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A lot has happened in the past six months as we continue to fight for Ross’s freedom. On December 22, 2017 Ross and his legal team of Williams & Connolly, one of the top firms in the nation, filed a Petition of Certiorari with the Supreme Court. The petition argues that Ross’s case presents two important questions of constitutional law, and has broad significance impacting both our Fourth and Sixth Amendment protections:

  1. Whether the warrantless seizure of an individual’s Internet traffic information without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment.
  2. Whether the Sixth Amendment is violated when a judge uses uncharged allegations, never brought to trial before a jury, to support an excessive sentence.

On February 5, 2018, twenty-one organizations from across the political spectrum supported the petition in five amicus (friend of the court) briefs. Then on April 13 the petition was distributed for conference, meaning the Justices will consider it. About 200 cases were denied by the Supreme Court that day, but not Ross’s!

According to his lawyers, this means we can be pretty sure the Court is holding Ross’s petition pending another important Fourth Amendment case, Carpenter v. U.S. How the Court rules on Carpenter will determine what happens with Ross’s case. This can happen any time, probably by June.

Meanwhile, since July 2017, Ross has been held at USP Florence, a maximum-security penitentiary, where the Bureau of Prisons puts its most violent and dangers offenders, short of the Super Max. This is despite the fact that Ross is a first-time offender with no history of violence. Rather, the designation is a result of his life sentence.

Despite the horrors of his environment, Ross remains optimistic and strong, characteristically making the best of it. He has immersed himself in his case, spending a lot of time in the law library, and otherwise focusing on staying healthy mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

We hope and pray our next communication brings good news in our ongoing struggle.

We are grateful for your support, as always,

Lyn Ulbricht

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TRUMP TWEETSTORM: ‘WHEN DOES THIS WITCH HUNT STOP’

Slams Hillary Clinton, Podesta, DNC

Zero Hedge – MAY 20, 2018                                                    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

With the “Russian collusion” narrative disintegrating fast, as even the biggest Russiagate cheerleaders exit stage left now that the public’s attention has shifted to the FBI itself for having created the narrative after planting at least one infiltrator – Stefan Halper – in the Trump campaign, overnight the NYT tried to pivot the collusion story away from Russia and toward the middle east, reporting that Trump advisers met with an emissary for two Gulf nations during the campaign, a meeting arranged by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, suggesting countries beyond Russia may have offered help.

And while the NYT claims that “the meeting was convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s first year in office, according to several people with knowledge of their encounters” who we assume are more FBI moles in the Trump administration, it quietly admits deep inside the piece, that once again there is no actual evidence of anything improper: “It is unclear whether such a proposal was executed, and the details of who commissioned it remain in dispute”

So, in what appears to have been a late start to his usual Sunday morning tweeting, an especially angry president Trump erupted on his favorite social network, lashing out at a variety of recent developments.

First, after late on Saturday the president called on the DOJ to allow members of Congress to review documents related to the FBI spy, saying “If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal,” in his first Sunday tweet, referning the NYT story about “gulf emissaries”, Trump blasted the “failing and crooked NYT” for moving attention to the rest of the world after it found nothing on Russia:

Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!

Following up by an angry outburst, asking “at what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction.”…

… At which point Trump pivoted to his old nemesis, Hillary Clinton, asking why “they aren’t looking at the corruption in the Hillary Clinton Campaign where she deleted 33,000 Emails, got $145,000,000 while Secretary of State, paid McCabes wife $700,000 (and got off the FBI hook along with Terry M) and so much more. Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam.”

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PAY-TO-PLAY POLITICS

We are here to let you in on a dirty secret in Washington: To serve on the most influential committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, lawmakers are expected to raise a certain amount of money for their respective political parties. The sums involved have become astronomical — more than one million dollars for the most coveted spots. And neither party can claim the moral high ground: Democrats and Republicans alike expect this of their members.

You should not have to buy a position on any committee in Congress. That’s just wrong. To be a successful politician, you should not be judged solely by how much money you can raise. Issue One’s “The Price of Power” report illustrates just how rampant such pay-to-play politicking has become, and it offers solutions so that those serving in Congress can prioritize legislating instead of fundraising.

Constantly raising funds for the political parties interferes with the work of serving your constituents and your country. Hours spent fundraising — and worrying about fundraising — are time and energy diverted away from lawmakers’ legislative responsibilities. When members of Congress get out of bed in the morning, they should be thinking about solving the country’s problems as opposed to how much cash they can raise that day.

It should not come as a surprise that most members of Congress dislike both the fundraising quotas placed upon them and their second job of “dialing for dollars” as telemarketers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Lawmakers could undo these shackles by adopting simple, common-sense reforms as quickly as possible to sever the ties between fundraising and committee leadership, which would also reduce the conflicts of interest created by our current system.

It should be against House rules to require that legislators raise money to stay on a committee or to become the chair or ranking member of a committee. Moreover, members of Congress should be prohibited from soliciting funds during work hours while Congress is in session so their focus can be on the people’s work. Republican and Democratic leaders should also agree to bring “party dues” back down to earth. Furthermore, these dues should be publicly disclosed.

We are not saying that committee chairs should not be involved at all with fundraising to help their parties or their colleagues, but it should not be the primary arbiter of whether they ascend to, or stay in, positions of leadership.

It is unhealthy for our country and our democracy for money to be such a critical component of how legislative leaders are selected. This dirty secret has metastasized into a major cancer afflicting our legislative process. The time to combat this is now. Nothing less than the public’s trust in government itself is at stake.


Commentary by AJ Kern 

To understand the problem with Tom Emmer serving as the Deputy Chair for the NRCC, a private organization…  PLEASE READ the link: https://www.issueone.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/price-of-power-final.pdf

This is why the ‘establishment’ remain in power.  Why politicians do not listen to you but, are influenced by lobbyist and special interest….  Big money also means grassroots conservative candidates don’t stand a chance.  

Emmer would never be a member of the ‘Reformers Caucus’ because Emmer is a player in the problem the Reformers Caucus is attempting to solve…  

Reformers Caucus seek to end ‘pay-to-play’…

      “Today, most lawmakers do not spend the time building relationships with members of the opposing party or developing subject-matter            expertise related to their committees and constituents.   

       Instead, members of Congress are incentivized to spend up to 30 hours a week raising money, talking to a narrow set of deep-pocketed           donors or special interests, who also fund outside groups and “dark money” organizations to discourage political courage and fuel                   dysfunction in Washington.”  https://www.issueone.org/why-it-matters-2/

You think Emmer is bringing money back to the district?  That’s his excuse!  

How does this serve YOU?  How does this serve the district… or St Cloud?  

This isn’t a personal attack…  it’s just the truth.  Our country is in deep trouble and this is a huge part of the problem.

AJ Kern

Judicially Created Parental Alienation

Appeals court criticizes ‘judicially created parental alienation’ in case of baby with broken ribs

Seal of the Superior Court of PennsylvaniaA state appeals court has accused a Pennsylvania judge of “judicially created parental alienation” and a failure to provide due process when she kept a baby in “protracted foster care” after receiving no explanation for broken ribs and then terminated parental rights.

The judge, Lyris Younge of Philadelphia Family Court, abused her discretion when she refused to place the child known as N.M. in the care of a grandmother, according to the May 4 decision by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Younge also refused to allow the child’s mother to be represented by two lawyers at once, and refused to allow introduction of expert medical reports that attempted to explain N.M.’s broken ribs, the court said.

Younge’s refusal to allow the grandmother’s care or to reunify N.M. with her parents “provided the evidentiary platform” to support social workers’ petition to terminate parental rights, the appeals court said. “In essence, this is an example of judicially-created parental alienation.”

“In short, despite the goals of the Child Protective Services Law, the trial judge seems to have done everything in her power to alienate these parents from their child, appears to have a fixed idea about this matter and, further, she prohibited evidence to be introduced that might have forced her to change her opinion,” the appeals court said.

The court reversed Younge’s refusal to place the child with the grandmother, vacated the judge’s decision to terminate parental rights and strongly suggested that, if a petition for recusal is filed, Younge “give serious consideration as to whether her apparent bias warrants that she recuse herself.”

The Legal Intelligencer covered the decision in consolidated appeals by the mother and father. According to the publication, it is the ninth time one of Younge’s rulings has been overturned on appeal, and the fifth involving an alleged due process issue.

N.M., now 2 years old, was removed from the care of her parents in April 2016 based on allegations of physical abuse, according to the decision. N.M.’s parents had brought N.M. to the doctor three times because of “fussiness.” X-rays were finally ordered and two broken ribs were found. N.M. was placed in foster care.

N.M.’s mother had suggested that N.M.’s toddler brother sometimes forcefully ran into her back when the mother was holding N.M., but a doctor thought that would be unlikely to cause a rib fracture. Testing found N.M. had a genetic variant that wasn’t believed to be a cause, though a doctor said it couldn’t definitively be ruled out. N.M. did not, however, have brittle bone disease, which could have caused the fractures.

When the parents were allowed supervised visits, N.M. would “light up” when she saw her parents, according to testimony by a social worker. The parents had complied with a plan that included parenting classes and evaluations.

N.M.’s brother was temporarily placed with the grandmother, and was eventually reunified with the parents.

When Younge refused to move N.M. to the care of her grandmother, the judge said that no one had yet confessed to the abuse and there needed to be some closure about how the injury happened. “Either someone has to cop to it or there has to be a plausible explanation” for the injuries, Younge said.

“If I leave her [in foster care] maybe I get closer to an answer as to what happened instead of moving her to grandmom. … So, I’m not going to consider kinship care.”

The appeals court noted the comments in a footnote at the end of the opinion. “While this court must take and does take the issue of abuse of a child very seriously,” the footnote said, “the fact that a trial judge tells parents that unless one of them ‘cops to an admission of what happened to the child’ they are going to lose their child, flies in the face of not only the CPSL, but of the entire body of case law with regard to best interests of the child and family reunification.

“We find that the record herein provides example after example of overreaching, failing to be fair and impartial, evidence of a fixed presumptive idea of what took place, and a failure to provide due process to the two parents involved.”

Opportunity to be Heard by Justice System Leaders

Judges, court leaders to hold community listening session

May 7, 2018

On May 22, judges and other justice system leaders from the courts in Scott and Carver counties will host a community listening session at the Shakopee Community Center.

The event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room will give area residents an opportunity to share ideas, concerns, and other feedback related to Minnesota’s court system.

The listening session is free and open to the public, and no preregistration is needed to attend. Light refreshments will be served. The Shakopee Community Center is located at 1255 Fuller Street North in Shakopee.

“The community listening session is an opportunity for judges and other members of the justice system to listen to and learn from the experiences of those we serve,” said Judge Ann Offermann, a member of the First Judicial District’s Equal Justice Committee, which is sponsoring the event. Judge Offermann has participated in other community listening sessions as well. She is chambered in Shakopee.

All 10 of Minnesota’s judicial districts have an equal justice committee, which partner with the Minnesota Judicial Branch Committee for Equality and Justice to advance efforts to eliminate bias from court operations, promote equal access to the court, and inspire a high level of trust and public confidence in the Minnesota Judicial Branch.


Information on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Committee for Equality is below. As you’ll see, it’s another “diversity and inclusion” program focused on race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by law. 

Committee for Equality and Justice

In June 2010, the Minnesota Judicial Council authorized formation of the Committee for Equality and Justice (CEJ).

Mission:

To work collaboratively across the Judicial Branch to advance efforts to eliminate bias from court operations, promote equal access to the court, and inspire a high level of trust and public confidence in the Minnesota Judicial Branch.

To accomplish this mission, the Committee is charged with:

  1. Recommending diversity and inclusion education programs and course materials for judges and Judicial Branch employees;
  2. Promoting diversity and inclusion in the Judicial Branch employment and in appointments to Judicial Branch committees and boards to reflect the population served by the Judicial Branch;
  3. Making recommendations for improvement in court processes, procedures and policies  as they relate to race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by law; and
  4. Assisting district Equal Justice Committees in their work at the local level, and providing assistance in outreach efforts to the communities they serve.
Membership for the Committee for Equality and Justice is reflective of the state’s geographic and demographic diversity. It is comprised of 26 individuals who are justice system partners, attorneys, court employees, judges and members of the public.

Committee for Equality and Justice Reports

2017 Minnesota Judicial Branch Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report
2016 Minnesota Judicial Branch Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report

Community Dialogue Sessions

Since June 2008, Equal Justice Committees from each of the 10 judicial districts, engage in an initiative aimed at learning how the community views racial, ethnic and other areas of fairness in the Minnesota court system.

Community Dialogues piloted on June 30, 2008, in the Second Judicial District.

Since the pilot session, other judicial districts have hosted Community Dialogue Sessions with their local community members. Below are the final summary reports* from each Community Dialogue Session that has been held.

*The suggestions proposed at the Community Dialogue Sessions are reported here to reflect the substance of the discussion at each dialogue session. Unless otherwise noted, the Judicial Branch has not formally adopted these suggestions.

Questions about the committee may be directed to:
Melanie Larsen Sinouthasy 
State Court Administrator’s Office
(651) 284-4343

or

Polly Ryan
State Court Administrator’s Office
(651) 215-9468

LIVE COVERAGE: AT LEAST 10 DEAD IN TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING

At least 12 people are dead after a gunman opened fired at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas:

The suspect, who apparently fired into an early morning art class, was later apprehended by police – and another person has been detained, according to media.

A police officer was also reported as injured, but his injuries are currently unknown.

The suspect was “throwing explosives into a classroom,” according to some student witnesses as reported by WNCT.

“This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter,” the school district said in a statement. “The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries.”

“Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location. All other campuses are operating under their regular schedules.”

Santa Fe is roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston and has a population of around 13,000.

 

‘Unlawful Killing’ Princess Diana Banned Documentary

The royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place on Saturday May 19th. The hour-long ceremony will begin at 12:00pm sharp at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, but expect several hours of TV coverage first.

Before watching the wedding, watch what Meghan is marrying into. She may want to reconsider the nuptials into the British monarchy!

Published on Sep 1, 2017

Most Shocking Princess Diana Documentary You’ll Ever See

Unlawful Killing is a 2011 British documentary film, directed by Keith Allen, about the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed on 31 August 1997. It was financed by Mohamed Al-Fayed and Associated-Rediffusion and shown in Cannes while the 2011 Cannes Film Festival was in progress.It’s almost inevitable that YouTube will at some point (a day or a month from now) take down this important documentary by Keith Allen. I’m asking, that when this happens, others in the YouTube community upload it, KEEP THIS VIDEO ALIVE !!!