Thursday, October 23, 2003

Rick Stanley is being held on two felony counts of attempting to influence a public servant.

His bail is set at $50,000 but he won't be eligible for release until he's served a 90 day sentence which was handed down in his absence last week.

At the sentencing hearing last week, he didn't appear but instead sent a "Notice & Order" that directed the judges in question to dismiss the case & return his $1,500 bond money, his S&W .357 Magnum revolver & the 6 cartridges that were in said revolver. The document also included a threat of issuing warrants for the judges arrest based on charges of treason.

As I keep saying I don't necessarily agree with the way Mr. Stanely has gone about things. But in prinicple he's correct. Any judge that would convict someone for exercising a Right acknowledged by two constitutions is being less than intellectually honest, to say the least.
Unfortunately our legal system is such that there is little action that can be taken through more appropriate channels, unless the judge is in an elected office.

So while I would have perhaps done things a bit different I totally understand the frustration that led Mr. Stanley to his actions, & while those actions may be questionable the base of his argument is sound. Judges who enforce laws that infronge upon constitutionally guaranteed Rights are not judges, they're merely enforcers for the jurisdiction they serve.

So I do find it a bit hypocritical that judges who would sentence people to jail for exercising Rights acknowledged by two constitutions would take offense at a person who threatens to issue warrants for their arrest over such actions. It's very much like a robber calling the cops on another robber who just happened to rob him.

What I would recommend is as complete a social & economic ostracisation as possible with the judges, or any public officals who would infringe upon our Rights.

As usual, more on this when I see it.

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