Some of you have been asking about our case and what has been happening lately. It's been way too long since I've last written you. You have been a great support for both me and my family, as well as helping to defend the rights for all Canadians. You deserve to be kept up to date better than this and I apologize.
This past weekend marked the end of the last of my sentences that were imposed on me by our criminal justice system. It has been 8 years 3 months and 25 days since I've been allowed to live without court ordered restrictions on so many things that most of us take for granted. It's been a long road to recovery since being released from prison. The “system” is very effective at “grinding you down”. I hope you can understand the toll this has taken on my family and forgive me for not keeping you better informed since being released from prison.
Here is a quick recap of what has happened so far with our case:
Numerous protests from 1995 to 2004 urging parliament to repeal Bill C-68. Many letters were also written as well as trying to initiate a court action (for fraud) against Allen Rock the MP who spearheaded Bill C-68.
Sept. 11, 2004 I was finally charged under C-68 for having guns without a license. (Many other bogus charges were also thrown in with the mix)
After many delays from the crown we finally got to trial for our constitutional challenge of the Firearms Act (Bill C-68) in October of 2007! The main thrust of our argument centered around the validity of the licensing aspect of the law which would criminalize otherwise law-abiding citizens for mere possession of a gun without a license.
We lost the constitutional challenge without any real reasons given by the judge. The main question of whether we have “a right to own guns” was never really answered.
The criminal trial was underway shortly after and we still didn't make any headway getting the laws changed and I was convicted of 26 charges out of 53 in total. - - it's interesting to note that the judge later (after my release from prison) admitted that I should not have been found guilty of 9 of those 26 convictions.
We appealed the ruling in the supreme court of Ontario in February of 2010. We lost our appeal on all counts. Again we were given no real reasons for why. To me it seems obvious that the judges simply didn't like guns so they ignored our constitutional rights and ruled against us. I guess it's hard to give valid reasons for a judgment when it's directly against our constitution.
We tried to appeal this ruling to the Supreme court of Canada but were denied.
I then had to serve my sentences of 18 months of prison followed by 3 months of a community sentence, followed by 12 months of probation. My probation just ended on Jan 4, 2013.
Since my release from prison we have been fighting for the return of everything that was seized during the raid which amounts to around $150,000 worth of firearms, ammo, books, and lots of other miscellaneous items. We are currently waiting for an appeal date for this trial that will be heard in Toronto.
At the same time we are also fighting the Ontario government who is trying to take away our home and property valued at over $200,000. They are abusing their power by using the “proceeds of crime” law to seize everything of value that we currently own such as our house and property. I could go on for a great deal of time explaining the problems with this type of legislation but there is one thing that this ride through our justice system has taught me and that is: The government is big and I'm small, they are strong and I'm weak, they're right and I'm wrong! - - end of argument.
I don't hold out much hope of winning during either of these two kangaroo court sessions unless we are lucky enough to get a judge that is compassionate enough to say enough is enough with this punishment.
I'm sorry I don't have any good news to share with you, but you definitely deserve to hear it anyway. - - AND, just because I've been too “burned out” to keep you better informed doesn't mean I don't appreciate all you have done to support this case both financially but also with your prayers and encouragement. It's been a long hard fight to lose, but if history has taught us anything it's that the battle is not over. The common people will only take so much before justice will be found outside of our court/political system!
Yours in Liberty,
"It is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong” - Judge Napolitano
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