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.

Update Morton:
        ufowatchdog reports that Morton has filed a motion to change his plea from "not guilty" to "no plea." If this is the best "the guy who knows how to get the verdict vacated" can come up with, he's as hopeless at law as Morton himself. You can't change a plea once you're convicted.

        Meanwhile, the crowdfunding total stands at $1,030--$320 from Indiegogo and $710 from Gofundme. A Gofundme donor named "Dominique A" wrote this:
"Dear Sean, I have been listening to you for years and when it comes to the legal stuff clearly you know your stuff. I see you have an exceptionally good heart, and are kind. Do not falter, and please ask for help on your radio show. You are both in my prayers as are all the cats. This craziness will pass."
No he doesn't. No he hasn't. No he isn't. No it won't. Sean and Melissa are going down.

Update Morton 30 May
        The text at Indiegogo has been amended to include this:
"By raising the funds that Sean promised every week for 2 months to pay Zeeka Hu, she can finish the legal work needed to correctly use the appellate court and help undo Sean's nonsensical statutory papers he wasted valuable time and money on."
        So maybe this Zeeka is "the guy who knows how to get this vacated."  It's slow work--ufowatchdog now reports that Federal prosecutors have recommended an 87 month prison sentence. The Indiegogo total remains at $320. The Gofundme campaign seems to have timed out.

41 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.)

Bill Belcher said...

https://www.gofundme.com/help-sean-david-morton-on-appeal

Another funding appeal from SDM

Anonymous said...

http://i.imgur.com/01Kny9z.jpg

Anonymous said...

So maybe this Zeeka is "the guy who knows how to get this vacated."

I would think that, if Zeeka Hu were any good at all at getting sentences vacated, her name would be shouted from the rooftops.

Yet, keying Zeeka Hu's name into my favourite search engine turns up a mere seven references. Three of them are from this very page and the other four are from quora.com. Perhaps I am overlooking something?

In other developments, the text on the Indiegogo page has been changed and the reference to "Sean's nonsensical statutory papers" removed. Now it simply says, "This is for Zeeka's work to help Sean David Morton." Perhaps they decided they did not want to hurt Sean's feelings after all by casting aspersions on his (alleged) legal abilities?

We can only hope that the legal assistance Zeeka Hu offers SDM is on a par with the help that SDM offered his own luckless clients. I wonder how much of her time $320 will buy?


WS

erickson said...

The indiegogo page still refers to "nonsensical statutory papers" and claims that Sean sabotaged his defense "with ABSURD & COMBATIVE statutory MOTIONS." It asserts that Morton had "no idea about how law works." I had thought Morton billed himself as a "legal and constitutional expert." Perhaps he should refund those who paid him for his expertise or attended his presentations.

I also am curious about Zeeka Hu, but somehow I don't think her attempts will fare any better than Sean's.

erickson said...

Zeeka's take on the Sean David Morton Saga does not make me think that any money raised through indiegogo would be well spent.

expat said...

Thanks a bunch for digging that up. Extremely interesting.

erickson said...

I just noticed that Niko, the indiegogo page organizer is Zeeka's partner at https://plantingpositivity.com. So it's all kind of in house.

expat said...

Yeah, so the campaign is not really for the benefit of Sean & Melissa, but to get Zeeka at least part of what they owe her.

Zeeka must be a funny kind of lawyer, extending credit to a known fraudster. 99% of the buggers won't pick up a pen or a phone without a retainer.

THE Orbs Whiperer said...

Someone once asked President Bill Clinton, who previously had taught Constitutional Law,
about this sort of subject, and his response was that it can be done, but that most people would find it very difficult to do.

There is an out of print series of books, from Scope International, written by W. G. Hill, that provide an alternative approach, essentially based upon the principal of becoming an Expat.

Anonymous said...

The indiegogo page still refers to "nonsensical statutory papers" and claims that Sean sabotaged his defense "with ABSURD & COMBATIVE statutory MOTIONS."

Somehow, as of 6th June, the only text I'm seeing on the page says, "Help Sean David Morton block DOJ sentencing!"

Admittedly, my browser is not the latest, so you might well be seeing something I cannot. Apologies if I misled anyone with my earlier post.

I also am curious about Zeeka Hu, but somehow I don't think her attempts will fare any better than Sean's.

Let us hope not. This is one occasion when victory should not be snatched from the jaws of defeat.

Anonymous said...


Zeeka's take on the Sean David Morton Saga does not make me think that any money raised through indiegogo would be well spent.


From that page:


Us: One instruction and its KEY Sean… Do you understand?

Sean: “yes”…

Us: Challenge jurisdiction and when they ignore you like they will, state on and for the record “this court is not allowed to proceed until jurisdiction is on the record”. Further instructions: Don’t testify and OBJECT to all witnesses for hearsay if they move forward but insist you OBJECT TO THE WHOLE PROCEEDING.


Later on, the author advises:


…get your CONCEPT solid in your mind and go challenge jurisdiction like a bad ass.


Dumbass, more like.

I could be much mistaken, but to me, this dubious "advice" sounds an awful lot like the "sovereign citizen" nonsense that SDM handed out to his clients.


WS

Anonymous said...

I just noticed that Niko, the indiegogo page organizer is Zeeka's partner at https://plantingpositivity.com. So it's all kind of in house.

I had wondered who "niko hu" [sic] was. I couldn't see any of SDM's fans taking the time to set up a fundraising page for him, and his ex-clients certainly wouldn't. Now I know it wasn't set up by any sort of disinterested party.

Anyway, thank you for throwing us that link to the plantingpositivity page and filling in another gap in this puzzle.


WS

Anonymous said...


Zeeka must be a funny kind of lawyer, extending credit to a known fraudster.


I would be quite surprised to learn that Zeeka Hu was any kind of lawyer, funny or otherwise.

If you read closely, she talks about how, "These aren’t our concepts or Karl’s, or Bill Thornton who taught us and Karl Lentz common law… its law!" which seems to indicate that, like SDM, Zeeka Hu has no formal legal training, and is relying exclusively on what "some guy" told her.

Of course, there may have been oodles of worthwhile legal advice contained in, "Throwing Pearls… in this Strange Universe – The Sean David Morton Saga" and I, being only human, simply missed it. In which case, I would be much obliged if anyone reading this would direct me to one or two of the rock-solid legal pointers I missed so that I can appreciate at least some of what I overlooked.

(I had no problems whatever spotting the crazy, though; that simply radiated right off the page. Perhaps I was the only one who formed that impression after reading it?)


WS

Anonymous said...

...essentially based upon the principal of becoming an Expat.

The "offshore manual" page could do with a bit of updating:

Princess Di (who is younger than the typical age at which people decide to become PTs) apparently most of all, fears being sidelined out of the public eye.

The author might be surprised to learn that Princess Di was permanently sidelined two decades ago.


WS


THE Orbs Whiperer said...

The Five Flags concept is as timely as ever. There is no need to denounce even US citizenship. A proper understanding is absolutely essential, however. For instance, loans aren't taxable. An offshore Corporation with anonymous shareholders might establish an irrevocable Trust in another offshore Tax Haven for the benefit of another Corporation which lends funds to an individual.

For instance, the author of a book, using a pen name, might publish the book with an offshore corporation and sell the book online.

THE Orbs Whiperer said...

There's no reason to renounce citizenship, either.

Book publishers rip off authors all the time. If the author never gets paid, then he never has to pay taxes. In fact, he might be able to claim a deduction for the amount that he was cheated out of, if he has enough actual income, at all.

erickson said...

Sean is doing a live stream on Saturday, June 17 to discuss his case and reveal the secrets of Antarctica, which apparently is recycling the Nazi UFO "connection." I think I have other plans.

I found the time clock for this "event" -

http://liverevelations.com -

To be in marked contrast with that on UFO Watchdog.

http://ufowatchdog.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-sands-of-time_29.html

Anonymous said...


Sean is doing a live stream on Saturday, June 17 to discuss his case...


I wonder what Sean thinks discussing his case 48 hours before his sentencing is going to accomplish?

(Perhaps he doesn't know either?)


WS