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Urgent: SCOTUS petition needs signatures now

This note is for all organizations and individuals that fight (each in their own way) against the draconian sex offense laws in this country.  Please forward this email to any pertinent organization or individual that we may have unintentionally overlooked.

To those of you who don’t know us, we are the parents of an incarcerated son who, in 2016 was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for a crime without a victim; for a nonviolent, non-contact, first offense; for the crime of falling prey to the manipulative tactics of seasoned FBI agents in an illegal sting operation. We are Jonathan and Debra Grund.  Deb is the current Vice-President of a relatively new nonprofit called Reset Missouri; Jon is currently compiling an anti-registry activist manual. Both are past Directors of Women Against Registry.

We are asking for your help today. Our (shared) effort is explained in the attached letter.  We are asking that you post this attached letter to your website, announce it to your followers, urge them to sign the petition and to seek others within their sphere to sign it as well. If this email has reached an individual without an affiliated organization or website, please consider signing the petition and seeking others to sign.  The benefit could be that a fourth amendment violation case (sting-operation) is heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.  We hope you will see this as a viable effort, worthy of your participation.

Thank you so much for considering our request.

 

Jonathan & Debra Grund
Anti-Sting-Operation, Anti-Registry Activists
St. Louis, MO
636-236-5757
636-734-2260

 

Letter below and in attached pdf file.  Please print out the pdf file and collect signatures on paper documents.

Hello,

We have an opportunity to help bring a case before the Supreme Court of the United States, with the argument that ICAC sting operations are a violation of the Fourth Amendment right to privacy. Mr. Achin’s appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia, Norman Michael Achin v. Commonwealth of Virginia, was denied on May 14, 2021. There is now an effort to take this case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Achin was convicted of “solicitation of a minor” however, the “minor” was an imaginary person brought to life by 3 officers: one pictured in photos, a second who exchanged text messages, and a third who was the voice actor on recorded phone calls. An imaginary person cannot intercept and record communications; and 3 officers cannot combine to “make a person.” These actions violate the laws regarding electronic surveillance, and therein lies the basis for the court case.

The appeal was based on Fourth Amendment laws derived from the 1986 Electronic Communications and Privacy Act, which modernized the “wiretap” laws and protected electronic communications, like phone calls. At issue is the illegality of sting operation(s) because detectives are creating and controlling imaginary people online, and intercepting communications for them. Virginia interception laws are even more strict than federal laws; there are no “color of law exemptions” in Virginia (this means that law enforcement personnel have no more authority to intercept communications than does the average citizen).

This case has been spearheaded by Bonnie Burkhardt, a 30+ year federal employee with deep experience in the field of interception and privacy laws; the result of her career analyzing signals for the Department of Defense. She filed an amicus brief for this case, and is the author of a book titled: Manufacturing Criminals; Fourth Amendment Decay in the Electronic Age. In the book, Norman Achin is identified as “NNNNN” and his case is discussed in detail.

It is my understanding that the acceptance or refusal of cases by the Supreme Court of the U.S. has become something of a political issue. Since they only accept a small percentage of all possible cases, the presentation of numerous petition signatures might persuade the Justices as to the nationwide interest in this case. Please show your support for this issue by printing the petition (below) on plain white paper, filling out the requested information, getting as many signatures as possible (single-sided printing), and mailing the signed petitions to Bonnie at the address below. Please send all signed sheets, no matter how many or few lines are completed. Please mall the petition ASAP; but no later than July 10th, 2021

Bonnie has said that Norman Achin has no money for legal counsel. She is in search of an attorney who might be willing to take the case pro bono, and several additional attorneys willing to write amicus briefs. She is prepared to turn over relevant court documents as well as her amicus brief; and answer any questions attorneys might have. She is undeterred by the current attorney situation, stating that the court may appoint an attorney if Mr. Achin is unable to provide one. The first and most pressing matter however, is to have the Supreme Court agree to hear the case.

Send your petition to:

Bonnie Burkhardt
8402 Gambrill Ln
Springfield, VA  22153

Thank you for your help with this issue that is very important to our cause.

Download the PDF file .

https://ww1.womenagainstregistry.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/letter-with-petition-July-10-2021-deadline.pdf

Source: womenagainstregistry.org

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The people granted the people’s government of unfettered use of the database and now it’s too late to reel them back in.There was a reason the facility near Saratoga springs UT is where it is.

I can’t imaging that SCOTUS would ever pay attention to a petition or even read it.
Does anyone know of a case where petitions moved SCOTUS to hear a case?

If anything, right now SCOTUS will be even more resistant to any political leverage. It’s already pushing back on packing; it doesn’t need being swayed by petitions to undermine that effort.

The entire reason why SCOTUS cannot be fired is so they supposedly will not be influenced by anyone. SCOTUS usually only gets involved when two different United States district courts makes conflicting decisions. Although there has been some lower court judges that have thrown out sting cases from “To Catch a Predator”, it doesn’t look like any other United States district courts have agreed that these police stings are in violation of the constitution. The other reason this petition will likely not do any good is that the plaintiff has no attorney and no money. Getting a case to SCOTUS requires an approved attorney through SCOTUS and up to $1 million for staff, working office and preparation costs alone. You need a staff for research, writing briefs, hiring multiple attorneys to assist, a practice trial, the cost to fly all the staff to Washington with full accommodations. I believe these stings must stop and they create criminals when there were none. But until you get a lower court to agree with you, there isn’t much chance of change.

When the 9th circuit reviewed and initially heard the case in the 1997-8 timeframe the registry was interpreted as punitive, although the justices disagreed about why and how the regime was punishment.
AND THEN, it got to Washington D.C. and the script was flipped by the Catholics. This is about the exercise of Gov power and the useful database.

This is a grassroots effort. When SCOTUS decides to take a case, it is partially a political decision. The case needs to have national impact and be worth their time. A single felony case for sending a risque message to an underage imaginary person doesn’t cut it, but when 75,000 people across the nation are prosecuted using the same techniques which violate Fourth Amendment rights, then SCOTUS might be more interested. Signatures from across the country lend credibility to the point that this is a national issue that they need to take up. Signatures can’t hurt, and they certainly could help. That’s why I’m pushing for signatures from as many states as possible. I appreciate everyone’s time and effort in getting signatures.

I appreciate the effort, but this family has just realized the horror of what is happening because it happened to some one in their family. That is why they are desperately trying to do something. Many of us completed our sentence, those of us that survived long incarceration periods, anyway. This is the standard for CP. The federal punishments for CP are outrageous and inhuman. This stuff is all over the internet and the only person held accountable is the viewer, not the ISP, not the banks, not the search engines, and certainly not the DOJ for allowing it to exist in order to trap people. ten and twenty years is not uncommon.

Everyone needs to unite around Janice, and when the time is right she will take it to the supreme court and challenge the entire registry, and she will get it overturned. The SCOTUS knows very well the outrageous sentences for this and the destruction of the families. You think they care? No! This has to be done exactly right. Filed petitions can make out cause more difficult.

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