All Northern Nevada Federal Judges are recused from TY ROBBEN v CARSON CITY lawsuit(S)

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Judge Richard F. Boulware

The letter comes pursuant to LR 7-6 and 7-5. Case number 3:13-cv-00438-RFB-VPC is now assigned to Judge Richard F. Boulware and has various motions that have been pending over 60 and 120 days including a motion for summary judgment, motion for PACER fee waiver and several ex parte 7-5 motions to void/vacate all orders issued by the former judge Miranda Du and Magistrate Valerie Cooke.

Case number 3:15-cv-00529-RFB-VPC is now assigned to Judge Richard F. Boulware  and has a motion for fee waiver outstanding past 60 days.
Case number 3:15-cv-00530-JCM-VPC is now assigned to  Judge James C. Mahan   and  and has a motion for fee waiver outstanding past 60 days.

Judge James C. Mahan

I have filed several Local Rule LR 7-6 and 7-5 letters and motions that are not on the record. I have resent these to  Judge Richard F. Boulware  and Judge James C. Mahan via email and called their chambers to verify hey received the emails that were also sent to the Defendants’ counsel Brian M. Brown.

As I’ve stated in the previous emails, I may file a petition for writ-of-mandate in the 9th circuit court of appeals if my cases continue to remain in limbo. As you know, the entire Northern District of the Federal Court has recused from all three cases and I did suggest to the Chief Judge Gloria Navarro that the entire Nevada Federal Court should be recused and the cases assigned to the 9th circuit for the appointment of an out-of-state judge on all 3 cases. This did not happen and instead Navarro reassigned the cases to Judge Richard F. Boulware and Judge James C. Mahan.
 
There is urgency since these cases need the fee waivers granted for PACER along with allowing the Plaintiff (me) the ability to file on-line with PACER. I’ve also requested filing fee wavers for both 3:15-cv-00529-RFB-VPC and 3:15-cv-00530-JCM-VPC need to be “filed” so the statute-of-limitations does not become an issue.
Case 3:13-cv-00438-RFB-VPC has been sitting around over 1 1/2/ years on a summary judgment motion. I’ve argued that summary judgment is unconstitutional pursuant to the 7th Amendment in addition to opposing the motion. This motion is ripe and past the 120 day waiting for a decision. Additionally, the motion will exceed 6 months and need to be filed Every six months (October 1 and April 1) every judge must submit a report to Washington that becomes publicly available. Among other things, the judge must report on whether any motion has been under submission more than six months.
I’ve started to write a petition for writ of mandamus to the 9th circuit. Here is some law in addition to the judicial code-of-conduct (canons) that a judge has a duty to decide a case.

A Writ of Mandamus is Necessary to Compel the Court of Appeals to Decide the Emergency Motion for a Stay of Proceedings “Repeated decisions of this court have established the rule that this court has power to issue a mandamus, in the exercise of its appellate jurisdiction, and that the writ will lie in a proper case to direct a subordinate Federal court to decide a pending cause.” Knickerbocker Ins. Co. v. Comstock, 16 Wall. 258, 270 (1872). Where a lower court’s failure to act obstructs litigants from having their claims adjudicated and ultimately brought before a higher court, this Court and the courts of appeals have consistently issued writs of mandamus so that the legal process can proceed. In Ex parte Crane, 5 Pet. 190 (1831), this Court issued a writ of mandamus to compel a lower court to render its judgment, because failing to do so prevented the petitioner from pursuing an appeal.

Chief Justice Marshall, writing for the Court, held that “We cannot perceive a reason why the single case of a refusal by an inferior court to sign a bill of exceptions, and thus to place the law of the case on the record, should be withdrawn from that general power to issue writs of mandamus to inferior courts, which is conferred by statute.” Id. at 194; see also Ex parte United States, 287 U.S. 241 (1932) (writ issued to district judge instructing him to issue a bench warrant); Ex parte Bradstreet, 32 U.S. 634 (1833); Virginia v. Rives, 100 U. S. 313, 323 (1879) (extraordinary writs have “very much extended in modern times, and now it may be said to be an established remedy to oblige inferior courts and magistrates to do that justice which they are in duty, and by virtue of their office, bound to do.”). Likewise in Will v. Calvert Fire Ins. Co., 437 U.S. 655 (1978), this Court affirmed the Circuit Court’s issuance of the writ of mandamus to a district judge, who deferred the adjudication of the petitioner’s federal claims during the pendency of a state court action. This Court held that “There can be no doubt that, where a district court persistently and without reason refuses to adjudicate a case properly before it, the court of appeals may issue the writ ‘in order that [it] may exercise the jurisdiction of review given by law.’”

Id. at 661-62 (quoting Knickerbocker, 16 Wall. at 270). To hold otherwise, the Court has explained, would be to give the lower court a pocket-veto over the higher court’s supervisory jurisdiction and result in an indefinite obstruction of the appellate process. See Roche, 319 U.S. at 25 (“Otherwise the appellate jurisdiction could be defeated and the purpose of the statute authorizing the writ thwarted by unauthorized action of the district court obstructing the appeal”). Following this Court’s direction, the courts of appeal have issued writs of mandamus when the failure of a district court judge to rule on a dispositive motion prejudices the litigants’ ability to seek a timely appeal.5 In McClellan v. Young, 421 F.2d 690 (6th Cir. 1970), for example, a district court had allowed four months to elapse before ruling on a prisoner’s petition for habeas corpus. Citing La Buy v. Howes Leather Co., 352 U.S. 249 (1957), the Sixth Circuit issued the writ and ordered the district judge to render his decision within ten days of the mandate being issued. Id. at 691; see also In re Sharon Steel Corp., 918 F.2d 434, 437 (3d Cir. 1990) (writ issued to a district judge who declined to rule on a dispositive motion, where “the district court’s inaction [was] an unexplained abdication of judicial power” because the district judge “had a duty to dispose of that motion, a duty inherent in a judicial system which guarantees a conditional right to an appeal.”). Petitioner concedes that “[m]andamus, prohibition and injunction against judges are drastic and extraordinary remedies.” Ex parte Fahey, 332 U.S. at 259. Nevertheless, this Court’s issuance of the writ has become necessary to preserve its own appellate jurisdiction. In the circumstances presented here, “appeal is a clearly inadequate remedy,” id. at 260, insofar as it is the appeal itself that is obstructed by the Court of Appeals’ failure to rule.

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Ty Robben’s letter to the Reno Federal Court

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TODD ROBBEN

Plaintiff In Pro Se

Vs.

 

CARSON CITY, NEVADA; DEPARTMENT OF ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING ET AL; DAS CHIEF RORY PLANETA IN HIS INDIVIDUAL and official capacities, DAS ASSISTANT CHIEF KATE SUMMERS IN HER INDIVIDUAL and official capacities, DAS OFFICER MARTIN HALE IN HIS INDIVIDUAL and official capacities, DAS DOES 1-10 IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL and official capacities, CARSON CITY JUDGE JOHN TATRO IN HIS INDIVIDUAL and official capacities, CARSON CITY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEIL ROMBARDO IN HIS INDIVIDUAL and official capacities, CARSON CITY DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TRAVIS LUCIA IN HIS INDIVIDUAL and official capacities, CARSON CITY JAILHOUSE DOCTOR Joseph e mcellistrem phd IN HIS INDIVIDUAL and official capacities

 

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Case No. 3:13-CV-00438-RCJ-VPC

 

 

 

 

 

PLAINTIFF’S LR 7-6 **OPEN** “LETTER TO THE COURT”

 

 

LR 7-5 EX PARTE MOTION TO DISQUALIFY JUDGE JONES

 

LR 7-5 EX PARTE MOTION VACATE/VOID ANY/ALL JUDGE DU AND MAGISTRATE JUDGE COOKE AND CHIEF JUDGE NAVARRO ORDERS DUE TO FRAUD FRCP 60(B)(D)(1)(3).

 

…IN THE ALTERNATIVE LR 7-5 EX PARTE MOTION TO RECONSIDER AND ALTER/AMEND SAID ORDERS PURSUANT TO  FRCP 52(B) FRCP 59(E) & FRCP 60(B)(D)(1)(3).

 

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Ty Robben protests the Reno Federal courthouse 2015 “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”

Click here: Tahoe Mountain News covers Ty Robben’s protest

and part II here: Tahoe Mountain News covers part II of the Ty Robben vs. Justin Brothers Bail Bonds ‘Bounty Hunter’ case where criminal charges have been filed against agent Doug Lewis

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UPDATE JANUARY 22, 2016 RENO FEDERAL  JUDGE ROBERT C. JONES HAS BEEN RECUSED AND ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT  AFTER READING THIS 

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Embattled federal judge taking senior status

Embattled Federal Judge Robert Cliven Jones calls it quits

SOURCE: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/embattled-federal-judge-taking-senior-status

A longtime Reno federal judge who has repeatedly clashed with an appeals court is taking senior status next month.

Robert Clive Jones, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in October 2003, becomes a part-time judge on Feb. 1, according to court officials.

Federal Clerk of Courts Lance Wilson said Jones plans to keep his cases but will reduce his new caseload to 35 percent of what he is now receiving.

One case Jones won’t be keeping is the longstanding legal dispute between the government and the family of the late Nevada rancher Wayne Hage. The family was accused of trespassing for grazing cattle without a permit on federal land.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week reversed Jones and sided with the government. The court ordered Jones, who was openly critical of the government’s actions, removed from the case because of his apparent bias.

The decades-long dispute centers on the Hage family’s Pine Creek Ranch near Tonopah, and is well known in the West and among property rights advocates who charge the government exercises a heavy hand in relations with those who make their livelihood off the land.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Nevada on Tuesday assigned the Hage case to herself.

Jones, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, served as a bankruptcy judge for years before he became a district judge. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of law.

Several of his other high-profile decisions in recent years have been overturned by the 9th Circuit.

His rejection of same-sex marriage in Nevada in 2012 was reversed in 2014. So was his 2012 effort to pull “None of These Candidates” off the ballots.

Jones also was overturned in September 2015 when the 9th Circuit revived a lawsuit against the Nevada Health and Human Services Department over the issue of disenfranchising potential low-income and disabled voters.

Jones, who did not return a call for comment, will continue to keep his full-time salary while on senior status, even with a reduced caseload.

Senior judges in the federal court system must be at least 65 and have served on the bench for 15 years.

The full-time position Jones is vacating will be filled by presidential appointment, according to Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia.

But a nominee likely won’t be confirmed by the U.S. Senate until 2017 because of the election year, Tobias said.

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135. Find him on Twitter: @JGermanRJ.


Ty Robben filming of lawless America movie

Ty Robben filming of lawless America movie

Plaintiff, Todd Robben comes now before “the court” which is more than a “presiding judge”. “A judge is not the court” People v Zajic, 88 Ill. App.3rd 477,410 N.E.2nd 626 (1980). The court encompasses the entire “court” pursuant to Local Rule LR 7-6.

LR 7-6. EX PARTE COMMUNICATIONS.

(a) Neither party nor counsel for any party shall make an ex parte communication with the Court except as specifically permitted by these Rules.

(b) Any unrepresented party or counsel may send a letter to the Court at the expiration of sixty (60) days after any matter has been, or should have been, fully briefed if the Court has not entered its written ruling. If such a letter has been sent and a written ruling still has not been entered one hundred twenty (120) days after the matter has been or should have been fully briefed, any unrepresented party or counsel may send a letter to the Chief Judge, who shall inquire of the judge about the status of the matter. Copies of all such letters must be served upon all other counsel and unrepresented parties.

Judge Robert C. Jones

This letter will be printed and sent to the newly assigned current presiding judge Robert C. Jones if I am unable to obtain his email address. I will also email this letter to the entire court and post the “open” letter/motion on his website Nevada State Personnel WATCH[1] where I can link sources, facts and evidence to this letter akin to Wikipedia.com. The on-line version on my website will bring this document to life with explosively stunning proof including legal documents, vetted news articles from Nevada Appeal, government records, KRNV news videos, Carson City Sheriff videos, courtroom videos and pictures of all my allegations set forth in this pleading.

 

Chief Judge Gloria Navarro

LR  7-6 allows a Plaintiff to write a letter to the court when a matter/motion is taking an exceptionally long time to resolve. This is such a letter. My cases(s) have pending matters/motions that have been ripe for over 60 days and over 90 days. In fact, an unconstitutional motion for summary judgment has been lingering for well over a year and a half.

My outstanding motions include fee waivers and request to file electronically using PACER/CMECF thus I will utilize email to broadcast this LR 7-6 letter and LR 7-5 motion since the court/judge can’t seem to make a decision on my motions for fee waivers and request to file electronically.

Judge Miranda Du

Judge Miranda Du

The Plaintiff questions the sudden disqualification of Judge Miranda Du after over 2 years into this instant case and after issuing numerous orders that must now be vacated and voided as a matter of law. On top of that Chief Judge Navarro responded to Plaintiff’s LR 7-6 letters by making orders! Any and all said orders by Chief Judge Navarro must also now be vacated and voided as a matter of law since she never had jurisdiction in any of these ROBBEN v CARSON CITY case(s). [2]

I suggested all my cases be assigned to Chief Judge Navarro since she is the “chief” judge and represents the court in my controversial cases. Chief Judge Navarro declined.

The stink of judicial corruption is so ripe; I can smell it hundreds of miles away on the west side of the Sierra!

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My cases are ripe for a fair and neutral judge unlike Judge Robert C. Jones[3] where are serious conflict-of-interest persists. 28 U.S. Code § 455 (a)Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.

Miranda Du, Reno federal courthouse,

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Perhaps the only solution is to assign all my cases to a retired federal judge or the other option is to have a 9th Circuit Appeals judge or U.S. Supreme Court judge sit on my case which is both possible and highly unlikely.

I also understand the federal court system is backlogged and understaffed. Waiting years for a case like mine is unacceptable. I would like to see the U.S. congress address the deficiencies and perhaps when may matters are resolved I can direct may activism  towards the U.S. congress to rectify to unacceptable conditions in the U.S. judiciary   and make this a win-win for everyone.


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CSI Nevada: The Nevada ANTI Corruption Movement

The Brian Sandoval Deception 


In Harris v. Maricopa County Superior Court, 631 F. 3d 963 – Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit 2011 the Court states Congress and the courts have long recognized that creating broad compliance with our civil rights laws, a policy of the “highest priority,” requires that private   individuals bring their civil rights grievances to court.” See Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises, Inc., 390 U.S. 400, 402, 88 S.Ct. 964, 19 L.Ed.2d 1263 (1968).Such suits provide an important outlet for resolving grievances in an orderly manner and achieving non-violent resolutions of highly controversial, and often inflammatory, disputes. Guaranteeing  individuals an opportunity to be heard in court instead of leaving them only with self-help as the means of remedying perceived injustices creates respect for law and ameliorates the injury that individuals feel when they believe that they have been wronged because society views them as inferior.” Id.

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protest at the Reno Federal Court

My cases are highly controversial and highly inflammatory and should have been given the “highest priority” since they go to the core of civil rights and the epicenter of the National debate on gun control and the need to preserve and expand the 2nd Amendment to defend against a tyrannical government. My case(s) showcase how corrupt and dysfunctional the court systems are in Nevada from the top down and exemplify that for some of us, the only justice we will receive will come in the form of exercising the 2nd Amendment rights in an armed revolt/protest as we’re witnessing with the Nevada ranchers in the Bundy militia standoff(s) in Oregon and the previous standoff in Bunkerville, NV at the Bundy ranch.

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Amendment II: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

This letter/motion is not a threat of harm to anyone. Instead, this is my way to redress my grievances before taking up arms. If this matter escalates, I’ve done my part for the world to see that I had no other choice than to escalate and perhaps die in an armed confrontation which could have and should have been preventable had the U.S. court system worked properly.  I am prepared to die for this cause. Read the pleading to understand why.

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Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke

Since the court including Judge Miranda Du, Chief Judge Navarro and Magistrate Judge Cooke have essentially suspended the rules-of-the-court, Local Rule LR IA 3-1 by making orders sua sponte and ignoring the rules and controlling case law. It’s clear that Judge Robert C. Jones is going probably to do whatever he wants sua sponte. The ex parte motions in this pleading allow the judge to act sua sponte or the judge may ask the Defendants’ to file an opposition. In fact, this letter may exceed a page length rule (although LR 7-6 has no page requirement) and I’ve combined ex parte motions in this pleading which may or may not be unorthodox and the court can suspend the rules for this pleading in the interest of justice.

CNN coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

CNN coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Since the court has ignored its own rules and acted unorthodox, it appears we’ve entered judicial anarchy and the rules have been suspended pursuant to Local Rule LR IA 3-1 anyway. There really is no pretty way or politically correct way to write this letter/motion in light of the reality and facts involved.

I’ve been unconstitutionally jailed for my 1st Amendment free speech; I’ve received calls from the Sheriff, the FBI and the U.S. Marshall for what I say in my court pleadings and websites. The authorities always say “We just want to talk with you”… “We will buy you coffee if you sit down with us and just talk about what you’re saying Mr. Robben”… They can keep their change and just read this along with everyone else.

2013 Nevada legislature session protest

2013 Nevada legislature session protest

I must take this effort to control the narrative and quash the dis-information and propaganda spewed out by the Defendants’ and their lawyer Brain M. Brown and his THORNDAL ARMSTRONG DELK BALKENBUSH & EISINGER law firm who just lost a recent case in the Las Vegas federal court where the jury awarded over $2 million dollars to victims of Lyon county corruption (estate looting) that reached levels of criminal wrongdoing by the county recorder. Perhaps may case should be moved to Las Vegas as well.

Las Vegas Sun Brian Sandoval Security beefed up

Jury awards $2 million to sons in case of looted estate in Nevada
By Ken Ritter, Associated Press
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 | 2:46 p.m.

SOURCE: http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/nov/13/jury-awards-2-million-to-sons-in-case-of-looted-es/

Attorney Brian Brown, representing Lyon County, said officials were disappointed in the decision.

A federal jury in Las Vegas is ordering a rural Nevada county and its former elected public administrator to pay more than $2 million to three sons who maintained that their father’s home was looted of valuables before they arrived after he died in 2006.
Lyon County is on the hook to pay $1.6 million to sons of Joe Robinson Mathis, and former county Public Administrator Richard Glover was held accountable for $280,000, said Brian Irvine, an attorney for the sons.

The county and Glover were both also held responsible to repay $217,000 for missing property, Irvine said.

The verdict was handed down Tuesday, after a five-day civil trial before U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon.

Irvine said he expects an appeal, but he felt relieved for the Mathis brothers: Richard Mathis of Las Vegas; Anthony Mathis of Montpelier, Vermont; and James Mathis of Ellensburg, Washington.

“It’s been a long haul,” said Irvine, who argued the case with attorney Justin Bustos. “They’re pleased with the result. They hope that it will be a good final result for them.”

 

Brian Brown attorney

Disgraced attorney Brian M. Brown

Attorney Brian Brown, representing Lyon County, said officials were disappointed in the decision. Brown and county Manager Jeff Page said a decision whether to appeal wasn’t immediately made.

 

The county of about 53,000 people has an annual operating budget of about $30 million. It has insurance for acts performed by officials in their public capacity, Page said.

“We’re weighing our options at this stage,” the county manager said.

Attorneys for Glover didn’t immediately respond to messages.

The allegations revolved around the role of the elected officer entrusted to oversee administration of the estates of people who die with no qualified relative or designee to administer their affairs.

The jury found that Lyon County violated the constitutional right to due process of the Mathis family by failing to provide an opportunity for a hearing before allowing Glover into the property.

Joe Mathis died in May 29, 2006, at his home in Smith Valley, about 80 miles southeast of Reno and 30 miles southwest of the Lyon County seat of Yerington.

Family members and Glover were notified by the county sheriff, and Glover went to the home before Anthony Mathis arrived June 1. Mathis reported the house had been ransacked and that items including firearms, jewelry, silver coins, military decorations and tools had been removed, according to the complaint filed in May 2007.

Glover didn’t face criminal charges related to Mathis property. He didn’t run for re-election in 2010.

“One of the key determinations was that Mr. Glover was acting as a final policymaker on behalf of the county … without any real oversight from the county,” Irvine said.

KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

As an activist and outspoken advocate against judicial and government corruption, Judge Robert C. Jones hate people like me who have dug into to the Mormon/LDS Inc. and exposed the infiltration of the Mormon/LDS Corporation into top government positions in Nevada (and other States like California) to promote the “Mormon/LDS agenda”.

The author, who herself was married in a Mormon temple at age 19 but now considers herself a non-denominational Christian, says there’s a secret agenda  Mormon officials don’t like to talk about publicly.

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“A complete takeover of the government,” she said. “They have more people in the CIA, the FBI. They have an employment office for Mormons in D.C. to be able to infiltrate them into the government.”

“They’ve been trying since the beginning to get someone in the presidency, because they believe they have to establish their authority so when Jesus comes to Earth, the Mormon Church will take control of the government and the Mormons will be the government of God on Earth,” she continued.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2011/10/354721/#l5M1JTWkHVBzOd1Z.99.

NEVADA STATE PERSONNEL WATCH

In fact, Judge Robert C. Jones is one who attempted to use his position to sway the LGBT marriage issues in Nevada[4]. This Plaintiff is not gay or a member of any LGBT community. Discriminating against the LGBT people is wrong and a violation of the Judicial Code of Conduct when it was done to support the Mormon/LDS agenda. The LGBT marriage issue is actually a positive economic situation for Nevada, especially in Las Vegas where people get married (and in Reno where people get divorced).

Judge James E. Wilson Jr. corrupt

Judge James E. Wilson Jr. Carson City corruption

That said, the Plaintiff first requests Judge Jones to disqualify himself. The Plaintiff knows Judge Jones is a very high ranking Mormon/LDS bishop and the Plaintiff respects this fact.  The Plaintiff also knows his case(s) now before Judge Jones involve other high ranking Mormon/LDS church/corporation members including another LDS District judge from Carson City named James E. Wilson Jr. and numerous others. In fact, this Plaintiff questions if a Mormon/LDS judge is impartial pursuant to canon 2, 2A and 2C. The numerous news articles and reviews concerning Judge Robert C. Jones is very, very concerning to this Plaintiff. Judge Robert C. Jones was recently rebuked by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals about discriminatory and unethical practices against non Mormons and the use of out of state lawyers. The Plaintiff also questions if there is any Mormon/LDS or other relationship with Robert C. Jones and the Defendants’ lawyer Brian M. Brown and the Thorndal law-firm the must be disclosed. Based on previous bad acts and the admonishment from  the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Robert C. Jones can not possibly be impartial in any of my cases and he must disqualify.

Judge Tatro Carson City Corruption

Judge Tatro Carson City Corruption

Instead of any appearance of justice, this court discriminates against me and other pro se litigants’ and treats this as some kind of game of slow-ball corn-hole. Apparently Miranda Du didn’t want to play anymore so she took her gavel and cut-and-ran instead of making a decision that she was obligated to do pursuant to the Code of Judicial conduct to decide my cases timely, fairly and impartially. Miranda Du did not even disclose her reason for her disqualification. All Miranda Du’s orders must be vacated and voided.

This letter and motion(s) will be the most important thing you’ve ever read because everyone is wondering if and when my “peaceful” protests will turn into an armed revolt you’ll need to read the following memorandum of points and authorities to find out… This pleading is being written on Martin Luther King day 2016. Justice long delayed is justice denied –MLK.

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MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES

Ty Robben

Ty Robben

ABOUT ME: Fist off, who is Todd “Ty” Robben? I am the Plaintiff in this case and the other cases (case# 3:13-CV-00438-RCJ-VPC, case# 3:2015cv00529-RCJ-VPC, case# 3:2015cv00530-RCJ-VPC ) now somehow all “randomly” assigned to Judge Robert C.  Jones and Magistrate Judge Cooke.  This is very suspicious and not credible that my three cases were “randomly” assigned to the same two people.

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Call the Reno/Carson news and demand they cover the cover-up

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Recently the Reno and Carson City news outlets covered the story about a DNA warrant issued for the arrest of a John Doe who may have shot Carson City judge Tatro’s house and tried to light the home on fire. A Christmas card was also sent to Tatro with the words “You will die”.

judge tatroWhat the news is not reporting is that a person named Levi Minor claimed to have been the person who shot Tatro’s house. Levi Minor admitted to the incident and the Carson City Sheriff claims he just used a BB gun.

Levi claims he shot Tatro’s house because the judge had an affair with his mom who also worked in the Carson City courthouse.

JUDGE TATRO LIBEL CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: Tatro Sheriff interview

The news is covering-up this important story!

They covered up the shooting! – Call or email them at:

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Why is the Carson City cartel going after Ty Robben?

Because Ty exposed the corruption in the Carson City courthouse…

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Carson DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

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By Geoff Dornan

The Carson City District Attorney’s office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Two cases involving Robben were turned over to the Douglas County DA’s office after Senior District Judge Charles McGee in Reno disqualified the Carson DA’s office from handling them.

Ty Robben "gangsta blogger"

But two months after that ruling, McGee, of his own volition, entered an order saying he would reconsider that decision in light of an April opinion by the Nevada Supreme Court effectively reversing the precedent he relied on in disqualifying the DA. While McGee said he still has concerns, he would like to see the issue briefed and would consider reinstating the Carson DA’s office.

judge tatroSee the Carson City DA filing here: MOTION – Request to re-appoint (1)

 

But in between his first order and the second one, issued April 15, Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation-to-commit-murder charge as well as the libel, stalking and harassment charges filed in the first case. He said in the dismissal notices that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Putting Carson City back in charge would allow the office to refile the charges against Robben, including solicitation to commit murder, a Category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

 

nevada appeal storyIn the request for reappointment, Assistant DA Mark Krueger emphasized that the Carson DA’s office “reviews the evidence provided by law enforcement and charges only those crimes in which the Carson City District Attorney’s office believes occurred and can be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Douglas Co. Nevada DA Mark Jackson

However the Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed all 6 charges and counts due to lack of probable cause, the lower standard and the highest standard beyond a reasonable doubt.

Those charges included 3 felonies, gross misdemeanors and the most serious class B felony of solicitation of murder on a judge.

 

Levi Minor

Levi Minor shot Judge Tatro’s house

 

The libel charged was dismissed because what Robben said was in fact, true.

Robben reported on his website that Carson City resident Levi Minor admitted to shooting Judge Tatro’s frond door in December 2012.

Robben reported the motive was that Minor’s mother, who also worked at the courthouse,  had an affair with Judge Tatro.

Robben confirmed that Minor told him this in person when he was in custody in the Carson City jail.

judge tatro shooting video

judge tatro shooting

Robben also reported on the alleged breathalyzer test requirements for Judge Tatro before he takes the bench and related DUIs.

 

Judge Tatro also was offended when Roben made him look like the joker.

The bottom line and the facts are Robben did  not solicited murder on Judge Tatro, instead it was the other way around when Robben’s cell-mate (cellie) named Keith Furr attempted to solicit Robben. Robben informed his lawyers and the FBI about the situation prior to being charged. Robben could not report the incident to the Carson City Sheriff (CCSO) since they were the one setting him up. The CCSO would not respond to Robben’s inmate request forms and stole his legal papers. The CCSO still has Robben’s computers after the Douglas County DA has released the property.

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

The CCSO alleges Furr wore a “wire” to secretly record Robben in his cell conspiring with Furr to hire a hit man for a “roofing job”. The recording show Furr solicited Robben and Robben declined. Robben has recording to his lawyers on the phone telling them to contact the FBI immediately because the CCSO is covering up the Tatro shooting incident and they are setting me up with a guy selling me a hit man to kill Judge Tatro. Why would Robben be calling the FBI if he was going to have a hit man kill the judge?

hit man contract out for Judge TatroHowever, Furr later admitted to other inmates in jail he did not were a wire and instead the CCSO secretly surreptitiously listened to the conversations in the cell via the intercom system normally used for emergencies. The CCSO coerced Furr into saying he wore a wire and fabricated a header on the digital audio to make it appear Furr wore a wire. The audio was illegally edited which is tampering of evidence. jp tatro ruthless and toothless

The CCSO and DA needed Furr to allege he wore a wire in order for the evidence to be admissible in court. However, by fabricating the evidence and witness testimony, the CCSO and DA have actually committed crimes against Robben. Robben also said the CCSO listened to all his phone calls which is legal, however the CCSO also listened in on all his attorney conversations in the visiting area via the intercom system just like they did in his cell 24 hours a day. Everything was digitally recorded and mined for anything that could be used against Robben. Inmates are not entitled to privacy in jail, however the secretly surreptitiously recorded data would test the law and show how far the CCSO and Carson City DA went to set up Robben.

Kenny FurlongThe CCSO, DA and Sr. Judge Harold “Hal” Albright  (presiding over the cases due to conflict of interests with all Carson Judges and Justice of Peace including JP Tatro and JP Armstrong) dismissed all pending charges against Furr in order to coerce Furr to testify against Robben, however the audio shows Furr doing the solicitation.  Keith Furr has a long criminal record and is currently in jail in Lyon County for serious charges including arson.

Judge Harold G. Albright Profile: Judge Harold G. Albright was born in Denver, Colorado on August 10, 1945, admitted to the bar in 1971, Nevada; 1973

The CCSO, DA Rombardo, Mark Krueger and Sr. Judge Harold “Hal” Albright let off Keith Furr for very serious crimes that can be found by a google search of Keith Wayne Furr in Carson City:

April 21, 2014:

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court:

Dayton

9:45 p.m.: Keith Wayne Furr, 51, was arrested on a felony possession-of-stolen-property warrant. Also arrested was Melanie Sandomierski, on suspicion of harboring a fugitive and possession of a controlled substance.

Source: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/11126816-113/carson-arrested-warrant-alcohol

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LYON DEPUTIES ARREST DAYTON MAN WANTED ON SEVERAL CHARGES

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:18 PM PDTUpdated: Apr 22, 2014 11:41 AM PDT

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Lyon County deputies have arrested a man they say was wanted on drug and stolen property property charges.

Deputies had been searching for 51-year-old Keith Wayne Furr of Dayton all weekend after receiving a felon warrant for possessing stolen property.

Around 9:45pm Sunday, they received a tip Furr was spotted at his trailer located in the 1000 block of Highway 50. When deputies arrived, they found Furr packing personal belongings into a vehicle. They say when he saw them, he ran away, and after losing him for a brief time, they found running east along Highway 50.

Furr was eventually arrested after a brief struggle.

During the investigation, deputies say an associate of Furr — 43-year-old Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton — was also arrested for harboring a fugitive for possession of a controlled substance.

Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton

Furr is charged with principle to possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, criminal contempt (Carson City Justice Court Warrant), possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of extended protection order.

Furr’s bail is set at $15,920 while Sandomierski’s bail is set at $12,500.

Carson City sheriff’s officers make numerous drug, misdemeanor arrests over weekend

Two men were arrested Sept. 27 and face felony drug charges after Carson City Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team officers found methamphetamine in a console of a van. Both men denied the meth was theirs.

Keith Wayne Furr, 51, and William Dale French, 42, of Dayton were arrested in the 4900 block of Highway 50 East at 5:28 p.m.

According to the arrest report, an officer was patrolling eastbound Highway 50 near Sunrise Road when he noticed a Chevy van with an expired California plate traveling westbound. The officer followed the van to a mobile home park where it drove into a space. The men got out of the vehicle and went around to the back of a mobile home. The men were given instructions to stop what they were doing and put up their hands, which they didn’t do, each rummaging through their pockets, according to the arrest report.

 

French told officers that he was a passenger in the van and was just getting a ride. He stated that Furr saw the officer on Highway 50 and stated he knew it was a cop. French told officers that Furr was nervous and drove quickly into the mobile home park. He said they didn’t know anyone who lived in the mobile home park.

A K9 did a drug sniff of the yard of the mobile home park where the dog located a small amount of marijuana along with some cash near a grill. French was asked about the marijuana and he stated it was Furr’s and he is the one who hid it. Officers spoke with Furr who stated that French was the one with the marijuana and was hid it. Furr also stated he knew the officers who stopped him were part of the SET team from the sheriff’s office when he was driving on Highway 50, according to the arrest report.

Department of Alternative Sentencing assisted with the investigation as it was learned that Furr was on a list that allowed for searches. The K9 conducted the search of the van. In the van a hypodermic device was found along with a small amount of methamphetamine and another open bottle of alcohol in the middle console of the van, within reach of both men, the arrest report states.

Officers again asked both about the meth and hypodermic device. Furr said it belonged to French and French said it belonged to Furr, the arrest report states.

Officers then learned that the rear plate of the van had a valid 2014 registration sticker however the registration was expired as of 2010, according to California DMV. The plate was taken for evidence and later booked at the sheriff’s office for fictitious registration. Dispatched advised Furr did not have a valid license in Nevada or California.

Both men were booked. Furr faces the following charges: felony possession of methamphetamine, gross misdemeanor destruction of evidence. Misdemeanors include possession of marijuana, no valid driver’s license, expired registration, no proof of insurance, possession of a hypodermic device, violation of conditions, open container and fictitious registration. Bail: $11,179. French faces a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a gross misdemeanor charge of destruction of evidence. He also faces the following misdemeanor charges: Possession of marijuana, possession of a hypodermic device and open container. Bail: $6,874.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office report details initial arrest that led to recovery of 60 stolen weapons

More details have emerged following the arrest Friday of a Dayton man that led to Carson City and Lyon County authorities to recover approximately 60 stolen weapons, a stolen vehicle and narcotics. Three others were also arrested.

Keith Furr, 52, was arrested on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, contempt of court and criminal contempt and is being held in Carson City with a bail of $23,500.

According to the arrest report, deputies were dispatched Friday at around 3 p.m. to the area of Clearview Drive and South Edmonds after a person called dispatch to advise there was a vehicle stuck on top of the next to Prison Hill.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

The man immediately attempted to walk past the officers and appeared nervous, making movements like he was about to run from the officers, the arrest report states.

The officers asked the man who the gun belonged to and Furr said a man that he did not know handed the weapon and a case to him and told him to carry it to the top of the hill. Furr stated the man would meet him shortly thereafter, the arrest report states.

Deputy Kepler walked to the vehicle and checked the license plate through dispatch and advised the plate came back to a subject in Lyon County and then walked back to speak with Furr. As the officer returned, Sgt. Humphrey informed the deputies that Furr was a felon. Furr also admitted to this, the arrest report states. Deputy Kepler and Trotter took the man into custody at 5:12 p.m. for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Dispatch advised Furr was on alternative sentencing, which then placed a hold on Furr for violation of conditions of probation and violation of a court monitored sentence.

Through the combined efforts Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, four people were arrested for felony and misdemeanor charges and parole violations. During the investigation approximately 60 stolen weapons, a stolen Chevy pickup with a camper shell and illegal narcotics were recovered, authorities from both agencies said.

Both Carson City Sheriff’s Office SET and Lyon County Gang Unit are still following up on leads to other crimes and suspects as a result of the arrests. Because of the investigation and leads into the case, the names of the three other suspects have not been released.

Carson City District Attorney Mark Krueger

 

Krueger declined to comment on the filing, but the court document states that his office maintains “there has never been a conflict of interest” in the cases against Robben.

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Robben, meanwhile, is taking his claims the office is unconstitutionally harassing him, violating his rights and covering up corruption in the Carson judicial system to the federal level.

He said he will sue the DA’s office and Krueger in federal court and that he has already been interviewed by the FBI.

See Robben’s website here:

https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/ty-robben-aka-top-ramen-free-at-last-all-charges-dropped/

Robben’s troubles began when he was terminated from the Department of Taxation. His appeals of the termination were rejected at every level.

Robben claims the termination was retaliation for exposing corruption in the Nevada Department of Taxation. The Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper did a story on Robben’s claims that the new $50 million dollar computer IT system had serious problems costing the State money. Robben also complained about other issues including the mine audits and personnel issues with other employees engaging in inappropriate behavior. Robben’s co-worker Morgan Canfield send numerous pornographic emails to other employees over the State email system and IT director Vince Cherpeski used inappropriate language and discriminated against employees. A Taxation employee other than Robben was so upset with Cherpeski they defecated on his desk!

Here is the jailhouse call from me (Ty Robben) to my lawyer Julius Engle who had called the FBI when I was in jail to report details about the judge Tatro shooting and the set-up by Keith Furr for solicitation for murder of Tatro.

FBI jailhouse phone call by Ty to lawyer re: Tatro shotting cover-up and the set-up in Carson City 

The action starts at 1m37s

Why would I call my lawyer to call the FBI???
Read the earlier post about the set-up here.
Here is the set-up with Keith Wayne Furr with Carson City Sheriff detective Dan Gomes

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Jury awards $2M to sons in case of looted estate in Lyon County

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Joker-billionaire-burning-moneyLAS VEGAS — A federal jury in Las Vegas is ordering Lyon County and its former elected public administrator to pay more than $2 million to three sons who maintained that their father’s home was looted of valuables before they arrived after he died in 2006.

Lyon County is on the hook to pay $1.6 million to sons of Joe Robinson Mathis, and former county Public Administrator Richard Glover was held accountable for $280,000, said Brian Irvine, an attorney for the sons.

The county and Glover were both also held responsible to repay $217,000 for missing property, Irvine said.

The verdict was handed down Tuesday, after a five-day civil trial before U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon.

Irvine said he expects an appeal, but he felt relieved for the Mathis brothers: Richard Mathis of Las Vegas; Anthony Mathis of Montpelier, Vermont; and James Mathis of Ellensburg, Washington.

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Attorney Brian Brown of the corrupt law firm Thorndal, Armstrong, Delk, Balkenbush & Eisinger, representing Lyon County, said officials were disappointed in the decision after getting his ass kicked.

“It’s been a long haul,” said Irvine, who argued the case with attorney Justin Bustos. “They’re pleased with the result. They hope that it will be a good final result for them.”

Attorney Brian Brown  of the corrupt law firm Thorndal, Armstrong, Delk, Balkenbush & Eisinger, representing Lyon County, said officials were disappointed in the decision after getting his ass kicked.

Brown and county Manager Jeff Page said a decision whether to appeal wasn’t immediately made.

The county of about 53,000 people has an annual operating budget of about $30 million. It has insurance for acts performed by officials in their public capacity, Page said.

“We’re weighing our options at this stage,” the county manager said.

Attorneys for Glover didn’t immediately respond to messages.

The allegations revolved around the role of the elected officer entrusted to oversee administration of the estates of people who die with no qualified relative or designee to administer their affairs.

The jury found that Lyon County violated the constitutional right to due process of the Mathis family by failing to provide an opportunity for a hearing before allowing Glover into the property.

Joe Mathis died in May 29, 2006, at his home in Smith Valleyn.

Family members and Glover were notified by the county sheriff, and Glover went to the home before Anthony Mathis arrived June 1. Mathis reported the house had been ransacked and that items including firearms, jewelry, silver coins, military decorations and tools had been removed, according to the complaint filed in May 2007.

Glover didn’t face criminal charges related to Mathis property. He didn’t run for re-election in 2010.

“One of the key determinations was that Mr. Glover was acting as a final policymaker on behalf of the county … without any real oversight from the county,” Irvine said.

Nevada gets F grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation Gambling with voters’ trust in the Silver State

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It seemed like a simple rule: don’t get involved in a political campaign while serving on Nevada’s Ethics Commission. After all, legislators created the commission as the main safeguard against misconduct by candidates and elected officials. To run for office while policing others would seem to be a clear conflict of interest.

failBut in 2014, no fewer than three of the commission’s decision-makers decided to do just that, seemingly flouting the law and raising the question: who watches the watchdogs?

The controversy left many political observers in the state dismayed, but not necessarily surprised. Nevada’s “anything goes” mentality extends beyond the glittering lights and dinging slot machines of Sin City. While the population has skyrocketed and become more diverse in recent decades, politics here continue to reflect the state’s Wild West roots, with a strong libertarian streak and a part-time legislature that meets for just a few months every two years.

Key decisions about everything from budgets to pension oversight are made in unannounced, late-night meetings of legislators or by citizen board members and commissioners who earn only token pay and face little accountability.

The Silver State has made strides in putting government records online, and passed strong laws protecting whistleblowers and cracking down on lobbyists’ wining and dining of lawmakers. But with a lax attitude toward verifying information provided by candidates and elected officials, a crippled ethics enforcement system and a legislature that basically polices itself, Nevada earns a score of 57, or F, in the State Integrity Investigation, placing it 46th among the 50 states. The investigation is a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.

Big business, small-time Legislature

Nevada’s Legislature governs a state with a $120 billion economy that includes the epicenters of the country’s gaming and gold-mining industries and one of its most-visited tourist destinations. Yet lawmakers are not subject to the same open meetings law that applies to local school boards and city councils.nevada sucks

With all of the state’s business crammed into one biennial spring session, the pace of decision-making can become frenetic as deadlines approach. Lawmakers sometimes hold meetings without providing advance notice or agendas to the public, while exhausted legislative staffers struggle to keep up. Budget decisions between sessions are made with little fanfare by a small group of legislators.

“It’s almost impossible to think about, with a part-time citizen legislature … how you could possibly get a good grade in managing the budget,” said David Byerman, former secretary of the state Senate.

The legislature employs an auditor to dig into the finances of the executive and judicial branches, who has ferreted out safety problems at the state’s juvenile detention centers and investigated long-hauling of tourists by state-regulated taxi drivers. But no one audits the legislature itself.

And while Nevada recently banned all gifts to lawmakers from the state’s powerful lobbyists, those lobbyists still aren’t required to report on their activities between sessions. The disclosures they do file aren’t checked for accuracy, just one detail that helped earn the state a ranking of dead last in the category of lobbying oversight.

Nevada SucksNevadans value the freedom they enjoy under a limited government. There’s no state income tax. You can buy medical marijuana in Las Vegas and canoodle with a prostitute in Pahrump.

But transparency advocates argue it’s possible to retain much of that freedom while modernizing a legislature they describe as a relic of an earlier time.

“It’s all the small Western states that have low population levels that have not been able to move from the 19th century into the 21st century,” said Sondra Cosgrove, president of the League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley and a history professor at the College of Southern Nevada. “It benefits the people who actually run this state, the gaming industry and some of the political players, to have a part-time legislature and not have things work, because then they can control everything.”

Under the radar

When Gary Lambert applied for a grant for his nonprofit, Nevada Trail Stewards, from the state’s Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles in 2014, he might have thought it was a lock — Lambert was also the commission’s vice-chair. But when he argued in favor of the application to his fellow commissioners, he did so without fully disclosing his relationship to the nonprofit, a violation of state ethics laws, according to a complaint filed with the Ethics Commission.

Lambert admitted to the violation and agreed to take state-provided ethics training, commission records show. Lambert couldn’t be reached for comment. But current Nevada Trail Stewards chairman Scott Gerz said other commissioners were already aware of Lambert’s interest in the nonprofit, and that he wasn’t the only one to push for a pet project.

The commission has since updated its grant-making rules. But it’s impossible to tell how many similar cases are out there, because Nevada does not require members of most of the state’s dozens of boards and commissions to disclose their financial ties.

The Ethics Commission, which is responsible for monitoring these public servants, struggles with limited resources in addition to its own ethical problems. While former Executive Director Caren Cafferata-Jenkins resigned after her judicial campaign drew scrutiny last year, two commissioners who ran for office in apparent violation of state law continue to hold their seats.

One of them is John Carpenter, a former rancher who ran for the Elko County Commission, who said he didn’t see any conflict of interest — even though state law says ethics commissioners may not “be actively involved in the work of any political party or political campaign.”

“If I had got elected then I would’ve resigned immediately,” Carpenter said. “The ethics commission is sort of a stand-alone commission and I don’t think they are involved in politics like some other parts of government are. And I told people from the ethics commission that I was going to run for county commissioner and nobody said, ‘You should not do this.’ ”

The Ethics Commission has only one investigator, and the commission’s own 2014 annual report said current law makes it “nearly impossible” for it to cite offenders with the kind of willful violations that lead to fines.

“The Commission sees our mission first and foremost as education,” said Executive Director Yvonne Nevarez-Goodson. “It’s not our goal to be prosecutors and go out there and catch wrongdoing.”

No-Bid Contracts

Decades may have passed since mobsters like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky built casinos up and down the Las Vegas Strip, but these days it’s corporations that are making the state of Nevada an offer it can’t refuse.

From administering healthcare programs to updating computer systems, companies won $1.7 billion in no-bid contracts with Nevada from 2011 to 2015, according to a Las Vegas Sun investigation. That’s 27 percent of the total contracts the state awarded — thanks to legal loopholes that allow officials to bypass the state’s normal competitive bidding process.

Even accusations of fraud and poor performance don’t always prevent companies from receiving contracts. In November 2013, Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services signed a $130 million contract with McKesson Health Solutions to create a care management system for Medicaid recipients. The decision came a week after the company’s parent corporation, McKesson Corp., had agreed to pay the state of Wisconsin $14 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it had fraudulently inflated prescription drug costs.

Xerox Corp. lost its contract to manage the state’s health care exchange website in May 2014, after the site was found to contain hundreds of glitches. Yet the company continued to receive state contracts, including a $7.8 million deal to audit unclaimed property.

“Especially if [a company] has long-standing ties to the state, one complete screw-up doesn’t negate them getting another [contract],” said Kyle Roerink, the Sun reporter who covered the no-bid deals.

Some steps forward

Nevada has shined a brighter light on some government workings since 2012, when the state earned a 60, or D-, in the first State Integrity Investigation. (The two scores are not directly comparable, due to changes made to improve and update the project and methodology, such as eliminating the category for redistricting.)

Political candidates are now required to file their campaign finance reports online. A new cooling-off period, imposed by the Legislature in 2015, will slow the revolving door of former lawmakers returning as lobbyists.

Nevada ranks in the top half of states for executive accountability and the state budget process. Citizens can access an easy-to-navigate website that provides budget information down to the line-item level.

Technology has driven many of the improvements, with social media giving more Nevada residents an inside look at what goes on in the state’s capital, Carson City, while the secretary of state’s searchable campaign finance record database makes journalists’ work easier.

Further progress, however, may depend on Nevadans’ willingness to mobilize and demand more information about their government.

“This state is a good-old-boy network,” said Michael Green, an associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and political columnist for Vegas Seven magazine. “They’re going to be as transparent as they have to be, but not more transparent than they need to.”

SOURCE: http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18462/nevada-gets-f-grade-2015-state-integrity-investigation

corrupt nevada courtsBy Sean WhaleyReview-Journal Capital Bureau CARSON CITY — Very low marks for the state’s purchasing process, internal auditing and lobbying disclosure dragged Nevada far down in the national rankings for public integrity, coming in at 46th out of 50 in a recent survey for its overall governance and anti-corruption efforts.

But if it’s any consolation, most states scored poorly in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government last performed by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity in 2012.

Alaska had the best overall grade, but only managed a C with a score of 76.2 out of 100. Nevada and 10 other states got an F.

Nevada’s overall score of 57 edged out only South Dakota, Delaware, Wyoming and Michigan. Nevada received a D- in 2012.

The report notes that there has been little progress on transparency issues in Nevada or nationally since the first investigation in 2012.culture-of-corruption

“Overall what you see in Nevada are just poor scores pretty broadly in most of the categories,” said Nicholas Kusnetz, project manager and reporter on the effort. “In eight of 13 categories the state scored 50 or below. Across the board, for the most part, there is a lack of transparency.”

But some effort is being made to change that.`

‘The battle is never over’

Bob Fulkerson, state director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, said increasing accountability by state officials has been an ongoing mission of his group.

“We’ve testified nearly every session since 1995 on better reporting and transparency because Nevada’s shameful ethics and lobbying rules undermine public confidence in our democracy,” he said. “Lobbyists and the corporations whose profits they seek to maximize at the public trough are the only ones who benefit from the current system. We must expose them, and the legislators who do their bidding, in order for the system to change.”

Corruption-Arrow-Sign1-630x286Victor Joecks, executive vice president of the conservative think tank Nevada Policy Research Institute, praised the report authors for making the effort to improve accountability in state government.

“It’s always good to shine the light on government transparency and look at how responsive the government is at letting citizens, those who the government is supposed to be working for, have access to information,” he said.

While the analysis was mostly negative, Joecks said, Nevada does have strong open meeting and public records laws, with a few notable exceptions. One is that the Nevada Legislature has not subjected itself to the Open Meeting Law, he said.

“These reports remind lawmakers and citizens that you have to keep fighting for transparency,” Joecks said. “The battle is never over.”

Low marks for lobbying

Nevada scored the lowest among all states in the category of lobbying disclosure with a score of 38.8.

Kusnetz said several factors went into the ranking, including the fact that lobbyists in Nevada only have to report spending when the Legislature is in session for 120 days every other year.Family-court-corruption

Also, he said: “Nevada law does not recognize lobbyists that just lobby the executive branch. The reports that are filed are not audited. Lobbyist employers do not have to say what they pay their lobbyists.”

The 2015 Legislature approved some reforms to the lobbying process. One measure, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, will clarify and prohibit most lobbyist spending starting Jan. 1. The law prohibits lobbyists from giving — and lawmakers from accepting — anything of value, whether or not the Legislature is in session. The prohibition extends to members of a lawmaker’s household or staff.

There are exemptions, though, for items such as travel, lodging and meals provided as part of an educational or informational meeting, event or trip. Also still permissible is the cost of a party, meal, function or social event to which every legislator is invited.

Other trouble spots

Nevada also received low marks for its internal auditing system, which the report criticized for being vulnerable to political interference. Nevada’s Division of Internal Audits is under the governor’s office, and while there is no suggestion such interference is occurring, Kusnetz said, the stage is set for it to happen.

Nevada’s Public Employee Retirement System was similarly flagged for a lack of controls to prevent the board members who oversee the pension fund from making investment decisions that financially benefit them personally, Kusnetz said.

Nevada law only requires public officers who earn more than $6,000 a year from their nonelected posts to file financial disclosure statements with the state secretary of state’s office. PERS board members, like those on most other state boards and commissions, receive just $80 per meeting.

But Tina Leiss, executive officer of PERS, said board members are required to disclose conflicts under the state’s Ethics in Government law and its laws governing open meetings, public records laws and fiduciary duties.

Of course, public records are only as good as the public’s ability to see them, and Kusnetz said Nevada — like all but six other states — received a failing grade for access to government information.

Nevada’s low score was the result of several factors, including the difficulties a member of the public faces if a record request is denied, he said.

“There is not really a good process for appeals that is effective, and there are no consequences if an agency fails to turn over documents,” Kusnetz said.

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3900. Find him on Twitter: @seanw801

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Reno Judge Scott Pearson gets protested by Mike Weston Judge Pearson will not reverse the fraudulent “conviction” of Mike Weston even though the State and Washoe County DA has no objections to vacating the fraudulent “conviction” of Mike Weston

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Update August 2015: Judge Pearson will not reverse the fraudulent “conviction” of Mike Weston even though the State and Washoe County DA has no objections to vacating the fraudulent “conviction” of Mike Weston and admits to altering the dash cam video in court docs. Mike plans to continue the protest in August 2015 in front of the Washoe courthouse in Reno, Nevada.

2016 update: MIKE WESTON -2016 NEW MOTION TO VACATE

Nevada Highway Patrol protests

Nevada Highway Patrol protests

June 27, 2012 – Mike Weston has filed a motion to vacate his “conviction” of the criminal obstruction/delay of a peace officer in the Reno court. Local media assured Mike and NVwatchdog that they will pursue this story and Mike will take a lie detector test and he challenges NHP trooper Bowers to do the same for the press investigation and NVwatchdog’s investigation. So far NHP is not commenting officially or returning calls for public comments.

Some anonymous people are posting various thoughts on the clock in question as being video storage/memory time remaining on the dash cam. However, NHP originally stated the time was the troopers time on and/or remaining on duty. We need to know what make and model is the recorder? Is there a history of time defects on the said recorder, etc. As of June 2, 2012 NHP refuses to answer any questions. It is suspected that the military time clock was superimposed, but NHP failed to correctly alter the time on duty clock. We want to get these facts right and we need NHP to be forthcoming with information to which they have not.

Nevada Highway Patrol protests DA DICK GAMMICK

Nevada Highway Patrol protests DA DICK GAMMICK

On the you tube time stamp 45:43 Mike approaches trooper Bowers and report he was nearly run off the road by the SUV/truck Bowers pulled over. This is the moment at around 45:43 to 45:49 where the tape is missing dialog of Mike explaining the situation. The cars traveling east show inconsistent headlight trails frame by frame. We hope the local press fact finders can assist in the video analysis done by a profession reputable company for an experts opinion on this matter.

This project is a work in progress, • I’ll produce a part II to this that covers the court transcripts and more. NHP visited the evidence room twice and then told Mike the tape was destroyed. NHP did not produce the tape for discovery on time for the court. NHP gave Mike a copy without the sound originally.

Reno Judge Scott Pearson

Mike Weston protests Reno Judge Scott Pearson

Furthermore if you listen to the entire recording of the NHP incident, it is very, very clear Bowers had a grudge against Mike related to a previous complaint against Bowers for unprofessional conduct when Mike reported icy roads and a car accident.

Again, listen the the entire incident and Mike initially reports he was terrorized by the SUV/truck Bowers had just pulled over for speeding. Mike’s conduct was proper considering the situation and Mike complied with the troopers orders. Bowers even acknowledges Mike did nothing wrong at time-stamp 16:20 It is very evident the trooper Bowers acted under the color of law and committed perjury by retaliating against Mike Weston. Ed Bowers is the classic example of a cop with an ax to grind against someone.

Congressional Testimony: Mike Weston to Bill Windsor of Lawless America in Carson City, Nevada

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Judicial Sodomy: Why summary judgment is unconstitutional

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THE CASE OF THE PEOPLE VERSUS SUMMARY JUDGMENT

Prof. Suja Thomas knows how to start a story with a riveting lead:

Gavel_flickr_383476178_8fe0f5e767Summary judgment is unconstitutional.

Say what?

That’s the first sentence of her article, “Why Summary Judgment Is Unconstitutional,” about to be published in the Virginia Law Review and available for download at SSRN.  She knows you’ll be skeptical:

I understand that this assertion will face resistance from many. The procedure is well-entrenched in our federal courts through its ubiquity and lengthy history. Nevertheless, I will show that summary judgment fails to preserve a civil litigant’s right to a jury trial under the Seventh Amendment.

Summary judgment means no jury

I have a few intrepid readers whose work has nothing to do with law, and a few more who haven’t thought about civil procedure since law school, so let’s be sure we’re on the same page.  Summary judgment means you skip the jury and decide a civil lawsuit “on the papers.”  If the judge rules that the undisputed facts lead to only one legal conclusion, the case is over — without a jury trial.  A common example is an explicit contract.  If I lend you money, you sign a promissory note, and you don’t pay, the judge will usually tell me I win the case “as a matter of law,” since there is nothing a jury could say that would take you off the hook.

To a business litigator like me, rethinking summary judgment is like rethinking breathing.  We have never considered what we would do without it.  As Prof. Thomas notes, summary judgment is a a fixture of civil practice:

A large number of civil cases do not move beyond discovery without at least one motion for summary judgment from the defendant.  . . .  Indeed, the extensive use of summary judgment is cited as a significant reason for the dramatic decline in the number of jury trials in civil cases in the federal courts.

But unconstitutional?

I always thought the Supreme Court liked summary judgment, too.  In our motions, civil lawyers always cite Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, which in 1986 formed part of a well-known trilogy of Supreme Court opinions addressing summary judgment:

Summary judgment procedure is properly regarded not as a disfavored procedural shortcut, but rather as an integral part of the Federal Rules as a whole, which are designed “to secure the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action.”  . . . [The summary judgment rule] must be construed with due regard not only for the rights of persons asserting claims and defenses that are adequately based in fact to have those claims and defenses tried to a jury, but also for the rights of persons opposing such claims and defenses to demonstrate in the manner provided by the Rule, prior to trial, that the claims and defenses have no factual basis.

(Emphasis added, as we always do.)  Prof. Thomas points out there is actually data showing how much we love this quote; she cites Adam N. Steinman, The Irrepressible Myth of Celotex: Reconsidering Summary Judgment Burdens Twenty Years after the Trilogy, 63 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 81, 82, 86–88, 143–44 (2006) (SSRN download here) as “presenting data that demonstrates that federal courts cite the trilogy of cases on summary judgment more often than any other cases.”

Prof. Thomas reviews the Supreme Court’s summary judgment cases and argues that the court has never specifically decided whether summary judgment denies the constitutional right to jury trial.  Since the question is unresolved, she argues, we should now resolve it, and eliminate summary judgment.  She argues here — as she did in an earlier article, “Judicial Modesty And The Jury,” SSRN download here — that summary judgment shifts the balance of power from juries, where she thinks it should be, to judges, where she thinks it shouldn’t.

Practical questions

There are going to be questions, of course.  Some are practical.  Prof. Thomas draws a line, for example, between constitutionally acceptable motions to dismiss, where the facts are fixed because the complaint is taken as true, and unconstitutional motions for summary judgment, where the judge decides what a jury could reasonably infer from agreed facts.  In practice, the distinction is not so clean.  If I’m suing on a promissory note and the defendant files a mushy denial, the motion I need to file is for summary judgment, even though the facts and all inferences from them are fixed.

Then there’s the very practical question of what would happen to civil lawsuits if every disputed case went to a jury.  Prof. Thomas suggests that many more cases would settle, and that seems certain.  It’s likely too that many more cases would be diverted to arbitration, as banks, utility companies, and other businesses started writing arbitration clauses into their contracts.

What about the legislature?

Since summary judgment probably won’t be outlawed any time soon, though, the conceptual questions are more interesting than the practical ones.  What is the proper role of juries in our legal system?

Prof. Thomas is making a choice between judges and juries, but judges and juries are not the only pieces on the board.  The change she proposes would change the legislature’s role as well.  Many lawsuits are based on statutes that are dramatically counterintuitive.  Many patent cases, for example, have this fact pattern:  the defendant did in fact copy the plaintiff’s product, but changed it, so that the defendant’s product does not include all the features listed in the patent’s “claims.”  Patent law says that plaintiff loses, without question.  But copying your neighbor’s work is something jurors have learned from kindergarten is wrong, and it’s a difficult statute for them to enforce.  In  cases like that, summary judgment is an important tool in making sure the legislature gets what it wanted.

A consistent approach

Whether you agree or disagree with Prof. Thomas, it’s worth a minute to admire the consistency of her argument.  Much of the talk about the role of juries seems to focus more on the ends than the underlying ideas.  Thus for example the libertarian Cato Institute argues here against excessive punitive damages, but here for jury nullification.  At the level of principle, they’re the same thing.  When you give jurors more power, they may use it to nullify the jury instructions or multiply the punitive damages, but either way they’re using the power you gave them.  Prof. Thomas’s paper embraces that; it’s an argument for greater jury power, whereever it may lead.  For that and for its audacity, it’s a cogent addition to the ongoing conversation on this topic.

Back to voir dire questions

What does all this mean to a trial lawyer?  The world of academic discussion and the politics of juries can look very distant from our desks.  Some lawyers are routinely on the same side of an issue, and have a policy view to match; personal injury plaintiffs’ lawyers, for example, tend to oppose restrictions on punitive-damages awards.  In a business practice, on the other hand, we can easily represent — and our clients can easily be — plaintiffs in one case and defendants in another.  We don’t tend to talk about the role-of-the-jury debate around the coffee machine.

Even for the most opinionated lawyer, though, the politics fall away when jury selection begins.  It’s this jury, these witnesses, this judge, these lawyers, these issues, this day, and trying to get a sense of how it will all work together.

In that moment, the only politics that matter are the jurors’.  Are there jurors on the panel who feel strongly about the role of the jury?  Have they read about this issue?  Have they read anything to prepare for their job as a juror?  (You’re looking for something like the Fully Informed Jury Association’s Juror’s Handbook, which urges jurors to exercise independent power.)  Are they aware there are materials like that out there?  Can they agree to take their instruction from the judge, and not what they’ve read?  What groups do they feel associated with, or what groups’ publications do they follow?  (You want to know that for a hundred reasons, but here, you’re looking for groups who advocate as to either punitive damages or jury nullification.)  In most courts you need to make these questions very open-ended, or the judge will call it argument and shut you down.  But ask.

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Related notes and sources:

1.  Eric Turkewitz’s post yesterday on New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog reminds us not to stereotype juries’ orjudge’s decisionmaking.  It’s so pithy it’s practically a haiku.

2.  For more on the conceptual relationship of punitive damages and nullification, a good article is Wenger and Hoffman, “Nullificatory Juries,” published in the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2004 and also here.  Wenger and Hoffman argue that “some kinds of damages have much in common with nullification,” and they collect references to several scholars who “have noted potential conceptual links between jury nullification and punitive damages.”

3.  For the future of this issue, keep an eye on Tellabs v. Makor Issues & Rights, to be argued before the Supreme Court on March 28.  SCOTUSblog describes the issue as the trial court’s “power to draw inferences in considering dismissal of securities fraud lawsuits.”

judge john tatroWHY SUMMARY JUDGMENT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

By Suja A. Thomas∗

Summary  judgment is cited as a significant reason for the dramatic decline in the number of jury trials in civil cases in federal court. Judges extensively use the device to clear the federal docket of cases deemed meritless. Recent scholarship even has called for the mandatory use of summary judgment prior to settlement. While other scholars question the use of summary judgment in certain types of cases (for example, civil rights cases), all scholars and judges assume away a critical question: whether summary judgment is constitutional. The conventional wisdom is that the Supreme Court settled the issue a century ago in Fidelity & Deposit Co. v. United States. But a review of that case reveals that the conventional wisdom is wrong: the constitutionality of summary judgment has never been resolved by the Supreme Court.

This Essay is the first to examine the question and takes the seemingly heretical position that summary judgment is unconstitutional. The question is governed by the Seventh Amendment which provides that “[i]n Suits at common law, . . . the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.” The Supreme Court has held that “common law” in the Seventh Amendment refers to the English common law in 1791.

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Drop in traffic tickets has Nevada Supreme Court near broke, chief justice says

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FRAUD UPON THE COURT Reno, NV Judge Patrick Flanagan and 5 Nevada Supreme Court Justices completely fabricated an entire caseCARSON CITY — A trend of fewer traffic tickets being written by police around the state may be a boon for motorists, but it is creating a financial crisis for the Nevada Supreme Court.

Chief Justice James Hardesty recently told a panel of state lawmakers the court will go broke by May 1 if the Legislature does not provide emergency funding to keep it functioning.

The court receives millions of dollars each year for its budget from assessments on traffic and parking tickets that range from $30 to $120 per citation.

Nevada Supreme Court protest

Nevada Supreme Court protest

But the number of tickets written by law enforcement agencies around the state has been declining steadily, partly because state troopers have focused on violations more likely to lead to crashes. In 2010, there were 615,267 citations issued statewide. In 2014, that number fell to 484,913, a decline of more than 21 percent in a five-year period.

As a result, revenue from the assessments is dropping fast, too.

“If this is not addressed by May 1, the court will not have sufficient cash to operate,” Hardesty said in his testimony to lawmakers. “I believe the Legislature has a constitutional obligation to fund the judicial branch of government. Do you want me to close the judicial branch of government at the state level on May 1?”

The court is short $700,000 in its budget this year and needs a bailout from the general fund, Hardesty told a joint Senate Finance and Ways and Means subcommittee March 11. A bill to fund the shortfall should be introduced in the next few days.

State Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka, asked Hardesty what the court could do cut back spending to reduce the deficit.

“There is absolutely nothing the Supreme Court can do with that,” Hardesty replied.

The court has made efforts to reduce spending, including keeping positions vacant, to help as much as possible, he said. The upcoming two-year court budget is also short by $1.4 million because of the lower assessment revenue, Hardesty said.

Total revenue to the court from the assessments was expected to reach $26.3 million in the upcoming two-year budget, but is now projected at $24.9 million, creating the $1.4 million shortfall. That shortfall will be made up partly by using court budget reserves, but another $700,000 will be needed from the general fund in the upcoming budget, too, Hardesty said.

As to why the number of citations is declining, Hardesty said courts have been told police are writing fewer tickets for traffic violations in every county. The Las Vegas Justice Court, for example, fell below 10,000 traffic cases a month three times in 2014. Total traffic filings in the court dropped to 168,852 in fiscal 2014 from 202,940 in 2013, a 17 percent drop, court statistics show.

“I’m not faulting law enforcement; either they are understaffed or they have changed policies,” Hardesty said. “Now with all due respect to the citizens of Nevada, I don’t think anyone is driving better. I think the truth is is that we’re seeing less traffic violations because law enforcement’s priorities have changed and it has changed dramatically.”

The Nevada Highway Patrol said its troopers have caught more people committing some offenses, such as drunken driving and cellphone use, but NHP citations are down overall. Troopers issued 222,935 citations in 2014, nearly 30,000 fewer than in 2012. That’s an 11 percent drop.

Part of the reason, police said, is the NHP Strategic Plan’s emphasis on violations that could cause crashes, including distracted driving and driving under the influence. Police also believe enforcement and the Zero Fatalities education program have changed drivers’ behavior, while completion of some major highway projects has made traffic move better.

The declining number of citations has implications for the budgets of state agencies beyond the Supreme Court. Revenue to the state and the court from the assessments are expected to reach just over $22 million a year in the new budget.

By contrast, the assessments brought in $30 million in fiscal 2010 and nearly $29 million in fiscal 2011, information provided by the court shows.

The drop in assessment revenue was originally projected at 3 percent, but is now expected to reach 10 percent in the coming budget, Hardesty said.

The decline is also affecting the state’s specialty courts, which are designed to keep offenders out of prison by offering treatment for drug and mental health issues, as well as services targeted at groups including veterans. The assessment drop and lower local funding add up to a $1.4 million shortfall for those courts, Hardesty said.

But Gov. Brian Sandoval has proposed in his budget filling that gap with $1.4 million in general funds. Sandoval has also proposed putting $3 million more in state general funds into the specialty courts each year, enough to treat another 800 to 900 people. Hardesty said the specialty courts have succeeded in diverting people from prison.

“They are huge to the success of the criminal justice system,” he said. “The default position is to incarcerate them.”

Contact Capital Bureau reporter Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3900.

Senior citizen arrested for driving classic car by the Nazi Nevada Highway Patrol NHP

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nevada is a police stateLAS VEGAS — A Washington couple says they were falsely arrested by the Nevada Highway Patrol for stealing a collector car they actually owned.

The highway patrol admitted two errors that led to Robin and Beverly Bruins being removed from their car at gunpoint. And, now, the highway patrol is facing a lawsuit.

As the I-Team learned, it all began with confusion over a license plate on a classic car. A highway patrol dash camera recorded a trooper stating over a loudspeaker: “Driver! Remove your keys from the ignition and put them on the roof now!”

From that point Robin Bruins and his wife experienced a daylight nightmare when the senior citizens found themselves looking down the barrels of police pistols.

“Actually, I think I might have giggled to Bev saying, ‘well, I don’t know what this is all about’ and I put the keys on there,” Robin Bruins said. “And I turned and looked back and saw three gun barrels pointed at me. And, obviously it hit me. Whoa! What’s going on here. To this day I have never experienced anything like looking down the barrel of guns like that.”

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The trooper said to him: “Go ahead with your right hand lift your shirt up. Go ahead, lift your shirt up. With the top of your collar!”

Multiple officers were shouting commands Robin Bruins said he found conflicting or confusing.

One trooper said: “OK. Turn around slowly. Turn around slowly.”

Bruins told the I-Team: “He was telling me to do something and I had my hands in the air and he said to do something again and I looked at him and I said, ‘are you talking to me?’ You know, what’s going on?”

Trooper: “Turn around. Turn around the other way.”

Bruins: “Me?”

Trooper: “Yes, you!”

Bruins to the I-Team: “And it wasn’t until I had taken my shirt off and told to get on my knees and handcuffed and I said, ‘What’s going on? Do you think this car is stolen or something?’ And he said, ‘exactly right. And their car is going back to its rightful owner.’”

fuckthepoliceBeverly Bruins said the troopers treated the couple “like we were Bonnie and Clyde.” She was removed from the car at gunpoint with a broken leg at the time.

“I got out of the car and I thought, how am I gonna walk back without crutches?” she said. So, I went to reach for my crutches in the back seat and they yelled at me, ‘Keep — we said keep your hands in the air and walk backward towards us.’”

A woman trooper took Beverly Bruins into custody and checked her background.

“And then she ran a check on my license plate and came back and un-handcuffed me and asked me if I’d like to say goodbye to my husband,” Beverly Bruins said. “And I said, ‘goodbye to my husband? Where’s my husband going?’ And she said, ‘well, he’s going to jail.’ So I went over to see Rob and he’s in the back seat with no shirt on on, hands behind his back and tears are running down his face.”

Nevada Highway Patrol protests

Nevada Highway Patrol protests

Robin Bruins was ultimately taken to the Clark County Detention Center, where he spent most of the night in a holding cell with two dozen new acquaintances but not his nerve medicine.

“And I said, ‘well I’m past the time for my medications, can I take those now?’” he said. “You know, thinking that he was going to give ’em to me. And they said, ‘no, you can’t have anything you brought with you.’”

While her husband was in jail Beverly Bruins took her crutches and luggage to a hotel where she was able to sort things out. It turns out the car was stopped by the troopers because it had an historical license plate that did not show up in a computer check. Restored plates issued in the year a classic car was made are legal in Washington state.

Highway Patrol letter concerning dismissal of charges, custody of Robin Bruins

Nevada Highway Patrol protests DA DICK GAMMICK

Nevada Highway Patrol protests DA DICK GAMMICK

The registration, which the couple provided to a trooper, shows the historical plate in a box called “equipment number.” The actual plate number is in another box. The trooper ran that number but he didn’t include a “plus” sign so it came back to the wrong vehicle.

That was error number one.

Error number two came when the trooper radioed the correct “vin” number of the car into dispatch. But the dispatcher entered the wrong number into the computer, and the erroneous number came back to a stolen car, similar to the one belonging to the couple.

The Bruins said they can understand an honest mistake, even two. What they don’t understand is why officers didn’t act on what appeared to be their own belief that the Bruins might be innocent victims.

As recorded by the dash camera, a trooper gets on the phone and tells his supervisor about Robin Bruins: “I tend to believe him. I mean I’m gonna run him before I make a determination … the guy comes back with possession … or a history of something like that. If he’s lying to me, that’s a different story. But, as of right now, I mean, he seems to be legit.”

Despite a clean criminal history check, Robin Bruins was hauled off to jail.NHP1

“I mean, he was on the phone with his supervisor, talked to other officers when they got there, talked to another officer at the detention center when I got there,” Robin Bruins said. “And they all agreed that I should be behind bars. And that is just incredible.”

The couple has since filed a lawsuit against the officers and head of the highway patrol for civil rights violations.

“Robin was not this, you know, car thief,” the couple’s lawyer Paola Armeni said. “They knew that.. And that’s repeatedly on the video. You can hear them questioning themselves. Yet they still chose to arrest him.”

I-Team: “You think it’s something you need, to send a message with litigation?”

Robin Bruins: “I mean, all they had to do is have one guy check what the dispatcher’s numbers were. And the whole situation wouldn’t have happened.”

Beverly Bruins: “I just think they should have used, that they should have used a character judgment. We live our lives so that we don’t get into situations like this.”

Robin Bruins: “To be treated like the both of us were, I mean, at gunpoint and then handcuffed and then humiliated by making you take your shirt.off and get on your knees on the side of the freeway. I mean, why should that have to happen to anybody?”

The I-Team sought comment from the highway patrol but agency spokeswoman Gail Powell wrote via email: “We are unable to discuss any specifics concerning on-going litigation matters.”

 

Should government workers who violate the Constitution be sentenced to death? (the answer is Yes)

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New website – Carson City Movement against Corruption

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See it here: https://www.facebook.com/marchagainstcorruptionincarsoncitynv

They featured the “Judge” Tatro story:

Does Carson City Judge John Tatro really have Domestic Violence and DUI convictions? We will ask the questions and have the local media ask the…
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The new Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury has “black-mail” power over the Carson City court by knowing about various criminal” complaints on the various judges (Tatro, Wilson) and by using this said “power” Jason Woodbury “controls” these judges under the threat of being “prosecuted” for their “crimes”

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JASON WOODBURY WATCH

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The new Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury has “black-male” power over the Carson City court by knowing about various criminal” complaints on the various judges (Tatro, Wilson) and by using this said “black-male power” Jason Woodbury “controls” these judges under the threat of being “prosecuted” for their “crimes”. judge tatro

Woodbury can also black-male the Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong for his “crimes”.  Sheriff Kenny Furlong and his deputies and detectives like Dan Gomes committed crimes by conspiring with Judge John Tatro…

See more here: All “Trumped up” charges against Nevada ANTI-Corruption leader and blogger Ty Robben “dismissed”.

and here:  KRNV – Server says NDOT director avoided subpoena, ran over foot

For instance, Judge Tatro filed false criminal complaints against Ty Robben which were all dismissed. “Judge” Tatro should be charged with filing a “false Sheriff Report”.

Judge James E. Wilson back-dated court documents as covered by KRNV news…

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‘This Is What Happens When You Call the Cops’ Rap: Catchy, True, Sad But True

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Hustle warns that when you call the cops, you often put your own life at risk. It’s a problem thatReason readers are certainly familiar with. His music video shows countless clips of officers punching, pepper spraying, and otherwise brutalizing people.

The rapper issued a press release to accompany the song:

Increasing militarization of police in our country is becoming a threat to life and liberty. Laws are supposed to help and protect people. But when those laws – and the people that enforce them – become the danger, then someone must raise their voice. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchers? Me, you and other artists who care.

His lyrical accusations are, in a lot of cases, a little too broad for my taste. The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people. However, he does highlight some of significant specific incidents that Reason has also covered:

Yesterday, he made the track available on iTunes for 99 cents. The proceeds will go to Bounkham Phonesavanh, the then-19-month-old baby who was critically injured by a police flash-bang grenade during a raid in May.

Had he waited a few more days, maybe he could have included this ongoing story about a17-year-old who was fatally shot when he opened a door for a cop.

Here’s the video. At three days old, it’s got over 50,000 hits.

 

Complaints against judges across the state are rising, but the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline is having a tough time keeping up.

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Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline Executive Director Paul Deyhle.

By JEFF GERMAN

Complaints against judges across the state are rising, but the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline is having a tough time keeping up.

Executive Director Paul Deyhle said the commission lacks modern-day resources, manpower and in some instances authority to handle the growing caseload.

The backlog is the result of years of being underfunded and ignored within state government, he said.

This past year, the seven-member commission spent $183,300 — more than three-quarters of its budget — pursuing a single disciplinary action against former Family Court Judge Steven Jones, who fought the panel every step of the way.

For its efforts, the commission ended up giving Jones a three-month suspension without pay over his mishandling of a romantic relationship with a prosecutor who appeared before him.bad judge

It took the federal government to get Jones off the bench. He resigned in September as part of a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to a felony in a decade-long $2.6 million investment scheme.

Deyhle has big plans to get the struggling commission what it needs to go after errant judges like Jones in the future.

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Judge James E. Wilson Jr. Carson City corruption

“We’re trying to bring the office back into the 21st century,” said Deyhle, who has been at its helm since November 2013. “Not much has been done for the commission in many, many years. It’s time.”

During a time of fiscal restraint, Deyhle has requested a 40-percent increase in his new two-year budget, bringing it up to $902,971. He wants to add an associate general counsel and a management analyst and take other long-overdue measures to improve the commission’s daily operations.

The commission, which received roughly 225 complaints against judges this year, has had only three full-time staffers, including Deyhle, to process those cases. Deyhle has doubled as general counsel.

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The new hires would eliminate the frequent need to pay expensive private lawyers to handle disciplinary cases and move the cases along quicker, Deyhle said.

His budget request also includes money to replace outdated computers and software and a telephone system installed in 1987 that can’t be updated.judge tatro scandals

It allows for the purchase of a new Internet server to store and protect commission documents, along with a new electronic case management system that should have been installed years ago. The current system isn’t supported by the manufacturer, which is no longer in business.

Deyhle said he also hopes to use the additional funds to provide more ethics training to judges around the state.

One of his bigger priorities is finding a new and larger office in Carson City. The current office is in a building with no other state agencies and sits next to a fitness center. At times during the day, the walls shake from the impact of the fitness classes and their blaring music, Deyhle said.tatro corrupt

The office is so cramped that case files have to be stacked in boxes along the walls in public view. Supplies are stored in the bathroom, and there is no conference room or place for visitors to sit, he said.

Commissioners also are forced to conduct confidential conference calls from a common office area at a staffer’s desk with the help of a plastic folding table, he added.

Deyhle’s push to beef up the office also includes seeking financial help from the Nevada Legislature in the case of an emergency.

JUDGE TATROHe has submitted a bill draft that would give the judicial commission an opportunity to draw money from a state contingency fund if it finds itself short of operating cash because of another high-profile case like the one involving Jones.

Another bill draft would more clearly define the commission’s ability to take certain action against judges and expand its authority to remove a judge without pay.

Over the past several months, Deyhle has been working hard behind the scenes lobbying for the changes.

“We’re trying to improve the operational efficiency of the office,” he said. “We’re trying to effect a positive change, so the commission can better carry out its constitutional and statutory mandates. It’s not unreasonable.”

SOURCE: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/judicial-discipline-commission-hopes-add-staff-caseload-grows

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135. Follow @JGermanRJ on Twitter.

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Feds Attempting Unlawful UN Land Grab Of 3 Million Acres In Nevada – KrisAnne Hall

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Closed Roads · Excluded Trails · Closed to Camping · Closed to Recreational Vehicles · Closed to Motorized Travel · Closed to Livestock Grazing · Restricted Human Hiking · Restricted Horseback Riding · Exclude Group Recreations · Closed to Mineral Development · Closed to Water Access · Closed to Hunting / Target Shooting The Southern Nevada people soon will have less access to their lands than any other people in the history of this country.

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We can no longer dismiss these type of events as small localized issues; I believe they’re part of a larger movement to control the way we live. What we are seeing here is a coordinated attack on traditional American values, and an all out assault on the self-reliant lifestyle. They don’t want you to be able to live off your land, they don’t want you to hunt and fish, and they don’t want you to be able to take care of yourself.

I think evidence of this can be seen:

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Visit CountyxCounty.org to learn more about what you can do to help Nevadans stop the federal government from taking 3 million acres of land without due process: http://www.countyxcounty.org/NV/

Listen to KrisAnne Hall on GMN every M-Fr at 9am PST at http://guerillamedianetwork.com/hall

The proposed Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). have prompted concerns of how this will affect Bundy Ranch and, most importantly, all of Southern Nevada.

Federal Register / Vol. 79, No.197 Notice – Outlines plans to make the Bundy ranch–and most of the rest of Southern Nevada–Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). 90 days from October 10th, 2014, these proposals will become federal law without consent from the Nevada State legislature or the people of Southern Nevada.

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are human-restricted management areas. ACECs have been a tool used by the federal government to gain further control of large masses of western lands and the resources.

As proposed, nearly 3 million acres in Southern Nevada will be locked away from the people.

This includes most uses on the land (recreational, agricultural or otherwise).

Listed below are just a few of the outlined restriction that come with ACECs: · Closed Roads · Excluded Trails · Closed to Camping · Closed to Recreational Vehicles · Closed to Motorized Travel · Closed to Livestock Grazing · Restricted Human Hiking · Restricted Horseback Riding · Exclude Group Recreations · Closed to Mineral Development · Closed to Water Access · Closed to Hunting / Target Shooting The Southern Nevada people soon will have less access to their lands than any other people in the history of this country.

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“RETALIATION”: FEDS LAUNCH NEW LAND GRAB TARGETING BUNDY FAMILY

Battle of Bunkerville 2: BLM to declare 1.8 million acres environmental protection zone

“Retaliation”: Feds Launch New Land Grab Targeting Bundy Family
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | OCTOBER 29, 2014
A federal land grab being imposed under the guise of environmental protection in Southern Nevada has been labeled an act of “deliberate retaliation” by Cliven Bundy, the rancher who was at the center of a standoff between BLM agents and armed militia groups earlier this year.

On Sunday, the Bundy family posted a Facebook entry which asserted that, “the federal government is mounting retaliations against the Bundy family and the Southern Nevada people,” after it was announced that the feds intended to designate around 1.8 million acres of land around their Gold Butte range as critical to the environment.

The initial dispute between Bundy and the feds, which culminated in an armed standoff between BLM agents and Bundy supporters back in April, centered around more than $1 million in grazing fees which authorities claimed Bundy owed stretching back two decades.
The Bundy family asserts that the new draft Resource Management Plan made public by the Bureau of Land Management would place up to 3 million acres of land off limits to recreational use, agriculture or ranching.

“They’re trying to surround us by controlling all the land. People should know they’re doing this without the knowledge of the people who use it,” Carol Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Days after the standoff came to a head earlier this year, after which the feds were forced to release nearly 400 cattle belonging to Bundy, Nevada Senator Harry Reid labeled Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists” and indicated that the fight was not over.

“From near the beginning of history, tyrannical men have sought to oppress through the control of land and resources, “Control the land and resources, and you have the power to control the people”. There is a direct correlation to land and resources with power and wealth. All major powers in world history have gained their power & wealth by conquering the land and controlling the resources,” states the Bundy Facebook post, adding that Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) “have been a tool used by the federal government to gain further control of large masses of western lands and the resources.”

The BLM’s latest move to seize huge tracts of land surrounding Bundy’s property under the justification of environmental protection suggests that we could witness part two of the ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ sometime over the next few months.
The comment period for the BLM’s new proposal ends on January 7th after a series of public meetings set to begin on Monday.

Watch footage of April’s armed standoff between Bundy supporters and federal authorities below.

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Powder Keg: Cliven Bundy Supporters Openly Warn Feds To Stand Down In 3 Million Acre Land Grab

Get Ready for the Shit the hit the fan…

by Pete Santilli, The Pete Santilli Show & The Guerilla Media Network

The Pete Santilli Show:   Wednesday October 28, 2014 Episode #827

In this episode of  The Pete Santilli Show:  Pete’s back from his little business trip.  We were off air for a couple days, planning for the coming days & weeks of unraveling within the USA.

Today Pete’s main theme was about a story he discovered initially that was published on BeforeItsNews.com titled  FEDS Retaliate Against The Bundy Ranch And Southern Nevada.

In today’s episode, Pete relives the original Bundy Ranch standoff, and he also conveys his belief that a 2nd Bundy Ranch Standoff will ensue if the federal government dares to take the 3 million acres they have recently proposed and published on their website.  Santilli’s comments are important, especially as they relate to the U.S. Constitution.  Article one, section 7 paragraph 17 of the U.S. Constitution specifically prohibits what the U.S. Government can and cannot own as far as land.  Taking 3 million acres from the American people is outright unconstitutional, and Santilli tells Senator Harry Reid, the BLM, the DOJ and every other communist who has infiltrated the U.S. Government that we will not let them take the land from the people of the state of Nevada.  Santilli openly calls for a 2nd Bundy Ranch Standoff in order to defend our constitutional rights as a people.

During the show, Pete Santilli is joined by “Gunny Booda”, the head of security for the Bundy Family and Ranch.  Booda and Santilli are both former United States Marines who have sworn an oath to defend and support the U.S. Constitution, and they do not pull any punches when the discuss how a 2nd Bundy Ranch Standoff will produce an even bigger response than the first — the Constitution still applies, and contrary to BLM Special Agent Daniel P. Love’s recorded conversations with Santilli, the U.S. Constitution applies in the dirt.

Please listen to at least the last conversation Santilli had with Love before the Standoff:   3 – Final Meeting with BLM_04112014  3 – Final Meeting with BLM_04112014

Santilli & Booda also reach out to federal agents, law enforcement and federal officials to be “Constitutional”, and to stand down when confronted by peaceful protestors.  They both agree that each of the Bundy Ranch supporters are peaceful, constitutional and very willing to die defending our God-given rights.  They both encourage all members to the Citizen’s Militia to respond to the call when necessary in order to defend our country at Bundy Ranch.

The warning to the federal government is strern and non-negotiable.

1) The federal government must comply strictly with Article 1,  Section 8, paragraph 17  ”To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;–  The federal government does not own land for any reason outside or or in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

2) If the federal government attempts to seize 3 million acres in Southern Nevada, and local law enforcement does not side with the people of Nevada as in the case leading up to the standoff in April 2014, We The People will have no alternative than to stop them by any means necessary to peacefully defend and support the U.S. Constitution.  If the federal government attempts to harm the American people in any manner with “weapons of war” as they did on April 12th 2014, We The People will have to defend ourselves by any means necessary.  We will not fire a shot unless fired upon, but we make it very clear that the 2nd amendment will be fully exercised in our defense, and as we are obligated to do so by the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

3) 10′s of millions of patriots are literally willing to die to defend our nation from all enemies; foreign and domestic.  Feds and law enforcement need to choose the side of the American people and refuse to continue acting as a domestic enemy.  Officials who have sworn an oath must educate themselves, stand down and be constitutional or face another potential Bundy Ranch stand ranch standoff.

This time around we have a chance to be proactive and avoid the potential loss of life as occurred on April 12th, 2014.  We ask Feds a law enforcement to choose the side of the supreme law of the land, the American people, and future generations of Americans who will benefit from each of us doing the right thing for our country.  STAND DOWN and you will instantly become a true American hero.  Opposing us and firing upon us….would be a very very bad choice.  We proved our intent on April 12th, 2014.  We meant peace, but we were willing to die to defend our God-given rights.  Not one shot was fired, and every singlet person in the canyon benefitted that day — except for BLM Special Agent In Charge Daniel P. Love.  If Daniel P. Love is involved in any way with the taking of 3 million acres, refuse his orders and if the federal government dares an unconstitutional “next time”, let’s all arrest him on the spot for putting all of our lives in danger.

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Please feel free to review the original Bundy Ranch Standoff which took place in April 2014.

As millions of Americans are aware, Pete conducted the first major interview with Cliven Bundy on April 8, 2014 (Click here to get right to the interview)

The following day Pete was present at Bundy Ranch and recorded the BLM brutalizing peaceful protestors who set out to stop the BLM’s convoy returning from the desert as they suspected the BLM was killing cattle or destroying infrastructure in violation of the law and their own court order.  The video begins as the BLM convoy was stopped in order to demand a full investigation of the vehicles returning from the area seized by the federal government.  Millions of people around the world viewed and shared this video, and thousands of people came to Bundy Ranch on April 12th to defend the peaceful proctors demanding the cattle and land be freed.

Watch what “We The People” accomplished on April 12th 2014.  The unarmed peaceful protestors were met by the Federal Government’s guns of war, but the protestors were backed up by a credible threat of 2nd amendment patriots of the citizen’s militia.  15805c8d-546a-caac-cc5d-c1abb9261745-banner

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Nevada U.S. Attorney sees rise in number of corrupt Nevada lawyers prosecuted

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Nevada ranks number one in the Country for the most corrupt attorneys… We need to clean up the corruption within our judicial system and it starts with arresting and prosecuting the corrupt attorneys and judges!

Massive CRIME SCENE at Nevada attorney General Office in Carson City because of the rampant corruption in the CORRUPT Nevada Courts 
LVRJ News source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/nevada-us-attorney-sees-rise-number-lawyers-prosecuted

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Prosecutors have noticed an “alarming” number of lawyers convicted of serious crimes in federal court in the past several years.tatro corrupt

A total of 23 lawyers, mostly from Las Vegas, have been convicted since 2008, according to the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office.

Since 2011, the number of convictions have increased nearly five times over the previous three years, records show.

There were four convictions between 2008 and 2010, but 19 between 2011 and this year. Eight attorneys either pleaded guilty or were convicted by a jury in 2013 alone.

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Dan Bogdenusdoj“In the last several years, the number of lawyers charged with federal crimes has increased dramatically,” U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says.

“Although we cannot speculate as to the reason for the rise in numbers, we can say that it is embarrassing and sad when lawyers violate the very laws they have taken an oath to uphold.”

Bogden calls the growing rate of attorney prosecutions “alarming” in his 2013 annual report on the accomplishments of his office.

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He isn’t alone in noticing the increase.crime

“There’s been a significant uptick,” says David Clark, the chief counsel for the State Bar of Nevada, which regulates lawyers. “It’s a combination of economic realities and the increased vigilance on the part of federal prosecutors to go after lawyers.”

Clark says attorneys have struggled in the failing economy just like everyone else and have been forced to look for other ways to make money, sometimes landing in legal and professional trouble.

Of the 23 convictions since 2008, a total of 19 involved financial crimes such as tax evasion, bank fraud and mortgage fraud, records show.

Bankruptcy attorney Randolph Goldberg pleaded guilty to tax evasion last year and is now serving a 1½-year sentence in federal prison. Defense lawyer and former prosecutor Paul Wommer, who was convicted by a jury of tax evasion last year, is serving a nearly 3½-year prison sentence. Both are temporarily suspended and can expect more disciplinary action from the State Bar when they get out of prison.

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disbarredBusiness Woman Series 24Four Las Vegas attorneys — the late David Amesbury, Jeanne Winkler, Barry Levinson and Brian Jones — pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the federal investigation into the massive takeover of Las Vegas-area homeowners associations.

Amesbury killed himself weeks after he pleaded guilty, and the other three lawyers are cooperating with prosecutors and waiting to be sentenced.

Another attorney, Keith Gregory, is to stand trial in October in the HOA case, and one key target, attorney Nancy Quon, committed suicide before federal authorities could charge her.

Winkler was disbarred in 2011 for stealing money from her clients, and Levinson agreed to disbarment as part of the plea deal he struck with federal prosecutors earlier this year. He is currently suspended from practicing law.

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Other well-known lawyers have run afoul of the law:

■ Harvey Whittemore, a onetime political power broker, was convicted last year of unlawfully funneling more than $133,000 to the campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. He was sentenced to two years in prison and must surrender in August. Whittemore is temporarily suspended from practicing law while the State Bar considers further action.

■ Noel Gage, who specialized in personal injury cases, pleaded guilty in 2010 to obstruction of justice in a federal investigation into an alleged fraud scheme involving a network of lawyers and physicians. He was sentenced to three years probation. Gage is off probation and his law license is temporarily suspended until the end of July. He must apply for reinstatement.

■ Lawrence Davidson, caught up in a political corruption probe a dozen years ago, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, money laundering and several other charges, including those related to his unlawful flight to Israel in 2006 to avoid standing trial. Davidson agreed to disbarment in 2005 after he was originally charged. He eventually returned to Las Vegas and was sentenced in 2012 to eight years in prison.

■ Gerry Zobrist, once a part-time Las Vegas justice of the peace, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud in a multimillion-dollar scheme to use straw buyers to unlawfully purchase homes in the valley. He was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. His law license has been suspended pending further disciplinary action.

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REASON FOR THE RISE

drunk lawyerThomas Pitaro, a respected criminal defense lawyer who has been practicing in Las Vegas for 40 years, says the stress of the legal profession likely has contributed to the rise in criminal prosecutions of attorneys.coke

“I think there are very few attorneys who steal for the hell of it,” Pitaro says. “It’s systematic of other problems — drugs, alcohol, gambling and living above their means.”

Pitaro also believes federal authorities are spending more time investigating white collar and financial crimes that have a higher probability of involving lawyers and other professionals.

Clark says his organization has stepped up its own vigilance of lawyers in recent years and has been working closely with law enforcement authorities.

“We’ve been sharing more information and developing more contacts with law enforcement,” he explains.

Clark points to the Levinson case as a prime example of the State Bar’s strong working relationship with police and federal authorities.

At one point, Las Vegas police, federal authorities and the State Bar all were working cases against Levinson at the same time, Clark says.

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In his federal deal, Levinson not only pleaded guilty in the HOA fraud case, but he also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and embezzling more than $243,000 from his clients. His deal calls for him to receive no less than two years in prison. Any time behind bars he gets in state court on theft charges will run concurrently with his federal sentence.

Levinson’s willingness to agree to disbarment in his federal plea was a first for prosecutors and the State Bar. Goldberg last year agreed to a two-year suspension in his federal plea agreement.

“It shows the evolution of our cooperation with law enforcement authorities,” Clark says.

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NEVADA STATE BAR DISCIPLINE

Something else that is evolving is the State Bar’s approach to disciplining lawyers.

bad lawyers nevadaA Nevada Supreme Court rule says the State Bar can move to temporarily suspend a lawyer upon a “final judgment of conviction,” and the bar has waited over the years until a lawyer is sentenced. That’s when the federal courts, which see most of the criminal cases, recognize a final judgment of conviction.

But two criminal cases against lawyers, one in Clark County District Court and another in federal court, has Clark looking for temporary suspensions before sentencing.

The District Court case is against defense attorney Brian Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in December to felony charges stemming from a fraud investigation into a sweeping courthouse counseling scheme. Bloomfield has continued to represent clients in court the past six months while waiting to be sentenced.

The federal case involves Brian Jones, who pleaded guilty in the HOA case more than two years ago and is also waiting to be sentenced. Jones has since moved to Utah and is not practicing law in Las Vegas, but his license remains active.how-our-courts-are-used-by-criminals

Last month Clark filed a petition with the state Supreme Court seeking a temporary suspension for Bloomfield while the State Bar prepares to file a complaint against him that could lead to his disbarment.

The State Bar counsel filed a similar petition last week to get Jones temporarily suspended.

Clark is hoping the Supreme Court will more clearly define the broad rule, which also allows the State Bar to seek a suspension after a guilty plea or jury conviction.

“In the past this hasn’t been so much of a problem because there hasn’t been a long disconnect between a guilty plea and a sentencing,” Clark recently said. “But lately, we’ve been seeing a greater delay.”

 

LEW ROCKWELL: THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP Top libertarian talks about Trump and the rise of populism, the cashless society and martial law

World-renowned libertarian Lew Rockwell, the co-founder of the Mises Institute and Ron Paul’s former congressional chief of staff, speaks about Donald Trump and the rise of populism, the economic collapse, the cashless society, martial law and his late friend Murray Rothbard, the founder of anarcho-capitalism.

00:00 – Trump and Murray Rothbard
03:05 – Why authoritarians hate Trump
05:15 – Trump, Bernie Sanders and the populist revolt
07:22 – Obama’s push for martial law
11:55 – Bernie Sanders
13:20 – Global economic collapse
15:09 – The cashless society
18:58 – The Mises Institute

Federal judge affirms decision to keep Pete Santilli behind bars in conspiracy case

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U.S. District Chief Justice Michael W. Mosman affirmed a decision to detain Pete Santili pending trial, saying he was disturbed by several remarks Santilli made during his online broadcasts promising to shoot federal officers if they came to take him or his guns away.

“There’s a handful of statements I can’t discount as just shock-jock” bravado, Mosman said Thursday.

police stateMosman said he couldn’t ignore what seems to be Santilli’s “deeply-held beliefs” regarding his distaste for federal law enforcement and found Santilli could be “a real threat to pretrial service officers or U.S. marshals or others who have to deal with him.”

Santilli, 50, an independent broadcaster who went to Burns to film a Jan. 2 rally protesting the resentencing of two local ranchers, stayed to film the monthlong armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Prosecutors contend Santilli used his show to issue a “call to action,” to encourage more people to participate in the refuge takeover. His lawyer said he was simply documenting a developing story.

Santilli was arrested last week in Burns and is now among the 16 people indicted on a federal conspiracy charge, accused of impeding federal officers’ work at the federal bird sanctuary outside Burns in Harney County.

His lawyer Thomas Coan had described Santilli as an “entertainer” or “new journalist” who puts out “a lot of bravado” and has been a “thorn” to the federal government. Simply for “his words,” Santilli is facing retaliation, he argued.

“He goes up to the edge. He’s provocative. He’s loud. He’s boisterous,” Coan said. That doesn’t mean he’s dangerous, he said.

Coan argued that Santilli has never been violent, didn’t challenge federal agents or police when arrested last week and could be supervised under home detention and GPS monitoring at his Cincinnati, Ohio, apartment.

Federal prosecutors and his defense lawyer presented dueling audio and video clips to try to bolster their arguments.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight played for the court nine segments from “The Pete Santilli Show,” aired between June and December 2015, attempting to persuade the court that Santilli would defy orders from federal law enforcement.

In one Dec. 21, 2015, episode, Santilli said, “If I’m deemed to be a felon, I want to ask for freakin’ asylum somewhere else. I don’t want to be in this country … I want out of this freakin’ hell hole.”

In other broadcasts from June 10, 2015, to December 2015, Santilli pledged to shoot anyone who came through the door of his home uninvited or failed to pick up the phone and call him ahead of time.

“Is this someone pretrial services can knock on the door at 3 a.m., if they have to, for a UA (urine analysis sample)? No,” Knight argued.

Santilli’s lawyer countered that his client was talking about law enforcement officers who barge into homes in the middle of the night with “no-knock warrants” and was espousing his right to defend himself.

On a Dec. 8 show, Santilli taunted U.S. marshals, calling them “unconstitutional,” and a “bunch of technocrats.”

“Come try to take my guns,” Santilli said. Also in that episode, he said, “We’re not going to lay down … we’re going to take a stand.”

“You fire one shot at us, and it’s on,” Santilli said on his show. “It will be a bloody (expletive) massacre.”

In another clip, Santilli railed against the FBI and their “background checks” for guns, calling them “pukes” and pledging to “to blow your balls off.”

And lastly, prosecutors played an undated clip in which Santilli was critical of Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi affair, saying he wanted to shoot the then-secretary of state in her genitals.

Santilli’s lawyer said the U.S. Secret Service investigated his statements about Clinton and never took any action against his client.

Coan argued that Santilli’s statements during his shows aren’t meant to be taken seriously. He showed video of Santilli not putting up a physical fight as he was being escorted out of Burns High School’s gymnasium, where he was said to have disrupted a community meeting last month.

He also played a video of Santilli’s Jan. 26 arrest, where he was suddenly taken into custody by federal law enforcement officers after he had been huddling with several armed agents, talking to them about women and children staying at the refuge.

“Mr. Santilli has never been involved in a single violent act,” Coan argued. If Santilli can’t continue his livelihood, he’ll go bankrupt, his lawyer added.

Coan, attempting to show that Santilli isn’t alone in his inflammatory but constitutionally protected statements, played a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump boasting in Iowa that support for his campaign wouldn’t decline even if he shot someone in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Leaning in Santilli’s favor was a stable home and work, the judge said. Mosman found the government’s weight of evidence that Santilli conspired in the refuge occupation lacking.

The judge said he didn’t think Santilli would be a flight risk in the traditional sense, in that he’d go into hiding, but said he was concerned that Santilli might not respond peacefully to federal officers’ demands.

The judge said he did disregard much of Santilli’s statements on his show as part of his inflammatory attempt to build an audience.

Mosman called Santilli’s remarks about Clinton “the most distasteful clip of all,” but said it was not relevant to his decision on detention.

Still, the judge said he was troubled by the clips in which Santilli said he’d refuse to be taken away, would rather die a free man and threatens to kill federal law enforcement officers if they ever tried to take his guns away.

“It raises for me enough concerns for federal law enforcement officers who would have to deal with this defendant,” Mosman said.

Santilli, seated beside his lawyer at the defense table, hung his head down as the judge announced his decision. Mosman’s ruling affirms the detention decision made last Friday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman.

As he was led off by a deputy U.S. marshal, Santilli turned toward his girlfriend and broadcast partner, Deborah Jordan Reynolds, and mouthed, “I’m sorry.”

— Maxine Bernstein

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NOT NORMAL: Oregon Rancher Killing Highlights Police State Dehumanization

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The guy never even had a speeding ticket…

I was going to record a whole video pointing out inconsistencies etc. in this shooting but after watching all these analyses and seeing this scene over and over, I just couldn’t. I broke down after recording this, wishing we could all build a time machine and go back to that made up place in cartoons where everything is abstract thought.

We live in a technocratic scientific dictatorship police state. Humanity is being dehumanized so fast they do not even realize it.
Police state killings like this one have become such a regular occurrence, such a regular sight that everyone casually discusses them like they would discuss hairstyles or what to have for lunch.

Don’t let this become normal to you. Don’t become desensitized and accept this as normal. It. Is. Not.

Check out this footage for even better resolution here: https://youtu.be/6sJo-7aCYu4

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What do the Harry Reid beat down, Bundy Ranch, Oregon Standoff , Russian Uranium, Benghazi, and the Hillary Clinton campaign have to do with one another?

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Remember last year when Harry Reid suddenly retired from the Senate after his mysterious “exercise equipment injury“? He had recently moved into his brand new house in Nevada at the time.  Nevada is where the Bundy Ranch is.  Bundy ranch is in the Bunkerville area, while Reid and his wife now live in the Anthem area.  About 98 miles apart.

Same thing that happened with the Bundy Ranch, now happened/still happening in Oregon and the (literal) overkill of government in these scenarios doesn’t make sense in the context of the “official narratives”, nor even in a lot of the alternative media nearratives however, what if there is something much deeper and even more sinister underlying these developments?  Well, apparently there is.

It should not come as too great a shock if you are a Bible-believer.  The love of money is the root of all evil.

So I was reading posts in…

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Obama Burning American Homeless People Alive in “Holocaust Trucks” aka “Smokies”?

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THE INDEPENDENT AMERICAN: The following was posted by: dawnasongiblogstr8sicit.wordpress.com:
Source: ~Where are the homeless disappearing to?~

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ANP received a reader email about white vans taking homeless people away in Oklahoma, never to be seen again, with the reader asking if this was happening in any other communities? Sadly, after researching this, the answer is yes and it is an alarming trend indicating that the homeless that are disappearing may just be the beginning of a systematic purge as part of the depopulation agenda.

What better segment of the population to start with than those with no family, no one to report them missing, no one other than other homeless to even notice this disturbing tend?

We’ll start with the email, then provide the information uncovered while researching this issue.

I live in a suburb of Tulsa OK and I have noticed an alarming trend, our homeless are…

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Utah Fusion Center Warns Cops: Watch Out for Don’t-Tread-on-Me Flags

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These individuals may adhere to a sovereign citizen ideology, and may not recognize law enforcement as a legitimate authority.

Funeral services will be held today in Kanab, Utah, for LaVoy Finicum, the rancher killed last month during the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. In a bulletin distributed this week to cops across the region, the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center-one of the dozens of intelligence-sharing “fusion centers” around the country that get funds from the Department of Homeland Security-warns that “extremists may utilize such a high profile funeral for media attention or to further ideological beliefs.” Although “no credible threats to law enforcement are present at this time,” the authors still think police should be wary: “Caravans of individuals traveling to the funeral services may be comprised of one or more armed extremists. Law enforcement should remain vigilant and aware that confrontation with these potentially volatile persons, may include more than one individual.

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LEAK REVEALS DENVER POLICE USE UNDERCOVER ‘SHADOW TEAMS’ TO TARGET PROTEST LEADERS

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Published in partnership with MintPress News.

DENVER — A leaked police manual reveals how Denver police respond to marches and other forms of protest, including their use of undercover “platoons” of officers to pick out leaders for later arrest.

On Jan. 19, Unicorn Riot, an independent media collective with several members in the state, published a heavily redacted version of the 2011 edition of the “Denver Police Department Crowd Management Manual” obtained through a Colorado Open Records Act request. Days later, an anonymous source sent them an unredacted copy of the 2008 edition of the manual. The two editions appear to have few differences and the policies described in both versions match the behavior of police toward protests, according to activists and journalists interviewed by MintPress News.

“This manual has been a tremendous help to our reporting in terms of understanding the police apparatus that is…

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FORMER DHS BOSS PUTS UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES UNDER SECRET SURVEILLANCE

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Former DHS boss Janet Napolitano — who once stated she “doesn’t use email” (for many reasons, but mainly to dodge accountability) — is now showing her underlings at the University of California why they, too, might not want to “use email”: someone might be reading them over their shoulders.

UC professor Christopher Newfield has the inside details of the recently-exposed monitoring system secretly deployed by the University of California (and approved by school president Napolitano) to keep tabs on the communications, web surfing and file routing of its employees. The SF Chronicle has an article on the secretly-installed spyware behind its paysieve [try this link], but Newfield has the internal communications.

The installation of the third-party monitoring software was so secretive that even the university’s campus information technology committee was forbidden from discussing it with other staff. The committee has now decided to…

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Television, Football and Politics: Gaming Spectacles Designed to Keep the Police State in Power

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Source: The Rutherford Institute, by John Whitehead

Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility. — Professor Neil Postman

If there are two spectacles that are almost guaranteed to render Americans passive viewers, incapable of doing little more than cheering on their respective teams, it’s football and politics—specifically, the Super Bowl and the quadrennial presidential election.

Both football and politics encourage zealous devotion among their followers, both create manufactured divisions that alienate one group of devotees…

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What Is The Best Method Of Rebellion Against Tyranny?

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Source: Alt-Market.com, by Brandon Smith

I have heard it often said that there is no one right way to accomplish a goal. I agree. However, I would add that while there is no such thing as “one right way” to achieve an objective, this does not mean there aren’t numerous WRONG ways to achieve an objective.

Doing “something” is not always better than doing nothing if that “something” is based on terrible strategy. Unfortunately, there are people out there with otherwise good intentions, even in the liberty movement, that seem to think that taking action without planning is preferable to patience. They do not understand that there is such a thing as negative returns.

The reality is that action is easy. Patience and planning are difficult. Emotional reaction is simple. Quiet professionalism is complicated.

This is the dynamic that is plaguing the liberty movement today; the battle between our…

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New York’s Former ‘Top Cop’ Bernie Kerik Calls for Criminal Justice Reform

From New York’s “top cop” to convicted felon, Bernie Kerik has led many lives. The man who used to specialize in locking people up now is advocating for criminal justice reform after spending time in prison.

VICE News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica spends a day with Bernie Kerik in his home to discuss his past, his fall from grace, and his hopes for the future.

Read “Ex-Cop and Ex-Con Bernie Kerik Calls Out Republicans On Criminal Justice Reform“ –http://bit.ly/1OAjNyW

Watch “Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars” – http://bit.ly/1DHIqYj

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A sergeant named Stephen Bassett with the Reno Police Department was arrested Friday on suspicion of DUI

A sergeant with the Reno Police Department was arrested Friday on suspicion of DUI, according to court records and a police department spokesman.

An arrest log stated Stephen Bassett was arrested by Nevada Highway Patrol just after 1:30 a.m. Friday.

He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence above the legal limit and failure to maintain his lane/improper lane change.

Officer Tim Broadway confirmed with News 4 that Bassett is a sergeant with Reno police.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office would be taking over the investigation, according to Broadway.

Alex Jones on Bohemian Grove, Stanley Kubrick & the New World Order – BUZZSAW

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Rough audio, Alex’s audio level was too hot. As I have stated on here in the past I think Alex Jones is the real deal…~TS

Alex Jones speaks with Sean Stone about Bohemian Grove, Stanley Kubrick’s unique psychic insight into the illuminati, and the true face of Satan in an uncensored discussion on Buzzsaw. From the secret truth that could get him killed, to the expanding reach of AI and the singularity–we go in deep on the highest levels of power and their esoteric thirsts for lust and power. Bloodlines, alternative dimensions and realities, and the necessity for truth among humanity is all revealed here.

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Cliven Bundy Serves Notice Upon Barack Obama Over Oregon Refuge Means The Fight Is Far From Over – Should Lavoy Finicum Be Added To The ‘Clinton Body Count’?

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By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has served noticed upon Barack Obama, Oregon governor Kate Brown and Harney County Sheriff David Ward as heard in his own words in the 1st video below with the complaint seen in the screenshots below. The notice requests all federal and state police be removed from Harney County and gives notice that the People of Harney County and the citizens of the United States would ‘retain possession of the Harney County Resource Center (Malhaur National Wildlife Refuge Center).

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After the recent arrests of Bundy’s sons, Ammon Bundy told their supporters to ‘back down’ from the occupation and ‘go home’ but we learn here that Cliven Bundy is now calling for just the opposite.

While some groups in Oregon are calling for peace, Las Vegas Now tells us that this notice from Bundy to Barack Obama and the governor and sheriff in Oregon could mean this fight is far from over.

Sadly, it appears this is all a part of an ongoing fight that has been ongoing for many years, especially out West, where a huge portion of the land is owned by the federal government as seen in the map below. Is all of this going on right now in Oregon part of Agenda 21 as asked in this story from Infowars? Or, is it much more than ‘just’ Agenda 21 as asked below?

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In writing about the refuge in Oregon, we must mention the possible ties of Hillary Clinton to all of this mess that led to the death of Lavoy Finicum. Was Finicum another death that should be attributed to the hands of the Clintons? According to Cheryl Chumley at WND and curious investigative reporter Jon Rappoport, the Oregon standoff may really have been all about uranium and a Hillary Clinton approved deal to transfer 20% of all US uranium production to Russia.

If you haven’t read this story yet, it’s a stunner and if true, could officially add the name of Lavoy Finicum to the Clinton body count that continues to expand into 2016 – imagine how much more this list might grow if Hillary becomes president in January 2017! Did the militia in Oregon step into a hornet’s nest that they weren’t aware of? The 2nd video below from Infowars looks at the implications of a BLM land grab for Hillary that led to Finicum’s death. From Rappoport.:

“In September 2011, a representative from Oregon Energy, L.L.C. (formally Uranium One), met with local citizens, and county and state officials, todiscuss the possibility of opening a uranium oxide (‘yellowcake’) mine in southern Malheur County in southeastern Oregon.”

What does this have to do with Hillary and Bill Clinton? I’ll reprint my previous article so you can read the details, but the short version is: there’s a case to be made that they, through Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation, facilitated the sale of Uranium One to Putin and the Russians. And if so, and if this area of Oregon is projected to be part of that uranium mining deal, then we are looking at a stunning “coincidence”: the US federal government is coming down hard on a group of protestors who are occupying, for their own reasons, a very valuable piece of territory that goes far beyond the issue of private cattle grazing on government land.

It comes under the heading of those old familiar lines: you have no idea what you’re involved in; you have no idea who you’re messing with; this is way over your head; you just stepped into the middle of something that’s bigger than you can imagine.

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Hundreds gather at funeral for LaVoy Finicum the man murdered by the FBI in Oregon standoff

KANAB, Utah — While hundreds of mourners arrived Friday for the funeral of Robert LaVoy Finicum, one of the anti-government occupiers of federal buildings at an Oregon wildlife refuge, his daughter stood outside the Mormon church in the town where he was born and said her dad “died for liberty.”

“My dad was an amazing man. He died for liberty. He died for everybody’s freedoms,” said Brittney Beck, 26. “I think it’s really great that people are here to honor him and thank him for that.”

Finicum, 54, an Arizona rancher and spokesman for a group of self-styled militia led by Ammon Bundy, son of defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, had occupied buildings at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for nearly a month when he encountered a roadblock Jan. 26 driving to an eastern Oregon town to deliver a message about federal overreach on public lands.

After Ammon Bundy and other protesters were taken into custody at the stop, Finicum remained in the truck and sped off a few minutes later.

He was shot and killed by Oregon state police after he jumped out of the truck that he drove into a snowbank, nearly hitting a police officer and swerving off the roadway at a containment barricade set up by the FBI and a local law enforement task force.

Nathan James, 45, of Las Vegas, drove with about 20 others to show solidarity for the Finicium family and friends at the Kanab Utah Kaibab Stake Center, where Finicum’s funeral will be held Friday afternoon. “I’m here as a regular citizen of our country.”

He said he, too, feels that the government has too much control of public lands. “I didn’t know it was so tough to be a rancher.”

Todd Applegate drove to the church from Vale, Oregon, to pay respects for Finicum, who he had met during the occupation, to “thank him for what he was doing for our country, for our children.”

“We’re here to pay our respects to a great American hero and make sure this isn’t forgotten,” Applegate said, adding that his hometown is a ranching community and a Bureau of Land Management community.

“We’re really torn right now. It’s a tough deal,” he said, adding that the Bundys go to church with his in-laws, “so we know him.”

“We want to support this thing that he stood up for and died for,” Applegate said about Finicum.

He said he wasn’t part of the occupation but drove to the refuge’s resource center and helped cook lunch for the occupiers. “I went down four days in a row and got to know these people.”

Applegate said he doesn’t like to attach the word “martyr” to Finicum. “He didn’t mean to die. He had obviously lots of friends and family and other things to think about. So, no, I don’t think he weas a martyr. I think he died for his cause because he was willing to do that just to protect the people in the truck at that point.”

“I don’t think he saw that coming,” Applegate said.

Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan and 14 others have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the armed takeover of the wildlife refuge.

All 16 defendants — including four protesters still holed up at the refuge near Burns — have been charged with a single felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States.

Both Bundy brothers are being held without bail and face a Feb. 24 arraignment. Authorities consider Ammon Bundy the Oregon takeover’s leader.

The three-page indictment, unsealed in Portland on Thursday, accuses the defendants of conspiring to “prevent by force, intimidation and threats” employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from carrying out their duties at the refuge.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

SOURCE: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/hundreds-gather-funeral-man-killed-oregon-standoff

Superior Court Judges on BLM Occupation in Oregon: “The British Crown has Kidnapped and Press-Ganged American Land Assets… in Criminal Conspiracy & Contempt of Our Constitution”

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I have known that the united States Constitution has been undermined for some time,beginning with Abraham Lincoln. I have also know of the incorporation of the united States that is based in London, England. However, now, two Superior Court Judges, who are also common law judges under the Postmaster General of their respective regions inAlaska and Colorado, are pointing out the actions of the Bureau of Land Management and the actions of criminal politicians in the united States government to undermine the American view of government and law. This is especially enlightening with what has been going on with the Bundys, the Hammonds and the death of LaVoy Finicum.

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Shocking New Secrets on the FBI-Sanctioned Assassination of LaVoy Finicum (Video)

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If you haven’t already heard the statement from Ammon Bundy, or read his written statement, both can be found at the post titled, From Jail: A Statement From Ammon Bundy to the Public Today, Feb 4 2016. What I found very curious about both, was how Bundy never once mentioned everyone at the refuge should go home the way the media is consistently reporting. What he DOES say in his very limited time, is that the FBI and the Sheriff should go home! If Bundy wanted everyone at the refuge to turn themselves in or surrender, then why didn’t he say it when he had the chance??? 

The fact that Bundy only tells law enforcement to go home, raises more SERIOUS suspicions about the BS narrative being pumped out by the FBI and the mainstream media. It draws even more attention to, and only further demands that there be an investigation into the government-sanctioned assassination of rancher LaVoy Finicum. 

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If the media (or Bundy’s lawyer for that matter) cannot even be truthful when it comes to something like what Ammon Bundy did, or did not ask the media to relay to the public, how are We the People supposed to believe a word the same government or media says about the assassination of rancher LaVoy Finicum? 

In a recent post, Blaine Cooper Said, ”Finicum Left His Firearms at Refuge the Day Police Killed Him” (Audio). Adding fuel to the fire that the FBI’s version of the story is BULLSH** is their story about Finicum reaching for a loaded semi-automatic 9mm in his pants, when everyone that knew Finicum know he didn’t own a 9mm semi-automatic. 

Finicum only carried a Colt revolver, and only used shoulder harnesses, something the FBI wouldn’t have known immediately in the aftermath of the assassination when they made their BULLSH**  statement. Then, let’s not forget the never ending effort by theFBI to Shut Down All Alternative Media Regarding the Oregon Standoff (Recorded Call)

If the FBI is being honest, what the hell are they so nervous about? On the other hand, the people remaining at the refuge have EVERY reason to be nervous. In the video below you’ll learn that the same Doctors who prepared for the death of LaVoy Finicum have returned to Burns Oregon in what most think is them gearing up for the eventual taking of the refuge. This is the exact same pattern as before —-

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The following video and post put out by The Truth is Viral reveals startling new information about the assassination of rancher LaVoy Finicum, followed by links in chronological order regarding the Bundy Standoff and the government’s attempt to silence free speech. 

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In this episode of The Truth Is Viral, the government-sanctioned assassination of rancher LaVoy Finicum is definitively exposed from all angles.

In addition to enhanced FBI video footage of Finicum’s murder throughout the show, TTiV will be exposing the criminal past of the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the standoff at Mahleur Wildlife Refuge, and the US Attorney for Oregon who had to resign because it was revealed that she was a sexual deviant, a stalker who obsessed on her underlings, the woman who was responsible for unjustly sending the Hammonds back to prison for a second time.

You will see BLM officials plot to defraud the United States Government while paying far below market value for properties they want to seize, so that people like Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton can profit by selling the mineral rights to the Chinese and Russians.

You will learn that it was corrupt local, state, and federal officials who created a climate of fear in Harney County, dressing up like militia and attempting to sow discord. There is a reason the Harney County Fire Chief Chris Briels resigned in disgust. There is a reason that three top officials in the Harney County School District resigned their positions as well. At the very least, the occupation of the Mahleur National Wildlife Refuge has exposed deep-seeded, incestuous, and nepotistic corruption at all levels of government that have awakened the locals and require further investigation.

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We’ll also be hearing from Mark McConnell, whose interpretation of events has been picked up by the mainstream media as definitive.

However, through the eyewitness testimony of two of the occupants of the vehicle LaVoy Finicum was driving, you will learn how the government laid an ambush in a deliberate attempt to kill everyone in the vehicle.

One of these witnesses, Shawna Cox, states that she believes it was Johnnie-come-Lately Mark McConnell who set them up to be murdered, and also how her son-in-law was killed in a mysterious explosion in the garage where all of her weapons had been stored

And finally, TTiV Publisher Bobby Powell will address the charges that talk radio host Pete Santilli is a federal informant, responsible for the arrests of the protesters at the Mahleur Wildlife Refuge. Santilli’s live streams from the refuge provided a lot of evidence to the federal government that was used to indict the Bundys and others, and published reports have labeled him a “Douchebag Turncoat.”

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FOR MORE ON THE OREGON STANDOFF:

Mrs. Hammond Writes Letter to”The Oregonian”

Carol Bundy Issues Call to Arms For Militia to Join Them in Oregon vs. Feds

Obama Wanted War: Now 150 Armed Militia Have Seized a Federal Building In Oregon

Breaking News: Obama Orders Hammond Ranch Destroyed!

The World is on Fire; Obama Declares U.S. Constitution Public Enemy #1

FBI Caught On Video Preparing For Standoff With Militia; Reporter Speaks To Ryan Bundy

Second American Revolution Requires Just One Bullet Be Fired

Oathkeepers Issue Evacuation Order For Women and Children at Oregon Standoff!

Oregon Militia Confirms They Are Not Leaving; Ready to Die For Freedom

Bundy Militia Standoff: Ticking Time Bomb to Force Another American Revolution

FBI Attempting to Shut Down Alt Media With Oregon Standoff (Recorded Call)

Judge and 2 US Marshals in Route to Restore Constitutional Rule of Law

Oregon Situation Heating Up: Bundy Militia Suffers First Arrest Today

Waco/Ruby Ridge Style Shootout Inevitable at Bundy Standoff in Oregon? (Videos)

Bundy’s Militia: “Feds Are Pressuring DCS to Remove Our Kids From Home To Force Surrender”

CITI WARNS: WORLD ECONOMY TRAPPED IN ‘DEATH SPIRAL’

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Could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market…

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The global economy seems trapped in a “death spiral” that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned.

Some analysts — including those at Citi — have turned bearish on the world economy this year, following an equity rout in January and weaker economic data out of China and the U.S.

“The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral,” Citi strategists led by Jonathan Stubbs said in a report on Thursday.

“Stronger U.S. dollar, weaker oil/commodity prices, weaker world trade/petrodollar liquidity, weaker EM (and global growth)… and repeat. Ad infinitum, this would lead to Oilmageddon, a ‘significant and synchronized’ global recession and a proper modern-day equity bear market.”

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From Jail: A Statement From Ammon Bundy to the Public Today, Feb 4 2016

The following is a letter and a recorded statement given today (2/4/16) from Ammon Bundy which was sent out via email by his mother Carol Bundy from the Bundy Ranch. At the conclusion of the letter is a link to contribute to Ammon Bundy’s legal defense fund, should you wish to lend a hand. 

Since Bundy’s arrest, we have heard from the media and even from Ammon Bundy’s lawyer, that Ammon has urged everyone at the refuge to return home. The recorded statement below, which was most likely recorded by Carol Bundy, isn’t as long as the letter from Ammon immediately after, but I would assume if Ammon really wanted everyone to give up and go home, he’d have had every opportunity in the world on the call recording below… but he doesn’t mention it.

Frankly, I get quite the opposite impression from him… so I cannot help but wonder if what we’ve heard is more of the FBI trying to silence the truth, as I have already documented. 

Listen for yourself, and make your own judgment. Immediately following I will be providing more information on the sanctioned government assassination of rancher LaVoy Finicum.

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Dear Friends,

Hundreds of people were freely coming into the refuge to get education on their rights.  Many group presentations were given each day.  On Saturday, the 24th, ten ranchers from Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona nullified their grazing contracts with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service.  On Saturday, the 24th, grand jury administrators from Nebraska and Florida were forming a grand jury to review the abuses in the Hammond case.  Tuesday, the 27th, the day LaVoy was killed, we began releasing documents exposing criminal acts by the government.  The evening of the 27th, a meeting was scheduled with Grant County residents to give a presentation with those at the refuge.  To give their presentation to hundreds of people in the county, including the county Sheriff.

The FBI attacked those who were to give the presentation on the way to this peaceful meeting, leaving hundreds at the meeting with no speakers.  On Wednesday, the 28th, a follow up meeting was scheduled with Harney County residents with those at the refuge to finalize actions to claim back lands that were taken by the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and United States Forest Service.  This included plans to take action to begin logging again in Harney County and to restore the thriving economy once known to the Harney County residents.  On Thursday evening, the 29th, a meeting was scheduled with Malheur County residents with those at the refuge to give a presentation on the constitution as it pertained to federal limits to land ownership inside the states. This meeting was to occur in Ontario, Oregon.  Hundreds were expected to attend.  The sheriff’s Department also accepted the invitation and was scheduled to attend.

On Friday afternoon, the 30th, residents surrounding Jordan Valley, Oregon, had scheduled a seminar with those at the refuge to come out and inform them of how they can protect themselves from a national monument that is to be signed in by President Obama this year, 2016.  This monument is twice the size of Yellowstone, takes up a third of the county’s land mass, and will put over 250 ranchers out of business as they know it.  Ranchers from Malheur county were scheduled to nullify their contracts with the U.S. Forest Service.

In the following weeks, meetings were scheduled in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and the State of Washington.  Multiple Skype meetings were also set up throughout the Western U.S.  All these meetings were to discuss how they would stand against the unconstitutional land control by the federal government.  Those at the refuge collected over 50 testimonies of ranchers who lost their family property to the U.S. Government in Harney and surrounding counties.  Hundreds of government documents were compiled by those at the refuge.  Many of the documents exposed abusive actions by federal government officials, Judge Grasty, Harney County Sheriff’s Department and direct abuses to the Hammond family.

Escalation of force from the FBI, OSP, and the Sheriff’s Department incrementally increased as the education from the refuge expanded.  Government officials knew that if they did not take forceful preemptive action to stop the expanding the influence of the refuge, many would begin to stand for land rights as protected by the United States Constitution.  Make no mistake about it: those that were educating at the refuge and are now suffering in jail at this time are political prisoners.

Those at the refuge never pointed a gun and never pulled a trigger to kill.  They chose to educate, giving others the freedom to choose.  The government promoted fear and forceful tactics to control and stop this education.  And ultimately, they used force by the barrel of the gun.

Please watch the video above.

Sincerely,

Ammon Bundy, 2/4/16

Link: To contribute to Ammon’s defense CLICK HEREor: https://www.fundedjustice.com/en/projects/28054-Ammon-Bundy—Legal-Defense-Fund

 

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BLM “Emergency” Roundup in NV

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BLM has just announced a roundup to begin Monday. Wild horses removed from the range will go to the Axtell facility in Utah. We will update as we gain more information.

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ELY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is scheduled on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, to begin gathering and removing approximately 100 excess wild horses from public and private lands adjacent to U.S. Highway 93 and State Route 322 in and outside the Caliente Herd Areas (HAs) Complex and Eagle Herd Management Area (HMA) in eastern Nevada. The helicopter gather is necessary to provide for public and animal safety.

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Adelson-Owned Las Vegas Review-Journal Endorses Rubio

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Adelson-Owned Las Vegas Review-Journal Endorses Rubio | 05 Feb 2016 | The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the largest newspaper in Nevada, has endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for Republican presidential nomination in editorial. The paper says Rubio “has the ideas and the charisma to bring independents and moderates under the GOP tent.” Note: The Review-Journal was bought by the family of prolific GOP donor Sheldon Adelson late last year.

Border Meltdown Predicted By Infowars Years Ago

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Two years ago Infowars.com produced reports exposing that border patrol was bussing illegals all over the country and contrasting how US citizens are treated like scum when try to pass through an internal checkpoint. And Jon Bowne exposes Obama’s latest attack on western society by creating an open invitation.

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Trump. Like him or not he proposes locking the US border down. Vote Trump.
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Oregon Standoff: Lawyer Gives Deatils On LaVoy Finicum Shooting & Key Players Involved

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Following his written commentary on the month-long occupation of a remote wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon, Todd Macfarlane gives a detailed account of the history of rancher-government disputes, the Cliven Bundy confrontation in Nevada in 2014, and the occupation of Malheur by Bundy’s sons and others. Macfarlane spent 2 days there—unarmed—and is openly critical of Pete Santilli and other hotheads at the scene. He describes the over-reaction by political leaders and media, culminating in the roadblock January 26 where the group’s unofficial spokesman, LaVoy Finicum was killed. He represents the Finicum family, and is seeking answers to many important questions about the incident.

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#OregonStandoff Protests Grow as III% Movement Becoming Dominant Culture in #America

OREGON STANDOFF FUELS GROWTH OF THE THREE PERCENTERS

Arrest of the leaders of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge may have brought one chapter in the saga to a close, but new data compiled by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) suggests that the standoff may have ignited new problems.

Beyond the damage to the refuge and the costs to the community, the standoff has stoked the so-called Three Percenters with many new recruits.
Since the start of the Malheur standoff, the ranks of the Three Percenters have swelled. New data derived from social networks shows the number of likes to the sixty-four Three Percenter Facebook pages that IREHR tracks increased more than 15% during January, climbing from 187,905 at the end of December to 216,334 at the end of January. In addition, the number of individuals joining one of the 264 closed online Three Percenter groups increased by more than 21% in the last month, up from 69,991 to 85,011 nationally.

MAP: Three Percenter Group Members – December 2015

Smoldering since formation in early 2009, the 2014 standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch fired up a national movement of the Three Percenters. The January 2016 Malheur standoff led to an explosion of movement growth. As the chart below indicates, movement growth had already been on the increase in 2015. Only 12,157 people were members of Three Percenter groups online before December 2014. By the end of 2015, those numbers increased to 69,991. Membership in these closed online groups shot up dramatically in January, as Three Percenter activity increased (as did media attention).

Chart: Three Percenter Member Growth

The data also suggests that standoffs and other conflicts may drive movement support. Noticeable upticks in membership occurred during standoff periods: in April – May during the Sugar Pine Mine standoff in Southwestern Oregon, in July – August during the White Hope Mine standoff in Montana, and the recent period. The growth occurred despite stay-away orders from many local Three Percenter leaders.

Another contributing growth factor during the July – August 2015 period was the fight over the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina after the Charleston massacre. A significant percentage of Three Percenters support the Confederate flag, and several Three Percenter groups have “Confederate” in the organizational name. As IREHR reported last month, the Confederate flag even flew at the rally from which the Malheur standoff emerged.

That might help explain that while the most visible manifestations of Three Percenter activity have occurred in the West, like the Tea Party, Three Percenter supporters are concentrated in the South, with 54% of identifiable support in the South, compared to 18% in the West, 17% in the Midwest, and 11% in the Northeast.

Though many Three Percenters are current or former Tea Party supporters, Three Percenter supporters are more male than the Tea Party movement. Among the Three Percenters that list their gender, 83% identify as male, while just 17% identify as female. By comparison, the Tea Party movement has remained roughly 2/3 male over the last five years.

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Adding to the potential for future problems, the movement now has a martyr.

For most of the Malheur standoff, Three Percenter groups behind the Pacific Patriots Network had been on the perimeter of the fight—literally and figuratively. After the arrests of standoff leaders and the wind-down of the standoff portion of the conflict, the Three Percenters are once again at the center of fight with the issuance of a “call to action” which read,

“Come stand together with other Americans, and express our Constitutional right to PEACEFULLY assemble and air our grievances,” the call to action said. It called for the arrest of the law enforcement officers involved in the shooting that killed occupier LaVoy Finicum on Tuesday night, as well as for the departure of the federal authorities who have staked out the Malheur National Wildlife Center and for the resignations of some of the local officials in Harney County, Oregon.”

An unofficial spokesperson for the standoff, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot by Oregon State Police after he fled a traffic stop in an SUV, tried to drive around a roadblock (nearly hitting a law enforcement officer), then reached for his gun while trying to flee on foot.

As part of that call to action, on February 1, the Three Percenters rallied around 250 people outside the Harney County Courthouse. Unlike the January Three Percenter rally in Burns, this time the Three Percenters were greeted by a counter-demonstration of more than 350 people who came out in support of law enforcement and to tell the Three Percenters to “go home!”

The Three Percenters are not yet going home. In fact, at the rally, many waved signs announcing another public meeting in town later this month featuring far-right former sheriff, Richard Mack (who was in attendance at the January 2 rally preceding the standoff).
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There is much left to do–in Harney County, across Oregon, and nationally—to challenge the growth of the Three Percenters and the danger posed to democracy and human rights. IREHR will be looking more closely at the Three Percenters in coming weeks, and highlighting the courageous efforts to challenge this threat.

About an hour ago, representatives from 12 different nations officially signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement in Auckland, New Zealand

Countries Sign The TPP... Whatever Happened To The 'Debate' We Were Promised Before Signing?

About an hour ago, representatives from 12 different nations officially signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement in Auckland, New Zealand. The date, February 4th (New Zealand time) is noteworthy, because it’s 90 days after the official text was released. There was a 90 day clock that was required between releasing the text and before the US could actually sign onto the agreement. The stated purpose of this 90 day clock was in order to allow “debate” about the agreement. Remember, the entire agreement was negotiated in secret, with US officials treating the text of the document as if it were a national security secret (unless you were an industry lobbyist, of course). So as a nod to pretend “transparency” there was a promise that nothing would be signed for 90 days after the text was actually released.

So… uh… what happened to that “debate”? It didn’t happen at all. The TPP was barely mentioned at all by the administration in the last 90 days. Even during the State of the Union, Obama breezed past the TPP with a quick comment, even though it’s supposedly a defining part of his “legacy.” But there’s been no debate. Because there was never any intent for an actual debate. The 90 day clock was just something that was put into the process so that the USTR and the White House couldpretend that there was more “transparency” and that they wouldn’t sign the agreement until after it had been looked at and understood by the public../ Of course, the signing is a totally meaningless bit of theater. The real fight is over ratification. The various countries need to ratify the TPP for the agreement to go into effect. Technically, the TPP will enter into force 60 days after all signers ratify it… or, if that doesn’t happen, within two years if at least six of the 12 participant countries ratify it and those six countries account for 85% of the combined gross domestic product of the 12 countries. Got that? In short, this means that if the US doesn’t ratify it, the TPP is effectively dead. The US needs a majority of both houses of Congress to approve it, similar to a typical bill. And that’s no sure thing right now. Unfortunately, that’s mainly because a group of our elected officials are upset that the TPP doesn’t go far enoughin helping big businesses block competition, but it’s still worth following.

Full Text of TPP Trade Deal Revealed — and Critics Say It’s Even Worse Than They Thought

Inevitably, there will be some debate during the ratification process, though there are enough rumors suggesting that no one really wants to do it until after the Presidential election, because people running for President don’t want to reveal that they’re happy to sell out the public’s interest to support a legacy business lobbyist agenda. But, even that debate will likely be fairly limited and almost certainly will avoid the real issues, and real problems, with the TPP.
Either way, today’s symbolic signing should really be an exclamation point on the near total lack of transparency and debate in this process. The 90 day window was a perfect opportunity to have an actual discussion about what’s in the TPP and why there are problems with it, but the administration showed absolutely no interest in doing so. And why should it? It already got the deal it wanted behind closed doors. But, at least it can pretend it used these 90 days to be “transparent.”

SOURCE: http://www.infowars.com/countries-sign-the-tpp-whatever-happened-to-the-debate-we-were-promised-before-signing/

World class journalist spills the beans and admits mainstream media is completely fake

Dr. Udo Ulfakatte is a top German journalist and editor and has been for more than two decades, so you can bet he knows a thing or two about mainstream media and what really happens behind the scenes. Recently, Dr. Ulfakatte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job. He recently made an appearance on RT news to share these facts:

I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public. But seeing right now within the last months how the German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to…

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Jury starts deliberations in HOA lawsuit

The Copper Sands Homeowners Association is seeking an $8.9 million jury verdict in a breach-of-contract case against a California management company.

Jurors began deliberating Wednesday following a monthlong trial in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

The homeowners association alleges Cannon Management breached its management agreement by failing to maintain and repair the common areas of the community, located at 8101 W. Flamingo Road, and by failing to bill and collect adequate assessments for the community’s maintenance and repair.

According to court records, the property’s 360 units were built as apartments in 1997. In 2004, the project was purchased by a San Diego investment company, Pacifica Enterprises Inc. in the name of its affiliate Copper Sands Realty LLC, which converted the apartments to condominiums.

Attorney Terry Wike, who represents the homeowners association, told jurors Wednesday that Cannon should have billed Copper Sands Realty $5.9 million for needed repairs but instead collected just $71,000. Wike said an additional $3 million is needed to pay for relocating residents during the repairs.

The HOA originally sued Copper Sands Realty in Clark County District Court in April 2008. In March 2010, the association added several defendants, including Cannon Management. The case was removed to federal court the following month, but only the single breach-of-contract claim against Cannon survived for trial.

Cannon attorney Robert Carlson told jurors Wednesday that his client had no involvement in the construction, conversion or sale of the Copper Sands homes and did not cause the conditions that require repair.

“Yet they want to hold Cannon Management responsible to fix them,” he said.

According to court records, Cannon was property manager at Copper Sands from early 2005 to 2007.

“There is no evidence Cannon agreed to be financially responsible for any original construction conditions or the expense for any recommended repairs for same,” according to the company’s trial brief.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro presided over the trial, which began Jan. 4. Jurors deliberated for about two hours Wednesday without reaching a verdict. Their discussions are scheduled to resume Thursday morning.

SOURCE: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/jury-starts-deliberations-hoa-lawsuit

One Of The Men Arrested In Oregon Occupation, Pete Santilli Says He’s A Journalist

Pete Santilli, a talk radio host, has been charged in a federal conspiracy case.

WASHINGTON — Last week, federal law enforcement officers stopped two cars carrying a handful of men and women who had occupied the Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, for weeks. Law enforcement shot and killedone occupier, LaVoy Finicum, after he fled. The feds arrested eight people that day. But one of the people they arrested was different from the others: Pete Santilli, 50, an Ohio talk-radio host who was clearly sympathetic to the occupiers’ cause, but has repeatedly said he was covering the standoff as a journalist.

During the first week of the occupation, Santilli was often seen at the wildlife refuge brandishing a camera on a pole, and wearing a bright vest that said press. When the occupiers held one of their morning press conferences, he wasn’t behind the podium — he was in the pool asking questions and heckling reporters. “I’m here acting as a reporter,” Santilli told The Huffington Post in an interview in the refuge parking lot on Jan. 3, well before the confrontation that ended in his arrest. He said that he supported the occupiers, but was not involved in plans to seize the federal building. “I was opposed to coming over here,” he said. “I didn’t even know about it.” But as of Wednesday, he was still in jail, facing federal charges of conspiracy to “impede U.S. officers from doing their duties by force, intimidation or threat” that carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

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Santilli’s activities at the wildlife refuge were protected by the First Amendment, he said in a court filing on Tuesday in support of his pretrial release. He produces the “Pete Santilli Show” with his domestic partner, Deborah Jordan, and bills himself as “the most controversial talk show host in the USA.” Santilli broadcasted his show daily on YouTube, and amassed about 65,000 subscribers. “The United States Supreme Court has long held that the First Amendment’s protections of the press extend beyond recognized, mainstream media,” he argued in the court filing.

The government doesn’t see Santilli’s actions as those of a journalist. Federal prosecutors say that by communicating and “working together” with Ammon Bundy, the leader of the armed occupation, and the other occupiers, Santilli effectively became part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to “impede U.S. officers from doing their duties by force, intimidation or threat.” Conspiracy charges are famously easy for prosecutors to prove: To win a conviction, all they have to show is that the person charged with the conspiracy discussed committing a crime, even if they didn’t necessarily participate in it.

Santilli, prosecutors suggest, was not at the refuge as a journalist, but a conspirator. As evidence, they cite his YouTube videos, including one in which Bundy is heard telling Santilli off-camera to “let everybody know” that “we’re continuing the stand,” and others where Santilli appears to be calling people to join the occupiers. “I want one hundred thousand people out here, shoulder to shoulder, uh, unarmed,” he reportedly said in the video. Santilli denied that he was asking people to do anything violent or unlawful. The U.S. Marshals Service is alsoreportedly investigating Santilli for allegedly threatening a federal judge in Florida.

Santilli was “charged solely as a reporter of information and not as an accomplice to any criminal activity,” John Whitehead, the president of the Rutherford Institute, a conservative-leaning civil rights organization, said in a press release Tuesday. The group warned of a “chilling effect on reporters such as Santilli” and pointed to the treatment of journalists covering unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore. “The tactics employed in Ferguson, Baltimore and here against Santilli are inimical to a free press and will result in stifling freedoms protected by the First Amendment,” John W. Whitehead, the organization’s president, wrote in a memo to Thomas K. Coan, Santilli’s lawyer, on Tuesday.

“It’s really just a question of whether he did anything illegal,” said Gregg Leslie, legal defense director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “There’s some references to the fact that he’s calling people to come join them, but even that’s not necessarily illegal. It kind of throws his objectivity in question, certainly, but I don’t think he’s claiming to be objective,” he added.

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Santilli wasn’t friendly with the mainstream reporters covering the occupation. He shouted at some people, and clearly had a point of view, but neither is uncommon in the news media. And his presence in the car on the day Bundy was arrested indicates little: It’s common for reporters to go on ride-alongs with controversial people they’re covering. Like the other reporters who flooded Burns, he said that he stayed at a local motel, not the refuge headquarters. Even that wouldn’t be unusual: two Reuters reporters crashed with the occupiers for a night.

The Obama administration’s treatment of reporters has caused controversy before. In 2009, the Department of Justice targeted a Fox News reporter in an investigation. Three years later, DOJ seized Associated Press reporters’ phone records. After that, former Attorney General Eric Holder  ordered a review of the Justice Department’s news media policies. DOJ employees must consult with a unit within the Criminal Division before they arrest someone when there is a “question regarding whether an individual or entity is a ‘member of the news media,’” according to a January 2015 memo from Holder to DOJ employees. But the department’s definition of a journalist does not include “a person or entity who posts information or opinion on the Internet in blogs, chat rooms or social networking sites, such as YouTube, Facebook, or MySpace, unless that person or entity falls within the definition of a member of the media or a news organization under the other provisions within this section (e.g., a national news reporter who posts on his/her personal blog).” If the DOJ counted Santilli as a member of the media, any charges against him should have required a higher review within the department. Citing the ongoing criminal investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman declined to comment on how Santilli’s case was handled internally.

A judge ruled on Monday that Santilli is a flight risk and a danger to the community, then on Tuesday another judge delayed a decision until a further hearing on Thursday. For now, he will continue to sit in jail with the armed protesters, even though he insists he was an unarmed journalist.

“I’m not armed. I am armed with my mouth,” Santilli said in one video cited by the FBI. “I’m armed with my live stream. I’m armed with a coalition of like-minded individuals who sit at home and on YouTube and watch this.”

All’s Quiet on the Walmart Front, Until Now! The Real Reason Why Walmart Is Closing Multiple Stores—The Answer Will Floor You!

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By Lisa Haven 

Walmart has been in the lime light for some time now with discussions of them converting some of their stores into FEMA camps and their latest ploy of closing multiple stores across the country—154 to be exact here in America.

But what is the reason for their latest closing of the 154 stores? CBS News reports that it’s because they are located in small urban areas. Check out this video by Gary Franchi’s the Next News Network

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The motorcyclist and the pickup driver at the center of a viral “road rage” video filmed in Henderson last weekend filed conflicting reports with Henderson police, officials said Wednesday.

The motorcyclist and the pickup driver at the center of a viral “road rage” video filmed in Henderson last weekend filed conflicting reports with Henderson police, officials said Wednesday.

The video was taken Saturday, and shows a group of motorcyclists riding together before a man driving a red Chevrolet Silverado truck flipped them off. When the motorcyclist confronted the truck driver at a red light, the driver pulled a gun on the motorcyclist.

The camera that captured the moment was strapped to the motorcyclist’s helmet. As of Wednesday afternoon, the 3½-minute video had garnered more than a million views on YouTube.

“What did I do?” the motorcyclist can be heard saying after noticing that the driver flipped him off.

At the red light, the motorcyclist swerves around to the passenger side of the truck, knocking on the window a few times.

“Why are you guys flippin’ me off? I didn’t do nothing,” the motorcyclist says in a relaxed tone just as the driver opts to roll down the passenger window. That’s when the driver whips a gun out from his center console, aims it at the motorcyclist and shouts back.

In response, the motorcyclist says “Take it easy man. I ain’t doin’ nothing.”

Since it was posted, the video’s description section now reads: “YES I ADMIT I WAS IN THE WRONG FOR GOING UP TO THE WINDOW. YES THIS HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT I HAVE BEEN CLEARED BY THE POLICE FOR ANY WRONG DOING.”

The motorcyclist filed his police report Sunday — the day after the incident, said Michelle French, Henderson police spokeswoman.

“We were able to track down the pickup driver,” she said — the license plate was clearly visible in the video. “He came in and filed a (conflicting) police report Monday.”

French said the case remains open, so she couldn’t comment on specifics, including the truck driver’s identity. But she added that Henderson police were submitting information to the district attorney soon. After that, information about possible charges will be available.

The video was filmed near Boulder Highway and Horizon Drive, according to street signs in the background. The motorcyclist did not respond to initial requests for comment.

DHS TO PROTECT SUPER BOWL WITH F-15 WARPLANES

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Security theater will be on display during America’s most popular sporting event

Darrin McBreen – FEBRUARY 4, 2016

For years America has witnessed an incremental ramp-up of security at the Super Bowl.

This year the media has been hyping the inclusion of F-15 fighter jets in the security layout, of course domestically our airspace is protected by NORAD so the media blitz over these fighter jets is not as much about security as it is about acclimating the public.

Protecting a stupid football hame is more important than protecting Americans from migration invasions in Europe?
So basically, some guy in the stands is gonna scream “Allahu Ahkbar” and theyre gonna protect the shit out of everyone by dropping bombs on the stadium

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advocacy group unloaded on Catherine “The Cunt” Cortez Masto for the “shameless hypocrisy” in accepting a pay raise in 2011 while other officials refused in order to support state workers with mandated furloughs and frozen pay.

GOP attacks Cortez Masto on pay raise issue

Getting a raise as an elected official has to be a tough balancing act.

This is especially the case in Nevada, where the state Constitution historically prohibited salary raises for any legislator or the state’s six executive officers, except through an act of the state Legislature. That meant even reasonable requests to update compensation could fall victim to political gamesmanship.

It’s also why, on the same day that former Democratic attorney general and current Nevada Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto addressed a union-backed summit on raising the minimum wage earlier in January, the National Republican Senatorial Committee pounced.

The advocacy group unloaded on the candidate for the “shameless hypocrisy” in accepting a pay raise in 2011 while other officials refused in order to support state workers with mandated furloughs and frozen pay.

Here’s what the NRSC said in full:

“In addition to frozen salaries, workers dealt with furloughs that further cut into their take-home pay. Then-Attorney General Cortez Masto accepted a taxpayer-funded 6 percent pay raise, increasing her salary from $133,000 to $141,086 annually – even as other Nevada elected officials declined the salary hike.”

Because these allegations make Cortez Masto look oblivious to state workers who faced years of furloughs and frozen pay, we wanted to take a closer look at the NRSC’s claim.

Making sense of the salary formula can be rather complex for each of Nevada’s six independently elected constitutional officers (governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and controller). Historically, Nevada’s Constitution required the part-time state Legislature to make any salary adjustment for the state’s six constitutional officers.

moneyAlthough the cost of living has slightly increased since Nevada became a state in 1864, any request to increase salaries often turned political, especially when legislative majorities and constitutional officers belonged to different parties.

And so in 2005, lawmakers attempted to avoid that pitfall by including a clause to anotherwise routine salary increase bill for state executive officers that changed the process significantly. Under the new law, state employee pay increases over a four-year period would then be added as an equivalent salary increase for the six executive officers, applying for the next four-year term.

This well-intentioned plan proceeded to backfire spectacularly.

After state employees received a 2 percent salary increase in 2007 and a 4 percent increase in 2008, the economies of the nation and Nevada tanked. With unemployment rates hitting record highs and state lawmakers approving more than $1 billion in cuts to worker salaries and state programs” to close the state’s gaping budget hole, legislators entered the 2011 session with a problem: an unwanted but legislatively mandated 6 percent pay raise.

Lawmakers rejected an attempt to delay the mandatory raise, and because the state Constitution prevents meddling with the salaries of elected officials while in office, the six constitutional officers and the 63 members of the Legislature were essentially forced to take an untimely pay bump while most state employees were forced to take an unpaid furlough.

This is where the NRSC allegations come into play. Gov. Brian Sandoval “rejected” the pay raise and returned it to the state, while Cortez Masto and then-Controller Kim Wallin (both Democrats) decided to accept the pay increase.

But there is a huge caveat: Cortez Masto, along with the other five constitutional officers, donated a small portion of their salary both before and after 2011 back to the state as a show of support for state employees forced to take unpaid days off. Both Sandoval and Cortez Masto actually gave back money to the state; they just gave it back in different ways.

According to information collected from TransparentNevada.com and records request from the state Controller’s office, PolitiFact Nevada put together this spreadsheet of salaries, donations and what percentage of salary was donated back to the state.

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As shown, it’s clear that as Attorney General, Cortez Masto didn’t “pad her pockets” while state workers suffered — rather, she received essentially the same salary (not counting benefits) during her eight years in office when donations are subtracted out.

And due to quirky provisions in Nevada law, the constitutional officers couldn’t outright reject the pay increase, meaning that the governor and other constitutional officers who “rejected” the pay increase had to find creative ways to re-distribute the new income, including cutting weekly checks to nonprofits, that made up the difference.

In response to inquiries about the allegations, Nevada Democratic Party communications director Zach Hudson said in a statement that the facts were being distorted.

“The fact is that as Attorney General, when state workers were furloughed, Catherine Cortez Masto stood with them and voluntarily donated tens of thousands of dollars of her salary back to the taxpayers,” he said in a statement.

The NRSC cited two articles backing up their statement, an editorial in the Elko Daily Free Press and a story in the Las Vegas Sun that claimed that Masto and others “are going to keep the 6 percent pay raise.” That may have been what it seemed like at the time of the reports, but Cortez Masto did give an average of 6.3 percent of her salary back every year, which is comparable to others who “rejected” the pay increase.

Our ruling

The NRSC said Cortez Masto “was happy to line her own pockets with taxpayer dollars when state employees were slammed with frozen salaries,” but this is a highly misleading claim. The state increased Cortez Masto’s salary during a time of pay freezes for Nevada’s state workers. She was unable to legally reject the pay increase, so she donated $38,000 back to the state during her last four years in office. We rate the claim Mostly False.

John Cleese: Political Correctness Will Lead To An Orwellian Nightmare

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John Cleese says political correctness has gone too far, especially on America’s college campuses, where he will no longer go to perform. As BigThink reports, the very essence of his trade ? comedy ? is criticism and that not infrequently means hurt feelings. But protecting everyone from negative emotion all the time is not only impractical (one can’t control the feelings of another), but also improper in a free society.

Cleese, having worked with psychiatrist Robin Skynner, says there may even be something more sinister behind the insistence to be always be politically correct.

“If you start to say we mustn’t, we mustn’t criticize or offend them then humor is gone. With humor goes a sense of proportion. And then as far as I’m concerned you’re living in 1984.”

157 seconds of Python-esque reality from Mr Cleese on just how silly all this PC-ness really is…

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