Tuesday, October 30, 2007

List Your Business Here by Supporting the Defense Fund!

We would like to extend an invitation to all Liberty Dollar supporters who own or operate businesses throughout the States. If you would like to donate a small amount of money electronically or through the mail, we would be happy to list your business name, website, city, and state, and perhaps more, on a big list of supporters! Let's show everyone who stands behind the Liberty Dollar and REAL MONEY.

Just send a donation, and specify the business name, website (if applicable), city, state. We will list it immediately. If you've already donated, and want to add your name in, please send an email via the email account associated with your donation, to accountabilitydept@gmail.com and we will post things :)

Thank you all!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Liberty Dollar Arrest Fund Raising

A young couple, now married, were arrested in May for using Liberty Dollars in Walworth County, Wisconsin. Shaun and Svetlana Kranish were both arrested, after Shaun offered both Liberty Dollars and FRNs (Federal Reserve Notes – typical green “cash” or “money”) to an outdoor ice cream stand in the Village of Walworth. Shaun and Svetlana (Lana) went on to spend the night in jail – solitary confinement for Lana – and then spend over $5,500 the next day in order to get out and get their minivan back. The alleged felony charges – three each for Shaun and Lana – which never appeared in paper, and were used solely to extract this large sum of money from the couple’s family, never did surface on paper or electronically.

Misdemeanor charges of “theft – false representation” and “as a party to a crime” were then lodged against Shaun and Lana. They have since been forced, in an attempt to secure their safety from the state, to hire two separate attorneys, to raise the total costs on paper to nearly $12,000. All of this and much more is the result of using, or attempting to use, a few Liberty Dollar solid .999 pure silver pieces for trade at three stores in the town. The Liberty Dollars were happily accepted at the other two establishments, but were frowned upon at the ice cream stand and instead of accepting the green paper U.S. “cash”, Dari Ripple/Drive-In in Walworth, WI – had Shaun and Lana arrested.

It doesn’t seem to matter to the state of Wisconsin that Lana wasn’t even present when Shaun offered the valuable silver in exchange for inexpensive food, or that she had no part in any transactions. Lana, an immigrant from Russia, is now unable to become a citizen due to the ongoing prosecution, leave the country, or see her family whom she’s not see in over three years. Shaun and Lana have offered to give the three businesses “cash” in exchange for the silver, if those businesses really don’t want the silver, but this is not enough for the state. Shaun and Lana must now fight and pay thousands more to go to trial and hope to be found innocent and avoid jail sentences, all over a few exchanges valued at less than $15.

Shaun and Lana have begun a fund raiser, which can be found at www.LibertyDollarArrest.com, and are asking for any other concerned citizens who support real money to donate to their legal defense fund. Shaun and Lana can accept both FRNs (checks, money orders, PayPal, credit card, etc) or real silver and gold money. Plase visit the above website today for more information on the arrests, the fund raiser, and other ways you can help out! Free trade, real money, and justice are at stake here today. Trial is currently scheduled for Lana on Nov. 8th and 9th. Please take action today and help this brave and patriotic couple.

Monday, October 1, 2007

CCW Deemed Unconstitutional in WI

Judge Throws Out Concealed Weapon Charge

Katie DeLong
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - A judge has found the prosecution of a pizza driver on concealed weapons charges to be unconstitutional.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Daniel A. Noonan agreed Monday with defense attorneys' contention that Andres Vegas, 46, needed the gun to protect himself in his chosen work, citing state Supreme Court decisions that found justified exceptions to the state's concealed-carry ban.

The ruling means Vegas will not face criminal charges in the nonfatal shootings. Prosecutors had filed a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon after the second shooting, in January, and said Vegas had been warned after a July 2006 shooting not to carry a concealed gun while driving for his job.

"Given Vegas's experience, he has a need for a gun at a moment's notice," the judge said in his decision. "Enclosing and unloading the weapon is not a reasonable alternative to secure and protect his safety.

"Plus, Vegas while delivering pizzas enters and exits his car constantly; it would be unreasonable for him every time that he enters his car to require him to unload it and place it in a case and then reverse the process every time he exits. This defeats the purpose of having the gun for security and protection."

Craig Mastantuono, one of two lawyers who represented Vegas, said the weapons ban had presented Vegas with untenable choices of either carry a gun illegally or else go unarmed on delivery runs in the same central-city neighborhoods where he has been robbed four times.

"Mr. Vegas's situation may seem unique, but given the gap between the rights that are afforded Wisconsin citizens in the right to bear arms amendment and the prohibitions that restrict Wisconsin residents in the concealed-carry general ban that was never updated by the Legislature, I think it's going to be a recurring situation, quite frankly," Mastantuono said.

Vegas became a delivery driver in a Milwaukee suburb after the charge was filed, Mastantuono, and is now a cook.

"Mr. Vegas felt required by circumstances -- not only of threats to his safety but being prosecuted for defending himself -- he felt required to change careers," Mastantuono said.

Milwaukee County Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said his office has no plans to appeal the decision.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)