “an on-going and continuing malicious, vindictive and retaliatory prosecution” and alleges that Parker “has suborned various witnesses through harassment, the bribery of deals and offering payment.” According to a CNN “iReport,” the Neighbors reported that at one point, “Terra Morehead was so angry about not getting the gag order [against the Neighbors from a judge] she started crying and sobbing in court twice.”
As regards Velasco-Veyra, gun expert Len Savage, who has had many dealings with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said: “I am somewhat perplexed, as I have personal knowledge as well as documents from a recent Arizona case that shows (sic) that ATF’s policy is to first give the individual an opportunity to apply for a license if ATF feels they are ‘entering into the business’ and not just collecting [guns]. It is only after they give you the warning and you ignore it, they prosecute.”
Savage’s statement is correct, and we have been told the same story by other experts. However, these other cases are dealing with Caucasians selling guns, not Hispanics. And these other cases have no tie to Fast and Furious.
Velasco-Veyro has never attempted to make a business out of selling guns and he received no warnings from the ATF to apply for an federal firearms license (FFL).
It is interesting that on March 20, Morehead was involved in another case very similar to the one brought against Velasco-Veyro and his alleged co-conspirators wherein, according to Kansas’ own justice department: “Thirteen men have been charged with federal firearms violations, drug trafficking or other crimes as a result of an ATF undercover investigation.” Many of the individuals mentioned in this more recent indictment also have Hispanic last names. Conspiracy?
As we stated in our first article on this case, Morehead was overheard stating that she was under pressure “from above” to prosecute these types of cases. Again, I want to stress, considering the numerous ties to Fast and Furious, it is clear that the prosecution of so many Hispanics is Holder’s way of shifting the blame for his ill-conceived and botched operation from the ATF, the Department of Homeland Security and his office to Hispanics and innocent Mexican-Americans like Velasco-Veyro. At this point, anyone who thinks that Morehead’s direct superior, Grissom, is not involved in this obvious injustice is fooling himself.
As a further update, Velasco-Veyro is still being denied his right to have his discovery in his possession, thus hampering his ability to aid and assist in his own defense. In addition, a “miraculous coincidence” occurred only two work days after the original US~Observer article was released: The Kansas Board of Healing Arts subpoenaed all records regarding the care and treatment of Velasco-Veyro by his doctor, Robert McIntyre. This is a clear attempt to discredit, intimidate, retaliate and disgrace McIntyre for speaking the truth about the inhuman treatment suffered by Velasco-Veyro during his nearly five months incarceration, finagled by Morehead’s devious methods.
Grissom should realize that he will not escape this scandal-ridden false prosecution case. If you believe in justice for all people, whatever color their skin might be, call Grissom at 913-551-6730 and tell him to stop this abuse now.
If you or someone you know has knowledge of or has had questionable dealings with Morehead, the US~Observer urges you to contact us at email@example.com so we may continue to build a case against this enemy of justice. We are also greatly interested in receiving information on Grissom.