Last week, a warrant was issued and I was falsely arrested and imprisoned for 4 days. My crime? Blogging on this very site. I challenge readers to find another person that has actually had a warrant and been arrested at their home for blog posts. I was also arrested on a Sunday and according to MN Rule 3.03 Execution or Service of Warrant or Summons: A warrant is executed by the defendant’s arrest. If the offense charged is a misdemeanor, the defendant must not be arrested on Sunday or, on any other day of the week, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. except, when exigent circumstances exist, by direction of the judge, stated on the warrant.
What are exigent circumstances? Circumstances which require the need to engage in a search or seizure immediately due to an emergency situation where life and/or safety is at risk. Apparently this met the requirements.
Backstory: I was ordered to remove public documents and posts that were authored by myself and other writers on Red Herring Alert due to a harassment restraining order filed against me in July of 2017.
I complied with the unconstitutional purge conditions, and then received an affidavit of noncompliance with approximately 50 more posts to be removed. The deadline was 9:00 am on March 9th and at 9:09 am, I received the email with the unsigned Affidavit and Request for Arrest Warrant. This was signed by a Judge on March 14th. I filed my own Affidavit of Compliance and Motion to Vacate the Constructive Civil Contempt on March 17th. Excerpt Below:
“Respondent has complied with the purge conditions contained in the Court’s March 1, 2018 Order as well as the March 14th Affidavit of Non-Compliance, even though the validity of the original order has not been determined and the contempt was approved without specific findings of fact.
The civil contempt no longer continues as Respondent has cleared the contempt to avoid the sanctions imposed by the court. Please vacate the arrest warrant as well as attorney fee sanctions imposed due to full compliance.”
2017 Minnesota Statutes
CHAPTER 588. CONTEMPTS OF COURT
588.12 IMPRISONMENT UNTIL PERFORMANCE.
When the contempt consists in the omission to perform an act which is yet in the power of the person to perform, the person may be imprisoned until the person performs it, and in such case the act shall be specified in the warrant of commitment.
I was arrested on March 18th and did not have a hearing on the matter until Wednesday, March 21st. I have had to remove 200+ posts from Red Herring Alert including other writers work without due process and a compelling government interest.
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ~George Washington~