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 Everything in America Has Become a Crime


The more totalitarian a country becomes, the more 'laws' it passes.
Just because something is law does not mean it is right or ethical!


Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground,Opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns.
But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things?
Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society.
While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had at least a certain level of freedom.
Business thrives when people feel free to live and work. When a government tightens the grip too much many people just start shutting down.
That is why it is so disturbing that it seems like almost everything has become a crime in America now.
As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate.

We are throwing anyone and everyone in prison these days. It is getting absolutely ridiculous.


Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison.

The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population.


What is truly unfortunate is how many REAL crooks operate in Washington DC (aka: the district of corruption) or what we call The Washington-Wall Street Cartel!








“Libertarianism: The radical notion that other people are not your property.”

Are You Are Responsible for the US Police State?

Americans who are paying attention know that today's tyranny, government abuses, corruption, inflated fiat currency, overflowing prisons, disdain for the Constitution, gluttonous debt and mass psychosis spell doom for this once free country.

Obedience is the precondition to totalitarianism, and the precondition to obedience is fear. Regimes of the past and present understand this. “The very first essential for success,” Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, “is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.” Is this not what we are seeing now with the SWAT teams and the security checkpoints and the endless wars?

Our slide into totalitarianism—helped along by overcriminalization, government surveillance, militarized police, neighbors turning in neighbors, privatized prisons, and forced labor camps, to name just a few similarities—is tracking very closely with what we saw happening in Germany in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power.



The US incarcerates staggering numbers of individuals



Want to get an idea of just how out of hand it is getting? Here are some straightforward examples. 


1. Woman jailed for not returning 2005 video rental

A South Carolina woman, Kayla Michelle Finley, spent a night in jail this year for failing to return a VHS tape she rented in 2005 of a Jennifer Lopez movie.

"I'm no criminal, but Pickens County Sheriff's office sure made me feel like I was," she wrote. "Some of you need to quit (judging) like you are. This is a bogus charge and everyone knows it."

Luckily she had rewound the tape...


2. Woman Serves Overnight For Overdue Library Books

When New Mexico resident Lori Teel checked out a Twilight book and DVD from her local library in 2010, she forgot about them for two years. $36 in fines were placed on her tab, but that wasn't all. In true fashion for the Land of the Free, she was handcuffed and booked into jail in front of her five kids who ranged in the age from 1 to 10.

The children are probably all currently seeing psychiatrists. Over a library book.


3. Man Serves 30 Days For Collecting Rainwater

Apparently the US government is God and owns the rainwater or else collecting it on your own property wouldn't be considered stealing. And you wouldn't go to jail for this ancient practice. But, alas, Gary Harrington was sentenced to 30 days for doing just that. Gary had tried to apply for permits but he was repeatedly denied because he is a slave and not a creature of the state (which is what "corporations" are anyway.)


4. Woman Serves Two Days For Not Deleting Facebook Account

Paula Asher made a Facebook status update: “My dumb ass got a DUI and I hit a car … LOL!”

The judge caught wind of her public self-shaming he ordered Paula delete her Facebook account. When she did not? The judge ordered she serve two days behind bars...

So by posting stupid comments on Facebook (in the eyes of a man who wears a black dress and throws people in cages) you might be thrown in jail.


5. 18-Month Sentence For Soldier Having A Gun

Ok, so this one did not take place in the US but it certainly doesn't hurt my point...

Danny Nightingale, a respected and decorated soldier in the SAS, an elite branch of the British Air Force, received a Glock 9MM pistol in Afghanistan by the Iraqi government, as a "trophy" for assisting in the training of Iraqi soldiers.

In 2012 Nightingale was sentenced to 18 months in a military prison for possessing the gun since soldiers cannot have guns in their homes under British Law. He served three weeks.


6. Four Months Served On Baseless Suspicion Of Being An Illegal Immigrant

In Arizona "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act" is a license to throw you in jail. This is so well-known that the act is referred to colloquially as the "Show Me Your Papers" act. When Briseira Torres didn't have them handy when asked she went on to served four months on suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant.

She had a birth certificates and the charges were dropped "without prejudice."


7. Six Italian Scientists Serve Six Years For Failing To Predict An Earthquake

Six Italian scientists were sentenced to six years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. They failed to accurately predict the location and scale of the L’Aquila earthquake.

Lucky for Italians, their government REALLY cares about keeping them safe. Too bad, if you're in Italy, you're considered a money launderer.


8. Send Kids To Wrong School District Serve Ten Days

When Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar sent her kids to the wrong school district, she was committing a massive crime. Who was she to think she had control over who brainwashed her children? By this point in the article surely you see what governments do with such uppity people...

She wanted her kids to go to Copley, a nice school. What's more, half the time she lived within Copley's boundaries. But for this fib she was thrown into jail for ten days after a lengthy trial.

The judge “felt that some punishment or deterrent was needed for other individuals who might think to defraud the various school districts.”


9. Student Serves 56 Days For Tweeting Too Stupidly

21-year-old Liam Stacey tweeted some crude stuff after a footballer at his school suffered a heart attack during a game. Liam made fun of him on Twitter. Twitter banned him; University suspended him; and the state sent him to jail for 56 days.

He was jailed for "inciting racial hatred." His Tweet?

"Haha, that black guy had a heart attack."




9 steps to end the emerging police state in America starting now



More news on police state

Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists


Ron Paul warns police state in America "growing out of control" after U.S. Senator Rand Paul unconstitutionally detained by TSA


Police state gone wild: Couple facing 60 days in jail for rescuing injured baby deer


Owners of now-defunct Morningland Dairy speak out against rogue police state that illegally destroyed their family farm


Victims of Boston lockdown speak out against police state tyranny


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Love It Or Leave It: The End Of Government As The Problem

by Mark Manney

Faith in the free market leads many to believe that government is the problem. Conservatives claim that if we could only get the government to stop interfering in our economy and in our lives, then market forces would solve the problems plaguing us today. While politicians offer them the fantasy of ending government through government, this book proposes a simple, realistic plan called the Total Freedom Act that would make it possible for individuals to choose a life either with government or without it...available free of charge to our Poor Man Survival reader - click on the folder below.





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No Warrant, No Problem, Government doesn't give a damn about your rights...


If the government wants your digital data ... has a brief summary of the ways the government gets our data in No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data. Here's what they say.



Warrant --
A showing of probably cause can get a warrant to bug our calls and get emails that are less than 180 days old. But there are easier ways to get emails.



Court order --
An assertion that info is relevant to a criminal inquiry can get a court order that will authorize the collecting of the phone numbers called or received in real time. The court order can also get them real-time access to computer IP addresses. Further, they can get opened emails and unopened emails older than 180 days without notifying the customer.



Administrative subpoena --
No court order needed for historical phone records or historical records of IP addresses. Opened and unopened emails that are at least 180 days old can be obtained with only a subpoena as long as they notify the customer whose email they've requested.






According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of the end of 2009 a total of 7,225,800 people were either on probation, in prison or on parole in America.  There are so many laws, no one can keep up and it is turning everyday people into "lawbreakers."



That is a sign of a very, very sick society. Either we have a massive crime problem or the "control grid" that our leaders have erected for us is wildly out of control.


Or both.  Federal agencies now round up Americans on the slightest whim.  We send SWAT teams to arrest milk producers or those who dare collect their own rainwater...even school children are not immune to being hauled out of school in handcuffs for wearing a politically incorrect T-Shirt or having a plastic knife to cut up their lunch.  Our nation is infested with bureaucrats, school officials and politicians who have ZERO common sense nor do they have our best interests in mind.


But how in the world are we supposed to have a healthy economy if our entire nation is being turned into one gigantic prison?




Sadly, it is not just hardcore criminals that are being rounded up and abused by authorities these days.





The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for....




#1 A Michigan man has been charged with a felony and could face up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife's email.



#2 A 49-year-old Queens woman had bruises all over her body after she was handcuffed, arrested and brutally beaten by NYPD officers.

So what was her offense? The officers thought that her little dog had left some poop that she didn't clean up.



#3 A 56-year-old woman who was once a rape victim refused to let airport security officials feel her breasts so she was thrown to the floor, put in handcuffs and arrested.



#4 In Milwaukee, one man was recently fined $500 for swearing on a public bus.



#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolinawas actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family's wishes.



#6 In some areas of the country, it is now a crime to not recycle properly.

For example, the city of Cleveland has announced plans to sort through trash cans to ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.



#7 A 12-year-old girl from Queens was arrested earlier this year and taken out of her school in handcuffs for writing “Lex was here. 2/1/10" and “I love my friends Abby and Faith" on her desk.



#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.



#9 The feds recently raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because they claimed that he was was engaged in the interstate sale of raw milk in violation of federal law.



#10 A few years ago a 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a small steak knife to school.

 It turns out that all she wanted to do was to cut up her lunch so that she could eat it.



#11 On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Islamic festival in Dearborn, Michigan

 and within three minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.



#12 A U.S. District Court judge slapped a 5oo dollar fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free.

So what was his crime? Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them do it.



#13 Once upon a time, a food fight in the cafeteria may have gotten you a detention. Now it may get you locked up.

About a year ago, 25 students between the ages of 11 and 15 at a school in Chicagowere taken into custody by police for being involved in a huge food fight in the school cafeteria.



#14 A few years ago a 70 year old grandmother was actually put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for having a brown lawn.



Only in America…



Herrin - An Illinois woman recently found herself under arrest and put in debtors' prison over an unpaid $280 medical bill she didn't even owe in the first place.


Breast cancer survivor and Herrin, IL resident Lisa Lindsay had received a $280 medical bill by mistake according to the Daily Mail.

However after inquiring about the charges Lindsay was told she didn't have to pay but somehow the bill still made its way to a collection agency.


Thinking the matter was put to rest, the southern Illinois teaching assistant surprisingly received a visited from Illinois state troopers one day

 and was promptly taken from her home in handcuffs and whisked away to jail.

After all was said and done the arrest ended up costing Lindsay more than $600 in total after legal fees were added to the original amount.

"I paid it in full so they couldn't do it to me again," said Lindsay.


Cases such as Lindsay's are becoming increasingly more common across the country with one third of the fifty states currently allowing debtors

 to be imprisoned for the inability to pay their debts.




Why in the world would anyone approve of the police

 arresting ordinary Americans for such things?











"It seems as if the Department [of Justice] sees the value
of the Bill of Rights as no more than obstacles to be overcome."

-- Prof. Sanford H. Kadish





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The AmericaAgain! Declaration

When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of We The People from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression;

When the federal republican Constitution, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence – the whole nature of our servant government having been changed without our consent, from a restricted republic of sovereign States to a consolidated central despotism in which productive Americans are forced to work for bureaucrats, bankers, favored industries, and a growing parasitic population that has rendered our Republic fully socialist;

When, long after the spirit of the Constitution has departed, moderation is thrown to the wind by those in power, the semblance of freedom removed, and the forms of the Constitution discontinued – as in the arrogant violation of the Second Amendment’s proscription against any infringement of the right of the People to keep and bear arms (which Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 assumes is the duty of all able-bodied Americans);

When for five generations, We The People have suffered the general government’s instigation, perpetration, funding, and defense of organized crime…

America Again, is seeking to hold elected officials accountable for their actions. By accountable, I’m not referencing just calling them out. The organization wants to indict them and bring them to justice. If we can’t get Congress to do their duty, then the people of America have the power to bring them to justice.

How will America Again do this? It will be accomplished by a proprietary indictment engine, which will allow America Again and its prosecutors to chart and begin orchestrating specific targets for indictments based on their votes. Zuniga told Freedom Outpost, “Certain algorithms will be employed in order to determine whether a lawmaker has introduced unconstitutional legislation, co-sponsored it, passed it out of committee or voted for it.”

Once the targets have been acquired, whether Democrat or Republican, America Again will push for a state grand jury to indict that representative. Upon an indictment, a plea bargain will be offered. Zuniga says that this plea bargain “will be like the deal offered to King John by the barons who wrote the Magna Charta in 1215 A.D.: agree in writing to our terms, or we put you in prison and have your assets seized.”

The deal will also be offered to current members of Congress who have not yet been targeted if they will also comply with the terms offered by America Again.

What are those terms you ask? You can see the 20 legislative action reforms here. These reforms remove power usurped by the federal government. Among these actions are a full repeal of the 16th and 17th Amendments to the US Constitution and term limits of two years for members in both houses of Congress.

Granted, this is a brief overview and more information can be found at America Again for those who are interested in actually pursuing a course of action that does not depend on the ballot box, countless rallies without leverage, wasted money, career politicians, or anyone’s approval in Washington. In fact, for about the cost of basic cable or satellite, you can help build the indictment engine and get a strong chief counsel to prosecute corrupt politicians who are violating their oath of office, the Constitution and the law.

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How to Make a Citizen's Arrest Against a Cop


Police abuse is a serious problem. It has a long history, and it seems to defy all attempts at eradication.


 The problem is national -- no police department in the country is known to be completely free of misconduct -- but it must be fought locally. The nation's 19,000 law enforcement agencies are essentially independent. While some federal statutes that specify criminal penalties for willful violations of civil rights and conspiracies to violate civil rights, the United States Department of Justice has been insufficiently aggressive in prosecuting cases of police abuse.


An alarming number of abuses by law enforcement personnel against citizens (including against the unarmed and elderly, handcuffed female prisoners, and even children are being dragged out of schools in handcuffs for such ‘offenses’ as wearing a politically incorrect T-shirt, etc.) have been reported in the news in recent years.  Further, the creation and enforcement of dubious, un-Constitutional laws and other abuses of power by local officials in Washington DC, CA and NYC are being reported in record numbers.

It is time for citizens to fight back, to strike out against such abuses through the creation of citizen posses.  Citizen arrests of politicians and law enforcement, the use of Jury Nullification tactics and more should be initiated against this abuse of the public trust…after all, you can’t trust the fox to protect the hen house. 

Sometimes outmoded and abusive police practices prevail largely because no one has ever questioned them. In such cases, the simple act of spotlighting a problem can have a powerful effect that leads to reform. Just by raising questions, one person or a few people -- who need not be experts -- can open up some corner of the all-too-secretive and insular world of policing to public scrutiny. Depending on what is revealed, their inquiries can snowball into a full blown examination by the media, the public and politicians.

One of dozens of recent examples of out-of-control cops-80 year old killed:


In the United States, civilians are empowered to stop perpetrators in the act of a serious crime and use reasonable force to hold them until an officer of the law arrives on the scene. The conditions under which this is permitted vary from state to state, so it's important to understand the laws in your region in case you are ever in the position to stop a criminal. Read on to learn more about how to make a citizen's arrest in the United States.

What is an arrest?

We can thank Black's Law Dictionary for a good definition: "The apprehending or detaining of a person in order to be forthcoming to answer an alleged or suspected crime." See Ex parte Sherwood, (29 Tex. App. 334, 15 S.W. 812).


Why We Need a Citizens Posse

A strong argument can be made that the right to make a citizen's arrest is a constitutionally protected right under the Ninth Amendment as its impact includes the individual's natural right to self preservation and the defense of the others.

 Indeed, the laws of citizens arrest appear to be predicated upon the effectiveness of the Second Amendment. Simply put, without firepower, people are less likely going to be able to make a citizen's arrest. A random sampling of the various states as well as the District of Columbia indicates that a citizen's arrest is valid when a public offense was committed in the presence of the arresting private citizen or when the arresting private citizen has a reasonable belief that the suspect has committed a felony, whether or not in the presence of the arresting citizen.

A citizen may place a police officer under arrest. However, a citizen is not protected in the same manner as a law enforcement officer. If a citizen attempts to make a citizen's arrest unlawfully, the officer may use physical force and arrest the citizen; the citizen may then face criminal prosecution. Citizen's arrest laws vary from state to state. Research your state's laws and carry out an arrest of an officer in the proper manner to avoid injury and prosecution.

  Research your state's laws concerning citizen's arrest. Use the Internet to search for your state's laws or visit your local law library. Gain a firm understanding of your state's laws.


Witness an officer committing a crime. In most cases, the crime must be considered a felony in your state and you must physically witness the crime in order to make an arrest.


Never file a complaint directly with a police agency e specially if the complaint is of a serious nature, see an attorney! If you do plan on hiring an attorney, get one who doesn't work in your area. Don't get a lawyer from your town, county or from the surrounding counties. Local lawyers work with same judges, prosecutors and police officers on a daily basis and may not want to win your case as bad as you do.


 You may also contact your State Attorney General. For serious incidents call the ACLU hot line 1-877-634-5454 or contact the Department of JusticeClick here for the (DOJ) site.


Important Resources:

Here’s an ACLU step-by-step manual


This MSU site offers a compilation of resources focusing on web sites dealing with police corruption or police integrity issues. Related topics include Law Enforcement and Police Use of Force.

Read more

Also read…

Police Abuse and How to Fight It


When did America become a nation of frightened wimps?

Why are our civil liberties disappearing?



It seems like ever since 9/11 the whole country has gotten "security fever".

Suddenly we need to "get tough" on everyone...and violate the spirit of our Bill of Rights



Yes, crime is making a comeback, but once upon a time the police in this country were able to handle crime quite well and be courteous and helpful to ordinary citizens at the same time.

But today it seems like nearly every single encounter with police ends up being negative.



It does not have to be that way.



The rest of the world sees what is going on in this country and many of them are deciding that they simply do not want to spend their tourist dollars here anymore. That is not a good thing for our economy.



As the government continues to get even bigger and exerts even more control over our lives, many of our own people are getting sick of it and are moving abroad.










“Juries have the power to judge the facts of the case as well as the law itself.”

Jury Nullification: A Tool We Can Use



Reign in the law


The fabric of American society depends on the right to "trial by jury", and by one's peers, of course. There's no need to impede justice and the court system. 
Simply nullify. Don't let the state punish people for so-called "crimes" that don't actually have any victims. 
Jury nullification has been used to protect religious freedom,
protect escaped chattel slaves and to fight alcohol prohibition. 
The founders knew that the jury and the power of nullification therein were vital components of fighting growing tyranny. 

Since the passage of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, the United States has become increasingly monitored and militarized at the expense of civil liberties. The 2012 passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has allowed the military to detain indefinitely without trial any US citizen that the government labels a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism, while President Barack Obama’s signing of the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order has authorized widespread federal and military control of the national economy and resources during “emergency and non-emergency conditions.”


 Since 2010, the Department of Homeland Security’s If You See Something, Say Something™ campaign has encouraged the public to report all suspicious activity to local authorities, even though actions that the DHS identifies as “suspicious” include the constitutionally protected right to criticize the government or engage in nonviolent protest.


Abuse of Citizens Rights started with the unPatriot Act


The War on Terror will never end, nor is it meant to end. It is designed to be perpetual. As with the War on Drugs, it outlines a goal that can never be fully attained.


Did anyone really think this was going to be temporary? Yes, this disgusting power grab gives the government the right to sneak into your house, look through all your stuff and not tell you about it for weeks on a rubber stamp warrant. Yes, they can look at your medical records and library selections. Yes, they can pass along any information they find without probable cause for purposes of prosecution.


The U.S. had been moving toward a total police state since about 1913; but in 2012 the final nail in the coffin of democracy and justice was hammered into place with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, Title X, Subtitle D (NDAA).


NDAA authorizes the military to detain even US citizens under the broad new anti-terrorism provisions provided in the bill, once again without trial.


If there’s one thing we’ve learned about government, they work hard at circumventing the Bill of Rights and the Constitution!


There is almost nothing a citizen can do today without government permission and/or oversight.  In localities, a family cannot even hold a garage sale or build a doghouse without permission from city hall.  Returning war vets tell us they are angry at defending our rights only to see them bashed by politicians and bureaucrats.


Consider the impact on freedom recent laws have had…


>>Travel restrictions.  A passport is now needed just to go to Canada and the TSA has made airport travel a nightmare (and the TSA hopes to extend their reach to bus, rail and highway systems).


>>No financial privacy.  US citizens cannot even get a prepaid debit card without a Social Security Number, which is in direct violation of the Privacy Act of 1974.


>>Drones on the drawing board.  It’s estimated government agencies will have at least 30,000 drones patrolling our skies and at least one civilian has been killed.  Defense contractors, knowing the wars are ending in the Middle East, have pushed this in order to remain profitable, just like the invasive airport scanners.


>>Militarization of police forces.  The DHS has given out millions of dollars in military grade equipment to local police and SWAT teams are now used to deliver even routine warrants. Government agencies now routinely use warrantless searches and detainment under the guise of the Patriot Act (give ‘em an inch and every agency will stretch the truth and definition of laws to suit their purposes).


>>National ID in progress.  Washington has been extorting states to require privacy-bashing driver’s licenses and more states are jumping on aboard.  We predict that ObamaCare will require a national ID using your socialist slave number in order to get medical services.


These are just a few examples of our growing police state. 


According to several national polling sources, 82% of the American people are unhappy with elected leaders and feel they no longer serve the people.

We no longer live in the land of the free.  In fact, the United States isn’t even in the top 10 freest nations anymore.  Economic freedom is the sole right to private property, a free market economy, and the individual choice to invest, work, produce, and consume without governmental restraints.  According to the Heritage Foundation, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia all outrank the United States.





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There are a number of firms offering these plans and some employers offer them as a benefit.Most often, this is a good idea because all it takes is one visit to a lawyer to recoup your membership investment.Most offer a variety of plans and often include identity theft protection programs as well.It’s a form of insurance and as such, read through the offers carefully.For instance, if you have no minor children, you probably don’t want coverage for support or custody issues.

Here are a few you can review (I’m not affiliated with any).




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How to Beat the Lawless, Laws Which Erode Freedom?


Jury Nullification

A sanctioned doctrine of trial proceedings wherein members of a jury disregard either the evidence presented or the instructions of the judge in order to reach a verdict based upon their own consciences. It espouses the concept that jurors should be the judges of both law and fact.

The traditional approach in U.S. court systems is for jurors to be the "triers of fact," while the judge is considered the interpreter of law and the one who will instruct the jury on the applicable law. Jury nullification occurs when a jury substitutes its own interpretation of the law and/or disregards the law entirely in reaching a verdict. The most widely accepted understanding of jury nullification by the courts is one that acknowledges the power but not the right of a juror or jury to nullify the law. Jury nullification is most often, although rarely, exercised in criminal trials but technically is applicable to civil trials as well, where it is subject to civil procedural remedies such as the Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict.




Judges Wish No One Knew… Jury nullification is the source of much debate. Some maintain that it is an important safeguard of last resort against wrongful imprisonment and government tyranny. Others view it as an abuse of the right to a jury trial that undermines the law. Some view it as a violation of the oath sworn to by jurors.








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Additional Resources & Recommended Reading



Books by Judge Andrew Napolitano including:

The Constitution in Exile

A Nation of Sheep

The Case Against Lawyers by Catherine Crier

Give Me Liberty by Gerry Spence

Three Felonies a Day by Harvey Silverglate

Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Libertiesby James Bovard (New York: St. Martin's Press

Unfortunately, our national motto has become When in doubt…sue!

Ours is the only country that has never implemented tort reform, meaning anyone can sue you for almost any reason and it will cost you – even you’re innocent!

It’s been estimated that we pay on average 25% more for goods and services (especially true for the health profession) because of government regulation and legal costs.The vast majority of the TV lawyer ads seeking plaintiffs for their class action lawsuits result in nearly zero money for the plaintiffs and plenty of bucks for the lawyers.Indeed, the lawyers who sued big tobacco companies on behalf of states, reaped millions for themselves and for the states; however, the states promised to spend the windfall on education programs…in actuality, only one state did as it promised taxpayers.The other 49 simply blew the money on pet projects.

With the average lawyer charging nearly $200 an hour, it’s not hard to see how one can quickly go broke or become bankrupt when embroiled in any kind of legal action.

Institute for Justice

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice is what a civil liberties law firm should be. As our nation's only libertarian public interest law firm, we engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government--like the right to earn an honest living, private property rights, and the right to free speech, especially in the areas of commercial and Internet speech. As Wired magazine said, the Institute for Justice “helps individuals subject to wacky government regulations.”

Simply put, we challenge the government when it stands in the way of people trying to earn an honest living, when it unconstitutionally takes away individuals' property, when bureaucrats instead of parents dictate the education of children, and when government stifles speech. We seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.




America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

That is no longer the case...



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Small Claims Courts Still Benefit the Little Guy



Small claims court is for the average person and one doesn’t require the services of an attorney to file such claims.

Maximum award amounts range from a paltry $2,500 in AZ to as much as $10,000 in CA.

Below you will find additional resources to make use of:


Guide to maximum amount you can sue for in small claims-State by State breakdown



Small Claims Frequently Asked Questions


Use the court form "SmallClaims Writ and Notice of Suit," JD-CV-40. Type or neatly print your information on the forms. ... Where do I go to file a smallclaims case?



Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money.

--Thomas Hobbes




Free PDF general guide to filing a small claims suit




The Three Liars of Society

There is no longer any stability in our legal system. Once our nation shifted from Natural and Common Law ideals to those of Political Law, no one can predict from one administration to the next what is permissible and what is not. Most recently, this, along with our uncertain tax laws has caused uncertainty among business leaders which prevents them from hiring.

Most larger businesses know doing business in America is a joke due to its constant court ordered mandates, unlegislated bureaucratic rules and other constant changes. In short, we’re always in a state of flux which causes turmoil in the markets.

Political law has also kept our God given rights in a state of flux. The government seems to think they grant us permission to travel, to do business, to write, publish or speak. Government at all levels is quick to deny those rights on the slightest, unfounded whim since 911 and the creation of the unPatriot Act.

America is the most heavily regulated society on earth and it’s been reported state lawmakers issue some 200 million laws every ten years. Collectively, we have more than 500 million laws, something no rational society can keep up with, but then again, our government is no longer rational.

As I write this a MI prosecutor has filed charges again a man for looking at his wife’s email without her permission. If convicted of this non-crime, he faces up to five years in prison and the flatworm of a prosecutor will get on TV in her indignant manner and chastise anyone who dare dream of performing this felonious act.


The legal system has ruined this country and discouraged business and job growth. There are many firms who will not do business in America because of our out of control legal system. No doubt you recall the time when all the states got together with a big law firm to sue Big Tobacco with the promise the proceeds would benefit children’s education. With one exception, 49 state governments lied to the American people and of course, the lawyers got rich and the states blew their ill-gotten gains on pork projects. You cannot trust a government based on political law.





What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes

In any new branch of commerce when he knows not

That his plans may be rendered unlawful before they

Can be executed? --James Madison





The American Trial Lawyers Association is a very successful lobbying group.

As a result of their efforts, we are the only country in the world which does not have tort reform, a very costly mistake for American jobs and taxpayers. It also adds costs to everthing we purchase including our auto and homeowner insurance...estimated at 25% in higher prices.

When in doubt…Sue! The American National Motto

In a recent issue of our Poor Man Survival newsletter I wrote there are two basic laws.

 Here's a reminder of what they are:



    >>Do all you have agreed to do.

    >>Do not encroach on other persons or their property



Since the 1930s, America has been falling into the Dark Ages of law. Laws vacillate in the wind, according to the whim of whichever party is in office. Politicians of both parties have sought to make us more of a democracy rather than a republic and this is something our founders absolutely warned against as majority rule is dangerous. Any sociologist will tell of the bandwagon factor which influences how people vote. Rarely does the individual look at the long term effect of any law and its true cost to society. Marijuana laws are a good example. No one ever got ‘juiced up’ on pot and went on a crime binge. History is filled with examples of folks who got drunk and committed crime, yet pot is bad and offenders fill our jails and penalize our community resources.



The Three Liars of Society include >Legislators >Lawyers and >Lobbyists.


No other group in history has done more damage to our Bill of Rights and Constitution.



As far as I’m concerned, Washington has sold our Liberty Bell for scrap.



Instead of common sense or common law, prosecutors and politicians now use the blackjack approach to hijacking our rights and undermining our system.

Protection of the innocent is no longer a concern. The law is strictly a punitive tool to enforce whichever behavior is no longer in vogue. In recent years just about everything has come under attack, from gun ownership and tobacco use to wearing a seat belt. Most of the time, it’s not for public safety, it’s to put more cash in government coffers.

As citizens, these government agencies and prosecutors are supposed to be working for us.

When they don’t perform, they need to be removed from office. Most of them seem to have forgotten they took an oath, they've forgotten the social contract they are bound by.

Politicians from both parties have bankrupted the nation and have violated our rights especially since the passage of the un-Patriot Act. The terrorists have won and the Washington-Wall Street Cartel is profiting from the so-called 'War on Terror.'





If our country were under external attack, we’d all race to the rescue...



Why aren’t we defending our freedom and rights from these domestic political terrorists?


In the US the sanctimonious maxim that “Ignorance of the law is no excuse’ puts every citizen at risk. This notion may have been a sound rule in simpler times, when the catalog of offenses was limited to traditional offenses…but it’s a sinister joke when applied to the 6 foot long shelf of criminal codes at the federal and state level. Moreover, no one today can rely on a straightforward meaning of the law as they have become twisted, subject to the whims of whichever prosecutor is in office becoming utterly arbitrary and deliberately unclear! In many respects, these prosecutors would be considered traitors under Colonial law.

I’ve included a link below to legal resources that are either free or low cost and which cover many areas of law. Although geared primarily to MI contacts, many of the resources lend themselves to folks in any state…use this as a starting point.


Pro Bono Legal Services


The odds of never facing legal action are not in your favor, after all, our country is run by lawyers and the American Bar Association is a big time Washington DC lobbyist.

Despite that, there are many lawyers willing to work on a pro bono (free) basis and you can find links to various services (even state by state listings) at the American Bar Association site.Keep in mind, many of these groups have income level criteria.You can also contact your state bar association directly (online search or use the blue pages of most phone directories.

Legal Services Corporation is a collection of more than 250 government supported local offices that provide free legal services in their area.Over 5000 attorneys and paralegals are available to individuals and families that are under certain income limits.To find an office near you, call them at: 202-336-8800 or check their site: provides a state by state listing…or try the blue pages in your local phone directory.

Have your civil rights been violated?The Rutherford Inst. Defends people who have been denied civil and human rights without charge.Parental rights, sexual harassment, religious freedom, civil rights are among the areas they cover. or call 434-978-3888 in Charlottesville, VA



If you belong to a union, national trade association, fraternal organization or other national group, you’ll find they offer free or lower cost legal referrals. Keep in mind too that paralegals can offer services at much lower costs.For example, need a simple divorce or bankruptcy?Most paralegals charge about $200 and will offer filing assistance (but no legal advice).Use your local Yellow Pages to locate one in your area.