UPDATE 9 OCTOBER 2009 - Clifford Clark has now had a "massive stroke" and was in ICU after brain surgery. His other trial dates were cancelled in October 2009 and moved to January 2010, or later. He may have had the potentially fatal side effect of hypertension spike by serotonin syndrome from normal use of prescription meds. Such is the stress of an innocent person framed by crooked Big Brothers who refuse to obey The Law. Why does Judge Liebowitz refuse to dismiss false charges until one week before trial? Because government "cannot dismiss charges against innocent people without risk of being sued" for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, says Judge Wayne Henry.
New Trial Date Due to Stroke page 1
New Trial Date Due to Stroke page 2
Order for Sanctions Against Pirate News 17 Sept 09
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Note the lack of certificate of service upon John Lee, prima facie proof of perjury and contempt of court by attorneys for WBIR, Knoxville News Sentinel, City of Knoxville law director and court clerk, which is a $125 fine plus court costs for each unserved document, paid to John Lee, per TN Code 22-2-103. This order is a violation of the Tennessee Open Records Act, TN Code Title 10 Chapter VII, TN Code 10-7-505. John Lee first obtained this order on 9 October 2009, after reading the file of State v Clark at the Knox County Criminal Court clerk office, but this order was not in the file. Upon asking the clerk to check the judge's chambers, this order appeared, without cost (no cost is allowed for "served" documents). Entry of judgment cannot take place until the order is served, which is 9 October 2009, not 17 September 2009. On 24 September 2009, Cliff Clark's lawyer Ron Newcomb was notified that Mr. Clark had a stroke, and a motion for continuance of trial date was filed on 30 September 2009. John Lee was first "notified" of Mr. Clark's stroke on 9 October 2009, by reading the court file.
Motion to Reconsider - By John Lee. Filed in State of Tennessee v Clark, 9 November 2009
Affidavit - By John Lee. Filed in State of Tennessee v Clark, 9 November 2009
Brief - By John Lee against sanctions and investigation to arrest for alleged contempt of court. Filed in State of Tennessee v Clark, 9 November 2009
Proposed Order - By John Lee for sanctions against WBIR, Knoxville News Sentinel, City of Knoxville, State of Tennessee. Filed in State of Tennessee v Clark, 9 November 2009
WBIR TV and Knoxville News Sentinel argue they are immune to subpoenas by FBI, and demand they have the right to publish death threats against defense lawyers in the Christian-Newsome murders trials. Judge Richard Baumgartner agreed they have a right to publish death threats against court-appointed defense lawyers. However, Knoxville News Sentinel eventually complied with the FBI subpoena to release the IP address of the person making the death threat. Is this related to the father of the female victim being denied the right to testify during sentencing for Lamarcus Davidson, "for fear of crossexamination", as he rocked violently in his courtroom seat?
“We value and take seriously our users’ privacy and do not as a normal course of business provide non-public information about our users to any third party. In this instance, however, we were served with a subpoena requesting very specific information as part of an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
-Jack Lail, director of news innovation for the News Sentinel, FBI widens death-threats probe, subpoenas KNS online records, 27 October 2009
BREAKING NEWS 9/11/2009 -- JUDGE MARY BETH LIEBOWITZ THREATENS TO ARREST INTERVENOR JOHN LEE IF HE OPENS HIS MOUTH IN COURT TO ARGUE HIS MOTIONS AND SUBPOENAS. JUDGE LIEBOWITZ BANS PRO SE CITIZENS FROM COURT. STATE PROSECUTOR ZANE SCARLETT THREATENES TO ARREST JOHN LEE FOR SERVING SUBPOENAS IN COURT, NEVER MIND JOHN LEE PREVIOUSLY SERVING SUBPOENAS IN 3 COURTS AND WINNING 3 TRIALS, INCLUDING SUBPOENA OF 5 KPD COPS AND KNOXVILLE CITY COURT CLERK WHO WAS FIRED FOR THAT TESTIMONY OF KEEPING AN ILLEGAL SECRET DOCKET OF 125,000 ANNUAL TICKETS. JUDGE LIEBOWITZ BANS TN RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE AND SAYS COURT CLERKS CANNOT PRINT OR SIGN SUBPOENAS, BUT ALLOWS CLERKS TO PRINT DEFECTIVE SUBPOENAS. JUDGE LIEBOWITZ BANS TRCP SUBPOENAS FOR PRO SE LITIGANTS. JUDGE LIEBOWITZ BANS RULE 24 TN RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE ON INTERVENORS. JUDGE LIEBOWITZ FORGETS CRIMINAL COURTS ARE CIRCUIT COURTS WITH CONCURRENT JURISDICITION WITH CIVIL COURTS, AND THAT ALL ASSET FORFEITURE CASES ARE CIVIL. JUDGE LIEBOWITZ BANS APPEAL TO TN COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS AND BANS TN RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE. JUDGE LIEBOWITZ BANS TN SUPREME COURT RULE 30. JUDGE LIEBOWITZ SAYS WBCR 1470AM, KNOXVILLE JOURNAL, KNOXVILEL NEWS SENTINEL, WBIR TV, WBIR.COM, WATE TV, THE SOUTHERNER, AMERICAN EX-POW MAGAZINE, AUTOSPORT MAGAZINE, AUTOSPRINT MAGAZINE, MONROE COUNTY ADVOCATE, SKY TV, EUROSPORT TV, BBC RADIO ARE NOT "LEGITIMATE NEWS MEDIA". JUDGE LIEBOWITZ ENGAGES IN EX PARTE DELIBERATIONS WITH THE STATE TO BAN MEDIA ACCESS BEFORE A HEARING AND INVENT EVIDENCE AGAINST DEFENDANT. ATTORNEYS FOR KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL AND WBIR TV ARGUE THAT THEIR 50 PAGE MOTION TO INTERVENE IN THE COBBINS/CHRISTIAN/NEWSOME MURDERS TRIAL IS BULLSHIT, AND THEIR ILLEGAL GOVT CONTRACTS FOR VNR VIDEO NEWS RELEASE PROPAGANDA ARE "PROPRIETARY RECORDS", NEVER MIND THAT PESKY $350,000/DAY FINE BY FCC. ATTORNEY FOR KNOXVILLE CITY ATTORNEY DEBBIE POPLIN ARGUES THAT CITY IS EXEMPT FROM TN OPEN RECORDS ACT ON GOVT CONTRACTS. SEEMS THE COURT AND THE STATE WILL DO ANYTHING TO STOP NEWS MEDIA FROM REPORTING THAT A KNOX COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF CONFESSED TO SHOOTING A REDLIGHT CAMERA, JUST LIKE IN OPERATION NORTHWOODS...
Meanwhile, John Lee's premier broadcast of Pirate News Radio was on 9/11/2009 on WBCR 1470am. Topics of discussion were 9/11 facts about Knoxville, and the Cliff Clark case, with music by The Gitmos: Yo Gubmit Is Lyin. Video will soon be posted here. John Lee also did 2 interviews on WBCR one day prior, also discussing this case.
Note that John Lee didn't pull a Herb Moncier, and keep talking after a judge gives an illegal order to shut up. That's a one-way trip to the police state death camp for contempt of court.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8 September 2009
by John Lee, executive producer
Pirate News TV and Pirate News Radio
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - Don Jacobs, editor for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Jeff Lee, general manager for WBIR TV, and Debbie Poplin, city attorney for City of Knoxville Municipal Corporation, were served subpoenas by the Court on Friday, to testify in the case of State v. Clifford E. Clark, regarding tens of millions of taxdollars paid by City of Knoxville for propaganda services, to report intentional falsehoods about red-light cameras.
Mr. Clark was accused of shooting a red-light traffic camera. All charges were dismissed on 30 July, regarding that alleged incident, after KPD destroyed evidence of audiotape recording of Mr. Clark's alleged confession and alleged consent to search vehicle, and KPD failed to obtain a search warrant. Mr. Clark testified he never made those alleged verbal statements.
The court hearing on media access by Intervenor Pirate News is scheduled for 11 September 2009, in Knox County Criminal Court, Division 3.
This is concurrent with additional charges pending against Mr. Clark for alleged trespass by invitation while a student on University of Tennessee campus, alleged assault of allegedly unidentified undercover deputies inside Mr. Clark's home, and litigation to return $10,000 in firearms allegedly stolen by deputies from Mr. Clark's locked safe in his attic.
Intervenor John Lee applied to the Court for those subpoenas, in support of his motions for Media Access as Intervenor in State v. Clark. On 1 July, assistant district attorney Zane Scarlett moved to ban Mr. Lee from videotaping in the courtroom. Judge Mary Beth Liebowitz subsequently ordered that John Lee and public access TV are not "legitimate news media". Four previous judges in State v. Clark ordered that John Lee and Pirate News are "legitimate news media" in these cases, and allowed videotaping and broadcast of those court hearings in their entirety on Pirate News TV.
John Lee has worked in journalism for over 25 years, is author of the autobiography, "Stormbringers", about the first Gulf War, with news articles published in newspapers and magazines in Knoxville and around the world. Mr. Lee has appeared on radio and television worldwide from England, to Europe and Japan, and his website PirateNews.org is featured monthly on History Channel.
Order by Judge Mary Beth Liebowitz to ban John Lee from videotaping State v. Clark
As declared by affidavits filed Knox County Criminal Court, Pirate News TV was banned from court to hide evidence from the public that KPD, Knox County Sheriff Office and Redflex destroyed all ballistic evidence, destroyed all audio evidence, failed to give Miranda warnings, failed to get search warrants, and illegally concealed public records of camera repairs. Law enforcement officers apparently committed perjury regarding these facts, as well as the alleged theft of Mr. Clark's personal property from a locked safe in his attic. No evidence was entered alleging KPD sued a red-light camera ticket against Mr. Clark, and there was no such "conviction" for a red-light camera ticket in municipal court.
After the ban of Pirate News TV, courtroom broadcasts by WBIR failed to mention most of this testimony. WATE TV, WVLT TV and Knoxville News-Sentinel failed to mention any of this evidence.
An example of false allegations reported as "fact" by corporate media in Knoxville is the claim that Redflex is headquartered in the state of Arizona, USA. That is untrue, according to Redflex.com. Those same media corporations also report that Lasercraft is headquartered in Georgia, USA, an allegation proven false by the corporate websites for Lasercraft, which is located in England and Communist China. Where a government contractor is located is relevant, since up to 90% of revenue (tax) from redlight and/or radar speed camera tickets is exported out of USA to a foreign military contractor. Few American citizens or Knoxville taxpayers would approve of 90% of ticket revenue not being used to fund local government, local police and local courts, and turning local public highwyas into de facto foreign toll roads.
"Redflex Group is based in South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Redflex Holdings Limited was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in January 1997. Redflex Traffic Systems Inc has contracts with more then 130 USA cities, and is the largest provider of digital red light and speed enforcement services in North America."
"Lasercraft is a member of the Public Safety Equipment PSE group of companies. Public Safety Equipment (Itnl) Ltd, Registered Office, Yeadon, Leeds, England. Bejing Mag Science and Technology Development Corp, Bejing, China."
—LasercraftInc.com, PSE-Intl.com, MagGroup.org
On his website, CliffSpeaks.com, defendant Clifford Clark posted an invoice from City of Knoxville to Redflex, with payment made to "National Australia Bank", for a single payment of $500,000.
Web image of Redflex Invoice
Janice McClelland, assistant agent at Knoxville Purchasing Division, and Allison "Abertane", at Knoxville law department, refused to provide inspection of public records involving contracts between the City and media outlets. McClelland declared that, "The law department keeps all contracts, and you must talk to them," and provided a form to file with the law department. Upon filing that form with the law department, "Abertane" declared that the City has no contracts with any media outlets in Knoxville, or anywhere else on the planet.
Telephone message from Allison "Abertane", 3 September 2009
As proof that City of Knoxville does have contracts with local news media corporations, City of Knoxville paid a $20-million welfare grant or tax abatement to Knoxville News-Sentinel, to build a new headquarters and purchase a new printing press from the foreign nation of Germany. The parent corporation of the News-Sentinel, Scripps-Howard, had sought a one-billion-dollar welfare grant or tax abatement from Knoxville taxpayers, to build "Universe Knoxville". Numerous newspaper articles were published on these topics, with Mayor Victor Ashe proudly posting a framed front-page News-Sentinel article outside his office door in the 6th Floor hallway in City County Building. The framed article was posted at that location for several years, where every employee of the law department had to walk past it to reach their office next door.
"It looks like a damn Habitrail with Rocky Top playing in the background. The people who designed it must be frigging brain dead - turning downtown into a theme park mall for Stepford Childs. Call in Disney and hoist the Mouse's Ears. The taxpayers will be paying for this fiasco for generations to come. It will never recover. Knoxville must be the most corrupt city on Earth. People worry about the national government, but it's the local government people need to fear. Thanks to the debt from the mayor's downtown renovation schemes, this town will be bankrupt for generations to come. It will never recover."
—City Councilmember Carlene Malone to John Lee at Pirate News, regarding Universe Knoxville, and suspected arson of her two cars by towing contractors for City of Knoxville, during Wrecker Commissions hearings
"The night it all came down I could not stop shivering. It changed the way I viewed a lot of things. For the first time, sitting on Council [with mayor Ashe], I really felt I was in the presence of evil. I had disagreed with people on many occasions and felt strongly about many things, but I never ever had felt something I could describe as the presence of evil. Until that night. There was just darkness. Hopelessness. But never, until Danny's death and the appointment of someone other than his wife, and knowing the orchestration that took place to make it happen, did I realize that I could never again go back to that body without carrying with me my belief that they were capable of the worst possible actions."
—City Councilmember Carlene Malone, Metro Pulse, "Malone Alone", December 13, 2001
News broadcasts by WBIR conflict with news broadcasts by WATE TV, regarding KPD's alleged statistics for the number of crashes at intersections in Knoxville.
A federal class action filed by attorney David Hamilton accuses KPD, Redflex and City of Knoxville of illegally refusing to release raw data for the number of crashes at intersections with red-light cameras. That class action is on appeal to the 6th Circuit in Ohio.
Williams v. Redflex
Presumably, local news corporations are failing to actually investigate the police reports of crashes, and instead are merely reading a script provided to them by KPD and public relations spokespersons for City of Knoxville or Redflex.
NEW COURT FILINGS AND NEWS REPORT
First Amendment Brief for Media Access by Intervenor Pirate News
Transcript of 1 July 2009 hearing to ban Pirate News TV from court
Affidavit in Support of Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment by Intervenor Pirate News
Media Request Motion by Intervenor Pirate News
Proposed Order for Media Request by Intervenor Pirate News
Proposed Order to Correct Clerical Mistake by Intervenor Pirate News
Notice of Interlocutory Appeal by Intervenor Pirate News
Affidavit in Support of Notice of Appeal by Intervenor Pirate News
Client Pays Lawyer in Body Parts
PRIOR NEWS RELEASES
Knoxville Journal: Accused Camera Shooter Says Cops Did It
Charges Dismissed Against Accused Red-light Camera Shooter, Cops Confess to Shooting Red-light Camera
Order of Dismissal of State v. Clark, docket # 90252
John Lee on WBCR 1470am 6 August 2009
Judge Finds Web Producer (John Lee) Not "Legitimate Media"
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Foundation, Washington DC
Order by Judge Mary Beth Liebowitz to Ban John Lee from Videotaping State v. Clark
Granma protests robocop traffic cameras in Europe, where over 1,000 redlight cameras and Gatso speed cameras have been destroyed
Obama: We Need To Bailout Newspapers To Stop New Media Taking Over
President says preserving "mutual understanding" is critical to democracy
Sept 21, 2009
President Obama has stated that he is happy to consider bailing out the corporate media, expressing concerns that alternative internet based news outlets will grow in popularity as a result of the downfall of newspapers.
Obama told editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade that preserving the print media is "critical to the health of our democracy".
"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding," Obama said.
He also indicated that readers should be made to pay for online news content in the near future:
"What I hope is that people start understanding if you're getting your newspaper over the Internet, that's not free and there's got to be a way to find a business model that supports that." he said.
Over the past year, scores of newspapers have gone out of business or shifted to online only output, due to the rise of the alternative media and the resulting loss of ad revenue. Several large newspaper corporations have filed for bankruptcy, including the Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.
Obama said he "would be happy to look at" legislation aimed at providing newspapers tax-breaks if they were to restructure as 50 (c) (3) educational corporations. Democratic Senator Ben Cardin has introduced a bill in this vain titled "The Newspaper Revitalization Act."
Critics may point out that, far from being "critical" to democracy, a bailed out government subsidized media is the very antithesis of a "free press".
Government Banking and Government Motors would effectively be joined by the Government Press if bailouts were to be granted.
Bailing out the corporate media would once again constitute rewarding outdated and failing monopolies with more taxpayer dollars, thus punishing innovative forward thinking competition.
Furthermore, there is absolutely no basis for bailing out the newspapers, given that they employ less than one percent of the labor force in the United States.
The dinosaur corporate media is dying because it has proven itself to be almost wholly untrustworthy, acting as an unquestioning mouthpiece for the establishment.
Denouncing all blog based media as unreliable or without context is laughable in the face of the mainstream media's recent track record.
Newspapers Drafted by Police State: Obama open to newspaper bailout bill
Pirate News their worst frakkin nightmare, says Obama Bin Laden
By Michael O'Brien
The president said he is "happy to look at" bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.
"I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them," Obama told the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade in an interview.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called Newspaper Revitalization Act, that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin's Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had played down the possibility of government assistance for news organizations, which have been hit by an economic downturn and dwindling ad revenue.
In early May, Gibbs said that while he hadn't asked the president specifically about bailout options for newspapers, "I don't know what, in all honesty, government can do about it."
Obama said that good journalism is "critical to the health of our democracy," but expressed concern toward growing tends in reporting -- especially on political blogs, from which a groundswell of support for his campaign emerged during the presidential election.
"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding," he said.
SB673: Newspaper Revitalization Act
Title: A bill to allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.
Sponsor: Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] (introduced 3/24/2009) Cosponsors (1)
Related Bills: H.R.3602
Latest Major Action: 3/24/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
To allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code. (Introduced in Senate)
To allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 24, 2009
Mr. CARDIN (for himself and Ms. MIKULSKI) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
A BILL To allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN NEWSPAPERS AS EXEMPT FROM TAX UNDER SECTION 501.
(a) In General- Paragraph (3) of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting `(including a qualified newspaper corporation)' after `educational purposes'.
(b) Qualified Newspaper Corporation- Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended--
(1) by redesignating subsection (r) as subsection (s), and
(2) by inserting after subsection (q) the following new subsection:
`(r) Qualified Newspaper Corporation- For purposes of this title, a corporation or organization shall be treated as a qualified newspaper corporation if--
`(1) the trade or business of such corporation or organization consists of publishing on a regular basis a newspaper for general circulation,
`(2) the newspaper published by such corporation or organization contains local, national, and international news stories of interest to the general public and the distribution of such newspaper is necessary or valuable in achieving an educational purpose, and
`(3) the preparation of the material contained in such newspaper follows methods generally accepted as educational in character.'.
(c) Unrelated Business Income of a Qualified Newspaper Corporation- Section 513 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
`(k) Advertising Income of Qualified Newspaper Corporations- The term `unrelated trade or business' does not include the sale by a qualified newspaper corporation (as defined in section 501(r)) of any space for commercial advertisement to be published in a newspaper, to the extent that the space allotted to all such advertisements in such newspaper does not exceed the space allotted to fulfilling the educational purpose of such qualified newspaper corporation.'.
(d) Deduction for Charitable Contributions- Subparagraph (B) of section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting `(including a qualified newspaper corporation as defined in section 501(r))' after `educational purposes'.
(e) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Another judge in the Cliff Clark case in the news
"Once a revered Knox County Criminal Court judge, Richard Baumgartner on Tuesday shuffled into a federal courtroom in shackles, accused of covering up the drug-trafficking crimes of the mistress he met via a Drug Court program he helped found. Baumgartner, who sent thousands of people to prison in his nearly two-decade-long tenure as judge, was arrested Tuesday as he drove away from his East Knox County farm and hauled into U.S. District Court with shackles on his feet and a chain wrapped around his belly and connected to handcuffs."
-Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel, Former Judge Richard Baumgartner faces 7 federal counts of failing to report felonious activity, May 16, 2012