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Stockman Conviction a Roadmap for Biden/Harris to Jail Conservative Activists
American Thinker.com ^ | August 17, 2020 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons

Posted on 08/17/2020 6:00:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

Former Congressman Steve Stockman, whom leftwing Salon called a “Tea Party darling,” has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal from a 10-year criminal sentence on multiple counts involving raising money from just two GOP donors.

You may have heard the term “criminalization of politics.” Steve Stockman’s 2018 conviction is very literally an example. Stockman’s asking the Supreme Court to overturn that politicized conviction should be watched by conservatives who know that a Biden/Harris administration would be a reboot of the lawless and lawbreaking Obama Deep State, but probably even more vindictive towards conservatives.

Representative Steve Stockman 2014 Offical Congrssional Portrait

Former prosecutor Rachel Alexander, writing at Townhall.com, said of Stockman:

He was a Congressional whistleblower on Obama administration corruption, with such actions as calling for the House Select Committee to investigate the government’s handling of the Benghazi… exposing President Obama’s payment to the Haqqani terrorist network in exchange for the release of Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, and revealing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s violation of the Iran sanctions to allow the sale to Iran of specialized steel used in nuclear weaponry.

Stockman was visited by the FBI within a few days after calling for the arrest of the notorious anti-Tea Party IRS official, Lois Lerner, who was abusing nonprofit tax law to silence conservatives, and acting in contempt of Congress. Those very nonprofit tax issues abused by Lerner would later be corrupted as a way to prosecute Stockman. The judge in Stockman’s trial even refused to let Stockman’s defense mention the name “Lois Lerner.”

The Department of Justice empaneled three grand juries to indict Steve, including one out of the Baltimore office run by Spygate figure Rod Rosenstein, but all three failed to indict.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: baltimore; benghazi; bowebergdahl; camelfaceharris; haqqaninetwork; hillaryclinton; iransanctions; irs; joebiden; loislerner; maryland; rachelalexander; rodrosenstein; stevestockman; teaparty

1 posted on 08/17/2020 6:00:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Any relationship to Dave Stockman, who also has had legal problems?


2 posted on 08/17/2020 6:06:09 AM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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To: Kaslin

I think Stockman is a little “fringe” but he would probably fit it pretty well on Free Republic. I consider him a good guy and I think the Left railroaded him. The Left owns the Justice system and they seem to be able to railroad anyone they want.


3 posted on 08/17/2020 6:07:16 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

he would probably fit it pretty well on Free Republic.”

Hmm.. Are you saying we “are a little fringe”?


4 posted on 08/17/2020 6:10:08 AM PDT by gibsonguy
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Former Congressman Steve Stockman... has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal from a 10-year criminal sentence on multiple counts involving raising money from just two GOP donors... “criminalization of politics.” ...politicized conviction... Former prosecutor Rachel Alexander, writing at Townhall.com, said of Stockman: He was a Congressional whistleblower on Obama administration corruption, with such actions as calling for the House Select Committee to investigate the government’s handling of the Benghazi… exposing President Obama’s payment to the Haqqani terrorist network in exchange for the release of Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, and revealing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s violation of the Iran sanctions to allow the sale to Iran of specialized steel used in nuclear weaponry... Stockman was visited by the FBI within a few days after calling for the arrest of the notorious anti-Tea Party IRS official, Lois Lerner, who was abusing nonprofit tax law to silence conservatives, and acting in contempt of Congress. Those very nonprofit tax issues abused by Lerner would later be corrupted as a way to prosecute Stockman. The judge in Stockman’s trial even refused to let Stockman’s defense mention the name “Lois Lerner.” ...The Department of Justice empaneled three grand juries to indict Steve, including one out of the Baltimore office run by Spygate figure Rod Rosenstein, but all three failed to indict.

5 posted on 08/17/2020 6:11:35 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: Kaslin

We are under siege RIGHT NOW. Innocent Americans have been killed and/or gone to jail. Their livelihoods have been looted and burnt to the ground. There is NOBODY coming to save YOU. Not even...

Billy Bagpipes & Hairface Durham in the Department of SELECTIVE Justice/Injustice.

Arm up Americans. BE PREPARED to be UNCIVILIZED toward the UNCIVIL. Don’t unnecessarily put yourself in EVIL’S path.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of...if you can.

The Complete Perversion of the Law

But, unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others.

http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html

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LISTEN to Thursday August 13, 2020 #731

The SUPEREVIL should be in SUPERMAX awaiting THEIR EXECUTION...not us awaiting ours.

Know the way


6 posted on 08/17/2020 6:13:20 AM PDT by PGalt (Past Peak Civilization?)
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To: PGalt

I have a feeling if the left steals the election I’m going to end up in prison or dead. The day we’ve been warning about for decades is approaching will probably be here in 78 days.


7 posted on 08/17/2020 6:19:41 AM PDT by hardspunned (MAGA, now more than ever)
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To: All

One of Thomas Jefferson’s indictments against the king that justified the Declaration of Independence and subsequent colonial rebellion:
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”

Sounds a lot like an early American description of the Obama/Biden years
<><> siccing the IRS on innocent law-abiding citizens
<><> Obama was obsessed w/ govt wiretaps——numbers rose 71% during one year of Obama’s reign
<><> Obama used drones to shoot down Americans
<><> Obama’s state dept covered-up of sex scandals-—obstructing justice
<><> Obama nixed sex-related investigations (w/ Joe’s help?)
<><> Obama’s DOJ labeled Fox journo Rosen a criminal; charging him, spying on his family—
<><> Obama monitored the Asso Press,
<><> Obama via Verizon spied on the USSC via their blackberries
<><> Obama spied on Congress via Verizon blackberries

LESSON OF THE DAY -— don’t elect a kingpin of organized Chicago criminal politics, a cunning con artist to run the govt ...... OR his henchman.

A “cool, clean, smooth talker,” Obama ran a monstrous govt we the people forcibly lived under-— a police state capable of extraordinary crimes against its people.


8 posted on 08/17/2020 6:21:29 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

“Obama ran a monstrous govt we the people forcibly lived under-— a police state capable of extraordinary crimes against its people.”

That describes Obama in a nutshell. I warned people about that guy; he was the creation of the corrupt media and hard left apparatchiks. Deep State all the way. A Manchurian candidate if ever there was one. The damage he did to this country is deep. He is calling the shots to this very day, and mark my words: If Biden wins, Obama’s protégé Susan Rice will be named Secretary of State; Fauxcahontas will be Secretary of the Treasury; and the utterly insufferable Adam Schiff will be tapped for Attorney General.


9 posted on 08/17/2020 6:35:12 AM PDT by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: SunkenCiv

If the right played this way Schiff would be facing multiple life terms.


10 posted on 08/17/2020 6:44:43 AM PDT by Fido969 (In!)
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To: gibsonguy

the lawless and lawbreaking Obama Deep State
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If the GOP had stood for the Constitution there would not have been a criminal usurpation.

They should have listened to us on the fringe that still know what natural born citizen means.


11 posted on 08/17/2020 6:57:11 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizens Are Born Here of Citizen Parents|Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: ought-six

A new disturbing picture is emerging about an Obama kept hidden from the electorate.

When he deigned to appear in public, he put on an Academy-worthy act......a first class phony
who hardly resembles the self-serving, power-driven, America-hating greedster that is emerging.


12 posted on 08/17/2020 6:59:34 AM PDT by Liz
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To: ought-six; Liz

Obama was precisely what the founders were trying to prevent when they excluded the children of foreigners with the natural born citizen requirement.

Only someone who was born here of citizen parents is naturally an American.

The children of foreigners are themselves foreigners, even if born here and also awarded US citizenship.


13 posted on 08/17/2020 7:00:52 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizens Are Born Here of Citizen Parents|Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: hardspunned; All

“I have a feeling if the left steals the election I’m going to end up in prison or dead. The day we’ve been warning about for decades is approaching will probably be here in 78 days.”

Yes, that is the game plan for us vast-right wing conspirators, bitter clingers, deplorables, dog-faced pony soldiers and children unborn...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O69L2mO9y-4&list=RDO69L2mO9y-4&start_radio=1&t=16

WE are leaving. THEY don’t need us...NON-ESSENTIALS


14 posted on 08/17/2020 7:02:54 AM PDT by PGalt (Past Peak Civilization?)
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To: hardspunned

IF the Dems win they have no need to put Trump supporters in jail. In fact they would dial things back a bit and watch the GOP implode. McConnell and Romney will do their dirty work for them.


15 posted on 08/17/2020 7:06:50 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: lodi90

McConnell and Romney have already done their dirty work for them.


16 posted on 08/17/2020 8:21:21 AM PDT by hardspunned (MAGA, now more than ever)
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To: Kaslin
Where was President Trump while this was going down?

He has the power to publicly release every prosecution document and communication in the case.

When rock solid Conservatives get legally assaulted by the Political Left - Judge Roy Moore, EPA Director Scott Pruitt, Rep. Steve King, Rep. Stockman - Trump just disappears.

I'm waiting to see if Trump walks away from the Postmaster General - during the same week that Trump openly speculated about giving Edward Snowden a pardon!

17 posted on 08/17/2020 9:08:36 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: hardspunned

Take amnesty for instance. A Democrat controlled Senate could easily get rid of the filibuster rule and ram through amnesty with 50 votes. But why do that when they can get some GOP votes for the 60 vote cloture, pass amnesty and stoke a GOP intra party civil war? When Republicans are fighting each other they are not engaging Democrats. That’s why Romney is always trying to start a food fight with POTUS.


18 posted on 08/17/2020 10:45:17 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Gratia

Do you know the chances of this appeal?


19 posted on 08/17/2020 12:52:03 PM PDT by Pelham ( Mary McCord, Sally Yates and Michael Atkinson all belong in prison.)
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To: Pelham

I am not conversant with the intricacies of Federal election law, nor the personal dispositions of the SCOTUS judges in this controversial area.

What I found interesting was the fact disclosed in the discussion of the third issue, that Stockman’s lawyers did not object to the instructions as given. The court instead gave the standard instructions, minus the “political activity” component Stockman now says should have been given sua sponte.

I wonder why Stockman’s lawyers did not make a request to charge on the issue given it’s seeming importance. Did Stockman’s appellate lawyers argue that his trial lawyers were ineffective by failing to request a specific instruction?

One reason I find this significant is that a part of the trial strategy I ASSUME would have been that Stockman was just exercising his protected rights. A request to charge to that effect should have then been an object of that strategy. Why was it not requested? I don’t know, but it put Stockman at a distinct disadvantage on appeal, changing the standard of appellate review to a less favorable one.

The first issue sounds very promising based just on the brief alone. The Fifth Circuit may very well have been over-inclusive in its interpretation of McConnell, reading too much into that decision. Having no familiarity with that law or those cases, it made good sense to me.

The second issue struck me as flailing around. Jury findings are very, very hard to overturn just to begin with. Some of the hardest cases are the ones where the guy promises to put in a new concrete driveway and then takes your money and runs. The concrete guy is not protected by the First Amendment, but I wonder how different this case is even with the First Amendment considerations. Certainly, what Stockman did, as the brief concedes, sounds sleazy. That is just a subjective impression based on the brief, which did not otherwise strike me as conclusively persuasive on the issue.

On an issue I do know about, the brief was twice as long as it had to be. It could have been and should have been far more effective at half the length, but that requires a lot of work to do.


20 posted on 08/17/2020 2:39:03 PM PDT by Gratia
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