On April 26, 2011, I was summoned to the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court in an absurd case of a neighbor of mine making allegations of cussing, animal abuse, unwarranted shootings, being an evil Nazi, etc. The ‘evidence’ was shaky at best, considering, for example, that one of the occasions cited, I was known to not even be at home or on my property!
Of course, I felt compelled to write about it and published a local media opinion piece(http://www.inmaricopa.com/Print/Article/10150). As a result of this report concerning a “Nuremberg style trial,” I apparently could have angered the judge in this case, Judge Dennis Lusk.
I am questioning Judge Lusk's judgement or lack thereof in allowing my political associations to be entered into testimony, AND to be somehow pertinent to the decision at-hand. Due to time restrictions, I felt that “I was forced to give a VERY abbreviated account of the events and circumstances.” Additionally, a witness on my behalf never had the opportunity to testify because she felt intimidated by the judge.
Now, I have to visit Judge Lusk again this week, as my fully documented community service hours worked is (for some reason) now on-trial. I'm under the impression that this court is not capable of getting anything right. As required, I submitted my hours to the court by the first of June. Perhaps, “misplacing” or simply throwing away my documentation is the court's way of exacting revenge on me for writing about my court experience.
I think I know the reason. Judge Lusk could be angered that I questioned his administration of ‘justice.’ I say that, because I was demanded to make an apology letter to the court, or be found in-contempt.
I have appealed this case and feel that writing an apology is nothing short of incriminating myself. I don't feel sorry or even a shred of remorse because I did not do anything wrong. I never uttered as much as one word to Patricia Bonefield(plaintiff). Additionally, a judge cannot legally force someone to lie. That's exactly what he's doing. At this point, I believe my Fifth and First Amendment rights are in extreme peril. I'm almost certain that by Friday, those rights will be stomped on.
Arizona officer to be jailed for refusing court-ordered apology
And what about making escaping a stretch in jail conditional on obeying a kiddy-time order to apologize? Judges normally can't compel people to espouse opinions they don't hold; will that complicate matters as Stoddard and company appeal the sentence up the judicial food chain? http://www.examiner.com/civil-liberties-in-national/arizona-officer-to-be-jailed-for-refusing-court-ordered-apology?do_not_mobile_redirect=1
This is probably going to me me someday. . . I wish I was joking.
However, perhaps we cannot fault the learned juror of my case, but instead a society that assumes the downtrodden (my neighbors) somehow have a ‘right’ to be more ‘correct’ than I. . . especially since I am part of a conservative, pro-White organization that is publically against all forms of illegal immigration – the National Socialist Movement.
And if Judge Lusk took my First Amendment-protected chastisement, per se of the proceedings as an (pardon the pun) indictment of his courtroom management, I sincerely hope he will accept my apology.
But those involved are aware of peripheral legal issues that could arise if they were to persue THEIR version of ‘justice’ as they had in the past.
I look forward to a more equitable proceeding during my next meeting with Judge Lusk (June 24, 2011 at 10:00AM). In fact, I would not be surprised if my neighbors are forced to realize that their allegations against me are a more frivolous ‘nuisance’ than a discussion of any lasting and salient legal issues.
Lastly, I will present to Judge Lusk the requested apology letter, along with complete documentation of my fulfilling the other requirements, such as the community service hours worked. However, I will only apologize for my forthright and direct protestation to violations of my civil rights and legal propriety as I experienced them. Nothing more, and perhaps a bit less.
"The judge therefore puts me in a position where I must lie or go to jail. And I will not lie." --Adam Stoddard, Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy that was jailed for refusing to lie in court.