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Denver Judge Axes The Constitution...

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, May 30, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips G&G Newbie


    [Denver - 11:30 pm] Sparks flew today in a Denver Courtroom where Libertarian U.S. Senate hopeful Rick Stanley is on trial for openly carrying a firearm in violation of Denver Municipal Ordinance 38-117.5(b). The arrest was the result of an intentional act of civil disobedience during a rally celebrating the 210th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights on December 15, 2001.

    After wading through the usual preliminary proceedings, Defense Attorney Paul Grant moved for a twelve-man jury. This request was denied by Judge Patterson who stated Stanley would get only 6 jurors, citing a Colorado Statute.

    Judge Patterson's next move was to order everyone except the defendant and the officers of the court out of the room.

    Grant immediately objected stating the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteed Rick's right to a speedy and public trial. "A trial can't be public," Grant stated, "if the public is excluded."

    The judge countered that there wasn't enough room for the jury pool of 18 people and the public. After a few more minutes a compromise was reached and everyone except Mr. Stanley, his lawyer, and the court officials left the courtroom.

    As observers left the court room they were met by a posse of armed guards from the Sheriff's department who ordered them to move away from the doorway.

    After the jury pool came in and were seated, the observers were allowed back into the courtroom.

    During the jury selection process supporters of Stanley were shocked to discover that out of a pool of 12 prospective jurors - 5 just happened to be employed by the Plaintiff, The City and County of Denver. One prospective female jury member confirmed that she indeed was a police officer employed by the Denver Police Department.

    Grant objected that these jurors should be disqualified for conflict of interest issues, the Judge did not find cause to dismiss these jurors at that time.

    During the selection process Defense Attorney Paul Grant posed several questions to this Police Officer.

    When asked by Grant if she could really apply the laws as explained by the judge, she replied, "yes".

    Then Mr. Grant asked her to confirm if she really was a police officer with the city and county of Denver. She replied, "yes".

    Mr. Grant then asked her if, "...when becoming a police officer, she had taken an oath to support the Constitution of Colorado and the Constitution of the United States of America?"

    "Yes, I did." the officer replied.

    Grant then asked her a hypothetical question; "If the judge were to instruct you that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of Colorado are applicable to this case, would you be able to follow that instruction?

    Pandemonium erupted halfway through Grant's question with the City Prosecutor objecting at the top of his lungs to the form of the question, as the Judge pounded his gavel for attention.

    At this time Judge Patterson dismissed the jurors for lunch. After they left the courtroom Judge Patterson began to lecture Mr. Grant.

    "I already sent you an order in this case. The order has been mailed to your offices. You are not to mention the Constitution during this proceeding. Do you understand?"

    Grant replied that he did not.

    Patterson said, "Then I'll explain it again. You are not to reference the Constitution in these proceedings. You will not address it in voir dire, you will not address it in your opening remarks, you will not ask any questions about the Constitution when you summon your witnesses, and you will not talk about the Constitution when you give your closing arguments. Do you understand my instructions?", questioned Judge Patterson.

    Grant again replied he did not understand, and the judge proceeded to repeat his previous orders. He also stated that Mr. Grant had already violated these orders during the voir dire process when questioning the police officer.

    Grant objected to the judge's statement and replied, "Your honor I did not ask a question about the Constitution I asked a question about jury instructions."

    The Judge then asserted, "You did no such thing."

    Grant countered, "Yes, I did." He peered at his notes and said, "Here's the question I asked her. If the judge were to instruct you that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of Colorado are applicable to this case, would you be able to follow that instruction?"

    In the presence of numerous observers, and despite an audio recording and at least one court reporter the Judge then asserted, "That's not the question you asked."

    At that point it was clear Judge Patterson was visibly upset. He began advising counsel that he was on dangerous grounds and threatened him with court sanctions. Patterson then recessed the proceedings for a lunch break.

    As Judge Patterson left the courtroom one Stanley supporter, Mr. Joe Johnson stood and addressed those left in the courtroom, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye, The Constitution of the United States of America has just been repealed by a Denver County Court Judge." Two reporters from the Denver daily papers scribbled furiously and then bolted for the doors.

    The court reconvened in the afternoon and the jury selection was completed. The jury consists of 6 people, 5 women and 1 man.

    The court heard testimony from both sides including testimony from the arresting officers who stated they did not fear any violence from Mr. Stanley, and that he was co-operative.

    When Mr. Stanley was called by defense to testify, Judge Patterson questioned whether he really wanted to testify or not. The judge mentioned the Constitutional provision that guaranteed his ability not to testify, but when Mr. Stanley asked the judge to cite the provision the judge refused.

    Throughout the afternoon's proceedings lawyers, judges, and others who apparently worked within the judicial system were seen coming in and out of the courtroom for short periods of time.

    Testimony was concluded in the afternoon. Judge Patterson then recessed the proceedings to reconvene in the morning for closing arguments.

    More information concerning Rick's arrest and the trial can be found online at: .

    Previous news releases about this trial can be found online at:

    Rick Stanley is the CEO and owner of Stanley Fasteners and Shop Supply in Denver, and is currently seeking the Libertarian Party of Colorado's nomination as Candidate for U.S. Senate 2002. The convention will be held this weekend in Leadville, Colorado.

    For more information on Rick's campaign please visit his official web site at: . Information about the Libertarian Party of Colorado can be found at:

    SPOCAHP ANAR G&G Enthusiast


    HEHEHEHEHEHEHE Sounds like a pompous ***.
    They (the jury) are going to hang him. But sounds to me like a mistrial.

  3. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Phacopsrana, I do not think the jury will hang the pompous, no good judge, though it sounds like he should be impeached.
  4. Anyone familar with the Denver Police Department will tell you that it is a lot of things, but a law enforcement agency it isn't. It doesn't surprise me that they are being used as political pawns.
  5. wes

    wes G&G Newbie

    Very true Hank. the DPD seems to be able to shoot anyone,even in the back,and get away with it. Not even a slap on the wrist.

    SPOCAHP ANAR G&G Enthusiast

    OOPs sorry I meant hang the defendant
  7. Stopper

    Stopper G&G Newbie

    This is outragous!!

    Just who in the H*ll does this judge think he is??

    My God, what can be done? What the hack do they mean by Home Rule, I heard that before about this case. The Constitution doesn't apply??

    How can that be? Is this liberal B.S. taking over?

    I just heard G.W. talking about the Constitution last night. Why isn't he after this two bit piece o pooh?
  8. Stopper

    Stopper G&G Newbie

    Just got back from the Stanley web site. He was found guilty today. According to the prosecuting attorney, Denver is Home Rule and the Constitution and Bill of Rights do not have any authority or do not provide any protection in Denver!

    I say we go to war with Denver and take it back!
  9. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Neither the US Constitution OR the Colorado Constitution apply to Denver???? Something is seriously wrong here.
  10. Stopper

    Stopper G&G Newbie

    Your right Klaus, this stinks to high heaven!!

    I got on the ACLU site and wrote a comment about this. The ACLU is not my favorite by far, but they may be good to use here.