Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sean and Melissa Morton have a court date

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
        The above text is Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted on July 9, 1868. Sean David Morton was born in Texas and accordingly his citizenship is established by that law. Yet, when interviewed by Kerry Cassidy a year ago Morton maintained that the charges against him were sure to be dropped because he is "not a 14th amendment citizen."

        Tell that to the judge, as they say. Morton will have his chance to do just that on 4th April, when he and Melissa come up in the Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles on 56 counts including conspiring to defraud the United States, filing false claims against the United States, passing/presenting and/or offering false or fictitious financial instruments.note 1 I hope to blog more on this when the time comes. I also hope on behalf of the Mortons' financial victims that they lose in court and both go up the river.

        Morton has filed 22 pre-trial motions  to dismiss the charges against him, allof which have been denied.

Update: Day 1 of the trial
        A jury was empaneled and both sides made opening statements. ufowatchdog has all the details but here's the nub of SDM's testimony:

During his discursive opening statement, Sean Morton told the court that he was being falsely accused of doing something wrong when he did nothing more than “follow the advice of people I respected, who had a deep understanding about the financial system.” He also lauded the first Americans, who wished to “live free from the burdens of the crown” and who wrote the Constitution; said that he and Melissa Morton were not married by law because “that puts more than one person in bed with you”; and exclaimed he’s a film producer and investigative reporter, “who exposed Area 51,” the military site where there’s been claims of UFO sightings.

The government wants to throw the couple in jail for the rest of their lives, he said, “for filing paperwork that didn’t harm anybody,” he said.

Here's the statement on behalf of Melissa:
An attorney for Melissa Morton, Steven Brody of the Law Offices of Steven A. Brody, told the jury that the government has no evidence that his client set out to defraud the IRS or that she “didn’t believe 100 percent in the legitimacy” of the documents she filed. The government has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Mortons acted in bad faith, he added.

“They have to prove to you that they set out to lie, cheat and steal,” Brody said. “And you’re not going to see that evidence.”

Update: Days 2 & 3
ufowatchdog reports that the prosecution case is rested. SDM made a motion to dismiss, which was denied.

Update: GUILTY on 51 counts
Details at ufowatchdog. Sentencing 19 June. Bye Sean, bye Melissa.

Thanks to ufowatchdog for the information.

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[1] Here's the full Grand Jury indictment


vonmazur said...

The first time I heard SDM on C2C, in the 90's, my BS alarm went off...I am comforted to know that they have finally caught up with this person....

Anonymous said...

Prima face evidence of a Person under the 14th Amendment, is the paying of Federal income taxes.

Bill said...

That's a lot of money, how did he earn all that?.... All snaffled from his follows?

expat said...

Ha! He didn't earn any of it. Just persuaded several thousand suckers that he'd invest their money wisely and make them a profit.

expat said...

Here are the filthy details.

Anonymous said...

Even filing an IRS tax return, and accepting the privilege of a refund, is prima face evidence, of being a US citizen under the 14th Amendment. The South boycotted the Fist Congress after Lincoln's War, and the 14th Amendment was shoved through, without a proper quorum. Likewise, Woodrow Wilson directed his Secretary of State, to execute the Executive Order which created the IRS. These are laws enacted under Martial Rule.

The 14th Amendment is the first mention of Person, Privilege, The United States. Prior to that, the Constitution referred to Man, Rights, and The United States of America. The 14th Amendment created a new country, whereunder, anyone claiming citizenship becomes property of the Nation-State, same as that a corporation.

Once can't file an IRS tax return, expecting a refund, while remaining a Freeman, and when Morton steps into that tax court, he won't be.

Bill said...

Well anyone hoping to get an investment through 'psychic' powers deserve to loose their money! 6million dollars from 100 investors that's $60,000 per investor.......desperate or Dimwits

Bill said...

Hey expat

Worth a read!


expat said...

Thanks Bill, I remember reading that when it first appeared. And at the end of that cruise, as Sean and Melissa walked off the ship, Federal marshals were waiting with arrest warrants. Delicious.

Erickson said...

I checked the docket today to see if the trial had been continued. It appears headed towards trial - in recent day the court denied a series of motions filed by Morton and the prosecutor submitted a 32 page verdict form. Based on the latter, it could be a long trial.

expat said...

Empaneling a jury will probably take most of today. The judge is Hon. Stephen V. Wilson.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what happened yesterday? I would have loved to be a fly on wall...

Erickson said...

>>>>Does anyone know what happened yesterday? I would have loved to be a fly on wall...<<<<

Expat quotes the best part of the law360 report (reposted by ufowatchdog).

Morton's opening statement claimed he was simply following the advice of people he respected, who have a deep understanding of the financial system. He went on to say that he was being prosecuted fr filing papers that did not harm anyone.

That statement could haunt him. The prosecutor might have a field day with that statement in closing. The governments trial brief included potential witnesses who are among his victims, including a woman who paid Morton $10,000. The government itself might be a victim, since he is alleged to have gotten a fraudulent refund for over $480,000. Jurors might think he has caused a great deal of harm.

Perhaps Morton forgot that his audience might be more critical than Kerry Cassidy or the people who pay to listen to him. We'll see how good of a prophet he turns out to be.

Anonymous said...

Any day 2 updates?

expat said...

Nothing I can find. Nothing on Law360.

Erickson said...

I have read the docket, the court minutes, and the motion to dismiss but there is nothing of interest beyond what the ufowatchdog has reported. I will check the docket later to see if there are further updates. Sean filed a 30 page "common law cause of action" but I was too cheap to pay for it - although it might be entertaining.

My favorite part of the motion to dismiss is where he writes, "Comes now i, [as] man, Sean-David, The Real-Party-in-Interest a Third Party InterestIntervenor and Beneficiary of SEAN DAVID MQRTON, Executor General of his Estate, who isneutral in the public, who is an idiota, unschooled in law, and is now making a special appearance~ before this court under the supplemental rules of Admiralty, Rule E(8), a restricted appearance,without granting jurisdiction."

I agree that he is an idiota and that he is unschooled in law, so perhaps he should not have convinced so many people to trust him for legal advice on how to get their Strawman money.

Erickson said...

So Sean has been found guilty. Only two hours of deliberation - barely enough time to pick a foreperson and read the verdict forms.

In his motion to dismiss, Sean called himself an "idiota". At last I agreed with him about something .

Anonymous said...

Final update:Bogus Psychic Guilty in Fraud Scheme

Trekker said...

Can someone with legal knowledge explain the point of a maximum sentence that exceeds a human lifetime by a factor of more than six? Seems a bit pointless.

Anonymous said...

Can someone with legal knowledge explain the point of a maximum sentence that exceeds a human lifetime by a factor of more than six? Seems a bit pointless.

Granted, it may seem that way at first glance, but there is a method to this madness.

The press release from the IRS says that the potential 650-year sentence for Sean David Morton is the result of the following convictions:

Conspiracy to defraud the United States (1 count)

Filing false claims against the United States (2 counts)

Various counts of passing false or fictitious financial instruments (26 counts)

Total counts = 29

Divide 650 by 29 and you get an average of 22.4 years of maximum potential prison time for each count.

Consider what he was actually convicted of doing: filing false tax returns ("defrauding the US"), claiming bogus tax refunds to which he wasn't entitled ("filing false claims") and, finally, writing worthless promissory notes to pay off his own debts.

Now try to see all this from the perspective of the government: any government you care to name would not ever want anyone doing any of these things; they certainly would not want them going around promoting them and teaching other people how to do them. Sure, the IRS may claim on their website with a straight face that, "Our system of taxation allows taxpayers to determine the correct amount of tax and complete the appropriate forms 'voluntarily' rather than have the government do it for them." However, there is nothing in the least "voluntary" about taxes: if you do not pay the amount the government claims that you owe (let alone filing bogus refund claims) chances are you will face a lengthy prison sentence.

Should you foolishly choose to bandy words with the chaps from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division who will show up to arrest you (and who, not incidentally, carry guns), well, I'll let Forbes drop a few hints about some of the not-at-all-nice eventualities that could arise:

The point being: while a potential 650-year prison sentence may seem ridiculous at first glance, the length of the sentence starts to make sense when you consider that it is a) a reflection of both the number and severity of the offences in question and b) designed to serve as a clear and unmistakable warning to other taxpayers who might be having second thoughts about paying their so-called "fair share" of the national debt.


Anonymous said...

Don't know if it's worth updating this entry or not, but ufowatchdog has an update on SDM's sentencing:

While the U.S. Attorney General's Office is recommending an 87 month prison sentence, the judge in the case has the latitude to sentence Morton to more than the recommended time.

When you visit the entry, be careful of the link "read the recommendation filed by prosecutors here." As of this writing, if you hover over it, it promises to take you to the sentencing.pdf document; in actuality, it redirects you to a different site. I have notified the site owner via the comments section, but I don't know how long it will take him to fix it, so caveat visitor.