Judge to Furious Prosecutor: “I don’t work for the IRS”
I’ve mentioned before and in the
why I’m not using any of the many fringe legal theories with which some folks
go into battle against the
But surprisingly, although the government has heard all of this stuff before
and although it has power and legal precedent on its side, still the underdog
a jury acquitted a woman who
decided about a decade ago that the various laws and regulations that
allegedly justify the income tax were a contradictory mess of gobbledygook
that she was under no obligation to honor. The
disagreed, but didn’t feel any obligation to explain itself. Oops.
Most amusingly, after the jury acquitted her, the prosecuting attorney
arrogantly demanded that the judge order the victorious defendant to pay her
taxes. The judge’s reply:
don’t work for the
My instinct still tells me that these sort of arguments are dead-enders, but
victories like this will certainly encourage more people to try, and the more
people who try the more time and money the poor
to waste arguing with and about them.
In other news: Yes, I’m from California, and I’m happier than I’ve been since
all three branches of the federal government were tangled up in Monica’s
dress. Something like 150 people are running for governor in what could
charitably be called a level playing field, but might otherwise be called a
free-for-all. At least some of those candidates are running at
behest of Stuart Vance, who decided that the lax requirements for getting
on the ballot constituted a vulnerability ripe for a “denial of service”
attack on the ballot itself! Once a few thousand candidates file papers,
suddenly the ballot becomes unmanageable and democracy becomes hopelessly
impractical. Interesting theory.
That may sound kind of messed up, but remember, this is a race where the
frontrunner is The Terminator and it’s entirely possible that the next
governor will take office having received less than 10% of the vote.
But the best part, surely, is that we’ll finally be rid of Davis — who has
about all of the worst qualities of a politician honed to a razor-sharpness.
This humiliation must be especially frustrating to a fellow who has spent his
entire career trying to safely advance his power and influence and
electability at the expense of ever having a principle worth defending. Ha! A
lot of good it did you!