Big Rapids, MI — As constitutional rights are steadily eroded in the U.S. through the burgeoning police/surveillance state, one case in Michigan provides an example of just how dire the situation has gotten. Keith Woods, a resident of Mecosta County, was charged and recently convicted for the “crime” of standing on a public sidewalk and handing out fliers about juror rights.
Woods was exercising his First Amendment rights and raising awareness about something the courts deliberately fail to tell jurors when beginning a trial – jury nullification, or the right to vote one’s conscience. For this, Woods – a father of eight and former pastor – was charged with jury tampering, after an initial felony charge of obstructing justice was dropped following public outcry.
Even with the reduced charge, the case has very troubling implications for free speech rights. The county prosecutor, seemingly furious that a citizen would dare inform the public on jury nullification, said Woods’ pamphlet “is designed to benefit a criminal defendant.”
The prosecutor then seemed to contradict himself in a statement, saying, “Once again the pamphlet by itself, fine, people have views on what the law should be, that’s fine. It’s the manner by which this pamphlet was handed out.”
Woods, who testified in his own defense, stated under oath that he did not ask anyone walking into the courthouse if they were a juror, remained on the public sidewalk and never blocked any area. He decided to hand out the pamphlets at a Nov. 24, 2015 trial of an Amish man accused of draining a wetland on his property in violation of Dept. of Environment Quality rules.
Woods’ pamphlet did not contain anything specific to the case or any Michigan court, according to defense attorney David Kallman. But this innocuous behavior, which should be viewed as a public service, drew the attention of a judge who became “very concerned” when he saw the pamphlets being carried by some of the jury pool.
“I thought this was going to trash my jury trial, basically,” testified Judge [Peter] Jaklevic. “It just didn’t sound right.”
Jacklevic ended up sending that jury pool home on Nov. 24, 2015 when Yoder took a plea.
Jaklevic continued to testify that he stepped into the hallway with Mecosta County Prosecutor Brian Thiede when Det. Erlandson and a deputy brought Wood into the courthouse that day. Mecosta County Deputy Jeff Roberts testified he “asked Wood to come inside because the Judge wanted to talk with him,” then threatened to call a city cop if Wood did not come inside.
Wood testified Judge Jaklevic never spoke to him that day, or him any questions, before ordering his arrest. He tells FOX 17 he had concerns his case was tried in Mecosta County where all of this happened, involving several court officials including the judge.”
To recap, this judge said “it just didn’t sound right” that people were carrying informational pamphlets on their rights as jurors, and he possibly lied on the stand to justify the fact that he had Woods arrested for doing nothing wrong. What’s more, Woods was brought to trial in the same court where all of this transpired, where county officials had literally teamed up to violate his rights in the first place.
“So our taxpayer dollars are paying their salary, and they were the actors in this case to arrest me, to imprison me, and all that,” said Woods. “I did have a very great concern that they were the ones trying the case, because they work together day in and day out.”
Defense attorney Kallman notes that during Woods’ trial, they were prohibited from arguing several points to the jury.
“And of course, the First Amendment issues are critical: that we believe our client had the absolute First Amendment right to hand out these brochures right here on this sidewalk,” said Kallman. “That’s part of the problem of where we feel we were handcuffed quite a bit.”
When asked how he felt about his First Amendment rights, Woods replied,
Oh, I don’t feel like I have them.
We had briefs about the First Amendment, free speech. It was very clear today, I know the jury doesn’t hear that, but it was very clear that the government did not meet their burden to restrict my free speech on that public sidewalk that day. It was very clear.
Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo. This article first appeared here at The Free Thought Project.
On CPS And Other Examples Of Totalitarian Government Monopolies
There is a reason for concern about the rise in totalitarianism in Amerika. The government-monopolized judicial system is a banana republic-like system.
The lawlessness and criminality within the system is rampant. Not just with the judicial system but now it seems that everything associated with government, from medical care to the local zoning board, operates as a racket, and many of those who are a part of the system seem to view the civilian population as the “enemy,” or as toys to play with, or as insects to step on.
This recent post by Martin Armstrong describes his own experiences with the judicial system and his time in jail. Armstrong links to this article on Zero Hedge regarding power-hungry judges who criminally overstep their authority. Armstrong concludes:
I have no compassion for anyone who works in the Justice Department and would never hire a lawyer who ever worked for the government. There is nothing these people will not do to win. You have zero rights and they will kill you and go celebrate at dinner afterwards. You cannot possibly image the type of people who gravitate to these positions. I believe they are the kids who tortures cats and dogs for fun.
So yes, there are many criminals and degenerates who are judges and lawyers or otherwise law bureaucrats who are power-hungry and would run over their own children to attain more power over others as well as enrich themselves with others’ fortunes.
And take “Child Protective Services.” (Please.) CPS bureaucrats are really part of the judicial system, as everything else seems to be. This article on Activist Post describes the ordeal that Jeffrey and Erica Henderson went through. The government police broke into their home without a warrant, beat up Jeffrey and charged him with “resisting.” Eventually their kids were taken from them, their possessions and finances stolen from them. All this based on an anonymous tip from a “neighbor” who wanted to accuse them of “endangerment.” In the article, a statement from Mrs. Henderson includes: “The officers searched our home, strip searched and interviewed our children and found no evidence of abuse. I was never arrested or ticketed.”
“Strip searched”? No evidence of abuse? Excuse me, just who here is endangering innocent children? The parents who happen to oppose vaccination and who homeschool their kids, or the government police who are strip searching innocent little children? (Incidentally, Bill Sardi has this article on the recent study on vaccinated kids vs. non-vaccinated kids. Very important information. But I digress.)
Mrs. Henderson also notes: “The prosecution alleged we were guilty of resisting an officer by not opening the door when the police said to, and child endangerment because of the psychological damage suffered by the children from watching the door being beat down.”
Of course, legally, if the government police don’t have a warrant (and to get a warrant there needs to be reasonable suspicion, probable cause), then they don’t enter the place without your consent, period. And the children’s “psychological damage” caused by watching marauding thugs break into their home? Well who the hell is responsible for THAT? Yes, the ones who criminally broke into innocent people’s home!
Now, I’ve been a law-abiding citizen my whole life. So, I expect our government police to obey the law, too, you know. There are rules they must follow. But really the one who should be arrested here is the damn neighbor for making an anonymous complaint. That neighbor should be charged with false accusation, harassment and endangerment. S/he started all this.
And then there was Tom Ball, who ended up self-immolating as a protest against the court system, CPS and the police, after a ten-year ordeal. In a nutshell, a mental health counselor told his wife that if the wife didn’t call the police on him, the counselor would have them both arrested. (That would mean more CPS child-kidnapping.) His conclusion later on was that the wife called the police on him to protect the kids not from him but from CPS.
That way of protecting the kids from CPS is substantiated by Mr. Henderson, mentioned above, who agreed to divorce Mrs. Henderson in order to save the kids from being taken away from them by CPS.
So the system here is really anti-father, anti-husband, anti-male. (My conclusion is that many who work for CPS are not married and don’t have children themselves. What do you think? Am I all wet on that?)
CPS also makes a lot of money every time its agents kidnap an innocent child.
And then there was the case of the late Georgia state Sen. Nancy Schaefer, who was investigating CPS kidnappings of innocent children and a possible linkage to child sex-trafficking. With government agencies, especially those dealing with the more vulnerable of society, for some reason such an institution seems to attract the sexual deviancy of degenerates. The State is a cult, in my view.
Sen. Schaefer ultimately was killed in an alleged “murder-suicide” along with her husband, killings that were very suspicious and could cause people to conclude that she was “suicided.”
But the corruption and abuse isn’t just with the judicial system, it is very much with government itself, and the cronies who associate with them.
For example, more recently, according to Erin Elizabeth, there have been several suspicious deaths/murders of doctors associated with holistic medicine/alternative treatments for disease and cancer (other than the Big Pharma poison that most people get). I am not accusing anyone involved with Big Pharma of actually killing innocent people in order to suppress information about nutritional alternatives for treating disease or cancer. But, given all the tax-funded handouts and the FDA-Big Pharma revolving door, it wouldn’t surprise me, that’s what I meant to say.And I have frequently mentioned the plight of teenager Justina Pelletier. Now almost 19, while in her mid-teens she was being treated for mitochondrial disease, but when her regular doctor was away she was seen, or scheduled to be seen by a different doctor. But there she was seen by psychiatrists instead, who dismissed her treatment as being unnecessary and that her disease was really “somatoform disorder,” i.e. it was “all in her head.” From that point onward, the “doctors” i.e. quacks changed her medical treatment and attempted to force her into a program of “behavior modification,” while at the same time had DCF seize custody of Justina away from her parents, and had her placed in this prison-like facility. Besides criminally kidnapping Justina, the “doctors” and their aiders and abettors put her into worse health, she then had to use a wheelchair, and now the Pelletiers are suing the hospital and doctors for doing these things to her. And good for the Pelletiers. Actually, I believe the “doctors” should be charged criminally with kidnapping, endangerment, child abuse, assault and battery, and human enslavement, as well as sued financially.
Those “doctors” might have been using Justina as a guinea pig in their psychological studies as well as being part of getting government grants for research. So these dishonest practitioners, too, are inter-connected with the State. When the State gets involved with medical care, it turns the doctors into government doctors. Governments use and abuse people for the government agents’ own purposes, for political or social power, financial enrichment, and/or for the sake of furthering their brainwashed ideologies. In this case with the Pelletiers, the “doctors” brainwashed ideology is “behavior modification,” in which they attempt to fit the medical patient into such an ideology like forcing a square peg into a round hole.
For more information, Natural News lists some medical kidnapping cases, and there’s a website devoted to such criminality. In many cases, Establishment practitioners consider a parent’s disagreement with doctors’ diagnosis or course of treatment as “abuse” of the child. In some cases, doctors are just plain wrong in their course of treatment of patients, but such doctors are too ignorant to know that or too arrogant to acknowledge it.
Besides the aforementioned Tom Ball who self-immolated after a ten-year ordeal with CPS, one other victim of the bureaucratic gestapo was Andrew Wordes. This case didn’t involve children or CPS. Wordes was a resident of Roswell, Georgia who kept chickens on his back yard and gave away eggs, according to this article by Jeff Tucker. However, the local zoning fascist bureaucrats didn’t like the chickens so they tried to get Wordes to remove the chickens even though he was not violating any ordinance. He actually won in court, but later the fascists got the city council to rewrite the law for the purpose of further harassing Wordes. So the town’s bureaucrats went after this guy for no good reason, except to exert power and control over him. Eventually, after a long battle inflicted on him by hardcore Nazi-wannabes that he felt he could not win, he blew up his house and himself with it.
To conclude, government is different from other institutions. Government is a monopoly. It is a forced, compulsory monopoly over the people. Government therefore attracts the worst of the worst (with few exceptions) who become addicted to the power over others that governmental monopolistic authority gives those people, and that gives the people associated with it or who benefit from such power grabs.
Scott Lazarowitz is a libertarian writer and commentator. Please visit his blog.
A family from California was threatened with jail time and then booted off an oversold Delta flight last week for refusing to give up a seat they paid for, according to a report.
The latest debacle for the airline was caught in an eight-minute YouTube video that shows employees telling Brian Schear that he and his family would be tossed behind bars if they didn’t get off the Los Angeles International Airport-bound flight from Maui on April 23.
A female employee can be heard telling him in the video, “Then that’s going to be a federal offense and you and your wife will be in jail and your kids.”
“We’re going to be in jail? And my kids are going to be in what?” Schear, of Huntington Beach, asks in disbelief.
“It’s a federal offense if you don’t abide by it,” she explains, to which the dad responds, “I bought that seat!”
We’ve traded our liberty, we’ve traded our freedom, we’ve traded our dignity to be treated like animals. And we’re not going to be safer for it.
A culture has been created by our authoritarian government that has no respect for you as an individual. People who will strike a woman who is holding 2 babies in her hand because she didn’t follow the rules. That’s where we’re headed. We have to understand what this is. We have to shut this down. We not only need people like this man who stood up to the bullying, We need an army of people who will demand our freedom, our dignity as human beings and we will not be treated like this.
This isn’t an American Airlines problem. This is American airlines and airports in general. This is not a corporate problem, this is a government problem. David Knight
U.S. Marshals Service inserts itself into Family Court drama
Once again, the U.S. Marshals Service is accused of inserting itself into a case to benefit an alleged child abuser.
Brooks provided medical records for her daughter and two other children who lived with her ex-boyfriend that were consistent with sexual abuse, including symptoms like vaginal and yeast infections. Brooks said all the infections went away once all contact between her daughter and her ex-boyfriend was blocked.
Brooks told this CDN reporter that once the U.S. Marshals got involved in January 2017, she felt she had no choice but turn herself in:
“I surrendered on January 30, 2017 after the U.S. Marshals were called in out of nowhere due to a criminal warrant being issued, again out of nowhere. The Marshals made it clear that I had no option. I was left with the option of cooperating and facing a local charge, or not cooperate and possibly face federal charges as well as have my parental rights terminated, along with anyone who had helped me facing federal charges. Not wanting to face federal charges and have my rights terminated, and definitely not wanting those who helped facing charges, I surrendered.”
Brooks arrived back in Union County, North Carolina on January 2017 to face charges of child abduction. Now, less than three months later those charges have been dismissed, but not before her ex-boyfriend received sole custody with Brooks receiving only four hours of supervised visitation at a cost to her of $900 per month.
“It’s extortion,” said Brooks’ boyfriend Jeremy Bess of the supervised visitation.
Bess said that the U.S. Marshals were used to hand a child to a pedophile:
“We believe in Kristy’s case that Union county sheriff’s office presented trumped up charges to a local magistrate, got a warrant for parental abduction, utilized the services of the U.S. Marshals to traffic a child to a child molester. After the child was delivered to the father, with the help of the Marshals, the charge for parental abduction was dismissed. It’s our belief that the Marshals were utilized under false pretense.”
An email to the Union County District Attorney’s Office was left unreturned.
The degree of insanity in the courts is something that is indescribable unless you have witnessed it for yourself. Small is big, left is right, slow is fast, up is down and weak is strong.
A term has even been coined for individuals that experience psychic injuries due to assaults by legal abuses, ethical violations, betrayals, and fraud in the court system. It’s called “legal abuse syndrome” and was identified by Dr.Karen Huffer, a marriage and family counselor who was also brutally defrauded in the courts.
In my case State of Minnesota vs Deirdre Elise Evavold- Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4227, the court ordered that I complete a forensic psychological evaluation and cognitive skills assessment as I “showed no remorse or comprehension” for my actions. “The absence of remorse should never justify additional punishment because due process guarantees defendants the right to assert their innocence, and defendants cannot be expected to show remorse if they do not admit the crime.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24618518
The goal was always to get me to plead guilty or be found guilty when I’m not!
My sister also wrote a letter to the judge stating that I may have an undiagnosed mental health issue, hoping this would persuade the judge to apply leniency and a downward departure in sentencing. At that time, my family believed I could receive up to 12 years in prison due to the six felony convictions. In actuality, this was one alleged “crime” charged 6 different ways, which made someone with no prior criminal history, into a multiple offender in a single court case.
Remember, it is an affirmative defense if a person charged under §609.26 DEPRIVING ANOTHER OF CUSTODIAL OR PARENTAL RIGHTS proves that: (1) the person reasonably believed the action taken was necessary to protect the child from physical or sexual assault or substantial emotional harm.
You can’t however, use the affirmative defense if you are deprived of your evidence and if the court prevents certain evidence from being presented at the trial of the case. As I’ve stated before, the overall goal is to break you down and get you to accept any injustice thrown at you. This was done through the use of perjured testimony, illegal withholding and suppression of evidence to use in support of the affirmative defense, due process violations, witness tampering, abuse of discretion, judicial bias and malicious prosecution.
Anyhow, I completed my court ordered evaluation and unfortunately for those that wanted me to be diagnosed with a mental illness, I passed!
Am I being paranoid that the courts would want me to be diagnosed with a mental illness? I don’t think so . . . If the judge commits someone to treatment, it is typically for a six month period. The case is then reviewed with a hearing to determine whether the commitment should be extended. The exception to this is cases involving Mentally Ill and Dangerous Persons, Sexual Psychopathic Personalities, or Sexually Dangerous Persons. In those cases, there is not an end date to the commitment period; instead, periodic reviews are conducted by the court to determine whether the commitment continues to be necessary. http://www.mncourts.gov/Help-Topics/Civil-Commitments.aspx
The article below shows what happens when you speak out against court corruption.
A Dakota County jury convicted Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald of refusing to submit to a breath test and obstructing the legal process in connection with an April 2013 traffic stop.
We also have Mr. Michael Brodkorb who became the main mouthpiece for spreading disinformation when MacDonald ran for Supreme Court. Brodkorb was and has been fixated on MacDonald and our criminal cases, covering them exclusively and not covering any other case or other news story. Brodkorb has lied by ommission and has refused to report facts and details of these cases. (Brodkorb and Judge Asphaug also made sure that the private letter my sister wrote to the judge was made public).
In journalism the term hack writer is used to describe a writer who is deemed to operate as a “mercenary“ or “pen for hire”, expressing their client’s opinions in articles. (I think it’s pretty obvious who Brodkorb’s clients are)!
Comments Brodkorb has made in some of his writings about me:
Evavold connected to Michelle MacDonald
Evavold previously served as Michelle MacDonald’s campaign manager for MacDonald’s campaign for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2014.
Evavold is not an attorney, but is an activist, who also ran a blog focused on exposing what Evavold and her supporters believe are injustices and corruption in the judicial system
Last but not least, we have the 20/20 hatchet job on this case that originally aired in April 2016 and was rebroadcasted in March 2017. What do they have to gain in pushing this false narrative? Well, six enormous media conglomerates combine to produce about 90 percent of all the media that Americans consume. The mainstream media is the mouthpiece of the establishment and promotes the agenda of the establishment.
The big news networks have developed an almost incestuous relationship with the federal government in recent years. But of course the same could be said of the relationship that the media has with the big corporations that own stock in their parent companies and that advertise on their networks.
This is one of the reasons why we very rarely ever see any hard hitting stories on the big networks anymore. The flow of information through the corporate-dominated media is very tightly controlled, and there are a lot of gatekeepers that make sure that the “wrong stories” don’t get put out to the public. 7 THINGS ABOUT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA THAT THEY DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW
Family Courts are “government” and as such are supported by public funding. A multibillion dollar enterprise has been created by the family court divorce, domestic abuse and child abuse industries. Currently, non-profit and for profit advocacy groups nationwide and in the state of MN are obtaining court connected federal funding through Health and Human Services to infulence custody cases.