Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sean and Melissa try crowdfunding their legal predicament

        This is scarcely believable. The Mortons have turned to Indiegogo for funding.


The pitch is as follows:
"Sean is getting ground by the gears of the Department of Justice! Help Sean lawfully stop the DoJ in their tracks and reverse the VOID unconstitutional 650 year sentence! "
        This went up on Friday, and it's attracted two donations totaling $120 so far. Quite how money is going to help is not clear. They face a possible 650 and 625 years in jail when sentenced on 19th June. Perhaps Sean thinks everyone is as corrupt as he is, and a little silver in the judge's palm will make all this go away. Lots of luck with that.

As UFOwatchdog quite rightly says:
"How about raising money for all the people these convicted felons defrauded? Don't give these wanna' be martyrs a penny. This isn't about government tyranny or freedom, this is about two people who ripped off others for countless thousands, got caught, and now they don't want to pay the price for their misdeeds.

I'm sure the people who paid Morton and his wife $10,000 or the person who paid $2500 for bogus bonds and empty promises of resolving their financial problems would like their money back.  Or how about the elderly lady who lost her entire life saving in their psychic investment scheme?  These two have sadly left a path of human wreckage in their wake."
        The rational wikipedia article on SDM has been updated, and is now a readable primer on the whole mess, for those who haven't been tracking this fraud.

Update Shrout:
        Winston Shrout, that other tax protestor  and also a taxation lecturer on the ConspiraSea cruise,  was found guilty in Federal court in Oregon of 13 counts of issuing false financial statements and 6 counts of willful failure to file a tax return. Sentencing is set for 1 August, so the Mortons will go to jail first.

23 comments:

erickson said...

I've been informed that if I wanted to give to the Mortons it might be grounds for divorce. Fortunately, as a noted legal and constitutional,scholar, Sean will not need my help to battle the gears of the machine. And should he fail, Kerry Cassdy will still be able to interview him from prison.

erickson said...

Meanwhile, Mike Bara states, "My friend Melissa Morton is in the hospital after a stroke last night caused by her legal troubles. From what I understand she's in a coma and not expected to live. Please say a little prayer if that's your thing to help her move on."

https://www.facebook.com/mike.bara/posts/10155966846993709

Anonymous said...

[quote]
This is scarcely believable.
[/quote]

Does my saying, "I laughed my head off when I read about this latest atrocity," make me a bad person?

Whilst this latest wrinkle is scarcely believable (I'd go so far as to say it passes belief entirely), I also find it uproariously funny.

(You just can't keep a good man down, can you?)

[quote]
Perhaps Sean thinks everyone is as corrupt as he is, and a little silver in the judge's palm will make all this go away. Lots of luck with that.
[/quote]

I'm hoping reality has, at long last, set in for SDM, he has finally come to realise just what he's in for, and that this is a simple, straightforward hustle to get some money for his prison commissary account.*

In keeping with the fraudulent aspect of this affair, you can put me down for a counterfeit fiver.

WS


*In case you were wondering, the Inmate Information Handbook for the Federal Bureau of Prisons says that the spending limit is $320 a month per inmate.

expat said...

« ...to help her move on. »

Hmmmm, yes, I thought that was a bit snide. I thought Mikey was best buds with the Mortons. Mike cons people intellectually, Sean & Melissa do the same financially.

Anonymous said...

[quote]
Meanwhile, Mike Bara states, "My friend Melissa Morton is in the hospital after a stroke last night caused by her legal troubles. From what I understand she's in a coma and not expected to live."
[/quote]

When I read that, my compassion for the suffering of a fellow human being was strongly tempered by the déjà vu of the timing.

Obviously one can't control a stroke, but the all-too-convenient timing of M. Morton's stroke reminded me a lot of those all-too-common blokes who have beaten their wife/gf once too often and decide to take a fistful of pills before the local plod show up. Not in any sort of serious attempt to kill themselves, you understand, but rather, in an effort to both elicit undeserved sympathy from onlookers and to emotionally blackmail the wife/gf to continue to stick around for further abuse.

(I'm sure such cynicism makes me sound like a terrible person, but it can't be helped.)

In any case, those whose compassion overrides their cynicism will be relieved to hear that, if the below post from yesterday is to be believed (I make no claims as to its veracity), Melissa Morton has been out of the hospital for some time:

[quote]
Sean stayed a while the first day and then went home to take care of their cats. The also have 2 brand-new litters of kittens. He called the hospital repeatedly. After about 4 days, Melissa came out of her coma. She was home less than 3 days later. She is in bed and has trouble getting up. One side of her body is not very functional.
[quote]

If this anonymous source is to be believed (see the above caveat), it sounds like M. Morton is out of any immediate danger because s/he goes on to tell us:

[quote]
Sean heard one cannot be discharged from hospital too soon (72 hours?) after coming out of a coma. Apparently, Melissa was, and Sean was making noise about a lawsuit.
[/quote]

While I would like to think that SDM would be too distraught to make any noises about lawsuits if he thought his wife was getting ready to pop her clogs, because this is SDM we're talking about, I would not be willing to risk so much as a 20p piece on that.

The quotes are from post #25 on this page, which can be found roughly 2/3 of the way down:

http://lunaticoutpost.com/thread-753068-page-2.html

...which was all I could find on the subject. I do not "do" the Book of Faces (don't ask), so anyone reading this who does might have access to better information than I can hope to obtain.

Of course, the news isn't all bad because the poster wraps things up by telling us:

[quote]
Sean is convinced his and Melissa's verdicts will be overturned.
[/quote]

I know that hope springs eternal, but if SDM truly believes that at this point, he has turned the corner into mental illness.


WS

expat said...

On his "radio" show, Morton said "We're going to get this verdict vacated. I'm seeing a guy who knows how to do this."

Anonymous said...

[quote]
On his "radio" show, Morton said "We're going to get this verdict vacated. I'm seeing a guy who knows how to do this."
[/quote]

Hang on. Didn't this entire fiasco start when Morton began "seeing a guy" who claimed he knew all about how the tax code works?

(I seem to remember the phrase “tax and finance guru” being used to describe him in court.)

Why do I have a feeling this new "guy" has a business card that gives his occupation as "verdict vacation guru"?

Anonymous said...

These foolish kids meant no harm I'm sure. Why is everybody picking on them now all of a sudden? How much do they need, and where can I mail a check?

Anonymous said...

[quote]
These foolish kids meant no harm I'm sure. Why is everybody picking on them now all of a sudden? How much do they need, and where can I mail a check?
[/quote]


Federal Bureau of Prisons
Sean David Morton
[Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number]
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001


I understand bop.gov assigns registration numbers roughly a week after sentencing, so you'll have to wait till around 26 June for that to be issued.

Snickers said...

Is it wrong to donate a dollar with the message 'Buy yourself some Ramen at the prison commissary, you fraudulent lying scum'?

Anonymous said...

[quote]
Is it wrong to donate a dollar with the message 'Buy yourself some Ramen at the prison commissary, you fraudulent lying scum'?
[/quote]

Not wrong, no, merely overgenerous.

A glimpse at the FCI* Commissary List tells us that Ramen (left column near the bottom of the first page under "soup"):

https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/dub/DUB_CommList.pdf

...is 25 cents a go. You don't want to send SDM a dollar and have the man
stuffing himself, do you? After all, he's already a bit on the hefty side (and those cell doors are only so wide).

It's too bad there isn't actually some way to donate a paltry 25 cents to his dubious fundraising campaign. A public-minded mate of mine who only recently learned of SDM's shenanigans was keen on the possibility of making numerous 1-cent donations to the animosity.com fund in the hopes that the processing fees would soon put SDM into the red, but it seems the minimum donation is $1. :(

In breaking news, it looks like a third person has stepped up and made a donation to Free Sean, bringing his total up to $170 in just under a week. The goal is 10K, so this latest outpouring of generosity brings him right up to the 1.7 percent mark.

(I wonder how much the "guy" whom SDM is "seeing" to get his verdict vacated charges for his services?)


WS


*Federal Correctional Institution





erickson said...

Winston Shrout was a presenter on the same ConspiraSea cruise as Morton, just before Sean was arrested. Shrout is a leading figure in the "sovereign" pseudolaw circles, but had his own legal problems and is on trial for issuing bogus financial documents and tax avoidance. At this point, the jury has been out 2 1/2 hours, so he has done better than Morton. And if it doesn't work out for him, I am sure he also knows the guy who can get the verdict vacated.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/04/winston_shrout_takes_witness_s.html

expat said...

Thanks for that. Very interesting.

Anonymous said...

If you want to live sovereign, you can't go seeking privileges from government.

http://ecclesia.org/lawgiver/menuea.asp#ea

expat said...

No more like that, please. Its link to the topic is extremely tenuous.

Anonymous said...

The linked page is for the menu, not the more voluminous article. The relevance is to Erikson's comments and Morton's misconception.

Anonymous said...

[quote]
The linked page is for the menu, not the more voluminous article. The relevance is to Erikson's comments and Morton's misconception.
[/quote]

I've noticed that the "sovereign citizen" chaps have an explanation for everything on their own websites, yet never seem to prevail in court.

Am I missing something?


WS

Anonymous said...

A Sovereign does not appear in vulgar jurisdictions. The mistake is in accepting privileges, such as an driver's license, with the name spelled in all, upper-case, or a homosexual "marriage" license, or welfare, and in stepping foot in a military court. All courts nowadays, are under Martial Rule. You can tell by the yellow fringed flags displayed on a pole, as carried by a soldier on horseback riding into battle. A civilian flag is hung horizontally as banner from a balcony. The 14th Amendment is the first instance in the Constitution were the terms, United States, Person, and Privilege is used. Prior, it was, The United States of America, Man, and Rights. It was shoved through without a proper quorum, as the South boycotted the First Congress after Lincoln's War against Christian America. The Confederate Constitution actually abolished slavery, before the United States. That war was about the North reaping financial benefits at expense of the wealth producing South.

You can't have your cake and eat it to.

Anonymous said...



LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA; MONDAY, MARCH 21, 1994; 1:30 P.M.

THE CLERK: Item number 6, case number CV-94xxxxx, United States of America versus Randy L. Oxxxxxxxxxr.

MR. ROTH: Good afternoon, your Honor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Roth appearing on behalf of the United States, and its agency the Internal Revenue Service.

THE COURT: Is there any opposition?

MR. OxxxxxxxxxR: For the record.

THE COURT: Yes.

Mr. OxxxxxxxxxR: My Christian name is Randy Lee and my family name is Oxxxxxxxxxr.

THE COURT: All right.

MR. OxxxxxxxxxR: That is spelled capital R, lower case, a-n-d-y, capital L, lower case e-e, capital O, lower case x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-r.

I have responded to this petition, because it was found on the door of the place where I take up housekeeping, and attempts to create a colorable persona under colorable law by the name of capital R-A-N-D-Y L period, O-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-R. The artifice being used here to deceive this Honorable Court must be abated as a Public Nuisance.

For the record Randy Lee and Jesus the Christ Advocate and Wonderful Counselor are using the Right of Visitation to exercise the Ministerial Powers to be heard on this matter.

I, Randy Lee am a native Californian and a Man on the Land in Los Angeles County, not a resident in the Federal Judicial District in the Central District of California.

My Colors and Authority is the California Bear Flag with the Gold star. My Law is My Family Bible. And my Status is shown by the Seal of the People.

I am who I say I am, not who the U.S. Attorney says I am. Further I sayeth not and I stand mute.

THE COURT: All right. Please take your things off of the podium and sit down at your table. Mr. Roth, do you have any response to this alleged case of mistaken identity.

MR. ROTH: Well, your Honor, Mr. Oxxxxxxxxxr seems to think that if you spell your name in upper and lower case, it relieves him of compliance.

THE COURT: Thank you, Mr. Roth. Please call the next case clerk.

http://www.mind-trek.com/articles/t16g.htm

Anonymous said...

[quote]
And if it doesn't work out for him, I am sure he also knows the guy who can get the verdict vacated.
[/quote]

Thank you for posting the link to that article. Judging by the author's Twitter feed, it looks like Mr. Verdict Vacator ("Your verdict vacated or your prison commissary bill is on us!") is going to be awfully busy in the near future:

Maxine Bernstein‏Verified account @maxoregonian Apr 21

Jury: Winston Shrout guilty on all 19 counts ( 13 cts of issuing false financial statements and 6 cts of willful failure to file tax return)


I hope there is another piece from Maxine Bernstein on Monday about the events of Friday.

Something tells me Mr. Shrout didn't help his case when he said:


Though he said he has spent a great deal of the last 18 years conducting research, he said federal tax statutes are too difficult for a college graduate to master.

"It's impossible to understand the U.S. Code,'' he told jurors. "I have 16 years of formal education. I would need another seven years to understand.''`


http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/04/man_charged_with_issuing_more.html#incart_river_index

...thereby essentially admitting, out of his own mouth, that he was trying to "help" people by conducting (and charging money for) seminars on how to game the tax code when he didn't understand it himself; not the best tack he could have taken.

At least he didn't mention the time he allegedly had a faerie move the prime meridian, allowing him, for some as-yet-explained reason, to file a lien against all 12 banks of the Federal Reserve (don't ask).

Anonymous said...

[quote]
A Sovereign does not appear in vulgar jurisdictions.
[/quote]

I wonder what sort of luck a "sovereign citizen" would have staying out of vulgar jurisdictions when agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division
show up?


WS

Anonymous said...

[quote]
THE CLERK: Item number 6, case number CV-94xxxxx, United States of America versus Randy L. Oxxxxxxxxxr.
[/quote]

In the first paragraph of that website it says:

[quote]
The case number is crossed out in the middle, as is this man's last name.
[/quote]

Isn't it a wee bit odd that the case number is not given and that the man's last name is obscured? If this man did, in fact, beat the IRS, what could he possibly have to lose by giving us the case number and his name?

From that same site:

[quote]
I have been told that this defense has been used many times, with success each time.
[/quote]

There is a very easy way that the author of that website can prove to his readers this defence actually works: by listing case names and case numbers where it has worked so that people can independently verify that what is claimed to have happened actually happened.

Not surprisingly, Winston Shrout suffered from this exact same problem on the ConspiraSea cruise when Colin McRoberts asked him, quite reasonably, for case names:


So I waited until after one of Shrout’s lectures and approached him. I asked him, can you show me cases where these theories have worked? Give me case names? Sure he can! He’s just going to need a few days, he doesn’t know them off the top of his head…

Baloney. I could tell you the names of the cases I’ve won and lost in my sleep. Shrout’s poor memory masks the fact that his ideas just don’t work. Not in his cases, which is why he’s in legal trouble, and not in anyone else’s cases.


https://violentmetaphors.com/2016/01/27/reverse-the-constitutional-polarity-of-the-baryonic-trustee-matrix-legal-gibberish-on-the-conspirasea-cruise-day-2/

If someone is going to ask people to bet their lives (and I don't mean that in a figurative sense) on a "system" that allows them to escape paying some or all of their taxes, isn't it only fair that the folks selling and/or promoting this "system" provide definitive proof that it will hold up in court?

Otherwise, it seems reasonable to conclude that anyone buying into this is going to wind up like Winston Shrout, who has just been found guilty of 19 felony counts.

Please don't read this the wrong way: if Shrout had won his case, I would be all for him. Unfortunately, he has, instead, proven that the advice he sold to people over the past decade is worthless and that anyone who has followed it is likely to end up in a bad way should the IRS ever catch up with them.

(On the plus side, at least Shrout wasn't one of those "do as I say, not as I do" sorts. So there's that.)


WS

Anonymous said...

[quote]
Otherwise, it seems reasonable to conclude that anyone buying into this is going to wind up like Winston Shrout, who has just been found guilty of 19 felony counts.
[/quote]

Correction: 13 felony counts.

Issuing fictitious financial instruments is a felony, with each count bringing up to 25 years in prison. However, it turns out that failure to file tax returns is only a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison (colour me surprised). Shrout was found guilty of 13 counts of the first and 6 of the second.

Apologies for posting incorrect information. :-[

Sentencing takes place 1 August and you can read about Friday's guilty verdicts here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/04/man_who_failed_to_pay_taxes_fo.html

(Weekend searches for "Winston Shrout" failed to turn up the above article; I only found it after poking around Maxine Bernstein's Twitter feed. Odd.)