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A petition to sign

Dear Editor:

Please publish and consider signing the following petition. The Browns gained national attention when they armed themselves and held off the feds for eight months. Now it is your turn. Either ask to be shown the law or submit to tyranny.

PETITION FOR A FAIR TRIAL (edited for length)

To: US Federal Court of Appeals

The case of United States vs. Edward and Elaine Brown was not about income taxes. For a dozen years, they simply asked the IRS to show them the law that specifically makes them liable to pay the federal income tax. The IRS ignored their requests, although they were constitutionally entitled to an answer. Then, in 2004, the IRS, along with a SWAT team, U.S. Marshals, state and local police, took the Browns, by force, into custody.

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right… to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor…” ” U.S. Constitution, Sixth Amendment

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The Browns were not allowed witnesses, to present evidence, or to cite case law. The jury was instructed to return a verdict based solely on whether or not the Browns filed tax returns for the years in question. They were technically not charged with a crime, rather they were charged with two penalty clauses. No indictment ever cited a statute that showed them liable to file a tax return. (They were found guilty and consequently armed themselves.)

The Browns’ constitutional rights were not honored, their livelihood taken away, their property confiscated, and they are financially destroyed. When released from prison, they will be homeless, penniless, unemployed, and in their 70s. No government employee has yet answered their question and showed them the law subjecting them to a federal income tax on their wages.

The Browns are being destroyed for asking a question. Our servant government is obligated to answer their question, but rather they locked them up and destroyed their lives. This is unacceptable.

Sign the full petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/brownirs/.

Will Kesler

Snowmass Village

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