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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Newaygo County, Michigan: Burial ground for democracy

I appreciate all the responses from people concerning my recent arrest on warrants that are over 21 years old.

In Michigan, the statute of limitations--- according to the law is:

The statute of limitations for a misdemeanor, as expressed in the Michigan Code of Criminal Procedure section 767.24, is six years.

But, this didn't deter the Grand Rapids Police Department from arresting me on twenty-one year old bogus misdemeanor warrants carrying a maximum fine of $500.00/6 months in jail and turning me over to Newaygo County authorities who then established an outrageous TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR bond who then went so far as to place restrictions on this bond that I couldn't enter anyplace serving alcoholic beverages--- meaning I can't meet with casino workers in their places of employment--- and prohibits me from participating in demonstrations.

This is obviously unconstitutional and criminal harassment on the part of the Grand Rapids Police Department and the Newaygo County Sheriff, Newaygo County Prosecutor and Newaygo County District Court Judge.

It is assumed that any police officer should have the basic knowledge of the laws when it comes to such warrants and the common sense and human decency to question the validity of a twenty-one year old warrant for which he was so well informed he advised me of what the charges consisted of.

The arresting Grand Rapids Police officer "joked" that "we finally got our man after over twenty years."

He directed his "jokes" to me and those he was communicating with via his radio.

We have now learned that no less than 17 people, including the judge and prosecutor and the Chief of Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan were all aware of my arrest, the charges involved, and when the warrant was issued over twenty-one years ago while I was still sitting handcuffed in the back of the Grand Rapids police cruiser on the corner of Alpine and Leonard Streets--- they all made the “complex” and “complicated” decision to carry out this arrest.

This is an outright abuse by public officials and police who engaged in harassment for political persecution in carrying out this dirty deed under "color of law."

The irony in all of this is that these very same public officials and police who knowingly arrested me knowing the warrants were bogus from the time they were issued and then executed these warrants knowing full well they well past the statute of limitations will now go marching into federal court with expensive, high-powered attorneys who will be charging tax-payers an arm-and-a-leg claiming their positions make provide them with immunity from civil actions.

And then they pass this entire repressive, rotten and corrupt system off to the rest of the world as the United States being “the world’s greatest bastion of democracy.”

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell is even aware of these dirty deeds and has remained shamefully silent.