On Friday, Joe Siano of the New Jersey Libertarian Party met with representatives of Occupy Wall Street and the NJ Tea Party to discuss our common goals and our differences.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2011
Contact: Wes Benedict, Executive Director
Phone: 202-333-0008 ext. 222
Libertarians to Bernanke: You're wrong
WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle issued the following statement today:
"Associated Press reports today that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress they must not cut federal spending sharply. Chairman Bernanke, you're wrong.
Free! Free! Free at last! I am free at last!
I was arrested on August 22, 2011, for violating 2 court orders by passing out pamphlets at the Orange County (Orlando, FL) Courthouse. I was brought before Chief Judge Belvin Perry where I was charged with indirect criminal contempt. I exercised my 5th Amendment right to remain silent. Judge Perry plead not guilty on my behalf, appointed me counsel to represent myself, but set no bond amount. I spent the next 3 weeks in the Orange County jail.
News from Mark Schmidter:
Adam Sudbury (Julian and My lawyer) : Julian is to be released today on $12,000. Bond! Perry almost did not let him out?? No big news media, Perry may not like it??? I will pick up Julian jail tonight. It took me 12 hours to get out? Sudbury will call Julians wife she will credit card the money, I will secure with my house. Yours in freedom. Mark Schmidter
A Beijing court has sentenced an activist to 9 months in jail for protesting at a court house. Wang Lihong was protesting the arrest and trials of bloggers who were arrested for libel. Her arrest and sentencing has been widely criticized as an crackdown on dissent by human rights activists.
Miss Lihong's treatment mirrors the treatment of activists in the Orlando area. A crackdown on dissent by Judge Belvin Perry has resulted in the arrest and sentencing of two juror rights and free speech activists. Julian Heicklen and Mark Schmidter have both been sentenced by Judge Perry to approximately five months in jail.
Hopefully the cases against Julian Heicklen and Mark Schmidter will be thrown out on appeal, however it is unlikely that either the Beijing injustice system or Judge Perry will ever be held accountable for their crimes.
UPDATE: Julian has been sentenced to 145 days. He wishes to hire a lawyer to appeal his conviction. See Julian's webpage for more information. Other places that are covering Julian's saga include George Donnelly's site and the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund page. A fundraising effort has been started. If this money is not used for his defense all donations will be returned to the donors.
NJ Libertarian Candidate for NJ Assembly (district 37) and longtime freedom activist Julian Heicklen has been arrested in Florida for defying Judge Perry's Administrative Order banning pamphleting in or around the Orange or Osceola court houses. The below video has been provided by Orlando Cop Watch.
Judge Perry's unlawful order has been written about previously on this website.
Recently Libertarian activist Mark Schmidter was sentenced to 151 days for the same offense.