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ASKS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO DROP CHARGES AGAINST ARPAIO, BUNDYS AND OTHERS CHARGED; ALL FACE TRIAL JUNE 26
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 24, 2017) — On Friday evening, reader and contributor to The Post & Email Michael Jackson informed us about a project on which he worked with two others to encourage the president and the Justice Department to abandon two high-profile prosecutions.
The respective cases involve Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, 71, and others associated with an armed standoff at Bundy’s property in April 2014 and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, 85, who faces trial on a charge of criminal contempt trial stemming from a racial-profiling lawsuit.
A devout Christian, Jackson told The Post & Email that he was moved to send the letters over a recent, consecutive seven-day period, excluding Sunday. On the last day, June 21, he sent his final letter by certified mail along with copies of the six previous days’ letters.
“With the help of a friend (FA), the name “Operation Sound the Trump” was determined to be most appropriate,” Jackson wrote in an email. A second acquaintance reportedly suggested that Jackson make available blank letter templates for members of the public.
Along with the templates, Jackson attached a 29-page PDF of his entire week’s work.
In his letters regarding Arpaio, Jackson contended that the Justice Department’s prosecution encompasses an “unjustified, pernicious political persecution” arising from a lawsuit filed in December 2007, Melendres, et al v. Arpaio, et al. The suit filed by the ACLU alleged that Arpaio unconstitutionally authorized his immigration patrols to stop motorists suspected of being present in the Maricopa County illegally.
Major rulings were made by U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow against Arpaio throughout the case’s duration ordering him to cease immigration-related patrols so that Hispanics and other minorities would not experience discrimination.
In January 2015, Arpaio admitted to Snow that he did not follow his orders precisely and offered to pay restitution to the plaintiffs in the case out of his personal funds. Snow rejected the offer and chose to take the matter of civil contempt of court to trial, costing Maricopa County taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Although evidence was presented demonstrating that Snow disliked Arpaio personally and wished to see him defeated politically, Snow refused to recuse himself, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to order him off the bench.
The case was brought to a conclusion in May 2016, when Snow declared Arpaio to have committed civil contempt. In August, he referred Arpaio and three others, including one of Arpaio’s former attorneys, to the U.S. Attorney for Arizona for prosecution on a charge of criminal contempt.
The office of the U.S. attorney for Arizona declared itself to have a conflict of interest and referred the matter to the U.S. Justice Department, which announced just before early voting began in October, as Arpaio sought a seventh consecutive term as sheriff, that it would prosecute.
After several postponements and his attorneys’ appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for a jury trial, Arpaio is scheduled to face trial beginning on Monday at 9:00 a.m. at the U.S. District Courthouse in Phoenix.
In February of last year, a federal grand jury indicted Cliven Bundy and four others for allegedly carrying out a conspiracy to “impede or injure a federal officer” and “commit an offense against the United States,” among a total of 16 charges after agents from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) attempted to remove Bundy’s cattle from grazing on “public lands” in April 2014.
Supporters of the Bundys say that “the government’s narrative is false” as to what occurred. Bundy was quoted as having said that the federal government “corrupt, and its impossible to get justice, and that’s why we say we have to fix it according to the Constitution, which says (Article 1, Section 8) the federal government isn’t even supposed to have the land, it belongs to the states and to the people.”
On April 12, 2014, BLM agents and U.S. Park Service rangers announced that they would withdraw from the tense situation, and no one was injured by gunfire despite the fact that “Government snipers trained their rifles on the Bundys’ supporters day and night; in response, the citizens did likewise.”
Cliven Bundy was not arrested until he traveled on February 10, 2016 to Portland, OR, where two of his sons participated in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff, which initially ended peacefully but ultimately resulted in the fatal shooting by law enforcement of rancher LaVoy Finicum.
Ryan and Ammon Bundy were arrested for their part at Malheur and also indicted as a result of the Bundy ranch event. Ryan W. Payne of Montana and citizen journalist Pete Santilli of Ohio comprise the others initially arrested and charged by the U.S. Justice Department early last year.
On March 8, 2016, oregonlive.com reported:
An FBI agent is suspected of lying about firing twice at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and may have gotten help from four other FBI agents in covering up afterward, authorities revealed Tuesday.
The bullets didn’t hit Finicum and didn’t contribute to his death, but now all five unnamed agents, part of an elite national unit, are under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Inspector General Michael Horowitz is leading the independent inquiry.
The remarkable disclosure came as a team of local investigators released findings that two state troopers shot Finicum three times in the back during the chaotic scene at a police roadblock Jan. 26. One bullet pierced his heart, an autopsy showed.
As Jackson noted in his letters, now-retired Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) referred to Bundy and his supporters as “domestic terrorists,” a topic covered by The Post & Email in a series of articles last week by LCDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret).
According to one of his attorneys, Cliven Bundy has been held in solitary confinement without a valid reason which in May of last year became a point of contention in a lawsuit against the presiding judge, Reid, his son Rory and Barack Obama.
Shortly before leaving office, Barack Hussein Obama declared the Bundy Ranch and surrounding land part of the Gold Butte national monument. In response, Carol Bundy posted on the family’s blog, “This is about control, pure and simple. You don’t love this land, you have never visited here, but you love being in control of this land.”
On April 26, President Donald Trump declared a review by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of a number of national monuments, including Gold Butte, “created since 1996 that are at least 100,000 acres in size,” to be completed within 45 days.
A number of others were later arrested and charged in connection with the Bundy Ranch incident, with two convicted in April. At the same time, the jury was deadlocked in the cases of four others and a mistrial declared.
As with Arpaio, the trials of Bundy, his two sons and two others begin on Monday.
Templates of the letters for those wishing to send them can be found here: Operation Sound the Trump
One of the sample letters appears below.
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear President Trump,
I am petitioning the President of the United States (POTUS) with regard to the unjustified, pernicious political persecution, and prosecution of former Maricopa County Sheriff, Joseph M. Arpaio, in the case: Melendres et al vs. Joseph Arpaio et al.
This case accuses and purposely mischaracterizes the defendant, Arpaio of being a racist. When all else fails, label them a racist and file a lawsuit, and do it at the American people’s expense. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! DRAIN THE SWAMP!
We the People implore the POTUS to cease and desist in this TAXPAYER funded, political lynching of an honourable man, Joseph M. Arpaio with this “so called” court case, ultimately started by the un-American, anti-American Barack Hussein Obama and his still operating deep state crime syndicate.
Please see attached links http://www.thepostemail.com/2017/04/24/ninth-circuit-orders-doj-respond-arpaio-case/ https://www.infowars.com/why-ag-sessions-must-stop-charges-against-arpaio/which help to shine the light of truth on this story(one of many) that the national media propagandists FAKE NEWS have either misinformed the American public of or withheld as a NATIONAL HEADLINE story altogether.
May God Save and Bless America,