“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.
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.
Sadly, on Oct. 13, 2006, 85-year-old Lucy Miller was killed while making a reckless U-turn. In April 2007, Jamie Clark, the other party to the accident, was charged with DUI manslaughter. Now, evidence has emerged showing prosecutors withheld evidence of Clark’s innocence. Justice is not being served here. More so, this case exemplifies the old adage “two wrongs don’t make a right.”
On Aug. 27, the 41-year-old Clark’s post-conviction relief (PCR) hearing began in front of Judge John Kastrenakes. The hearing lasted three days, during which time 15th Judicial District assistant state prosecutors Leigh Miller and Judith Arco extracted numerous twisted lies from their witnesses in an all-out effort to deceive the judge. Clark’s attorneys, Alan Ross and Benjamin Waxman, were able to clearly show that material evidence was not made available to Clark’s original defense counsel prior to or during his trial and subsequent false conviction.
History shows us that great minds throughout the ages realized that every free governing body must have three powers to exist:
Legislators to create laws.
An executive branch to enforce the laws.
And a judicial branch to adjudicate violations of those laws.
The Magna Carta, or the Great Charter of 1215, was the first significant recognition of the importance of separation of powers and the right of a trial by a jury of your peers. Almost 500 years later, in 1748, French philosopher Baron de Montesquieu published his theory on the separation of powers. Montesquieu is credited with denoting separate functions of government as legislative, executive and judicial.
Please keep in mind as you read this article about the attempted false sex-abuse prosecution of Michael Young of Medford, Ore., that the US~Observer has completed more than 1,600 false sex abuse cases successfully in the past 22 years.
This writer is much more aware than most that sex abuse occurs in our society. From 30 years of experience, 22 of those years publishing the US~Observer, I take the position that perverted sex offenders need severe punishment. I am also acutely aware that there are many false allegations of sex abuse today. And, solely from experience, I know exactly how to determine whether a sex abuse criminal charge is legit or contrived in a great majority of the cases I take on.
We all know about the deadly mistake made by the Justice Department authorizing and releasing guns to cartels and common criminals in Mexico, and this “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme remains a blemish on Attorney General Eric Holder’s reputation. It, however, is being obfuscated by something more insidious: entrapment and further cover-up. The Justice Department is trying to divert attention from its own wrongdoings by framing certain innocent Hispanic-Americans for gun-running schemes that the Justice Department itself initiated. Further, by taking these law-abiding people, violating their civil rights by depriving them of medicines and placing them in dungeon-like cells, they prove themselves to be anything but the “Justice Department.
US~Observer presents an article that should outrage every American. Demand accountability!
How do innocent people find justice in America? This is a valid question because, all too often, people don’t find justice in America’s legal system. The editors and investigative reporters at the US~Observer can attest to that firsthand. For more than 22 years, the US~Observer has worked hard and done what most attorneys fail to do. It has vindicated more than 4,200 people who had been wrongfully charged with or convicted of a crime.
Apart from the Innocence Project, which generally doesn’t take cases unless they are tied to DNA, there is absolutely nowhere except the US~Observer that innocent people can turn after the so-called American justice system has attacked them.
(US~Observer) Linn County, Oregon — In 2007, when the stock market was going south on investors, registered investment adviser (RIA) Randy Gray and his partner, Scott Whitney, ran a successful business named ZurCrowner. Gray mainly handled investors, while Whitney conducted certified public accounting (CPA) for the partnership.
Whitney was also the CPA for Albany, Ore., general contractor Derek Dunmyer of Absolute General Contracting, Inc. (Absolute). Unbeknownst to Gray, Whitney was conducting business (loans, etc.) outside of ZurCrowner with Dunmyer and needed financial reprieve. Because of the miserable stock market performance, Gray knew several ZurCrowner clients wanted to diversify their portfolios.
As a writer for the US~Observer, I’m accustomed to finding injustice within government and the justice system; but one injustice among many from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is particularly shameful.
I’m talking about the fines that people will have to pay for not signing up for having their money taken and receiving little, if anything, good in return from Obamacare. Many people who don’t have healthcare now don’t because either they don’t want it or can’t afford it.
Basehor, Kan. — US~Observer Special Report — When the act of bullying comes to mind, one tends to think that it is primarily a problem that kids and school principals have to deal with. But sometimes it’s an issue adults must cope with as well. Such appears to be the case for Jason Cory, who worked as a police officer in Basehor, Kan., from September 2007 to July 2010 and is now suing the city for his wrongful termination.
Cory’s lawsuit alleges that although many city officials considered him an exemplary officer, during his nearly three years on Basehor’s police force, he was regularly “ridiculed and belittled” by Police Chief Lloyd Martley and his right-hand man, Lieutenant Robert Pierce.