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Theft-by-Community: The Perfect Crime.
(How the "Good" Folks of King County Stole Land for a Bike Trail.)

by John Rasmussen

Please read a disclaimer for the statements I make on this website accusing judges, politicians and activists of criminal actions.



Theft-by-Community:

         The East Lake Sammamish Trail (ELST) in King County, Washington, was established using the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. It's unlikely this crime will ever be prosecuted because so many prominent members of the King County community were involved. I described the tax fraud scheme to the leadership of King County and to other State and federal politicians, such as U.S. Senate Transportation Chairman John McCain, but nobody asked to view the evidence of the crime or called for an investigation. I briefed Federal Prosecutor Jeff Sullivan about the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. He never got back to me. Instead, it appears he worked some sort of deal with Norm Maleng and judges of the Western Washington Federal District Court to advance himself in exchange for not prosecuting them. I tried to get evidence of the tax fraud scheme exposed in the press, without success. In court, my rights were intentionally violated by federal and State judges. There is no question that these judges were influenced to hide the tax fraud scheme with their decisions. I've named this informally coordinated criminal act "Theft-by-Community". In King County, the rule of law has been replaced by the agendas of some powerful folks. Apparently, when a common good such as a recreational trail is in play, the law, the Constitution, and the rights of individuals are set aside. In this case, the "common good" required the leadership of King County and the others to commit crimes against innocent members of the community.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         I've described the participants in Theft-by-Community as active or passive. The active participants either took part in the tax fraud scheme, had a legal duty to expose or prosecute the fraud, or actively hid evidence of the crime. The passive participants were informed about the crime and did nothing while their fellow King County resident's land was being stolen, and their fellow resident's rights were being violated.

         Ultimately, the responsibility for the crime falls collectively on the people of King County. It is we-the-people who elect these politicians and judges. It is the people who buy the newspapers, and keep them in business. The judges, politicians, newspapers, and public interest groups exist at the will of the people. If the people of King County, Washington, want the rights of their neighbors recognized and enforced, it will happen. This didn't happen with the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme, and by ignoring the crime, the people of King County became passive participants.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)



Outline of the organizations and individuals who participated in the East Lake Sammamish Federal Tax Fraud Scheme:     (Note: The Participants are presented as hyperlinks.)

    Active Participants in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme:

      King County Government:
        Prosecutor Norm Maleng
             Norm Maleng's Staff
                 Deputy Prosecutor Scott Johnson
                 Deputy Prosecutor Howard Schneiderman
                 Deputy Prosecutor Bill Blakney
                 Deputy Prosecutor David Eldred
                 Maleng's Chief of Staff Dan Satterberg (Now King County Prosecutor)
        Executive Ron Sims
          Jennifer Knauer, ELS Trail Project Manager
          Shelley Marelli, Program Manager for the King County Parks System
        Sheriff Dave Reichert
        Former Executive Gary Locke
        The King County Council
          David Irons
          Maggi Fimia
          Cynthia Sullivan
          Louise Miller
          Larry Phillips
          Dwight Pelz
          Rob McKenna
          Pete vonReichbauer
          Greg Nickels
          Kent Pullen
          Larry Gossett
          Jane Hague
          Chris Vance

      The U.S. Attorney:
        U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan

      The Land Conservancy of Seattle and King County (TLC):
        Charles Montange
        Peter Goldman
        Gene Duvernoy

      The Railroad:
        Burlington Northern Santa Fe
        Arthur Andersen

      The Judiciary:
        Federal District Judge Barbara Rothstein
        Chief Judge Robert Lasnik, Western District of Washington
        Senior Federal Circuit Judge Betty Binns Fletcher
        Federal Circuit Judge Ronald Gould
        Federal District Judge Mary Murguia
        The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
        Chief Judge Mary Schroeder, Ninth Circuit
        Judge Ronald E. Cox, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals Division I, State of Washington
        Judge Ann Schindler, Court of Appeals Division I, State of Washington
        The Washington State Supreme Court
        Judge Donald Haley, King County Superior Court

      Newspapers:
        The Seattle Times

    Passive participants in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme:

        The United States Supreme Court
        Judge William Baker, Court of Appeals Division I, State of Washington
        The City Council of Sammamish, WA
        The King County Journal newspaper
        The People of King County, Washington

         The above list is not complete, but the list gives a sense of the depth and width of the participation in the crime, and shows why I call it "Theft by Community". In the section, below, this outline is expanded to explain and document the participants in the crime.



Active participants in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme.

     A number of powerful people in King County, Washington, actively participated in the federal tax fraud scheme used to railbank the East Lake Sammamish right-of-way. This included powerful politicians, a federal prosecutor, activists, BNSF, and the disgraced accounting firm of Arthur Andersen. But the most troubling participants were the federal and state judges who knew about the scheme and protected the participants. Each of these groups, and individuals within the groups, are identified and discussed, below.
    (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

King County Government:

         Politicians are elected by a majority of voters, so it is natural for a politician to support the majority. But, this does not give politicians the right to participate in crimes to buy those votes. Sadly, this is exactly what happened with the leadership of King County in the establishment of "The Trail of Shame".

    Prosecutor Norm Maleng:

         The Prosecutor of King County, Norm Maleng, actively participated in the ELST tax fraud scheme by agreeing to accept a $40 million donation to King County from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) that he knew to be fraudulent. He then altered public documents, lied to the public, turned his department against his trailside constituents, and presented dishonest legal arguments to hide his crime. I don't know who got to Federal District Judge Barbara Rothstein, but Maleng would be a good candidate because of his influence in the legal community. Norm Maleng should have gone to federal prison for his participation in the fraud. Maleng died, unexpectedly, in May 2007.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Maleng had great influence in the legal community. At the time of his death, the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court, Robert Lasnik, rushed to comfort his widow. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez, who had worked for Maleng earlier in his career, publicly praised Maleng. These are judges in the same Federal District Court which produced King County v. Rasmussen (2001). This decision intentionally covered up Maleng's East Lake Sammamish crimes.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      This from The Seattle Times:

      "Robert Lasnik, the chief U.S. district judge in Western Washington who worked closely with Mr. Maleng for years as chief of staff, praised Mr. Maleng as 'the heart and soul of justice in this community for more than 30 years.'

      'No one questioned his integrity or his honesty,' said Lasnik, who was driving to the Maleng home late Thursday night to be with Mr. Maleng's wife, Judy."

        [The Seattle Times May 25, 2007, "Longtime prosecutor Norm Maleng dies"]

         I publicly questioned Norm Maleng's honesty and integrity, therefore Chief Judge Lasnik was very misinformed, or lied, when he made the statement above. I described Maleng's criminal activity in my email to Maleng on January 31, 2000, and my follow-up email to the leadership of King County on February 7, 2000. I documented Maleng's criminal activity in my declaration and exhibits to Federal Judge Barbara Rothstein in King County v. Rasmussen (2001). Rothstein struck all evidence of Maleng's crimes and refused to turn the evidence over to federal prosecutors. I took evidence of Maleng's criminal activity to Federal Prosecutor Jeff Sullivan. Sullivan never got back to me after promising he would investigate. Later, Maleng supported Sullivan for advancement to U.S. Attorney. Was that payback for Sullivan refusing to prosecute Maleng? Additionally, I described Maleng's dishonesty in my Complaint of Judicial Misconduct to the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit in February 2004. A copy of the complaint of judicial misconduct went to the chief judge of the Western District Court of Washington. I don't believe that Judge Lasnik was chief judge at that time, but that information was available to his court and should have been very troubling to the judges there.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Maleng responded to my January 31, 2000 email the way a typical crooked politician would respond. He, and the County leadership, stonewalled my attempts to communicate with them for fifteen months. When I expressed my intention to protect my land and my family by blocking the County's illegal trespass with a shotgun, Maleng responded my threatening false prosecution, and manufactured a false identity to discredit me in the press and the courts. In court, I was never able to confront and confirm Maleng's ELS criminal activity. Federal District Judge Barbara Rothstein covered up the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme with her decision, King County v. Rasmussen (2001). By illegally allowing summary judgment, Rothstein denied my right to place Maleng under oath to explain his participation in the federal tax fraud scheme. On appeal, Rothstein's dishonesty was upheld all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Norm Maleng worked hard to cover up his participation in the federal tax fraud scheme. After he agreed to accept the phony tax donation from BNSF, he used the power of his office to hide the crime. He misinformed the residents along Lake Sammamish as to their property rights. He altered at least one document. He falsely accused me of threatening County employees after I "blew the whistle" on the tax fraud scheme. In court, Maleng used dishonest legal argument and his influence with judges to cover-up his crime. Shortly after accepting the phony tax donation from BNSF, Maleng developed a dishonest legal argument which gave him a false claim the land under the ELS right-of-way. This legal argument was used in all the court briefs and was adopted by the judges in their dishonest opinions. I call this dishonest argument Norm Maleng's "legal theory". (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Understand the tactics Maleng used to cover-up his participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

         Whatever "good" Maleng did in his 30 year career was erased by his arrogant disregard for the rights of his constituents and his active participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Norm Maleng's Staff:

         Norm Maleng couldn't have participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme without the support of his staff. I don't know how Maleng assembled and trained his group of dishonest lawyers, but I know for certain that they are a group that has acted criminally. Below, I list several lawyers who actively participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. I've hyperlinked their names to documents which tie them to the crime. I apologize for not being more specific, but these aren't the "big fish" that need to be "fried". If this website gains traction, I'll lay out a better case for their prosecution. I'm certain that many other lawyers in the King County Prosecutor's office would go to prison if the tax fraud scheme were ever prosecuted, but this list is a start. These lawyers must be fired, disbarred, and prosecuted if the King County Prosecutor's office is to have any legitimacy. Sadly, the present King County Prosecutor was a senior member of Norm Maleng's staff. So, their discipline will not come from any internal action.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      King County Deputy Prosecutor Scott Johnson

           Scott Johnson represented King County in the Rasmussen and Ray lawsuits. In that capacity, he lied and misrepresented the law in his defense of King County's criminal acts. Johnson used Norm Maleng's "legal theory" as a principle argument is his briefs to the federal and state judges. The following hyperlink will take the reader to an analysis of one of his briefs. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

        An analysis of Scott Johnson's 2001 Summary Judgment brief to Federal District Judge Rothstein.

      King County Deputy Prosecutor Howard Schneiderman

           I "blew the whistle" on the King County Prosecutor's involvement in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme with my letter to Ron Sims and the King County Council on February 7, 2000. The County employed their standard technique, "Lie, Stonewall, and Slander", in response. So, on the Fourth of July, 2000, I wrote a letter to my King County Council representative, David Irons, explaining that if King County continued to act illegally, I would consider using a gun to defending my property from further illegal alienation. On August 9th, 2000, I wrote a second letter to David Irons expressing the same concerns and commitment to use a shotgun to defend my land and life against the illegal actions of King County. King County then sued to illegally establish ownership of my land. Apparently there were meetings to plan a defense for the County's criminal actions against me and the other residents of East Lake Sammamish. Since I had not acted illegally, King County did not attempt to criminally prosecute me. The first court appearance was for a preliminary injunction against me to stop my interference with the County's theft of my land. Deputy Prosecutor Howard Schneiderman represented King County. In the hearing, Schneiderman presented ridiculous lies about me. Since, I had not threatened any King County employee, two slanderous declarations were manufactured to represent me as an illegal threat to County employees. One, a perjurious declaration by ELS Trail Project Manager Jennifer Knauer, involved triple hearsay. In her declaration, Ms. Knauer said, that her associate, Ms. Lori Hoover, said, that my wife said, that I said, that I "would become violent against County employees on the corridor, that [I] was extremely upset about that planned trail, and that [my] behavior was ruining [our] marriage." Here, Ms. Knauer was declaring under oath that she had certain knowledge of a private conversation I had with my wife. This was a ridiculous lie, and was described as a lie by my wife in her declaration. Deputy Prosecutor Howard Schneiderman manufactured lies about me in order to hide King County's ELS crime.
          (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

        Read an annotated transcript of the Preliminary Injunction Hearing in which Schneiderman repeatedly lied.

      Senior King County Deputy Prosecutor Bill Blakney

           Senior King County Deputy Prosecutor Bill Blakney's 1997 Memorandum is the first public explanation of Norm Maleng's "legal theory". This dishonest legal argument was copied in all of King County's briefs involving the 1887 Hilchkanum right-of-way deed to the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (SLS&E). More troubling is the adoption of this "legal theory" by the judges in King County v. Rasmussen (2001), King County v. Rasmussen (2002), and Ray v. King County (2004). Most troubling is the refusal of the judges of Ninth Circuit (en banc) and the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court to overturn these criminal decisions.
          (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

        Read an annotated version of Deputy Prosecutor Bill Blakney's 1997 Memorandum.

      King County Deputy Prosecutor David Eldred

           Deputy Prosecutor David Eldred was the lightweight prosecutor who lied to the public and represented the Prosecutor's Office until evidence of the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme began to surface. Once the County's dishonesty began to be exposed, Eldred was replaced by Scott Johnson and Howard Schneiderman, who were more experienced with dishonest legal argument and outright lies. The following link takes the reader to an email that I sent to Eldred early in the campaign.
          (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

        Read my email to David Eldred on June 21, 1999, relating to the ELS trail.

      Norm Maleng's Chief of Staff Dan Satterberg

           Dan Satterberg became Norm Maleng's Chief of Staff in 1990 when Robert Lasnik left that position to become a King County Superior Court judge. Satterberg was Maleng's Chief of Staff for seventeen years until Maleng's death in 2007. At that time, Dan Satterberg became King County Prosecutor, and continues in that position today. In my opinion Satterberg is a major player in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. However, I have no document to show that he participated in any part of that crime. As Chief of Staff for the King County Prosecutor, Satterberg has guilt-by-association. The commission of the tax fraud scheme, and its cover-up, required coordination by many of Norm Maleng's staff. There were negotiations with TLC and BNSF for King County to accept the phony tax donation by the Railroad. There was the alteration of Freedom of Information documents, to hide King County's crime. There were the lies to the public about the legal status of the ELS right-of-way. There were the slanderous lies against me by the Prosecutor's Office after I "blew the whistle" on the fraud. There were many dishonest legal briefs that needed to be submitted by the Prosecutor in the various ELS lawsuits. I don't know who got to the judges. It is likely that Norm Maleng, or other power folks in the County, illegally influenced the state and federal judges who issued their dishonest opinions. But, perhaps Satterberg assisted there, too. The corruption was too widespread and persistent in the King County Prosecutor's office for Chief of Staff Dan Satterberg to not be involved.
          (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Executive Ron Sims:

         Ron Sims was the King County Executive during the commitment of the tax fraud and the construction of the trail. I made him aware of the federal tax fraud scheme, but he ignored that email and other email letters that I sent to him. For years, he lied to the public in order to establish the trail, and then took credit for the trail, to his political advantage. To hide his participation in the tax fraud scheme, Sims used the technique I call Lie, Stonewall and Slander. After lying about the ownership of the right-of-way land and stonewalling my right to communicate with the County for fifteen months, Ron Sims slandered me and threatened me with false felony prosecution when I attempted to push the issues toward resolution. I was never allowed to confront Sims under oath, thanks to Sims' or his co-conspirator's ability to influence judges.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    King County Employees:

         Several King County employees coordinated with the Prosecutor to manufacture lies about me in order to threaten my livelihood and slander me in public and the courts. I show two here.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Jennifer Knauer, ELS Trail Project Manager:

           Jennifer Knauer, the East Lake Sammamish Trail Project Manager, manufactured lies about me in her perjurious declaration to King County Superior Court. Her dishonesty is best understood by reading the annotated version of Ms. Knauer's declaration and the annotated transcript of the Preliminary Injunction Hearing, September 14, 2000.
          (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Shelley Marelli, Program Manager for the King County Parks System:

           Shelley Marelli, a Program Manager for the King County Parks System, also manufactured lies about me in her declaration to King County Superior Court. Her dishonesty is best understood by reading the annotated version of Ms. Marelli's declaration and the annotated transcript of the Preliminary Injunction Hearing, September 14, 2000.
          (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Sheriff Dave Reichert:

         I believe that King County Sheriff Dave Reichert was never a "law enforcement officer" but rather he was always a politician. I first advised Dave Reichert about criminal activity by the King County leadership with this email.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Read my letter to Sheriff Reichert on August 11, 1999.

         Sheriff Reichert didn't answer my questions, but rather had his underling send this reply.

      Read Sheriff Reichert's underling's reply on Friday August 13th, 1999.

         Sheriff Reichert, the self-proclaimed hero of the Green River Killer Case, did not personally justify his illegal enforcement of the County's trespass on my property. He instructed his underling to list his duties under the law, but he failed to instruct his underling to justify his actions in the enforcement of King County's illegal trespass on my property. In Reichert's defense, I didn't realize the depth of the corruption in King County at that time. Otherwise, I would have been more specific in my demands that he justify his actions.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Perhaps, Reichert was simply covering his butt for sending out an undercover cop to lure me, or one of my neighbors, into a false arrest on April 11, 1999. If the Sheriff of King County, Washington, had any interest in the public safety in that escapade, he would have instructed his officer to be in uniform rather in plain clothes. An officer in uniform represents public safety. An officer in plain clothes represents a sneaky attempt to lure someone into an arrest. Apparently, King County Sheriff Dave Reichert went sneaky that day. Here is an accounting of that dishonest action by Reichert.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Read the portion of Jennifer Knauer's Declaration in which I describe the County's attempt to lure me into false arrest.

         When I "blew the whistle" on the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme, I included Sheriff Reichert in that email. Here is that notification with Reichert shown as a "copy".

      View my "whistle blower" email describing the tax fraud scheme.

         Here is another email which described the corruption in King County government and included Reichert in the address.

      My letter to David Irons on August 9, 2000 included Reichert as a copy.

         Reichert responded like the "politician" he was. He failed to respond to that letter, but rather sent out an armada of sheriff's officers to deliver a summons. I believe that this slime-ball sheriff played games with the safety of my family by that action. Sheriff Reichert's sick game of brinkmanship is spelled out in my declaration to King County Superior court on September 2, 2000. Please read page 12 of my declaration, quoted and hyperlinked here.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      "The statements by the prosecutor’s office are a connivance to making the case against me, and the allegations are totally untrue. This is particularly upsetting, because besides defaming me, I believe that these irresponsible statements have actually endangered my family. When the police came to my home to deliver papers the other day, my son suddenly appeared causing one officer to put his hand on his gun in self-defense. He took this action in the belief that my son, who is my size, was I, and I had been described as violent by the prosecutor. If my son were carrying an object that could have been mistaken for a weapon, he may have been accidentally injured or killed. This false image of me, built to facilitate the civil suit against me, has actually endangered my family. Why haven't the police come to my home to discuss this?"
        [John Rasmussen Declaration, September 2, 2000. Go to page 12.]

    Former Executive Gary Locke:

         Former Washington State Governor, Gary Locke, was King County executive in the mid 1990's when the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme was hatched. He either actively participated in the tax fraud scheme, or was so incompetent as to have no idea what was going on in his county. I describe Locke as a "Teflon" politician. He has a "non-stick" surface with respect to political corruption. While it is obvious that the federal tax fraud scheme was planned during Lock's stewardship of King County, the official transaction which deeded the ELS right-of-way to King County occurred in 1997, the year after Locke left his position as King County Executive to become Washington State Governor. Gary Locke was copied in my "whistle blower" letter on February 7, 2000, in which I described the tax fraud scheme. If he were surprised or offended that this fraud had been planned during his term as executive, Lock could have instructed his Attorney General to investigate. There was no investigation, and I received no response from Locke. With that "whistle blower" letter, Locke became at least a passive participant in the fraud. For the reasons I state above, I believe that Gary Locke actively participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    The Members of the King County Council:

         On February 7, 2000, I notified every member of the King County Council about the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and of the corruption in the King County Prosecutor's office. Not one councilmember responded or asked to look at the evidence of the fraud which I described. My representative on the King County Council was David Irons. I discovered the federal tax fraud scheme at about the same time that Irons took his seat on the Council in early 2000. He was just setting up his staff when I sent my letter to the council members describing the corruption in the prosecutor's office. Irons promised to evaluate the criminal activity by mid February, 2000. He never did that. On August 9, 2000, I wrote a letter to Irons explaining that he had failed to keep his promise to investigate the criminal activity used to establish the trail. Here is a quote from that letter:

           "King County government is violating my rights.  For fifteen months I have written letters that outline the problems with ELST, without any significant reply from the County.   For fifteen months I've been open and forthright, while the response from the County has to been to ignore my legitimate complaints, and play slimy lawyer tricks with my civil rights.  In that fifteen months, the County has pushed forward with the ELST trail development without fully addressing the most critical issue: Is the County legal in its actions?  At this point, it is not a question if the County and I disagree; I have simply been intentionally ignored with my legitimate concerns.  I obey the law, pay taxes, respect the rights of others, while the County leadership has decided to ignore the law, use my tax dollars to defraud me, and show no respect, whatsoever, for my rights.  Now, I feel my only option is to defend my rights and my property with a gun.  There is a limit to my patience, and I have exceeded that limit several times over while waiting for a very sick King County government to do its duty.  King County has totally failed in its responsibility to the residents along ELS.

           David, I wrote to you on the Forth of July to explain my decision to stand up against the corruption of this County.  We talked by phone on July 6th, and I assured you that I would give adequate notice to the County before I meet trespassers with a loaded shotgun.  Then, I wrote you a note on July 10th to explain I was working on a letter that updates and restates the problems.  This is that letter.

           If you are willing to represent my rights before King County government, please give me a timetable for you to deal with the concerns I express here.  Otherwise, I'll give 72 hours notice and begin to meet trespassers from the County with a loaded shotgun.  I will remove them from my property with whatever force is required.  I will use the shotgun to defend my life and my property.  For fifteen months I have asked trespassing County employees to depart my property.  I've repeatedly notified County government, in writing, to stay off my property.  The County has continued to send these trespassers while totally ignoring my rights.  It is obvious to me that the County is using the excuse of the federal railbanking act to take adverse possession of my land.  That action is illegal.  Now, more aggressive actions are justified.  In light of my repeated attempts to resolve the issues over a period of fifteen months, the County leadership bears the responsibility for this more dangerous situation.

           I believe there is a very dishonest reason that the County is ignoring my questions.  There is strong evidence that the County has made false claims of ownership and participated in federal tax fraud on ELS.  Honestly answering my questions would require the County to admit its guilt."

        [Read this August 9, 2000 email letter to David Irons, in its entirety, and view the nineteen attachments.]

         David Irons' only concern was that he might somehow get into trouble for not reporting my willingness to stand up against the corruption in King County and to defend my rights with a shotgun. Neither David Irons nor any other member of the King County Council ever responded to my "whistle blower" email, looked at the evidence of the tax fraud scheme, or called for an investigation. The King County Council participated in the federal tax fraud scheme by refusing to ensure the County was acting legally in its actions to establish the trail.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         The following is a list of the King County Council members who were notified of the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme with my email letter to Sims and Council on February 7, 2000 and did nothing in response.

          David Irons
          Maggi Fimia
          Cynthia Sullivan
          Louise Miller
          Larry Phillips
          Dwight Pelz
          Rob McKenna
          Pete vonReichbauer
          Greg Nickels
          Kent Pullen
          Larry Gossett
          Jane Hague
          Chris Vance

         This list in not a list of conservative or liberal politicians. It is not a list of Democrat or Republican politicians. It is not a list of activists or libertarians. No. It's a list of King County politicians who were informed of criminal actions in King county government, and did nothing. It was the responsibility of each of these politicians to ensure that the County was acting within the law. Each of these politicians became active participants in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme with their refusal to respond to my notification of the fraud.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

The U.S. Attorney in Seattle:
    U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan:

        There is evidence which suggests a federal prosecutor acted unethically, using the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme to promote himself rather than to protect the American people from corruption.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

        On April 18, 2002, my lawyer and I took evidence of the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme to Mr. Jeff Sullivan, Chief, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Western District of Washington. Sullivan listened to our description of the crime, and accepted a written briefing with supporting data. Sullivan told me he would get back to me. He never did. It would appear that Jeff Sullivan simply buried my complaint. This would have been a big favor for Norm Maleng, Federal Judge Barbara Rothstein, and the other participants in the tax fraud scheme.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         There was at least one connection between Norm Maleng and Jeff Sullivan. When I presented the ELS tax fraud scheme to Sullivan in April 2002, the U.S. Attorney in Seattle was John McKay. If Sullivan had any thought of prosecuting Norm Maleng, he would have needed the approval of John McKay, his boss. But, John McKay has a brother, Mike McKay, who had been U.S. Attorney in Seattle during the George H.W. Bush administration. Mike McKay was a close personal friend to Norm Maleng. This was explained in a May 25, 2007 Seattle Times article:
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      "Mike McKay, one of Mr. Maleng's closest friends and a former U.S. attorney in Seattle, was with Mr. Maleng's wife Thursday night when his death was confirmed."
          [The Seattle Times May 25, 2007, "Longtime prosecutor Norm Maleng dies"]

         So, if Jeff Sullivan contacted his boss, John McKay, about prosecuting Norm Maleng for the ELS federal tax fraud scheme, it seems obvious that John McKay would have known that his bother was a close personal friend to Norm Maleng and would have discussed this with his brother, Mike McKay. That news would have likely got to Maleng very fast. Norm Maleng's contacts and influence was very broad and powerful in the State of Washington, and beyond.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

        Prior to his unexpected death in May 2007, Norm Maleng was supporting Jeff Sullivan to become the U.S. Attorney in Seattle. I gave evidence of Maleng's participation in federal tax fraud to Sullivan. Sullivan refused to prosecute Maleng. Then, five years later, Maleng supported Sullivan to advance to U.S. Attorney. It's apparent to me that Jeff Sullivan "sold" my rights in order to advance himself and buy a partnership with the corrupt King County elite.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         There are public questions about Jeff Sullivan's character. When Sullivan earlier served as the Prosecutor of Yakima County, Superior Court Judge Susan Hahn accused Jeff Sullivan of unethical conduct in her State of Washington v. Alexander Martinez opinion. It is very uncommon for a judge to take such a step. In 2010, I went to the Washington State archives to research Judge Hahn's charges of unethical conduct against Jeff Sullivan. I was unable to obtain Judge Susan Hahn's opinion, but when the Martinez opinion was appealed, the Washington State Court of Appeals again condemned Sullivan's unethical behavior. Below, are citations from the Appeals Court's written opinion, with a link at the bottom to the full opinion. Why would Jeff Sullivan be appointed a United States Prosecutor, and later US Attorney, without this documented unethical behavior being publicly discussed? It seems to me that Jeff Sullivan migrated to U.S. Attorney because of the ability of federal and State judges to ignore his previous unethical concduct and act without any accountability to the people they pretend to serve. Sullivan refused to open the "can of worms" containing the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and the participation of the Federal District Court in the cover-up of that crime. Based on the judicial opinion cited below, Jeff Sullivan is a criminal who has been promoted to a position of power in our judicial system. If this is the situation, why? Again, the following are citations from the Appeals Court's written opinion, with a link at the bottom to the full opinion. (with my emphasis) (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      "To support dismissal under CrR 8.3(b), the defendant must show by a preponderance of the evidence both (1) arbitrary action or governmental misconduct, and (2) actual prejudice affecting the defendant's right to a fair trial. [...] Claimed governmental misconduct need not be evil or dishonest in nature; “ ‘simple mismanagement is sufficient.’ ” [...] However, dismissal under CrR 8.3(b) is an extraordinary remedy that is improper except in truly egregious cases of mismanagement or misconduct that materially prejudice the rights of the accused."

      "Mr. Sullivan's insistence that he did not know the significance of the Ramirez burglary report until the middle of **1216 trial is ludicrous. Further, the potential exculpatory nature of the report was obvious..."

      "Recognizing this fact, the trial court concluded that

        Sullivan's omission misled the trial judge into making a ruling that never questioned the materiality or relevancy of the gun identification.... In fact, the chrome gun could not have been the same gun used by the Calderas. Had the court known this, the evidence would have been inadmissible pursuant to Evidence Rule 402, which provides that evidence ... which is not relevant is not admissible."

      "The State's failure to reveal exculpatory evidence to the accused *34 is a violation of due process. [...] Consequently, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that the untimely revelation of exculpatory evidence here constituted governmental misconduct. Even if this misconduct is the result of mismanagement rather than deceit, it is egregious enough to satisfy the first requirement for a CrR 8.3(b) dismissal."

      "Government conduct may be so outrageous that it exceeds the bounds of fundamental fairness, violates due process, and bars a subsequent prosecution. [...] The level of governmental misconduct needed to prove a violation of due process must shock the conscience of the court and the universal sense of fairness."

      "The State prosecutor's withholding of exculpatory evidence until the middle of a criminal jury trial is likewise so repugnant to principles of fundamental fairness that it constitutes a violation of due process."

      "In the drive to achieve successful prosecutions, the end cannot justify the means. Id. And if the State knows that *36 the most severe consequence that can follow from withholding exculpatory evidence until late in the trial is that it may have to try the case twice, it will hardly be seriously deterred from such conduct in the future."

      [View State of Washington v. Martinez (2004)]

        After Norm Maleng unexpectedly died, the judges of the Federal Court, Western District of Washington, appointed Jeff Sullivan to be U.S. Attorney in Seattle.

      The Seattle Times 9-26-2007, "Judges appoint Sullivan as Seattle-based U.S. Attorney"

        It is unusual for judges to appoint U.S. attorneys. They are usually appointed by the President of the United States. U.S. attorney is a political appointment, so why is the judiciary selecting the U.S. attorney in Seattle? If Jeff Sullivan had prosecuted King County's participation in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme, the evidence would have exposed the Federal District Court's participation in the crime. Federal District Judge Rothstein covered-up the federal tax fraud scheme with her decision, King County v. Rasmussen (2001), and was an active participant in the crime. Did the judges take the unusual step of appointing the Seattle U.S. Attorney because Sullivan had worked a deal with them to protect Maleng, Rothstein, and the Court? Did Sullivan trade my rights as an American Citizen to get himself advanced into the U.S. Attorney's office? Norm Maleng had significant influence with certain judges in the federal district court. Judge Robert Lasnik was chief judge of the federal district court in Seattle at the time the court appointed Jeff Sullivan. As chief judge, Lasnik certainly had great influence on the court's decision to appoint Sullivan. Judge Lasnik, was a close personal friend of Maleng, worked earlier as Maleng's chief of staff, and went to Maleng's home to comfort his wife when he learned of Maleng's death.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      "Robert Lasnik, the chief U.S. district judge in Western Washington who worked closely with Mr. Maleng for years as chief of staff, praised Mr. Maleng as 'the heart and soul of justice in this community for more than 30 years.'

      'No one questioned his integrity or his honesty,' said Lasnik, who was driving to the Maleng home late Thursday night to be with Mr. Maleng's wife, Judy.

      Lasnik and William Downing, a King County Superior Court judge, are among a host of young prosecutors Mr. Maleng brought into office and helped rise to prominence in the legal community."
          [The Seattle Times May 25, 2007, "Longtime prosecutor Norm Maleng dies"]

        Isn't it suspicious? I give evidence of Maleng's and Rothstein's participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme to Jeff Sullivan. Nothing happens. Later, Maleng supports Sullivan to become U.S. Attorney. When Maleng dies, Maleng's pals in federal district court appoint Sullivan to U.S. Attorney. And then there is that unethical conduct thing with Sullivan in Yakima County. This is all very suspicious!
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         These questions should be answered: Did Jeff Sullivan sell my rights and violate his oath, in order to better himself by refusing to prosecute the participants in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme? Did Chief Federal District Judge Lasnik appoint Sullivan to U.S. Attorney as payback for ignoring Maleng's and the Federal District Judge Rothstein's participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme?
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

The Land Conservancy of Seattle and King County (TLC):
    Charles Montange:

         Charles Montange, formerly the lead attorney for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, was the lawyer who negotiated the fraudulent transaction for The Land Conservancy of Seattle and King County (TLC). He was well aware of BNSF's intention to defraud the American taxpayer when he accepted the phony donation of the right of way from BNSF.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Peter Goldman:

         Peter Goldman is director and managing attorney for The Washington Forest Law Center, a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm. Goldman worked for eleven years as a King County prosecutor, and also is on the board of directors for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Goldman worked with TLC in railbanking the ELS right-of-way. Peter Goldman is the common factor with the County, TLC, and the national rails-to-trails organization. Goldman repeatedly lied to the public to encourage the establishment of the trail. I had an exchange of emails with Goldman, challenging him to be honest.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Gene Duvernoy:

         Gene Duvernoy headed TLC, the middleman in the railbanking transaction used to establish the trail. Duvernoy has great influence with King County government, and has been creative in finding ways to finance parks projects. In this case, it appears that he turned to criminal activity to "finance" BNSF's "generous contribution to the County".
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

BNSF and Arthur Andersen:
    Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF):

         Lawyers and executives for BNSF engineered a fraudulent tax write-off that has ripped-off the American Taxpayer for about $15 million with the federal tax fraud scheme used to railbank the East Lake Sammamish right-of-way. BNSF instructed Arthur Andersen to value all of the land under the East Lake Sammamish (ELS) right-of-way as if BNSF owned all of the land. BNSF had clear title to only about 2% of that land. Two deeds to the original railroad had been previously construed in court and both found to be easements. One of these deeds, the Squire deed, had identical granting language to most, if not all, of the ELS deeds. No SLS&E right-of-way deed had been found to convey the land, yet BNSF instructed Arthur Andersen to assume just the opposite. How many other BNSF railbanking transactions, nationwide, are also fraudulent tax fraud schemes? (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View page 8 of Arthur Andersen's appraisal to confirm BNSF's instruction to value the right-of-way land as its own.

    Arthur Andersen:

         The accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP provided an inflated valuation for the East Lake Sammamish BNSF right-of-way. Besides agreeing to the BNSF assumption that the Railroad owned all of the land, Andersen inflated the value of the right-of-way land at least three times its value. Arthur Andersen did this knowing that BNSF was going to use that inflated value for a phony federal tax write-off. This "creative accounting" by Arthur Andersen occurred before its Enron and WorldCom crimes. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Understand Arthur Andersen's participation in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme.

The Federal Judiciary:

         There is no question that federal and State judges actively participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. To understand this, read the decisions associated with the judges and courts listed below. All of these federal and state decisions were decided with the judges illegally allowing summary judgment. Not one judge allowed the Rays or Rasmussens (me) the right to establish the disputed facts before a jury. This was an intentional violation of their Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights of due process. In the decisions listed below, you will find the dishonest manipulation of the facts and the law which allowed these judges to come to their predetermined opinions. Most disgusting, you will find the denial of appeal by the United States Supreme Court and the Washington State Supreme Court of these profoundly dishonest lower court opinions. There is massive corruption in our courts.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Federal District Judge Barbara Rothstein:

         Judge Rothstein issued a decision in King County v. Rasmussen (2001) that is completely dishonest, and strongly suggests that she conspired with one or more of the other active participants in the tax fraud scheme in order to cover-up the crime and to hide its evidence. Rothstein illegally allowed herself control of the case by misapplying the rules of summary judgment. Rothstein made up material facts that controlled the outcome of her decision. Rothstein intentionally denied my most basic constitutional right to establish the facts before a jury. She intentionally denied my constitutional right of due process.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Chief Judge Robert Lasnik, Western District of Washington:

         Robert Lasnik is presently the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. After Norm Maleng's death in 2007, The Seattle Times printed the following:

      "Robert Lasnik, the chief U.S. district judge in Western Washington who worked closely with Mr. Maleng for years as chief of staff, praised Mr. Maleng as 'the heart and soul of justice in this community for more than 30 years.'

      'No one questioned his integrity or his honesty,' said Lasnik, who was driving to the Maleng home late Thursday night to be with Mr. Maleng's wife, Judy."
          [The Seattle Times May 25, 2007, "Longtime prosecutor Norm Maleng dies"]

         The East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme was concocted in the mid 1990's. Judge Lasnik served as Norm Maleng's chief of staff until he became a King County Superior Court Judge in 1990, so Lasnik was not working for Maleng during the time of the fraudulent railbanking transaction in 1996. However, as shown by The Seattle Times article above, they remained close friends. I described Maleng's criminal activity in my email to Maleng on January 31, 2000, and my follow-up email to the leadership of King County on February 7, 2000. Considering Lasnik and Maleng's friendship, and prior close working relationship, it seems very likely that Lasnik was aware of Maleng's unethical past. I documented Maleng's criminal activity in my declaration and exhibits to Federal Judge Barbara Rothstein in King County v. Rasmussen (2001). Rothstein struck all evidence of Maleng's crimes and refused to turn the evidence over to federal prosecutors. Lasnik is Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in which Rothstein serves as a judge. Additionally, I described Maleng's dishonesty in my Complaint of Judicial Misconduct to the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit in February 2004. A copy of the complaint of judicial misconduct went to the chief judge of the Western District Court of Washington. I don't believe that Judge Lasnik was chief judge at that time, but that information was available to his court and should have been very troubling to the judges there. In 2002, I presented evidence of the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme to U.S. prosecutor Jeff Sullivan. Sullivan never got back to me. But, it appears that he worked a deal with Maleng and Lasnik because Sullivan refused to prosecute Maleng for federal tax fraud, and then Norm Maleng supported Sullivan's promotion to U.S. Attorney when that position opened with the firing of John McKay. After Maleng unexpectedly died in early 2007, Chief Judge Lasnik and the judges of the Federal District Court appointed Sullivan to U.S. Attorney. Here, it appears that Lasnik misused his power and influence to promote a federal prosecutor to U.S. Attorney after that prosecutor agreed to not prosecute his close friend, Norm Maleng, and a member of Lasnik's court, District Judge Barbara Rothstein.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         I have no direct proof of Lasnik's participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme, but there is strong evidence of guilt-by-association. As a close friend to crooked King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, as chief judge to dishonest Federal District Judge Barbara Rothstein, and as the official who was most responsible for the appointment of ethically challenged Jeff Sullivan to U.S. Attorney, Judge Lasnik has guilt-by-association with all these dishonest "public servants". (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Senior Federal Circuit Judge Betty Binns Fletcher and Panel:

         Circuit Judges Betty Binns Fletcher, Ronald M. Gould, and District Judge Mary H. Murguia comprised the three judge appeals panel hearing my appeal of Rothstein's decision. The opinion, King County v. Rasmussen (2002), was authored by Fletcher. All of Rothstein's dishonesty was upheld. This begs the question: Are Rothstein and Fletcher personal friends? If they are, did Judge Fletcher impose herself on the appeal to protect her friend from impeachment and prosecution? There is very little honesty in Fletcher's opinion. There must have been a reason for her to abandon the Constitution and the law, and to destroy my rights. Read King County v. Rasmussen (2002) to understand.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:

         On further appeal, I was refused en banc consideration by the full Ninth Circuit court. Not one judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was willing to uphold the rules of summary judgment which were so obviously violated by Rothstein and Fletcher. Not one judge in the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was willing to allow me to present the facts in contradiction to the "made-up-facts" that judges Rothstein and Fletcher concocted in order to justify their predetermined outcome to my case. Not one judge in the full Ninth Circuit Court would consider the misapplication of law made by Rothstein and Fletcher. I believe that the most cowardly and dishonest decisions by appeals court judges are the refusal to accept worthy appeals. In this case a federal district court judge participated in a federal tax fraud scheme with her decision. She was then protected by a very dishonest three judge Ninth Circuit appeals panel. Then the full court refused to correct the dishonesty of its fellow federal judges. Apparently, judges protecting their fellow judges is the highest priority in Ninth Circuit courts, not the Constitution, the law, and the rights of Americans.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Of course, my lawyer could not characterize the district court decision and the decision of the three judge appeals panel as dishonest in my en banc appeal. Lawyers know that drawing attention to the dishonesty of a judge will guarantee the loss of the case and will result in the lawyer being reprimanded. It doesn't matter whether the judges are crooked, or not. The appeals courts will not tolerate judicial complaints from lawyers. View an example of how federal judges punished a lawyer who filed a complaint of judicial misconduct.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Mary Schroeder:

         I filed a Complaint of Judicial Misconduct on February 10, 2004. The complaint detailed the federal tax fraud scheme that Rothstein and the appeals panel hid with their opinions, (King County v. Rasmussen 2001 and King County v. Rasmussen 2002), and described dishonest actions by the judges. I filed the complaint of judicial misconduct only after my appeal was denied by the United States Supreme Court. I had to wait until my appeal possibilities were exhausted or else my case would have be poisoned by judges protecting their fellow judges.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View my 2004 Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, and denial by Chief Judge Schroeder.

         Judges protect their fellow judges at the expense of the American people, and the legitimacy of the judicial system. In effect, this is a labor union. This most powerful union must be broken if the American people are to have a legitimate legal system. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

The State Judiciary:

    Court of Appeals Chief Judge Ronald E. Cox, and Judge Ann Schindler:

         Ronald E. Cox, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals Division I, State of Washington and Judge Ann Schindler used the Rothstein decision as a basis of their majority opinion, Ray v. King County (2004). The Ray case decided exactly the same issue as the Rothstein decision: What interest was granted to the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway by Bill and Mary Hilchkanum in 1887? Judge William W. Baker dissented, but judges Cox and Schindler prevailed in spite of the correct application of the law being explained by Baker.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Judge Cox prides himself as a West Point graduate, class of 1966. Apparently he left his "Duty, Honor, Country" oath at West Point, because there is no evidence of this pledge to public service in Judge Cox's dishonest decision in Ray v. King County (2004). This becomes even more disgusting when one understands the sacrifices the Class of 1966 made after graduation from West Point. Read "The Long Gray Line : The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966" (Rick Atkinson) The Army sent many of its USMA 1966 graduates to Viet Nam to take leadership positions in the field. The Class of '66 suffered incredible loss in that war, and in other areas of conflict. Judge Cox dishonors his fallen classmates with his dishonesty on the bench. He doesn't have the character to stand up for the values for which his classmates gave their lives. What a pathetic and disgusting human being. What a traitor to the laws and Constitution.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    The Washington State Supreme Court:

         The Washington State Supreme Court denied the Ray's appeal. This is very troublesome in the face of the dissenting opinion by Judge William W. Baker at the appeals level. With the correct application of the law presented, and the obvious disagreement with the facts that controlled the case, the Supreme Court denied the appeal and now must take responsibility for the dishonesty of the lower court opinion. This denial did harm to the more than one hundred years of consistently applied common law which sets the rules for construing railroad right-of-way deeds. It seems likely that powerful folks in King County convinced judges of this court to protect them from prosecution for the federal tax fraud scheme used to railbank the ELS BNSF right-of-way. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View my March 31, 2009 public letter to the Judges of the Washington State Supreme Court.

    King County Superior Court Judge Donald Haley:

         My lawsuit, King County v. Rasmussen, was initially filed by King County in Superior Court. The first appearance was before Judge Donald Haley on September 14, 2000. In my declaration, Haley was made aware of the ELS tax fraud scheme. He was presented with obvious lies and hearsay evidence by the King County Prosecutor. He ignored the dishonesty of the County and gave the County what it wanted, a preliminary injunction against me. I came away from that hearing with the belief that we would get no justice from Haley. We immediately moved the lawsuit to Federal District Court. Read the transcript of the hearing with comments, King County v. Rasmussen Preliminary Injunction, September 14, 2000, to understand our concern. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

Newspapers:

    The Seattle Times:

         I tried many times to get The Seattle Times to expose the federal tax fraud scheme used to establish the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The Times never asked to see evidence of the fraud, or showed any interest in reporting the crime to the public. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View my public letter to The Seattle Times on August 30, 2009 accusing the newspaper of actively participating in the ELS tax fraud scheme.

      View all of my email correspondence with The Seattle Times.

         As the "paper of record" in the Northwest, The Seattle Times had the responsibility to report the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme to the people of the Washington State. I believe that its persistent refusal to report the crime was intentional. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

Passive participants in the federal tax fraud scheme.

    The United States Supreme Court:

         The United States Supreme Court refused to accept my appeal. The Court is aware that it overturns a very high percentage of Ninth Circuit decisions, yet it does nothing to protect the folks that are harmed by this rogue court. Since the United States Supreme Court takes only about 3% of the cases appealed, where do the other 97% go for justice? The United States Supreme Court has a responsibility to the Constitution, the law, and the rights of Americans, not a responsibility to allow the Ninth Circuit to chronically destroy those rights. If we are to have a legitimate judicial system in the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court must deal with the dishonest activity of its Ninth Circuit judges.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Judge William W. Baker, Court of Appeals Division I, Dissenting:

         Judge William W. Baker dissented, and correctly described the legal precedent that should have been applied by the majority in Ray v. King County (2004). Read Ray v. King County (2004) (Dissenting) to understand his disagreement with the majority opinion. Unfortunately, Baker upheld the use of summary judgment at the superior court level. With no agreement on a number of material facts, Baker identifies and argues about the facts when he should have demanded the lawsuit go back for a jury to resolve those issues. Disputed facts belong to a jury. What would cause Judge Baker to forget that most basic rule? (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    The City Council of Sammamish, WA:

         All the members of the City Council of Sammamish were informed about the federal tax fraud scheme. Some showed concern, but none asked to see the evidence or become involved. A majority of the Sammamish community favored the trail. Any move by the city council to question the honesty of Norm Maleng or Ron Sims and his County Council would have been characterized as a move to stop the establishment of the trail, rather than a move to uphold the law. This is what has happened with rail-trails across the country. Bicycle clubs and public interest lawyers work hard to defeat the rights of the reversionary property owners because it is easier to steal the land from those folks than to tax the public and compensate the owners for the taking of their land. That's how "Theft by Community" works.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    The King County Journal newspaper:

         I tried very hard to get the King County Journal to expose the federal tax fraud scheme used to establish the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The Journal never asked to see evidence of the fraud, or showed any interest in reporting the crime to the public. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View my email correspondence with the Eastside/King County Journal.

         I believe that "Freedom of the Press" comes with a responsibility for newspapers to publish evidence of wrongdoing and dishonesty in government. I believe that is the primary purpose of that First Amendment right. It appears to me that the King County Journal believes "Freedom of the Press" is a privilege to do sloppy and negligent reporting, and not be held responsible. Its willingness to ignore the corruption in King County government made the King County Journal a passive participant in the federal tax fraud scheme used to establish the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The Journal is no longer in business. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    The People of King County, Washington:

         Ultimately, the people of King County must bear responsibility for the crime of "Theft-by-Community". Each of the parties I describe above answers to the public in some way. These parties will continue to defraud folks in King County until the public demands a return to rule of law, a commitment to the principles of the Constitution, and a respect for their neighbor's rights.