U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled during a Thursday telephone conference that he will initiate a civil contempt of court proceeding against the six-term Maricopa County sheriff during a four-day mini trial in April.
Calls him a “moral coward”
Judge John Blackwell had no sympathy for Walter Fitzpatrick’s claims of defending the constitution, as he sentenced the former Navy Lt. Commander to 3 years in jail with the possibility of parole after serving 30% of the sentence following a June conviction on felony charges of extortion and aggravated perjury.
The judge was quoted by defense attorney Van Irion as saying: “I’m sick and tired of all these people who want to talk about their Constitutional rights.” The context of that remark, if accurate, was not readily available.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, something over 25 people were in the court gallery to support Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was taken into custody following the sentencing. For a first-hand account of the hearing:
- “Fitzpatrick gets three years in prison in McMinn extortion, perjury case,” Chattanooga Times Free Press
Joseph Farah, editor of the Internet tabloid WorldNetDaily, was detained at the Dulles Airport after TSA screeners found a loaded 38 caliber revolver in his carryon luggage. He faces a class 1 misdemeanor charge, says The Southern Poverty Law Center web site.
Farah famously claimed to have created the birther movement. His WorldNetDaily “Where’s the Birth Certificate” billboards and a similarly-named book by Jerome Corsi popularized the movement, and their support for Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse kept the movement alive after Obama released his long-form birth certificate.
I wonder what he planned to do with that gun?
Farah has commented on his experience in an article at WorldNetDaily calling his action “something stupid.” Farah then goes on to use the incident to push some other left-wing bashing agenda.
Farah and WorldNetDaily have been very critical of the TSA, writing a series of articles such as:
- The Crimes of the TSA
- Proven: TSA Hires Murderers, Rapists, Thieves
- TSA luggage inspector charged with stealing iPads
- TSA worker steals $500 as punishment for complaining
- 95-year-old veteran: ‘Do I look like a terrorist?’
- TSA detains woman because of ‘attitude’
- Bizarre TSA ‘freeze’ security drill caught on camera
- Stupid airport security, part 2
- TSA critic Alex Jones detained by TSA
- TSA humiliates injured Marine
- Airport tyranny
- Teen girl’s ‘skimpy’ outfit too hot for TSA
- TSA agent: ‘We laugh at your nude images’
- Sobbing woman ‘groped’ by TSA agent
- TSA detains 3-year-old in wheelchair
- ‘Secret order’ cited to dismiss complaints against TSA
That’s not half of them. You would think that Farah feels the way about the TSA as I feel about birthers.
This article appears because I felt that my readers would want to know about the Farah incident. There is some satisfaction seeing what I think is a successful “bad person” get his comeuppance.1 It is not intended as evidence that birthers are a special class of scofflaw, at least not consciously. Perhaps part of it is that vocal birthers hold themselves as upholders of the law (in particular the Constitution) and ones who resist what they perceive as the lawlessness of the Executive. The “Birthers behaving badly” series seeks to poke holes in that argument with counterexamples, but don’t expect tomorrow’s headline to be “Birther fined for littering.”
1I don’t think I’ve ever written that word before.
One-man birther crime wave Walter Francis Fitzpatrick III was found guilty of two felony counts: aggravated perjury and extortion.
The McMinn County jury began deliberations this morning and returned its verdict later in the day. He was not found guilty of stalking and harassment. Fitzpatrick was arrested last March on four charges stemming from allegations that he harassed and stalked a grand jury foreman. According to the indictment, reports the Daily Post-Athenian covering McMinn and Meigs Counties :
…it was claimed that Fitzpatrick "did unlawfully and intentionally threaten … to take action known to be unlawful…"
Fitzpatrick is also accused of making "a false statement, under oath, during or in connection with an official proceeding," as well as engaging in "a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested and actually caused (his alleged victim, a former member of the McMinn County Grand Jury) to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested."
Fitzpatrick was represented by well-known attorney, and failed judicial candidate, Van R. Irion.
I introduced a new blog category with the article on Brent Douglas Cole: Birthers Behaving Badly. Some earlier articles have been added to the category where a birther was involved in a crime or received an official sanction. The individuals included are:
- Brent Douglas Cole
- Dinesh D’Souza
- Walter Fitzpatrick III
- Darren Wesley Huff
- Theresa Cao
- Terry Lakin
- James W. von Brunn
- Orly Taitz
One might reasonably look at my list and come away with the idea that I’m trying to make a case that birthers are worse than people in general, or that being a birther makes them more likely to commit a crime than others. That’s not what I am trying to do. In some of the examples on the list, birtherism was a factor in their crime, for example Terry Lakin refused to deploy with his unit because he was trying to force the issue of Obama’s eligibility to be adjudicated. On the other hand Cole, D’Souza and von Brunn so far as we know were not motivated by birtherism in their (alleged in the case of Cole) illegal acts.
The reason I started the category of Birthers Behaving Badly is the same reason that I started all the categories—to make the site easier to use by indexing, categorizing and tagging articles. As for the articles themselves, they exist either because the subjects are notable birthers who have done something, or they are a birther who has done something notable. This blog is largely about birthers. In the same vein, I could publish an article like “Birther runs for Congress” (such articles would fall under the Birther Politics category).
If I had the information I could, no doubt, fill the blog with “Birther Makes Nice” stories. In our society, making nice isn’t generally notable or newsworthy and as Shakespeare’s Marc Antony says:
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interrèd with their bones.
Authorities, according to The Modesto Bee and other sources, have identified the man who is suspected of shooting a California Highway Patrol officer and a Bureau of Land Management ranger at a Nevada County, California, campground last Saturday, as Brent Douglas Cole. Cole, 60, was himself wounded in the confrontation and is in stable condition.
In any shooting incident, the first question that comes to mind is: Is the suspect a birther? Evidence is mounting that he is a birther. Check out this August 2012 Tweet:
QUESTION: IS Obama (AKA Barry Soetoro) Eligible To Be President? THAT DEPENDS ON HIS BIRTHPLACE: If Obama was… http://t.co/aiL2AjV2
— Brent Douglas Cole (@stat_ag) August 25, 2012
Cole was also a commenter on Mike Volin’s Sheriff’s Kits go to Washington Facebook page.