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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Standing Up for a Judge

I don't have much experience with the legal system, but I noticed one weird ritual. When the judge enters the courtroom, everyone else is expected to stand. I only noticed that because I read a story about a freedom activist who got hit with "contempt of court" for not standing fast enough when the judge entered the courtroom.

"Contempt of court" is one of those catchall crimes that says "A judge can send you to jail for doing something that he doesn't like." There's no burden of proof. It's the sole discretion of the judge. You can't argue "I didn't injure the judge because I didn't physically harm him." From the judge's point of view, you injure him by not showing respect. Only an insane pro-State troll would have such an attitude.

If you're held prisoner in a State court, you have to obey the ritual. You can participate in the ritual without being fooled by it. However, everyone else in the court is fooled! That's a serious problem!

Standing when the judge enters the courtroom has an implicit hidden assumption "The authority of the judge is legitimate!" These little subtle rituals reinforce the authority of the State.

The "stand up" ritual has as a hidden assumption "The judge is a wise person who deserves respect!" instead of "This is a crazy guy wearing a robe!"

Where else do people stand up and sit down on command? In church! In a church, you stand up and sit down when the priest tells you to.

It's interesting to notice these little similarities between the State and the Evil God of Christianity. A priest is spreading the word of Christianity. A judge is a priest spreading the word of the State.


fritz said...

A few years ago I had some dealings with the criminals who pretend to hold a just and fair court system.

You can look at dunn@bradstreet and see that the courts are private businesses for profit. The country is operating in bankruptcy and the jurisdiction is admiralty.

When entering the court you are boarding a vessel and the judge is the captain. At that point you have no common law rights.

The bleachers are the dock and the bar is the actual ship. once in the bar the captain (judge) has all the power. In this case (i have seen it) the man is truly in the bar when he doesn't stand, he begins to stand and is told to sit which he does, then is hauled out for not standing.

Contempt isn't that bad really.$30 will get you bailed and you can fight it in court once you put the judge on his oath and make him produce his bond information. There is no injured person or a violated contract, no civil or criminal grounds.

If you want a hoot search, Martin Earl Fisher, freeman on the land. Its the best story I have read about court action in my life. I correspond with him and he has helped me with achieving sovereignty.


Anonymous said...

I'm confused about the role of judges.

Are they simply there to hear the opposing arguments or are they there to ensure justice gets done?

Surely justice isn't just about who puts most money into the legal system or who can afford the most fancy lawyers?

In the UK a beautician lost her first case against a property developer who wanted access rights to her mother's house and business. I think costs were awarded against her.

But she won on appeal. On appeal she couldn't afford the 5000 GBP to pay for a lawyer and so she had to do her own research.

So why did she lose the first case? If she hadn't done her own research the legal system would have screwed her.

Surely the judge in the first case should have known all the facts and known more about access rights than both sides. Here I am assuming people only get to be judges if they have an awesome knowledge of the law.

So basically in civil law you will get screwed, companies won't expect you to stand up for yourself UNLESS you DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH and have the guts to go into the ring a second time and risk having even more costs awarded against you.

BigMike said...

I'm not sure what incident you're referencing here but there are a group of liberty activists in New Hampshire that typically refuse standing for the judge.

In the city of Keene, one judge has pretty much been broken and no longer makes an issue of it and it has spread to other areas across the state. Many also refuse standing for the pledge of allegiance at various functions as well.

FSK, if you're not following the liberty movement here in New Hampshire, you should be. The Keene activists blog at There's a lot of video there documenting civil disobedience and peaceful non-cooperation. The Ridley Report has some good video as well.

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