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A Good Day For The First Amendment

Jailed Blogger Darren Chaker Wins First Amendment Case

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 12/27/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — A California Blogger , Darren Chaker , recently reversed his conviction in federal court on First Amendment grounds where he said “Ms. Leesa Fazal, an investigator with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, was “forced out” of her previous post with the Las Vegas Police Department.”  See Cato Institute article. Supporters included Cato InstituteACLU of San DiegoElectronic Frontier FoundationFirst Amendment Coalition, and Brechner First Amendment Project at University of Florida. ?

After spending months in jail, Mr. Chaker imprisonment was found unjust. The Ninth Circuit, Case. No. 15-50138/ No. 15-50193, found, see opinion “Chaker’s blog post, which claimed that former police investigator Leesa Fazal “was forced out of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department,” does not qualify as harassment.” The court continued to state in relevant part, “The government also failed to prove that Chaker’s blog post satisfied the elements of defamation, including falsity and actual malice. See N.Y. Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 279–80 (1964).”

In this instance Nevada Attorney General Investigator Leesa Fazal of Las Vegas made multiple reports about the blog to her own agency, Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and FBI. None of them took any action to file charges.  Until she contacted Mr. Chaker’s probation officer alleging defamation, which people are typically sued for in civil court. Mr. Chaker was on probation for a white collar crime.

The Human Rights Defense Center published an article saying in part, “The First Amendment protects the right of everyone to use the Internet to criticize government officials – including people on supervised release from prison,” noted Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff attorney Adam Schwartz.

As reported by the Cato Institute in a post appeal article, “Chaker notes on his personal blog that he is “only one of 4,708,100 people are on probation or parole.” Millions of individuals’ political speech could have been swept up under the precedent set by the lower court’s outrageous decision…. The decision in Chaker v. United States is thus a victory for First Amendment advocates and political activists everywhere. It protects the rights of even the most downtrodden and implicitly applies the correct defamation standard to political speech aimed at public officials.”

During oral argument on June 10, 2016, it was conceded the speech was non-criminal. The Ninth Circuits YouTube Channel, shows oral argument where the former chief judge did not appear happy about restricting non-criminal speech:

23:16 Judge Kozinski to AUSA – “You managed to bamboozle…I mean the United States, managed to fool the district judge imposing the condition…”;

26:31 Judge Kozinski, “It’s okay for the district court to say obey all laws…but this is not at all limited to criminal conduct…this is conduct that is not illegal…agree this is conduct that is not illegal?”, reluctantly Government attorney said “agreed that the condition reached conduct that is not illegal.”

Jailing a blogger for non-criminal speech for criticizing government is precisely what sets America apart from oppressive regimes who seek to control the media and thoughts of those who govern its population. In this instance, the government lost, but sets a dangerous precedent of how resources can be used to silence critics.

Additional information may be found at, http://darrenchaker.com/darren-chaker-wins-appeal/

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Stearns Co. Has Some Splainin To Do!

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Dan Rassier files defamation lawsuit against investigators for Wetterling case 

– Dan Rassier is suing the Stearns County investigators, including the sheriff, who once named him a person of interest in the Jacob Wetterling case.

According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday morning, Rassier and his mom, Rita, are seeking more than $2 million in damages, claiming the law enforcement agencies botched the investigation into Jacob’s disappearance.

“The thing you have to understand is people in Stearns County, we didn’t do any research, but people really thought he was guilty,” Mike Padden, Rassier’s attorney, told Fox 9. People really believed it. That’s the problem when law enforcement runs amok like that.”

Eleven-year-old Jacob was kidnapped at the end of Rassier’s driveway on October 22, 1989. During the initial investigation, Rassier told authorities he saw two cars drive onto the farm property the day of the abduction.

But in the years that followed, Rassier went from being a key witness to the focus of investigators.

In 2004, Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension zeroed in on Rassier. He was formally named a person of interest in the Wetterling case in 2010 after investigators executed a search warrant was executed on his farm and took his personal property and some of his land.

The court documents describe a malicious, reckless and fraudulent effort on the part of the three investigators named in the lawsuit to obtain the search warrant. Rassier and his lawyers claim the investigators did not disclose certain details to the judge regarding the case because it would have kept them from getting the warrant.

The personal property that was taken in the search was not returned to Rassier until last November, two months after Heinrich admitted to the kidnapping and killing Jacob, the lawsuit says. The topsoil that was taken by investigators has still not been returned.

Rassier was finally cleared after Heinrich confessed to the crime last September. His claims in the lawsuit include defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unlawful entry, search and destruction of his home and property on the part of law enforcement.

In addition to Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, Rassier also named Pam Jensen who worked for Sanner as well as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Ken McDonald as co-conspirators against him.

Click to read more and view the video: http://www.fox9.com/news/244683777-story


2 Men Suing Stearns County In Separate Cases

November 21, 2016 6:37 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two Minnesota men will file civil rights lawsuits against the sheriff’s office that led the investigation into Jacob Wetterling’s kidnapping. They claim the failings of investigators ruined their reputations, after accusing both of them of murders they did not commit.

Dan Rassier was the first publicly named person of interest in Jacob’s case. He wasn’t cleared until Danny Heinrich’s courtroom confession. Ryan Larson was arrested for the killing of a Cold Spring police officer. Another man who killed himself was later named as the killer in that case.

Continue Reading: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/11/21/stearns-county-lawsuits/


Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner Photo: Stearns County Sheriff’s Office 

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner plans to retire next month

Career was shadowed by search for Jacob Wetterling.

Continue Reading: http://www.startribune.com/stearns-county-sheriff-john-sanner-plans-to-retire-next-month/416768503/

 


Stearns sheriff must clear innocent man

With the recent developments regarding Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance, many have been able to obtain much-needed closure from a crime haunted our region for over two decades.

Now that the healing can begin, one aspect has gotten lost among the shuffle; the systemic misconduct that has taken place within the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department. The manner in which the initial search, and eventual investigation was executed not only allowed Jacob’s killer to remain free for more than two decades, but also destroyed the reputation of an innocent man.

Throughout Sheriff John Sanner’s time, his investigation attempted to create a new theory for Jacob’s abduction and murder, one that is based entirely around one innocent man — Dan Rassier.

 The unsealing of the warrants, which formed the basis for the excavation of the family farm in 2010, detailed misrepresentations and false statements. They even went as far as to falsely portray Dan as being investigated by Interpol. I would invite everyone to listen to the recently released American Public Media’s eight-part podcast “In The Dark,” which details this further.

Despite finding no evidence linking Rassier to the crime, the sheriff continues to refuse to clear his name. It has been six years since that very public search of the Rassier family farm. Not a single item has been returned to the family, nor was Dan ever officially cleared from the case — leaving him forever connected to a crime he didn’t commit.

To top this off, we all had the pleasure of watching Sheriff Sanner stand tall during that news conference following the killer’s confession, praising himself and his department while ignoring that it was blogger Joy Baker’s hard work that ultimately shifted the investigation back in the right direction.

So, job well done Mr. Sanner, but our leadership of the department needs to be re-examined.

Deep State Mulls “Continuity of Government” Plan to Overthrow Trump

Infowars warned you about COG for years

WATCH: Alex Jones’ Emergency Message To President Donald Trump To Deter Martial Law

The fact that Ornstein is now trying to sell the idea publicly indicates it was already quietly under discussion amongst the network of globalists embedded in the various government think tanks and agencies inside the beltway that had supported Hillary Clinton in her failed presidential bid.

Ornstein fails to mention Clinton’s deep ties to Russia – the Clinton Foundation brokered a deal giving Putin 20% of US uranium production, according to the N.Y. Times – but that doesn’t matter because the Trump/Russia conspiracy is simply a fake narrative used to deceive the public into accepting the idea that Trump must be replaced with a globalist puppet.

The globalists maintain control through deception; what they tell you isn’t the truth but rather what they want to you to believe so they can gain power over you.

And as Infowars has documented over the past several years, the shadow government has expanded its “continuity of government” powers to ensure its survival – in this case amid a populist revolt that transferred power back to the people.

WATCH: Alex Jones talks about COG in 2011:

During the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security put together a COG plan so secretive that Congress was mostly unaware of its existence.

“Whether for a worthwhile pretext or not, plans have been put into place to transfer power outside of elected government,” Infowars reported in 2011. “In its place is a constitution-circumventing framework to share power between the special interests who have bought/run the executive branch and legislative branch, including the National Security shadow powers given precedent there, including military and CIA capabilities.”

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Déjà vu

Judge frustrated with father of Wolferts sisters for violating court orders

Courtesy: Missing Sisters Danielle 15, and Sydney Wolferts, 16, were found by the Pleasant Grove Police on Sunday, January 3, 2016                     

More than a month after they were ordered to return to Kansas with their father, the Wolferts sisters are speaking out about alleged trauma they’ve incurred since being moved in March.

Danielle and Sydney Wolferts, 15 and 16, respectively, were found at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 3 in Pleasant Grove with their mother, Michelle Wolferts, at the Green Grove Apartments. The two sisters were reported missing in July 2014 while they had visitation with their mother.

The two girls, along with their older sister, Brittany Wolferts Dangerfield, and their mother have accused their father, Brian Wolferts, of psychological and emotional abuse and neglect on multiple occasions. He has constantly defended himself and said the alleged abused is a part of brainwashing brought on by his ex-wife.

On Wednesday and Thursday, two separate hearings were held by Judge Christine Johnson to discuss custodial and divorce matters.

On Wednesday, Johnson noted that Brian Wolferts has violated numerous court orders, the first being that he’s kept the girls in his home.

When the girls were ordered back to Kansas, they were ordered to live with a neutral third party while legal matters were sorted out and because a Utah Division of Child and Family Services investigation found reason to believe he was emotionally abusive.

As a part of their release to Kansas, court record show both parties were to suggest a credible therapist within a week. Court records show the therapist has been uncooperative with the guardian ad litem in reporting the girls’ progress, and a new therapist has been recommended.

The two were also supposed to have supervised visitation and monitored phone calls with Dangerfield and their mother. But since they’ve been with their father, not even the guardian ad litem has been able to speak with them.

“It’s very concerning. Their safety is a huge concern,” Dangerfield said. “A lot of people hoped that if and when they went back, everything would go smooth. That is exactly the opposite of what has gone on.”

Court documents show Johnson was frustrated with these violations, acknowledging that an experienced and credible therapist needs to be counseling Sydney and Danielle. Johnson also ordered that the guardian ad litem be allowed to speak privately with the girls.

“Every court order that he was ordered, he refused to do any of it,” Dangerfield said.

The guardian ad litem reported on Thursday to Johnson that she spoke with Danielle and Sydney Wednesday night, and said they don’t feel safe in their father’s home.

“They said they were afraid to talk because of repercussions,” Dangerfield said. “They said they’ve been roughed up and extremely traumatized since they were taken in March.”

Dangerfield said Danielle and Sydney didn’t discuss to what degree they’ve been traumatized, but they told their guardian ad litem they’re not lying.

“They’d take a polygraph and do anything to prove they’re telling the truth,” Dangerfield said.

Dangerfield said another court hearing with Johnson is planned for the future, but the date has not yet been set.

Dangerfield said she hopes her sisters can speak more about their circumstances to smooth out the numerous accusations flying from both sides of this issue that they’ve found themselves at the center of.

“It’s really scary that two girls who have tried and tried to speak haven’t had their words heard,” she said.

Kurt Hanson is the Breaking News and Courts reporter for the Daily Herald. He can be reached via email at khanson@heraldextra.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hansonherald.


Help Save the Wolferts Sisters !!

A message from Brittany:
For regular updates please see my blog at

http://wolfertssisters.blogspot.com

I love my sisters deeply. I hope and pray they can be returned to safety soon. I am so worried about their future.  The day I turned 18 I left the custody of my father for many reasons I won’t post here.  My uncle on my mom’s side of the family helped me set up this account.  Nobody on my dad’s side of family support me at all and have shunned my sisters and I for speaking out. The funds will be only be used to help wth any legal representation and court fees for me and my sisters (Dani and Sydney Wolferts – ages 14 and 15) to at least be heard when we find them. I am challenging a system that doesn’t want to hear me and turns me away when I am just trying to be a voice for my sisters and express myself based on my personal experiences. I may also need help in the Junvenille court system along with any therapy type requirements the court system could require for my sisters. I don’t know what’s going to happen but I can’t live without knowing that I at least tried to have their situation and circumstances known as I have lived what they are going through. I am working and using my own funds and any of my spare time to hopefully help them be found and have a voice. I have a scheduled hearing for the beginning of October. My court case will have the details that I am not willing to state publicly, but they are seeking to feel safe. All your prayers and any donations are so much appreciated.

I encourage any Lawyers, Guardian ad Litems, family law students, etc, who understand Utah law and Juvenile law to come to my court hearing so that many eyes can can at least witness that the courts handle my case with unbiased and correct proceedings.

A little more about me: I am a 20 year old college student who already has my associates degree and am working towards a degree in Behavioral Science. I had to take time off my college studies to help fight for my sisters. I recently was married to a wonderful man that supports me wholey. My passion is Art but I want to be a counselor to help kids that have been put in tough situations beyond their control. My Uncle, Troy Olson helped me set up this page.

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IT’S HALF-PAST GET OUT!

What is a GAL? A Guardian ad Litem is an advocate for a child whose welfare is a matter of concern for the court. In legal terms, it means “guardian of the lawsuit.”


IN ESSENCE, STATES ARE INCENTIVIZED BY FEDERAL GRANT MONEY  TO CREATE SITUATIONS THAT DON’T EXIST TO GENERATE THESE FUNDS.  
   Everyone wants a piece of the federal funding pie, so you have federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations, private foundations and corporations all working together to support the efforts of these programs. We don’t need government to intervene in families and then have adults and children abused by the very system that is designed to protect them. The majority of the time, parents are in the best position to represent the interests of their children
Read more about grant funding: Healthy Marriage-Responsible Fatherhood & Faith-Based Grants…We Know What the Game Is!

Proposal: If the deficit is not funded, services to children need to be reduced by 8%. There are several considerations to be aware of in discussing which children no longer receive guardian ad litem services. Because of the Federal mandate for abused and neglected children in juvenile court, both congressional and legislative agreement would be required to remove this mandate.  Additionally, the guardian ad litem is independent from the child welfare system and often may be the only person who is assigned to the child from the beginning of the case through permanency. Eliminating mandatory guardian ad litem appointments in dissolution/custody cases would be particularly troublesome in pro se cases where the parties are proceeding without legal counsel and would greatly complicate the work of the court. (Um, I don’t think so!)

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Children at Risk: Foster Children’s Rights Ignored

Getting off a school bus, heading home for an afternoon snack and sitting down for homework.

McKenna Ahrenholz doesn’t complain about an average afternoon.

She has much more important ways to use her small voice in an effort to make a lot of noise.

“As early as I can remember I was in the system,” she wrote in a letter to lawmakers explaining her life while she was caught in Minnesota’s flawed child protection system. “I have been punched, starved and neglected.”

They’re big words to come from such a small person. At just 12 years old, McKenna is fighting for the thousands of foster kids across the state who don’t have a voice.

Because, in Minnesota, they’re not always given one.

“No one would listen that we wanted to stay at grandpa and grandma’s,” the letter continued. “The people who make the laws like yourselves need to hear us children who are the ones going through such a crazy life.”

McKenna and her four siblings have a lengthy history with child protection in counties all across the state.

Click to read more and view the video.http://kstp.com/news/children-at-risk-foster-childrens-rights-ignored-child-protection-mckenna-ahrenholz-childrens-law-center/4303701/


State Lawmakers Move Forward on Bill Aimed at Giving Foster Children a Voice 

March 09, 2017 06:53 PM

State lawmakers moved forward Thursday on a bill they hope will give abused and neglected foster children a voice.

The proposal stems in part from a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation that found examples of juvenile victims forced to fend for themselves, despite state law saying they’re entitled to a lawyer.

The piece featured 12-year-old McKenna Ahrenholz, who testified Thursday in front of the Minnesota House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee.

Click to read more and view the video: http://kstp.com/news/minnesota-house-bill-ron-kresha-state-legislature-aims-to-give-voice-to-foster-children/4421376/

 

After 20+ Years Minnesota Guardian ad Litem Board STILL Working to Improve Complaint Process

Minnesota, Jan. 2017:  The Board that manages Minnesota’s GAL program has absolutely failed to address serious issues that have put children’s live at risk, caused children to be placed in the custody of unsafe parents and then be re-abused, and contributed to families being torn apart and children, estranged from parents…as documented in complaints raised by parents. 

Families have been coming forward for 20+ years to raise complaints about individual Guardian ad Litems in regards to unprofessional conduct, and conduct that violates their mandated duties.

Many concerns have been raised about the use of guardians ad litem. Most complaints have centered on guardian actions in family court cases, primarily in contested divorce actions. Complaints have focused on guardian bias, lack of oversight and accountability, inadequate training, and inappropriate communication between guardians and judges. Parents have also complained that there is no place to seek relief if they have a problem with a guardian.” GAL Executive Summary (95-03) February 28, 1995

Continue Reading: https://acalltoactionblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/mn-gal-board-complaint-process/


Click on links below to view e-mails sent to the Attorney General, Board on Judicial Standards, Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor; MN House Reps, the State GAL, Sheriff, Congressman Tom Emmer and others.

GAL Jean Hariman FIRED

Atty. General

Selective Enforcement of Law

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Slumlord:  An owner of slum property, especially one that overcharges tenants and allows the property to deteriorate.

“Yo, my slum lord T to the J Smitty painted over the mold on my walls to fix it … At least he picked a nice color.”

It is not uncommon for slumlords to buy property with little or no down payment, and also to receive rent in cash to avoid disclosing it for tax purposes, providing lucrative short term income. (Thus, in the U.S., slumlords would normally not participate in government-subsidized programs such as Section 8, due to the requirements to report income and keep properties well-maintained.) A slumlord may also hope that his property will eventually be purchased by government for more than it is worth as a part of urban renewal. Wikipedia

Judge Vicki Landwehr

MAXIMIZING PROFITS BY MINIMIZING SPENDING

Judge’s St. Cloud properties, including one with meth lab, are called a blight  ‘High levels of criminal activity’ cited at some of the rent-to-own houses

By John Reinan Star Tribune    November 26, 2016

As a district judge, Vicki Landwehr spends her days meting out justice. But as the co-owner of nearly 20 residential properties in the St. Cloud area, it’s Landwehr who’s on the receiving end of public scrutiny — and legal action.

Several of the properties she and her husband, Don, own have been identified by neighbors and St. Cloud city officials as blights on neighborhoods. Earlier this week, police raided one house and found a meth lab — the latest in a series of troubling incidents that have angered residents and prompted city officials to investigate.

City officials have met twice with residents to discuss the problems. The most recent meeting, held last week, drew about 100 attendees. The city is so concerned about the issue that it is now taking administrative action against the couple for renting the houses without a license. Continue Reading: http://www.startribune.com/judge-s-distressed-properties-a-blight-on-st-cloud-neighborhoods/403063086/

The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards

Judicial board dismisses Landwehr complaint

“I’m obviously happy that the complaint was dismissed. It’s somewhat stressful to have a complaint filed against you,” Landwehr said Friday. “I obviously had indicated from the outset that I always made every effort to make the disclosures that I thought were required. … That’s important to me.”  (Interestingly, Landwehr was appointed to the Judicial Standards Board by Governor Pawlenty in 2008 and was a judge member through 2016. BOARD ON JUDICIAL STANDARDS). 

Read More: http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2016/12/23/judicial-board-dismisses-landwehr-complaint/95745742/

Below is another complaint Judge Landwehr was obviously happy that was dismissed. 

Landwehr Complaint


City dismisses Landwehr contract-for-deed violations

“Don Landwehr said he feels the city was not looking to punish him and his wife, but gain compliance at the contract-for-deed properties.”

Read More:http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2017/03/20/city-dismisses-landwehr-contract–deed-violations/99406260/


Here’s an opportunity to meet Judge Landwehr and learn more about the local injustice system in St. Cloud.

Stearns County Open Courthouse Flyer

2017 Stearns County Open Courthouse Event

The public is invited to celebrate Law Day at the Stearns County “Open Courthouse” event on April 28.

On Friday, April 28, the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud will open its doors to the public as part of a Law Day “Open Courthouse” event. The event is being held to showcase the work of Minnesota’s courts, and educate the public about the work of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and citizens in administering the state’s justice system. The free, open-to-the public event, will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Open Courthouse event will feature numerous activities, including:

  • A special welcome ceremony hosted by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge John H. Scherer.
  • An opportunity to meet local district court judges and justice system partners.
  • Guided “behind-the-scenes” tours of the Stearns County courthouse, with presentations by judges and Stearns County justice partners.
  • An information fair with representatives from numerous law- and justice-related organizations.
  • Information on free and low-cost legal services available to the public.
  • Presentations and displays focusing on the history of Stearns County and the Stearns County Courthouse.

The Open Courthouse event is scheduled to coincide with Law Day, a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day was first established in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A in 1961.

“The justice system truly belongs to the people, and serves to keep our communities safe, fairly resolve disputes, and preserve the rule of law,” said Chief Judge Scherer. “As our nation pauses to celebrate Law Day, we wanted to give the citizens of Stearns County an opportunity to learn more about their local justice system, meet the people that work in our courthouse, and find out about the legal services available to them in the community. We will even share many of the colorful and interesting stories that have shaped the history of our near century-old courthouse.”

The Law Day Open Courthouse event is being hosted by Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District in partnership with Stearns County and local justice system partners.

The Naked Truth

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FOX NEWS PULLS NAPOLITANO AFTER HIS TRUMP WIRETAP CLAIMS

Fox News has reportedly pulled Andrew Napolitano from the air indefinitely

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