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Judicial Activism Goes Berserk
LawInjustice ^ | 10/08/2011 | Carey Branstetter

Posted on 10/08/2011 12:14:46 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan

In a pending civil lawsuit in a Texas Federal Court, a constitutional nightmare is occurring that could have ominous consequences for all Americans. In violation of the Constitution, The activist federal judge in this case has made a U.S. business owner essentially a slave without any due process or hearing. All of the relevant details of this profoundly disturbing case are summarized at case overview tab on

No case in recent judicial history resembles more of a Stalinist show trial. The conduct appears to be more corruption than merely judicial activism and the litany of outrages occurring are almost beyond belief. If there is no intervention now, a precedent will be set with truly ominous implications for all Americans.

The case involves an Internet pioneer named Jeff Baron. In the early days of the Internet, one could register a domain name and monetize it to earn a few cents every time someone called it up with a search engine. Jeff designed an automated software to quickly register these domain names, and in this way his company registered hundreds of thousands. However, in doing so his company was responsible for the annual fee to re-register each name.

Jeff was doing quite well when he took on an ostensibly promising new partner who claimed quite convincingly to be developing a search engine to outmatch all others. What the partner didn't mention was his history of indictments for fraud and theft. Jeff knew none of this, and companies were established to legally protect the assets of the stakeholders. However, it wasn't long before money under the partner's control, unawares to Jeff, started disappearing. And then the partner made an audacious move: he suddenly claimed ownership of the names Jeff had registered and paid for with his own money years prior.

Jeff now had to try to regain control of his company and fend off his duplicitous partner. Attorneys, quite naturally, were engaged-always expensive but not invariably competent. Legal experts who have looked at the behavior of the attorneys in this case have universally found their proceedings highly suggestive of corruption. When the famous trial attorney Norm Pattis was acquainted with the case, he exclaimed, "My Lord! What a mess!"

The obstreperous partner's lawsuits failed in court after court until one controllable, activist judge was found. After Jeff paid one attorney over $400,000, the presiding judge, Royal Ferguson, inexplicably ordered ALL present and future income from Jeff's company be turned over to his attorney. And then, to add more than a pinch of surrealism to injustice, the judge hurled threats from the bench-threats including imprisonment and death. Naturally, the attorney who had received all the income from the company, hundreds of thousands of dollars, wasn't about to contest the judge's order. More than one outside judicial expert suspects conspiracy.

Remember that federal judges are appointed for life. In this case, the judge made rulings without any conceivable basis in fact or law, acting as judge, jury and executioner, ignoring the constitution. Jeff felt he had no alternative but to put the company into bankruptcy (Jeff has never personally been in bankruptcy). And when he did, control over his company was lost. With the attorneys grabbing off more and more money in great, unjustifiable sums, Jeff reluctantly agreed to settle the civil suit with his double-dealing partner. And then a case that was unparalleled in its weirdness took another wild turn.

Although Jeff complied with all of the terms of the settlement agreement, the interested attorneys refused to file to have the case dismissed. The blood was in the water, and they were closing in for the kill. After Jeff had already paid ridiculous fees to lawyers in sums of millions of dollars and as the fees kept mounting in great baseless leaps, Jeff filed a formal objection to them-triggering an almost unimaginable round of retribution.

The attorneys bypassed any hearing process and met in secret with the judge to appoint a "receiver" over both Jeff and his company. In doing so, all of Jeff's possessions and property were stripped from him-everything from his house and car keys to his exempt retirement account were immediately seized. He was further forbidden from working and keeping any money or owning any property or possession. Equally shocking, the sole stated purpose of the receivership was to prevent Jeff from hiring a lawyer. Obviously, the act was in violation of the constitution.

And the receiver himself? The receiver is Peter Vogel, an adjunct judge in the case and a friend of the senior judge. While still acting as adjunct judge in Jeff's case, Vogel met with adverse attorneys, who requested the senior judge appoint him as receiver. Upon request, without any hearing, Vogel was immediately appointed receiver over Jeff and all his private holdings and possessions and has now been paid around a million dollars (including his law firm). Vogel continues to threaten Jeff with contempt and jail if he hires an attorney. Remember that a federal judge can act as judge, jury and executioner if they choose to ignore the constitution. This is exactly what is occurring here.

Needless to say, this receivership, as confirmed by several attorneys, is a flat violation of numerous articles of the constitution. Jeff has in effect been reduced to servitude. His personal bank accounts, his home, his IRA, his other business interests, a charitable trust for diabetes-all of which had nothing whatever to do with the case at issue-were seized. Jeff has been barred from hiring an attorney, and the court is forcing Jeff's appellate attorney to work without compensation.

Any attorney Jeff has had contact with in the past has been cajoled to file claims-even more claims-against him. When Jeff filed an objection, the interested attorneys had their friend, the judge, seal it, thus hiding it from the public and preventing it from appearing in the court record. These deeply interested attorneys have thus far enriched themselves to the tune of more than five million dollars prior to the receivership, and now the attorneys are trying to take the rest of Jeff's money through force. Dispite the enormous amounts of money Jeff has paid to lawyers, the lawyers "claim" they were defrauded and have made claims that are totally groundless and in many instances fraudulent. An expert observer called it "a court-sanctioned gang rape."

If a judge, as in this case, is allowed to seize all of a person's assets and make him a servant to his friend in clear violation of the constitution, the implications for all Americans is ominous. If not overturned, decisions such as these set precedent and become part of the "common law" that all Americans are bound by.

Jeff is not an aristocrat. He does not live in a palatial home or drive a sports car. His car is twenty years old, and Jeff lives in a modest condominium in a working class neighborhood. He has been forbidden a livelihood and even denied funds for a health-imperiling medical condition. The attorney-judge cabal not only wants his assets. They want his life.

TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: activistjudges; civilrights; constitution; divorceindustry; domainnames; feminism; illegalseizure; jeffbaron; judicialactivism; justdeserts; supportalimony
Case Overview

Client Hijacked to Pay Legal Fees
Lawyers' Claims against Jeff Baron
Why Were So Many Lawyers Involved in Jeff's Case?
Are the Court and Peter Vogel engaging in Victim Blaming?
Why Does Jeff Baron's Case have the Potential to Affect All Americans
Why Do the Judge and Receiver Blog Together on a Site that Features Jeff's Case as a Topic?
Why is Jeff Being Denied a Jury?

I haven't yet read the court documents. So I don't know if the article provides an accurate, unbiased summary or not. To say the least, this is troubling.

1 posted on 10/08/2011 12:14:50 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Judges Gone Wild. “Judges” can be bought.

2 posted on 10/08/2011 12:27:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you always tell the truth, you won't have to remember what you said.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I heard about this case a year ago. The report is not current.There are a raft of legal eagles involved who need to be imprisoned. This will have to get to a vicious state’s attorney or into federal court for there to be any justice.

3 posted on 10/08/2011 1:17:03 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (O assumes the trappings of the presidency, not its mantle. He is not presidential.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Some quotes from the judge (as posted on the site):

THE COURT: You realize that order is an order of the Court. So any failure to comply with that order is contempt, punishable by lots of dollars, punishable by possible jail, death .

THE COURT: They do and I have jurisdiction, too. So I’ll tell you what.... You want to challenge the court order, I have the marshals behind me. I can come to your house, pick you up, put you in jail. I can seize your property, do anything I need to do to enforce my orders. I’m telling you don’t screw with me. You are a fool, a fool, a fool, a fool to screw with a federal judge, and if you don’t understand that, I can make you understand it. I have the force of the Navy, Army, Marines and Navy behind me.

THE COURT: We do have marshals that walk around here and people that can take control if a judge is unable to convince people of the judge’s jurisdiction.

4 posted on 10/08/2011 1:29:41 PM PDT by freeliberty21
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Two of the court documents downloadable on the site seem to sum up a lot:

5 posted on 10/08/2011 1:29:45 PM PDT by freeliberty21
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To: BuckeyeTexan
This is the worst judicial nightmare I have ever seen. I sure hope Jeff gets some help somewhere. This can not happen, and the Judges, Attorneys and all involved should be fired and spend the rest of their lives in prison.
6 posted on 10/08/2011 1:43:45 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: freeliberty21

Um, wow. Barron doesn’t need to see a lawyer. IMHO, he needs to go to the FBI Civil Rights division and file a criminal complaint. Several.

7 posted on 10/08/2011 2:15:40 PM PDT by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

It’s already in federal court. It was Judge Furgeson from the U.S. Distric Court in Dallas that ordered the receivership. There are also motions before the 5th Circuit.

8 posted on 10/08/2011 2:21:24 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: piytar

Agreed. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.

9 posted on 10/08/2011 2:22:32 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: bamahead

Ping to an absolutely unbelievable judicial order to deny a man his civil rights.

10 posted on 10/08/2011 2:24:29 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: freeliberty21

Can you believe that transcript excerpt? The force of the Navy, Army, and Marines behind him? For what exactly? He’s insane.

11 posted on 10/08/2011 2:27:04 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Welcome to a judicial consequence of breaking so many families for decades with the unconstitutional divorce industry. Next, the economy...

12 posted on 10/08/2011 2:51:26 PM PDT by familyop ("Don't worry, they'll row for a month before they figure out I'm fakin' it." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: BuckeyeTexan

There is a link on the site for contacting congress. Something might be done if enough people write.

13 posted on 10/08/2011 4:39:34 PM PDT by freeliberty21
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To: BuckeyeTexan


How is placing an individual under receivership even lawful?

14 posted on 10/08/2011 6:13:37 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

It’s not.

15 posted on 10/08/2011 6:45:43 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Then I’m trying to figure out why this judge was not slapped down so hard by an appeals court that his dog started to bleed?

16 posted on 10/09/2011 11:30:30 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

I’m looking into it and reviewing the transcripts. It appears there is way more to the story than what this blog published. I’ll update this thead when I have enough information.

17 posted on 10/09/2011 3:19:45 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuckeyeTexan


18 posted on 10/09/2011 3:54:46 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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