Posted: 3/13/2001 10:50:14 PM EDT
Looking for Your American Patriot, Here he is in a MAJOR Battle against those that would Enslaved us.
Are you going to help him fight this battle.
FYI : http://www.sierratimes.com/archive/starticles/2001/jan/aras012601.htm
So Much for Trial by Jury
( How California Public Servants Serve Tyranny)
by Angel Shamaya Founder/Director KeepAndBearAmrs.com-
Published: 01.23.00 (republshed with permission)
We reported and provided great detail about how a California government agency is
trying to destroy one of KeepAndBearArms.com's Chief Advisors, former NRA Board
Member, Russ Howard. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America also covered this story
recently. Russ Howard and Californians Against Corruption did, after all, take California's
Roberti and Roos (of "Assault Weapons Ban" fame) out of their political careers. Those
anti-Constitution self-serving public servants are gone from the political scene, but the
backlash against Mr. Howard and Mr. Cicero is still a current issue.
On Friday, January 19, 2001, Judge John R. Lewis of the Sacramento Superior Court
granted the "Fair" Political Practices Commission's motion for summary judgment in the
case of FPPC v Californians Against Corruption, Russ Howard, and Steve Cicero, thus
affirming the FPPC's fine and converting it into a collectible civil judgment. A motion for
summary judgment means that judgment is granted without a trial.
Thus, Russ Howard and Steve Cicero have now been fined $808,000 without a trial by
jury or even a trial by a judge. No presumption of innocence. No right to an attorney.
Article III of the U.S. Constitution states:
"The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury..."
Amendments 6 and 7 of the Bill of Rights also cover the issue of trial by jury, as well.
But Judge Lewis ignored all of the constitutional arguments presented by the defense,
including arguments related to due process, the right to jury trial, the right to have an
attorney provided if the defendant cannot afford one, the First Amendment, the right to
privacy in both the California and Federal Constitutions, the 8th Amendment prohibition
on excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment, etc., ad nauseam.
Judge Lewis considered the argument that the FPPC exceeded jurisdiction because the
officers conducting the proceedings were not properly appointed as required under the
Political Reform Act. This argument was successfully used by former Assemblyman Paul
Horcher to overturn an FPPC fine under nearly identical circumstances.
How do you like that?
Judge Lewis conceded that officers were not properly appointed but said that the
hearings were properly conducted nonetheless. In effect, under the Judge's reasoning,
any citizen could have walked in off the street and conducted the hearings.
Judge Lewis' decision, along with Judge Connelly's earlier decisions in the case, will be
The CAC Defense Fund has received about $2,500 for the CAC Defense Fund, mostly
through postal mail. They've invested nearly $40,000 on the defense -- half of it out of
Russ Howard's own pocket.
Legal Defense donations can be sent to: CAC Defense Fund 1500 Voorhees Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.Or you can use Pay Pa
Larry Pratt's writeup on the assault against Russ Howard includes a tax-deductible
internet donation option.
FYI : http://www.cacdefensefund.org/
Californians Against Corruption
Californians Against Corruption (CAC) was established to fight corruption in government and oust legislators who dishonor their oath
to defend the constitutions of the United States and their state. CAC is noted for having conducted a 1994 campaign against California's Senate President, the state's first legislative recall campaign to qualify since 1914 (after 114 unsuccessful attempts by other groups over the years). The Defense Fund has been established to defend those persecuted for their efforts to fight corruption, including the officers of the organization, who were hit with the largest forced campaign finance disclosure fine in U.S. history in retaliation for their recall campaign. The fine was issued in absentia in a Kangaroo Hearing of California's "Fair" Political Practices Committee, without notice, without right to trial by jury, in excess of jurisdiction under the Political Reform Act, and in clear contradiction to the 8th Amendment prohibition on excessive fines, to several Supreme Court decisions on the relationship between forced disclosure and the First Amendment right to anonymous political expression under conditions of harassment such as those that existed during the recall, and to other parts of the state and federal constitutions.
The CAC Defense Fund
1500 Voorhees Ave
Manhattan Beach CA 90266
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by Larry Pratt
Russ Howard, a former NRA director, was one of the principal architects of ending the political career of rabidly anti-gun State Senator David Roberti of California. Howard now faces an $808,000 fine.
Roberti and Assemblyman Mike Roos were the chief sponsors of the legislation that banned semi-automatic firearms.
They pushed it in the name of fighting crime, even though then Attorney General Van de Kamp had found that the targeted weapons were involved in less than one percent of the state's homicides.
Howard was a volunteer with Citizens Against Corruption (CAC) in 1990 when the group spearheaded a campaign against Roos. While Roos was re-elected, his amazingly small margin prompted his resignation a few months later after CAC announced preparations for a recall campaign.
CAC employed a re-mail technique to leverage the relatively scarce grassroots dollars they had raised to use against Roos. They made voter names in Roos' district available to volunteers, with a letter explaining why Roos should be
voted out of office. The volunteers mailed the letters in their own envelopes into Roos' district.
CAC volunteers bore all the expenses themselves. These donations were independent expenditures that were way less than what would be required to be reported to the state's speech police, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
Later the Commission would include non-reporting of unknowable independent volunteer expenses as part of the unconstitutionally draconian fine (the Eighth Amendment bars excessive fines).
In 1992, Howard became executive director of Citizens Against Corruption.Because redistricting had unfavorably shifted David Roberti's old Hollywood district, he ran that year in a special election for a Senate seat that was vacated when one of his cronies went to prison for extortion. It was a safe Democratic district, but the hope was to force him to spend enough in the primary to wound him. CAC's efforts indeed resulted in Roberti spending $2,500,000 on the primary and the runoff.
Roberti raised so much money that other campaigns around the state were harmed because money they might have raised went to Roberti instead. Partly because Democrats worried that he might do it again, he later had to step down as President of the Senate.
Immediately after Roberti limped into the runoff primary victory circle, CAC began planning a recall campaign on him.
The April 1994 legislative recall was the first to qualify for the ballot since 1914. Roberti had about maxed out his political credit card with Democrat donors. And what made them even less inclined to extend him more political financing was the fact that he was to be term-limited out at the end of 1994.
Moreover, Roberti had announced his candidacy for the State Treasurer's office. That primary was scheduled for June 1994, just a few weeks after the recall. This jacked his need for campaign funds much higher, even while his credit limit with fellow-Democrats was being exhausted.
Roberti survived the recall, but only by a small margin. The primary election for Treasurer was just a few weeks away, and Roberti lost. He blamed the "gun lobby" for ending his career by exhausting his resources.
But Howard learned that fighting people like Roberti was a contact sport. During the petition campaign to force the recall election, the firm getting signed petitions for Citizens Against Corruption explained that Roberti had made them
too good an offer.
Moreover, the recall Chairman, Bill Dominguez, was personally victimized. His firearms collection was stolen from his house. Even though Dominguez never reported the theft to the press, Roberti's campaign began gloating within hours that an "arsenal" had been stolen.
Howard received death threats. CAC Chairman Richard Carone and his wife received lewd and threatening calls. Donors complained of harassment. CAC headquarters was burglarized, and Roberti claimed to have a "mole" in the
campaign. It appeared that part of CAC's mailing list had been stolen and that political hate mail was being sent to members.
In view of Roberti's great power, his dirty colleagues and the very real threats being made, Howard chose to withhold the full identities of CAC's donors, although the donation amounts were reported. This decision was consistent with Supreme Court rulings that have held that disclosure must be waived in such conditions.
The Fair Political Practices Commission did not see it that way. It held that donor identities should have been reported along with all the volunteers who re-mailed anti-Roberti letters. Contrary to the law that prohibits stacking by one party, two of the five Commission seats were vacant during the time in question, enabling Roberti's pals to do their evil deeds in darkness.
Now Howard is in court. The FPPC wants to make the $808,000 fine a court judgment. The trial judge is none other than Lloyd Connelly, a former anti-gun assemblyman and political ally of Mike Roos and David Roberti. Connelly has
admitted that Roos donated $5,000 to one of his campaigns, and that Roberti paid $12,000 to Connelly's law firm.
But, Judge Connelly says that there is no conflict here, and that is why he said nothing of it until he was confronted with it. And of course, he is not willing to recuse himself.
The anti-gun extremists in California are trying to do to Howard what he did to Roberti. But whereas Howard worked through the electoral process with money voluntarily given for the cause, Roberti, Roos and Connelly are using tax
money to conduct a vendetta through the machinery of government.
Please step up to the plate. Don't let Russ Howard be hung out to dry. He desperately needs funds to pay his legal bills.
You can get a tax deduction for helping Howard by writing out a check to Gun Owners Foundation and writing Howard on the memo line. Every dollar that comes in for Howard will go out to him.
You can donate by clicking here, or calling GOF (using GOA's toll free number) at 888-886-GUNS. Or, you can print out the response form below.
Please give as much as you can. Russ Howard desperately needs your help. And, please, forward this message to as many others as you can.
To make a tax-deductible contribution through Gun Owners Foundation for Russ Howard, clicking here.
To contribute by mail or fax, please print out the form below.
To: Larry Pratt
Gun Owners Foundation
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Springfield, VA 22151
Money is cheaper than BLOOD.
The Fight For Freedom.
He is the ONE who got rid of roberti