Shock verdict in D.C. Man guilty of having muzzleloader bullets

Here is the bottom line: In a surprising twist at the end of a long trial, a District of Columbia judge found Mark Witaschek guilty of “attempted possession of unlawful ammunition” for antique replica muzzleloader bullets. This case went on for years. Eric Holder and crew must be pleased that their vengeful souls could put fear in the heart of a gun loving Citizen. The story is bizarre, but this cuts to the chase.

The D.C. government is treating the case of a businessman possessing ammunition without a gun like the great murder trial of 2014.

The Metropolitan Police Department raided Mr. Witaschek’s raided his Georgetown house twice in the summer of 2012 on the word of his angry ex-wife. Frustrated with not finding the promised firearms, the police handcuffed him, searched his home top to bottom and came out with only ammunition, which carries the same felony penalty as a firearm.

From the Washington Times story: (Click here for more details of the raids from my first story on his case.)

After entering the house, the police immediately went upstairs, pointed guns at the heads of Mr. Witaschek and his girlfriend, Bonnie Harris, and demanded they surrender, facedown and be handcuffed.

In recalling what followed, Mr. Witaschek became visibly emotional in describing how the police treated him, Ms. Harris and the four children in the house.

His 16-year-old son was in the shower when the police arrived. “They used a battering ram to bash down the bathroom door and pull him out of the shower, naked,” said his father. “The police put all the children together in a room, while we were handcuffed upstairs. I could hear them crying, not knowing what was happening”

The police shut down the streets for blocks and spent more than two hours going over every inch of his house. “They tossed the place,” said Mr. Witaschek. He provided photos that he took of his home after the raid to document the damage, which he estimated at $10,000.

Mr. Witaschek told me this week, “Since the night my home was invaded and family terrorized by a militarized D.C. police force, I am more afraid of what government is doing than I am of any of the people I encountered when I spent my time in jail.

The city has spent almost two years and countless resources prosecuting Mark Witaschek for having a single shotgun shell and muzzleloader bullets. His trial, which began in November, hit an all-time low for absurdity Wednesday.

On March 26th Mark Witaschek’s trial over his possession of a shotgun shell in his Washington, D.C., home took a turn, and he was found guilty of “attempted possession of unlawful ammunition” over 25 muzzleloader bullets which were also in his house – these are lead and copper bullets without primers.

In other words, they are inert; one could hit them with a hammer or throw them into a fire and there would be no explosion because such bullets have no gunpowder encased behind them.

The experience:

Outside the courtroom, I asked Mr. Witaschek how he felt about the verdict. “I’m completely outraged by it,” he said. “This is just a continuation of the nightmare. Just to sit there. I could not believe it.”

His wife Bonnie Witaschek was crying. “It’s just so scary,” she said. “You never think you’ll end up in a situation like this, but here we are.”

Mr. Witaschek’s attorney Howard X. McEachern shook his client’s hand and said, “We’re not done.” Mr. McEachern plans to appeal the decision.

Before sentencing, Mr. Witaschek addressed the judge.

“I’ve never been arrested in my life up until this incident,” he said, his voice cracking with emotion. “My use of firearms is strictly recreational. I’ve never had any criminal intent.”

The businessman asked for leniency so that he would not lose his license to practice his financial management company.

“I run the risk of losing my job, my occupation, as a result of this conviction,” he said. “I ask the court not to add to that burden of what’s already been done to my life over the last two years.”

The nation’s capitol is overrun with criminals, yet the police and prosecutors continue to waste time and resources to go after law abiding people who inadvertently cross the ridiculous firearms laws. Good people are being destroyed by these vengeful prosecutions.

Click here to read about the first half of the day of trial when Mr. Witaschek took the stand in his own defense.

 

Read more: Washington Times for one of the most bizarre cases yet concerning our Second Amendment rigths.

Holder wants to know ‘Race, Sex, Disability, Age and English-Learner Status’ of problem students

So now the term is “New Guidance” as Eric Holder, and Arne Duncan and their drones continue to worm their way into our educational system. Of course, even the threat of a lawsuit against a school district causes most to cave to the Federal government. Unless they have deep pockets and can spend millions of dollars defending themselves. That why we have “winter breaks.”  Christmas? What Christmas.

“As part of this review, schools (and the federal government no doubt) may choose to examine how discipline referrals and sanctions imposed at the school compare to those at other schools, or randomly review a percentage of the disciplinary actions taken at each school on an ongoing basis to ensure that actions taken were non-discriminatory and consistent with the school’s discipline practices.” -previously reported.

The Obama administration, concerned that “zero tolerance” policies are sending too many students to court instead of the principal’s office, on Wednesday urged schools to back off — particularly in the case of minority students and other federally protected groups. “Racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem today,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who joined Attorney General Eric Holder in speaking about the new guidance. Holder said “students of color and those with disabilities” often receive “different and more severe punishment than their peers.” -

While the nation’s schools are under local control, they must follow federal civil rights and disability laws. And the new guidance for the nation’s schools could subject more of those schools to federal discrimination lawsuits. In fact, the crackdown already is happening. Full story at CNS

Obama DOJ Nominee Attorney For Cop-Killing Black Panther

The Black Panther’s advocate attorney who aided Mumia Abu-Jama, Debo Adegbile (sounds like a good Christian name) is going to head up the Civil Rights Division? For those of us living in Philadelphia at the time the Officer was gunned down in cold blood, this is particularly disgusting. The family of  Danny Faulkner has been fighting for years to keep this nasty man behind bars. Here is their website for Danny. Justice for Daniel Faulkner

Breitbart News reportsFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE: OBAMA DOJ NOMINEE IS COP-KILLER MUMIA ABU-JAMAL SUPPORTER

Let’s first take a spin in my wayback machine. Just for the memory.

Black Panthers:Justice Dept ‘culture of hostility’ exposed by Civil Rights Commission

February 1, 2011 — bunkerville |

This is an important story that could well impact the 2012 election. Honest and Free elections must be maintained, with no one above the law

“[T]here was a culture of hostility within the [Justice] Department’s Civil Rights Division to the race-neutral application of the nation’s voting laws.” – U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

The United States Commission on Civil Rights released its interim report on Friday — including statements by its commissioners – on the implications of Attorney General Eric Holder’s and the Justice Department’s actions in the New Black Panther Party case: Race Neutral Enforcement of the Law? DOJ and the New Black Panther Party Litigation: An Interim Report

“This report should have been on the front pages of every newspaper and the lead story on every TV and radio newscast,” said former police detective and military intelligence officer Mike Snopes.

See our earlier post: Black Panthers say “Prepare for War” Here

Published on Jan 9, 2014

Obama DOJ Nominee Attorney For Cop-Killing Black Panther – 1/8/2013 on the Megyn Kelly prograam. Meet the wife of Daniel Faulkner.

President Barack Obama has drawn harsh criticism from law enforcement representatives by nominating Debo Adegbile to head the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division as Assistant U.S. Attorney General.

The 330,000-member Fraternal Order of Police slammed the nomination, referring to Adegbile as a volunteer supporter and defender of convicted Black Panther and cop-killer Wesley Cook—better known as Mumia Abu-Jamal, the world’s most notorious unrepentant cop-killer.

Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury penned a January 6, 2014 letter to the President that reads:

As word of this nomination spreads through the law enforcement community, reactions range from anger to incredulity. Under this nominee’s leadership, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People volunteered their services to represent Wesley Cook, better known to the world as Mumia Abu-Jamal — our country’s most notorious cop-killer. There is no disputing that Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was murdered by this thug. His just sentence — death — was undone by your nominee and others like him who turned the justice system on its head with unfounded and unproven allegations of racism.

The Fraternal Order of Police did not stop there. Its scathing critique of President Obama’s nominee and its effort to defend the honor of slain police offer Daniel Faulkner continued: [...] – Continued @ Breitbart News.

H/T:Birther Report

Gun permits more popular than Obamacare in Illinois

After the dreary post yesterday regarding Obama getting ready Executive orders to limit those who could purchase guns, Obama to tighten Gun Control for those who ever took an anxiety pill?  this is a bit of a pick me up. Take that Zero, and Eric Holder. Does anyone think we can get by this way without a major conflagration over this issue?

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

On the first full day of an online sign-up, more than 4,500 concealed carry applicants gunned it to a state website to register for state permits, the Illinois State Police confirmed Monday.

Authorities have estimated 350,000 to 400,000 people will sign up for permits to carry their handguns in public within the first year of the law’s passing — close to 1,000 people a day.

Illinois is the last state to allow concealed carry. Legislators passed the law last summer after a federal appeals court ruled the state ban unconstitutional.

Obama takes on the Little Sisters of the Poor

I cannot think of any better post then this one for a Sunday. It says all we need to know about this administration.

Published on Sep 24, 2013

The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international Roman Catholic Congregation of women Religious founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan. They operate homes in 31 countries, where they provide loving care for over 13,000 needy elderly persons.

Although the Little Sisters’ homes perform a religious ministry of caring for the elderly poor, they do not fall within the government’s narrow exemption for “religious employers.” Accordingly, beginning on January 1, the Little Sisters will face IRS fines unless they violate their religion by hiring an insurer to provide their employees with contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

For more information, visit http://www.becketfund.org/littlesisters

Eric Holder strikes again – releases Lynne Stewart who aided first World Trade bomber

Anyone recall  Lynne Stewart? The attorney for the blind sheik who was involved in the first World Trade Tower’s bombing that maimed and killed Americans. So she doesn’t want to die in a strange and loveless place.

Should we be surprised? Recall from a post September, 2009: The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm an Attorney General, Eric Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo Terrorists.

 Where is Eric Holder in all of this? How about THAT –

From the Law firm’s C & B website:

The firm represents 17 Yemeni nationals and one Pakistani citizen held at Guantánamo Bay. The Supreme Court will soon review the D.C. Circuit’s ruling that ordered the dismissal of a number of habeas petitions filed by Guantánamo detainees; some of our clients are petitioners in the Supreme Court case. We expect to play a substantial role in the briefing. We also plan to petition the Supreme Court to hear our Pakistani client’s appeal from the D.C. Circuit’s order dismissing his case. Further, we are pursuing relief in the D.C. Circuit under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 for all of our clients. On a separate front, we filed amicus briefs and coordinated the amicus effort in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in which the Supreme Court in the summer of 2006 invalidated President Bush’s military commissions and in which we have obtained favorable rulings that our clients have rights under the Fifth Amendment and the Geneva Conventions.

A federal judge in Manhattan has granted the “compassionate release” from prison for radical lawyer Lynne Stewart so she can die a free woman.

Stewart, 73, who is four years into a 10-year prison sentence for passing along messages from imprisoned terror mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman to his followers, has terminal cancer and less than 18 months to live.

The joint filing Tuesday by the Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Attorney’s office asks Judge John Koeltl to grant her a “compassionate release.” Read more: NY Daily News

Stewart  had said she didn’t want to die in “a strange and loveless place.” Huffington Post

Perhaps this quote from Adams will give pause:

Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
John Adams.

Eric Holder’s Kickbacks from JP Morgan- Billions go to his crony groups

A little reported story rang a bell, and I headed into my way-back machine. Recall JPMorgan Chase – first bank takedown by Obama? $13 Billion fine posted October 22, 2013? Want to know where the money went? Yepper, Acorn like groupies. But this is not the first extortion. Eric has been extorting money from them for years. Here’s a list of what the fines and settlements have cost JPMorgan Chase to date in the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis. Keep in mind the loans were not loans JPMorgan made, but loans they absorbed through the purchase of outside assets that were questionable.

Oct. 2013: $100 million.

Sept. 2013: $920 million

Sept. 2013: $389 million

July 2013: $410 million

January 2013 and Feb. 2012: $1.8 billion

November 2012: $296.9 million

August 2012: $1.2 billion

April 2012: $20 million

August 2011: $88.3 million

July 2011: $228 million

June 2011: $153.6 million

April 2011: $56 million

June 2010: $48.6 million

 

Rather than simply settling for the smug satisfaction of seeing some Wall Street Fat Cats get taken down a peg or two, how about getting your hands on some of the cash yourselfHot Air tells us the facts.

It seems Attorney General Eric Holder has created a multi-million dollar backdoor kickback for activist groups in the $13 billion JP Morgan Chase subprime loan deal recently settled, WND reports.

It appears the Obama administration has a strategy for reviving subprime mortgage lending by coercing banks to fund community organizing groups that may once more put low-income families into mortgages beyond their means.

But wait… you can’t just take the penalty money and hand it out to your friends, can you? According to the breakdown from Investors.com, apparently you can.

Just when we thought its post-crisis probe of banks couldn’t get more corrupt, the Obama administration has cut radical Democrat groups in on the record $13 billion JPMorgan Chase subprime loan deal.

On Page 5 of “Annex 2″ of the recently released consent order, you’ll find this little gem: The Justice Department mandates that JPMorgan fork over any unclaimed or unpaid consumer damages to a nonprofit group that finances Acorn clones and other shakedown groups.

They stand to reap millions. The “consumer relief” portion of the deal by itself totals $4 billion.

If the government “determines that a shortfall in that obligation remains as of Dec. 31, 2017,” the agreement states, “JPMorgan shall make a compensatory payment in cash in an amount equal to the shortfall to NeighborWorks America to provide housing counseling, neighborhood stabilization, foreclosure prevention or similar programs.”

Potentially billions could be distributed to Democrat activists through NeighborWorks, a government-funded “affordable housing” group that supports a national network of left-wing community organizers operating in the same vein as Acorn.

Breakdown of fines over at USA Today. Interview on Fox with Charles Gasparino back in October.

Ted Cruz: DOJ argues that International Treaties can trump Constitution

While we are focused on this major healthcare fiasco, we have to know the administration will keep the minions moving the agenda. Perhaps the most dangerous time since we are so distracted. Ted Cruz snagged this action that Eric Holder and crew have before the Supreme Court. At the end of the post, a comment left at the Washington Examiner. First a refresher on our gal Ginsberg.

Update: Recall Justice Ginsburg has fired the latest salvo in the ongoing debate about the Court’s use of foreign and international law sources in constitutional adjudication.   On Friday, she gave a speech to the International Academy of Comparative Law at American University, entitled “A decent respect to the Opinions of [Human]kind”: The Value of a Comparative Perspective in Constitutional Adjudication.  Not surprisingly given her earlier opinions, Justice Ginsburg comes out strongly in favor of the Court’s use of foreign and international law materials to interpret U.S. law, including the Constitution. Read more

Via Washington Examiner:

“If the administration is right, the treaty power could become a backdoor way for the federal government to do everything from abolishing the death penalty nationwide, to outlawing homeschooling, to dramatically curtailing the states’ rights to regulate abortion,” she told the Washington Examiner.”

Justice Department attorneys are advancing an argument at the Supreme Court that could allow the government to invoke international treaties as a legal basis for policies such as gun control that conflict with the U.S. Constitution, according to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Their argument is that a law implementing an international treaty signed by the U.S. allows the federal government to prosecute a criminal case that would normally be handled by state or local authorities.

That is a dangerous argument, according to Cruz.

“The Constitution created a limited federal government with only specific enumerated powers,” Cruz told the Washington Examiner prior to giving a speech on the issue today at the Heritage Foundation.

“The Supreme Court should not interpret the treaty power in a manner that undermines this bedrock protection of individual liberty,” Cruz said.

In his speech, Cruz said the Justice Department is arguing “an absurd proposition” that “could be used as a backdoor way to undermine” Second Amendment rights, among other things.

Keep reading…

Comment:

“Perhaps we can get a treaty with the allied countries who were spied upon to impeach Obama and bypass Congress if that is the case.”

JPMorgan Chase – first bank takedown by Obama? $13 Billion fine

One of the little reported stories that is a really big deal is the recent proposed $13 Billion settlement with JP Morgan/Chase. Just as the IRS targeted those who would interfere with the regime’s forward march, this bank has felt the long fingers of Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Why should we care? Because for Obama to achieve his final objectives, he must take over the banking system. While complaining and trying to demonstrate the evilness of the banking system, Obama is complicit in their consolidation.

Here is a prime example. All the stories that I find give rave reviews for the hit given out by the Justice Department. After all, didn’t they cause the financial meltdown in 2008? But wait, I was lucky enough to watch Fox News give a very different take on what is going down. First, let’s see what happened when they dared to criticize Obama. Yes, they can absorb the fines, but the lesson has been given. Why $13 Billion? Why not $100 Billion? Later the interview:

Here’s a list of what the fines and settlements have cost JPMorgan Chase to date in the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis, not including the tentative settlement reached with the Justice Department Saturday of $13 billion

Oct. 2013: $100 million.

Sept. 2013: $920 million

Sept. 2013: $389 million

July 2013: $410 million

January 2013 and Feb. 2012: $1.8 billion

November 2012: $296.9 million

August 2012: $1.2 billion

April 2012: $20 million

August 2011: $88.3 million

July 2011: $228 million

June 2011: $153.6 million

April 2011: $56 million

June 2010: $48.6 million

Breakdown of fines over at USA Today. Interview on Fox with Charles Gasparino

NBC/WSJ Poll that sinks the GOP is skewed

Update: A shout out to the Village Voice for the link and all of you who are stopping by,  Think we are “Running scared?”  Best put your money under your mattress. We are just about broke as a nation. Enjoy!

Yesterday I posted doubts regarding the Gallup Poll that stated Republican approval rating falls to lowest point in Gallup poll history. It didn’t make sense and appeared an outlier. I went into the past and gave the sordid  history of Eric Holder, the DOJ and Gallup. Gallup sued by DOJ – Funny, GOP poll numbers tank. It made little sense that this was true when looking at other polls.

Now we learn that there are serious questions regarding the infamous NBC/WSJ  poll that has a questionable pedigree as well.  It has been non stop reporting that this defines the end of the GOP.  Why isn’t this reported? Here we go:

From: PJ Tattler:

A sharp reader caught a statistical problem with that much-cited NBC/WSJ poll that shows Republican s are getting whooped in the shutdown:

@texasbryanp In today’s NBC/WSJ poll, 1 in 5 respondents work for govt. Only 8% of general pop works for govt. See last page.

Here is the complete poll with the sample, the questions, etc. On the very last page we get the breakdown of where the 800 respondents work.
We do have government workers heavily sampled, by more than twice the actual percentage of Americans who work for the government. Then let’s factor in the poll’s partisan sample, which was 43-32 Democrat, the percent that admits voting for Obama, which was 44 versus just 35 for Romney, and this looks like a left-heavy sample. I’m not screaming UNSKEWED POLLS!!!1!!!1! here, but, it’s questionable. Then, factor in NBC’s role. That network is not to be trusted. (Maybe PJ Tattler doesn’t want to say it, but I will: Screwed!)
More at PJ Tattler
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