Friday, June 22, 2012

Similarities Between The Schaeffer Cox Militia Case And The Case Of New Mexico Gun Dealer Rick Reese; Is This Case Being Used To Deflect Heat From Eric Holder?

It's not just in Michigan and Alaska that the Department of Justice is using spurious "conspiracy" cases to try and fatten their won-lost record and to suppress patriotic activity and discourse. The case of New Mexico gun dealer Rick Reese and his immediate family is the latest example.

According to WorldNetDaily, Heavily armed officers and agents from multiple jurisdictions launched a military-style raid with helicopters and armored vehicles on August 30th, 2011 on New Mexico gun dealer Rick Reese, his wife Terri, and his two sons Ryin and Remington. Reese owns New Deal Shooting Sports in Deming, NM. All were arrested on charges of knowingly selling guns to Mexican smugglers and various other related charges; a press release shows 30 different counts altogether. Like the Schaeffer Cox case, it's loaded up with nebulous conspiracy charges.

After spending 6 months in jail, Terri Reese was finally granted bail in March 2012, but Rick and the boys have been repeatedly denied bail on the pretext that they are flight risks or might try to engage in a Ruby Ridge-type standoff. Bail denial was also used in the Schaeffer Cox militia case in an attempt to wear the defendants down and make them more amenable to a plea deal. In addition, the Feds have looted everything the family accumulated over a 25-year marriage and 17 years in business, to include bank accounts, gun and coin collections, store inventory, vehicles, and real estate in order to further cripple their ability to defend themselves. The trial is expected to begin at U.S. District Court in Las Cruces on July 16th, 2012.

The federal agency running the op is a relatively obscure agency called Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, which is apparently eager to show that it has just a big of a Johnson as its elder brothers.

The Deming Headlight published a good story on June 14th detailing the defense's latest maneuvering. If you would like to help the Reese family in their struggle, a defense fund has been set up at:

REESE DEFENSE FUND
ATTENTION Patricia Arias
First Savings Bank
520 South Gold
Deming, NM 88030

More background on the case after the jump.



The Prosecution: Contends that the Reese family were all in cahoots in a conspiracy to sell guns to illegal buyers, falsify purchase paperwork, smuggle guns to Mexico and launder the illegal proceeds. And just like in the Schaeffer Cox case, they found a pair of snitches upon which to hang the entire case. There was a tip that a woman named Penny Torres was making suspicious purchases of guns and ammunition, and might be illegally buying for someone else. That tip led to Torres’ arrest and her subsequent grand jury testimony against the Reese family and another gun shop where she had made some purchases. The presumption is that her cooperation garnered her leniency in the charges and sentence she was facing for her criminal activity. But who tipped off law enforcement? None other than Terri Reese, who was merely being a good citizen. Yet she gets charged with a crime for being a "good citizen".

The other snitch is a confidential informant named Roman, who was trying to earn a reduced sentence for drug and human smuggling. His job was to make purchases of firearms and ammunition from the Reeses while dropping hints that his intent was to illegally take the guns to Mexico. The trick was to drop those hints in such a way that they wouldn’t alarm the Reeses, but that someone listening to a recording of the tape and reading a transcript would conclude that the Reeses knew, or should have known, his intentions. By the way, Roman speaks only broken English, and his conversations with the Reeses included a lot of Spanish, a language that no one in the Reese family speaks, but which has been transcribed for the court in English.

Yet on the other hand, the prosecution admits that every gun the Reeses sold was properly logged into and out of their store inventory, and that FBI background checks were conducted, and approvals received, for each purchaser. They also agree that all taxes were paid and no money was exchanged under the table, nor did any of the family members receive compensation above their normal company paycheck.

The Defense: Contends that the family operated a business buying and selling firearms, ammunition and accessories, and that they made every effort to ensure that every sale they made was legal and properly documented. Rick Reese also employed retired and off-duty law enforcement officers as part-time help in the shop, and that a substantial portion of the company’s business came from law enforcement officers and agencies. None of these LEOs have corroborated the prosecution's theories, but the lead investigator is the case dismisses this because “a lot of them [cops and former cops] are dirty.”

The Reeses are by all accounts, well respected and liked within the Deming/Las Cruces area where they had lived for over 20 years, running their gun store for the past 17. Rick Reese had planned to retire from the business and close the store at the end of 2011 in order to make a run for sheriff of Luna County.

One important political question arises: Is this case is being used by the Department of Justice to deflect heat away from Eric Holder, who's under fire for Operation Fast & Furious. The U.S. House Oversight Committee, which recently voted issued two key staff reports in 2011 documenting its initial investigative findings. The first, "The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents", was released on June 14th, 2011. The second, "The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Fueling Cartel Violence", was released on July 26th, 2011. It is also worth noting that as HSI progressed in their investigation against the Reese family, they were briefing and receiving guidance from Phoenix ATF Bureau Chief Bill Newell – the man responsible for directly overseeing Operation Fast and Furious.

Is Eric Holder sacrificing an entire family to protect his career? One Border Patrol agent, Bryan Terry, died to protect Holder's career. The Obama regime is nothing but a criminal cartel that needs to be removed via the ballot box if possible, or by a constitutional coup if necessary.

3 comments:

  1. FRIDAY 4:30pm UPDATE: The Prosecution just officially announced that they will DROP the CONSPIRACY TO MURDER Charges against Coleman!!!

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  2. Yes, I just saw that. Hail victory! Now maybe they'll do the right thing and grant Barney an opportunity for bail before the sentencing. Coleman Barney presents no flight risk; he has vested interests in his community.

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  3. http://www.jbcampbellextremismonline.com/5/post/2012/04/kill-the-killers.html
    ****The ONLY way.Wake up,stop playing their game.

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