You might not believe it, but a judge said “there will be no mentioning of the Constitution” in the courtroom while she was presiding.
Yes, this is the America we live in and that’s how many of our lawmakers and policy enforcers feel about the law of the land.
So what’s the story?
How could judge say that and mean it?
Truth Voice writes:
Today in a pre-trial hearing, an Ohio judge casually agreed with a motion filed by a prosecutor asking to ban a defendant from bringing up the United States Constitution or the constitutionality of the law under which he is charged with a crime.
Judge Catherine Barber (or Kathryn Barber), a retired judge filling in for the Xenia Municipal Judge Michael Murray stated “there will be no mentioning of the Constitution” and then laughed when the defendant claimed that uttering words on a public sidewalk constitutes free speech.
This was in response to a suggestion from the prosecutor that bringing up the constitution and civil rights “will confuse the jury.”
About a month ago, Virgil Vaduva, a journalist and editor of The Greene County Herald purposefully stood in front of the Xenia police station in an attempt to raise awareness about the constitutionality of the city’s anti-panhandling law.
Vaduva recorded a video of his encounters with local people, many choosing to make a donation to a local charity in town as a result of his actions. Vaduva was cited by the Xenia police for “panhandling” which is a fourth degree misdemeanor.
The City of Xenia is known for questionable or outright criminal activities committed by city employees.
Former city prosecutor Craig W. Saunders was permanently disbarred by the Ohio Supreme Court after stealing more than $40,000 from an estate entrusted to be managed by him. Two city council members also are currently under fire for conflict of interest after investing into a business venture in which they voted on as council members.
The current city prosecutor, Ronald Lewis was charged with tax evasion in late 2014. All the charges against him were dismissed after he claimed that he “forgot” to file and that it was “an honest mistake.” The city judge ordered all evidence to be struck from the record.
As a result of his “panhandling” Vaduva raised about $42 which was donated to a local charity helping the homeless and those in need.
The United States might still be a nation of laws, but the laws only seem to apply when they’re convenient for legislators and rule enforcers.
The average citizen is subject to them all the time, but if someone who exhibits any authority sees the law challenging their ability to do as they please they conveniently turn a blind eye to said laws and carry on without incident.
This is obvious at both the local level all the way up to the highest in the chain of command.
Truth is when your President shows clear disdain for the law it makes it very easy for everyone else to act accordingly.
Me Here...What Oath did this judge take? I couldn't have been "...to support and defend the Constitution of the United States..."
I would call for a mistrial and be demanding a new judge hear the case.