- physically tackled - by 9 marshals: 6 men and 3 women;
The e-mails indicate that Attorney Mumford sought videotapes of the court proceedings showing the "incidents" of October 17, 2016 and October 27, 2016 where the U.S. Marshals instigated a conflict with him, and mentions in his e-mails that the same U.S. Marshall who instigated the confrontation that led to attorney Mumford's tasering, was also yelling at a judge and disobeying a judge on different occasions - yet, contempt of court charges were not brought against U.S. Marshals.
It appears that, since attorney Mumford was not criminally charged immediately after the tasering "incident", on October 27, 2016, and was only charged on November 29, 2011, after he sought video surveillance tapes from the court, the charges are in retaliation for seeking public records to expose misconduct of government officials - in continuation of an ongoing tendency of persecution of people trying to get access to government records that I previously reported on this blog.
The charges are, of course, all bogus, since they charge attorney Mumford with "failure to comply with lawful direction of a federal police officer" - while the essence of the charges is kept secret (and sealed in the docket),
and while attorney Mumford was specifically demanding from the U.S. Marshals who were taking his client to produce the court order upon authority of which they were arresting his just-acquitted client in the courtroom.
Since no court order was produced, the government will have a really hard time to prove - and it has to prove each and every element of his crime beyond the reasonable doubt - that:
- a federal police officer issued an order;
- that it was directed at attorney Mumford;
- that it was "lawful", and that
- attorney Mumford knowingly, of the order and of its being lawful, did not comply with it.
“I can’t recall an incident where a defense attorney in the midst of an argument on behalf of his client is tackled and tased, twice surrounded by the force of the state,” Levine said to reporters after Friday’s hearing. “If this is what America is coming to, ladies and gentleman, we are in deep trouble.”
And we are.
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