“In the last arguments, Defense told the jury they could vote by conscience and to send Vernon back to his family as a free man. Defense gave the jury a crash course in abuse of government authority “which led to creation of jury system: ‘Conscience of the community.’” They referenced Orwell’s “Newspeak” for the lack of logic: 3 years of battle and all the State really could argue was a farmer “filing the wrong paperwork.” And Prosecution had 1,000 pages of data but did not interview one member. Defense called that a “Sad use of power & pathetic waste” and compared the trial to Prohibition.
The judge looked at the jury and around 7 pm said: “(you) must base your verdict on the law I give you.” So the judge thinks he gives the law. Can’t even put into words what an assassination of justice it is that a judge would even say that. Later the judge read “instruction NOT to be swayed by conscience.” Prosecution echoed Reynolds, probably fearing how they looked, and told the jury it is not about whether Vernon is a good man or not . . . also accusing Defense of mis-characterization of crimes saying: “The words that matter here are the instructions on the law. Law comes from judge.””
Via Activist Post
TOPEKA, Kan. – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that a new state law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional and that the federal government is willing to go to court over the issue.
But Brownback replied in a letter Thursday that Kansans hold dear their right to bear arms and are protecting the state’s sovereignty. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft the law, accused the nation’s top law enforcement official of “blustering” over the issue.
“The people of Kansas have clearly expressed their sovereign will,” Brownback said at the conclusion of his letter. “It is my hope that upon further review, you will see their right to do so.”
“Wow, Holder will sue.
Go ahead Eric, sue.
Holder seems to forget that this nation is a Federal Constitutional Republic. It operates under a Constitution where the 10th Amendment specifically provides (not that it needed to) that all matters not delegated to the Federal Government are reserved to The States or the People, respectively.”
Via Market Ticker
Missouri moving to protect parental rights from federal tyranny over medicine, education and discipline of children
“A number of Missouri lawmakers are supporting an amendment to the state constitution that essentially formalizes the fundamental right of parents to raise their children as they see fit.
In late April the House gave its approval to a measure, House Joint Resolution 26 (HJR26) that says parents have the right to make all decisions regarding the “discipline, education, religious instruction, health, medical care, place of habitation, and general well-being” for their own minor children.”
“State Rep. Todd Richardson, a Poplar Bluff Republican, said the amendment was prompted in part by a desire to protect the rights of parents who home-school their children.
In March, Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-O’Fallon, introduced legislation that would essentially accomplish what Richardson’s amendment would.
“HB 513 would put into statute that the state, or state agencies, cannot violate those parental rights without due process,” Bahr said in a statement.
“We must make sure children are protected in emergency situations but balance that with serious action of the state,” he added. “To formally terminate parental rights of a child is only eclipsed as the most extreme measure civil government can wield, with the imposition of the death penalty being the only other more extreme measure.””
Via Natural News
Law would fire sheriffs for defying gun control measures
“Supporters of the 380 sheriffs in 15 states who so far have vowed to defy new state and federal gun control laws claim that legislation is starting to pop up around the nation to fire any state elected or appointed law enforcement official who doesn’t obey federal orders.
The first effort emerged in Texas. Legislation proposed by Dallas Democratic Rep. Yvonne Davis would remove any sheriff or law enforcement officer who refuses to enforce state or federal laws.
What’s more, it would remove any elected or appointed law enforcement officer for simply stating or signing any document stating that they will not obey federal orders.
A gun lobbyist told Secrets, “Beware because once something like this is introduced in one state, it will be followed very quickly in several other states.””
“A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government on Tuesday to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties.
The International Narcotics Control Board made its appeal in an annual drug report. It called on Washington, D.C., to act to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that he was in the last stages of reviewing the Colorado and Washington state laws. Holder said he was examining policy options and international implications of the issue. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.”
Via Seattle Times
“Sane people everywhere continue to be outraged by the injustice levied against Mark E. Schmidter, a jury nullification activist sentenced to 145 days in jail for merely distributing information. The problem was that he was doing so outside of the “free speech zone” created by judge, Belvin Perry.
The video below gives additional information about FIJA – the Fully Informed Jury Association, which aims to educate the public about their responsibilities and rights as jurors. By highlighting the “administrative orders” issued by Belvin Perry, and the subsequent support given by the appeals court which has paved the way for Schmidter’s incarceration, it could easily be argued that Mark E. Schmidter is now a political prisoner.”
Via Activist Post
HB 83 clarifies in Alaska Statute that a federal statute, regulation, presidential executive order, or secretarial order that is not properly adopted or is unconstitutional does not preempt state law. The Attorney General will continue to review and report federal statute, regulation, presidential executive order, or secretarial orders that appear to have not been properly adopted. Under HB 83 those reports will be forwarded to the legislature for consideration.
HB 83 presumes Alaska Legislative interest in an important legal process called “nullification”. Nullification is when a state ‘nullifies’ a federal law, proclaiming it to be void and inoperative, or ‘non-effective’ within the boundaries of that state. In other words it is not a law as far as that state is concerned.
Via Moon Battery
“Local sheriffs are the preeminent legal authority in the country and have the power, by constitutional design, to prevent or refuse enforcement of federal statutes which violate the U.S. Constitution or their oaths of office, according to one former sheriff who has battled the Feds over gun laws and won.
Richard Mack, the one-time sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., said in a recent interview with WorldNetDaily.com that he joined with then-Rivalli County Sheriff Jay Printz in a successful lawsuit against the federal government during President Clinton’s terms during the 1990s to oppose provisions of the Brady Bill gun-control law.
Since winning that battle, Mack has been a leader in the movement emphasizing the roles and responsibilities of local sheriffs. And now that gun control is once again at the forefront of domestic policy, both inside the Obama White House and Congress, Mack says once more that hope remains in local law enforcement.”
Via Natural News