It was an honor to sit beside Lyn Ulbricht during this live interview at PorcFest 12 in New Hampshire. She is inspiring in her devotion to freeing her son Ross from the clutches of the government. Ross is in federal prison for life without parole because he created a website where people can do business over the internet. Like eBay. Only on his website, people sold pot, among other things. He was sentenced more harshly than Charles Manson for crimes involving no victims. His mother continues to appeal the government’s convictions and is seeking support.
Derrick J pleads Guilty to a parking ticket, but Judge Burke says “NO!” James Butler of Florida CopWatch joins. A Berlin, NJ woman was stabbed to death in her front driveway after police failed to issue her a gun permit in time. Steffon Josey-Davis is pardoned for the victimless “crime” of having a gun in New Jersey. Plus, Adam Rupeka’s charges are dropped! This episode also feature a new CopBlock Store commercial!
Today is my birthday, and where else would I want to be at 8:30am except in Judge Burke’s courtroom, awaiting another parking ticket arraignment? Last time I tried the “dead fish” strategy: I didn’t speak during arraignment, I barely spoke during trial, and I was predictably railroaded by the prosecution. Judge Burke found me guilty of two parking violations and fined me $10.
The trial and everything leading up to it costs the court (and therefore the taxpayers) far more than the $10 collected in “revenue”. Not only is it costly for the government to prosecute this victimless crime, it’s also time consuming: the prosecutor was kept busy filing paperwork, gathering witnesses, and preparing his arguments. The entire parking enforcement (which only consists of 2 people) was incapacitated for nearly 4 hours while sequestered for trial. How much money can the city government collect in 8 parking enforcement man-hours? Well, that opportunity was lost because I chose to take these tickets to trial.
If you think this is stupid, you might be surprised that I agree with you. What a waste of time and money! But remember — I didn’t set the system up this way — the people calling themselves “the government” did. And they can stop this charade at any time by simply dismissing the parking tickets. What would they have to lose? They’d certainly have a lot to gain.
Anyway, this time, I chose a new strategy: Go to arraignment with a piece of paper already written out, explaining that I want to plead GUILTY, except the paper is *UNSIGNED*. Once Judge Burke accepts this piece of paper, it becomes part of the record. It is now on the record that I want to plead guilty.
You’d think that would be enough, but Judge Burke did something interesting. He entered a plea of NOT GUILTY on my behalf. Why would he do that? The answer can be found in the following short video from court this morning:
In short, my point was: The judge has demonstrated bias against me, the defendant. Judge Burke is presuming (without evidence) that I am subject to the laws of the State of New Hampshire, but that is one of the elements that must be proven by the prosecution! How can I be forced to be at arraignment if the Judge is not presuming jurisdiction?
What do you think about this strategy? My next step is to file a motion to reverse the plea and motion to have Judge Burke recuse himself because of the bias he demonstrated. He is protecting the prosecutor and doing his job for him by assuming one of the essential elements of the crime: jurisdiction. Without jurisdiction, the case must be dismissed, but he’s not going to let that happen, is he?
Blue lights start flashing behind you on a lonely Virginia highway. What do you do? James Cleaveland started recording. What happened next, he could have never predicted. It’s a good thing he got it all on film!
UPDATE: James’ charges have been dropped. Many speculate this is due to his video record of the events.
James Cleaveland Arrested
Storm Trooper Blocking
Ademo Freeman, DEO, and Derrick J all inside Peace News studios for this special episode broadcast exclusively from Keene, New Hampshire: the Liberty Media Capital of the World! We discuss the recent murder of a homeless man by an employee of the LAPD, plus take your calls.
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“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
On this episode of CopBlock Radio, Ademo joins us from DEO’s underground bunker in Cleveland, Ohio. DEO Shares a story of a man killed by police for throwing rocks. “Straight Razor” calls in to share his perspective as a law enforcer in Texas. And finally, Derrick J shares the story of a CopBlocker in Keene NH who this week was sentenced to 1.5 years in jail for recording police.
“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be” – James Baldwin
Heroic activist, blogger, entrepreneur, and Free State Project participant James Cleaveland was sentenced in Judge Burke’s courtroom in Keene, New Hampshire for the charges of “disorderly conduct” and “resisting arrest”. His charges stem from a June 30th incident in which James was video recording police. According to officer accounts, James was ordered to move back from an “active scene,” and he complied. After complying with the first officer’s request, a different officer demanded he move back further. He refused and was arrested.