Friday, June 30, 2017

The Mortons: Recriminations, lies and videotape

        Two days ago now, a video interview with SDM was released onto Youtoob. It was part of a generic called High Strangeness, and the interview was conducted by Sean Paul Ross and Caroline Hill in what looked like some kind of library. The tagline was:
"Sean David Morton gives his side of the story about his court case before disappearing after a warrant is issued for his arrest."
        There was doubt about when and where this interview was conducted, but the story is that it was somewhere in the Los Angeles area, taped before the sentencing hearing although not released until nine days later. It was a 2-camera set-up so it's credible that some post-production was required.

        I couldn't possibly summarize Morton's arguments and self-justifications—they were, I think, purposefully convoluted and the interviewers didn't seem to grasp much more than I did. I do recall that he said very emphatically that the issuance of a refund check in the amount of $480,323 was the IRS's fault, not his or Melissa's. Thus exonerating himself for having fraudulently filed the claim in the first place. There was a lot more in the same vein, just like his performance with Kerry Cassidy.

Lies
        Two things stood out for me. One was an extraordinary caption that popped up at 29:07 (the whole thing ran 31:18.) It read "Cameraman became uncomfortable with the subject matter and left." You've got to love that—the guy holding Sean's close-ups says to himself  "Fuck this, I'm not keeping this camera focused on a bunch of lies one second longer." More cameramen should have the guts to do likewise—many a political interview would be cut very short. In this case, the last few minutes of the video just held the static three-shot.

"Screw you"
        The other thing was a NSFW outburst from Melissa Morton herself in the Youtube comments. Commenter atube4view wrote "SEAN AND HIS WIFE WILL DIE IN PRISON!?" Melissa shot back with "Screw you. I'm NOT in prison and never will be. You are a jerk just like ALL MEN!! You lie to women, cheat on them and use them. I hope YOU die a very slow and painful death."

        By the way, Melissa's avatar is a cute little white pussy-cat. Time will tell whether Melissa puts on the orange jumpsuit when she goes for sentencing on 21st August—the day of the All-American solar eclipse.

Update 1st July
        Melissa's mini-rant has now been deleted, but I swear on my saintly mother's grave that I transcribed it accurately.

 Update 7th July
         Sean Paul Ross has now provided the following information about the walkabout cameraman:
"He's a professional cinematographer that was doing me a favor as a friend (we'll pay people when we have a budget for the show). We talked about it afterwards and his opinion was that SDM was either lying or starting to get into some dangerous territory that could piss the federal government off and he did not want to be associated with SDM at that point and risk any repercussions on himself. It frustrated me because it essentially ended the interview, but everything happens for a reason and I've resolved in my mind that perhaps that was the moment the interview was supposed to end. I don't know that it's right to be worried about the Feds coming after us because if SDM was right that they wanted to make an example of him, we have helped raise awareness of that example. We are not encouraging people to follow SDM's example... just look at how it turned out for him. My takeaway is to be sure to pay your taxes and use a good CPA to make sure you do them right, however most definitely do NOT use the one SDM used."

13 comments:

Anonymous said...


"SEAN AND HIS WIFE WILL DIE IN PRISON!?" Melissa shot back with "Screw you. I'm NOT in prison and never will be.


If there is anything to prevent Melissa Morton from going to prison at this point, I'd like to hear what it is. Unless she knows something I don't, I'd say that statement is indicative of some seriously misplaced confidence.

(I hope Zeeka hasn't been filling her head with that "jurisdiction" nonsense.)



You've got to love that—the guy holding Sean's close-ups says to himself  "Fuck this, I'm not keeping this camera focused on a bunch of lies one second longer." More cameramen should have the guts to do likewise—many a political interview would be cut very short.


As emotionally satisfying as it might be for them, I don't think cameramen (or reporters) walking away from interviews would be a commendable trend.

Whether you like him or not, SDM deserves the chance to tell his story in his own words. If he misuses the opportunity and lies (as he apparently did), then his own words will condemn him; the same Internet that allows SDM to reach people allows those same people to fact-check what he says.

There is an alarming trend in America that says it's okay either to selectively censor people you don't like, or remove their right to speak altogether. That's not how freedom of speech is supposed to work. "Freedom of speech" means that either everyone deserves a chance to be heard or no one does (subject to property rights, of course).

If the cameraman made the commitment to film the interview then he should have honoured it. It's not like this was SDM's first interview and it's been a matter of public record for some time now that he is a convicted felon. Ten minutes on the Internet would have told anyone interested what they could expect to hear from him.

expat said...

Anon: Your point about free speech is valid; I was being a bit facetious in applauding the cameraman walkout. I imagine the protest was not so much that SDM was being given the opportunity to speak as the fact that he was being pussy-footed by the interviewers. That's what I would have felt if I'd been in that studio.

Anonymous said...

If the cameraman walks off his job, that's his prerogative. He probably was getting paid about the same as Miss M. No one is entitled to their own little fifteen minutes of fame, either. If the Morton's can manage to become infamous, that's the American way. Melisa probably did in fact make a plea deal to sell her husband down the river, and he really ought to abscond; it's his only hope.

expat said...

It's definitely possible that the undependable cameraman was a volunteer, we won't ever know that. His focus and framing were OK, but nothing fancy was required of him.

Melissa cannot possibly have made any kind of plea bargain. The time for pleading is long past—she's a convicted crim, not a defendant hoping to get off easy.

Anonymous said...


Melisa probably did in fact make a plea deal to sell her husband down the river,


If only she had; I would have laughed my head off. :)


and he really ought to abscond; it's his only hope.


One of the definitions of "abscond" is:


1.1 (of a person on bail) fail to surrender oneself for custody at the appointed time.


By all accounts, SDM appears to have done exactly that.


WS

Anonymous said...

How much is the bounty?

Bill Belcher said...

Hi Expat

Looks like both crowd funding pages have been stopped or taken down by the fund websites.
Bill

expat said...

Yep, the indiegogo fund is "under review by the Trust & Safety team." Dunno what that means.

The Gofundme is dead as a doornail.

Anonymous said...

I will donate ten thousand dollars to President Trump's favorite charity, if he pardons Mr Morton, but not that back stabber wife.

Bill Belcher said...

Didn't Wesley Snipes get done for fiddling the books in the same manner. I think he tried the same tricks as SDM, but over a shorter time

Anonymous said...


My takeaway is to be sure to pay your taxes and use a good CPA to make sure you do them right, however most definitely do NOT use the one SDM used."


SDM used a CPA? Really? Am I the only one taken aback after reading that?

If a CPA was mixed up in this, I'd say Sean Paul Ross has a public duty to release his name. Any CPA who advises a client to apply for a half-million-dollar fraudulent tax refund is downright dangerous and ought to be in prison right along with his now-infamous client.

(Apart from which, no one can hope to avoid the CPA in question without knowing who he is in the first place.)

Is it possible that Sean Paul Ross has gotten his wires crossed and confused a CPA with a street corner "tax guru"? This whole business doesn't sound like anything a CPA would ever try unless they were high on drugs (or simply didn't care whether they retained their CPA licence).

expat said...

In his 12th June interview with Kerry Cassidy, Morton dropped the name Alexander Adams, a CPA who was advising him on the Delphi Associates investments eight years ago. He did not say or imply that Adams advised him to file fraudulent tax returns.

Bill Belcher said...

Here's another interview I found, it's another BS show, SDM just whistles off a number of claims, more than ever here, quite staggering.

https://youtu.be/9tvt1muSoxU

It's called the ' goldfish report'