RUBY RIDGE UPDATES

WHAT'S HAPPENING AND WHAT CAN WE DO?

Perhaps you won't feel as passionate as I about this issue. Perhaps you feel that that Randy Weaver was a racist copkiller who got what he deserved. In either case, I'd recommend you start first with some of the background material that others have written. Then, I'm sure, you'll share my passion.

"Don't call Randy Weaver paranoid. His worst fears about the government have already come true." Jonathan Karl
"It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." Voltaire

 

... Till It's Over.

9/11/2001

After the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01, everyone just seemed to lose interest in the Ruby Ridge episode.

The new prosecutor even moved to vacate the landmark & hard-won decision of the Court of Appeals that had permitted the prosecution of the assassin Lon Horiuchi.

The fat lady has sung. It's over.

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More Twists and Turns ....

8/31/2001

Criminal charges have been filed against the Boundary County prosecutor for falsely notarizing documents in a pending civil case:

In another odd twist, Ron Howen (who bungled the criminal prosecution against Weaver & Harris) is now a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho and is apparently emerging as an acting Boundary County Prosecutor. The complete list of Rural Northwest.com's recent Ruby Ridge stories is at:

I've also received a "heads up" that there might be some interesting legal maneuvering coming up on the part of Steve Yagman & Ramsey Clark (the special prpsecutors who had been handling the criminal prosecution of Lon Horiuchi on behalf of Boundary County).

Keep an eye on these links for the latest developments:

  • Rural Northwest.com's Ruby Ridge page for local reporting

  • Spokesman-Review's Idaho page for the last day or two, when there are current developments

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August 31, 2001

 

It's Not Over 'Till ....

8/8/2001

Received an email from Mike Weland, a local reporter who has been covering Ruby Ridge from day 1, informing me that there now is a local web page with coverage of the latest snafu(s):

http://www.ruralnorthwest.com/boundary/horiuchi/index.htm

Apparently there remains solid support for Steve Yagman as the pro bono prosecutor.

There also appears to have been a coverup at the very highest levels in the F.B.I. -- efforts to censure executives (including F.B.I. Director Louis Freeh) reportedly were squelched. See the Spokesman-Review's Ruby Ridge trials newstrack for the story.

These are the links to keep tabs on for the latest Ruby Ridge news:

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August 8, 2001

 

No Justice for Vicki Weaver

6/14/2001

Associated Press (from http://www.latimes.com): SPOKANE, Wash. -- An Idaho county prosecutor said today an FBI sniper who shot and killed the wife of white separatist Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge will not be tried in an Idaho courtroom. Last week, a sharply divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi could face trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge for the death of Vicki Weaver in the 1992 standoff. Boundary County, Idaho, Prosecutor Brett Benton issued his decision in a news release from his Bonners Ferry, Idaho, office. He gave no reasons.

Later, under L.A. Times Byline (not AP): Attorney Stephen Yagman of Los Angeles, who was appointed by Benson's predecessor as special prosecutor in the case, was angered at Benson's decision. "In order for me to agree to drop these charges, someone would have had to kill me first," Yagman said from his office in Venice. "It was done without consulting me, sneakily and behind my back." . . . Weaver, who is living in Iowa, could not be reached for comment Thursday. But Yagman spoke to him and characterized his reaction as "chagrined." "He trusts that I will make good on my pledge to him that sniper Horiuchi will be brought to justice," Yagman said. "He knows that these things take a very long time. It's very, very difficult to bring down the king, as it were. He's steeled to stay the course until justice is done." Yagman said that because Idaho has no statute of limitations on homicide, he held out hope that a different prosecutor could launch a case at any time in the future.

Later, also from Associated Press (from http://www.foxnews.com): But Boundary County Prosecutor Brett Benson announced Thursday he will dismiss the involuntary manslaughter charge filed by his predecessor. He said it was unlikely the state could prove the case and too much time had passed. The Ruby Ridge incident was a tragedy that deeply affected and divided many of the citizens of this county and country," Benson said in a news release from his office in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. "It is our hope that this decision will begin the healing process that is so long overdue." . . . Special Prosecutor Stephen Yagman, who was appointed by Woodbury to handle the case, criticized the decision and said he hoped a different prosecutor might refile the charge or bring a more severe charge. "I could not disagree more with this decision than I do," Yagman said. "It sounds to me like the system has suffered a temporary corruption."

A few points to ponder:

  • Contrary to Brett Benson's intimation, letting a cold-blooded killer off the hook does not "begin the healing process." The FBI arrived with unconstitutional shoot-to-kill orders. The states must not allow assassins to operate with impunity in their communities. As long as it's handled in this inept manner, this case will NEVER go away.
  • At least 3 attorneys with national reputations have offered to assist in the prosecution of Lon Horiuchi, basically at no cost to Boundary County. At least two have actually participated in the prosecution and appeals. The prosecution has at its disposal the best attorneys money can buy -- at no expense to Boundary County! After recently winning a landmark decision in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, this latest move in incomprehensible.
  • Is Brett Benson, Boundary County Attorney, qualified and competent to be handling this case? He is currently being investigated in the matter of a forged document. Check out this story from the Spokesman Review on May 25.

Give Brett Benson a constructive piece of your mind! According to the Idaho Bar Association, this is his email address: idaholaw@dmi.net. Please keep it constructive and remember that most internet communications can be traced -- anything more intimidating than a promise to vote him out of office could land you in the cell they were reserving for Lon Horiuchi.

Watch the Spokane, Washington, Spokesman-Review's web pages to keep tabs on the latest developments in the Ruby Ridge cases:

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June 14, 2001

 

"When federal officers violate the Constitution, either through malice or excessive zeal, they can be held accountable for violating the state's criminal laws . . . . A group of FBI agents formulated rules of engagement that permitted their colleagues to hide in the bushes and gun down men who posed no immediate threat. Such wartime rules are patently unconstitutional for a police action." Judge Alex Kozinski writing in the majority opinion for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
"You've got a right not to be shot for nothing, you know . . . . If there are no restraints on law enforcement, then rather than the rule of law we have the rule of the gun . . . . The police can shoot you, period. That's it." Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who had argued the appeal on behalf of Boundary County

Update as of 6/5/2001

  • Today, in a 6-5 decision, the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Idaho can try Lon Horiuchi for manslaughter. So far, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear any appeals from the Ruby Ridge cases, but this could be the exception. Don't hold your breath expecting this to come to a conclusion any time soon.

  • A few months ago, the U.S. settled the Kevin Harris civil suit for $380,000.

Watch the Spokane, Washington, Spokesman-Review's web pages to keep tabs on the latest developments in the Ruby Ridge cases:

I receive quite a few emails asking where people can buy a copy of Randy Weaver's book. I don't know. It appears that it's no long available from the major chains or on-line sites (if I'm mistaken, please let me know). Randy Weaver is selling copies in person at gun shows around the country.

I also receive a number of emails intended for the Weavers. I have no connection with the Weavers, and I am unable to forward such emails.

And last but not least, I also receive emails from people trying to get in touch with Gerry Spence, who represented Weaver & Harris in their criminal trial. His law firm appears in the telephone listings for Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Please direct such inquiries there.

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June 5, 2001

 

 

Is Janet Reno To Blame for Ruby Ridge?

By now anyone with access to a TV has seen yesterday morning's appalling images of federal INS agents trashing a Miami home ("smash & grab seizure") to "rescue" 6-year old Elian Gonzales. Just as Randy Weaver likely would have surrendered if the local sheriff had knocked on his door and David Koresh could have been picked as he was out jogging, federal agents could have patiently waited for a more opportune moment to effect a far less dramatic (not to mention traumatic) transfer.

And why was the driver wearing a mask?

Ruby Ridge, 1992

Waco, 1993

Miami, 2000

The H&K MP-5 As a Tool of Federal Domestic Policy

But to return to the question at the top of this box. As the events in Miami have unfolded the past 24 hours, a number of talking heads in the media have blamed Janet Reno for "Ruby Ridge, Waco and now Miami". In fact, Ruby Ridge occurred a year before Janet "Barbecue" Reno took over at the Justice Dept. By the time she was appointed, the government's case against Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris was already unraveling in a Boise courtroom, resulting in the acquittal of Kevin Harris on all charges and of Randy Weaver on all charges except failure to appear. Janet Reno could have done little with regard to Ruby Ridge except to abort the Federal government's pathetic prosecution; she does, however, bear full responsibility for the Justice Department's obfuscation and failure to account and compensate for its actions and to hold its hired killers responsible for for the slayings of Vicki and Sammy Weaver. Eight years later, one civil case and one criminal case are still bogged down in the Federal court system.

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April 22, 2000

 

 

Update as of 4/22/2000

Fourteen months later, not much has changed:

 

 

Update as of 2/21/99 (Old)

The current status of the Ruby Ridge trials is:

  • Idaho's appeal of the dismissal of Horiuchi's is still pending before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Harris' civil case is finally scheduled for trial on 8/7/2000 at 1:30 p.m., presumably in Boise, Idaho. Better late than never. The suit was filed on 8/16/94.
  • I found an interesting article on-line: The Ruby Ridge Prosecutions, by Paul Blackman & David Kopel. The latter is one of the leading scholars on second amendment issues.
  • Randy and Sarah Weavers' book is available through their web site: http://www.rubyridgeinc.com.

 

 

News Flash (Old)

The manslaughter charges again Lon Horiuchi have been dismissed.

I probably won't have time to update this web site until Sunday evening, but there is presently (Thursday night) a story at www.cnn.com and the Spokane Spokesman-Review ( www.Spokane.net ) will likely have a story by Friday morning. The full text of the decision is available at the same location as the other court documents I've posted on the "What's New?" page.

The decision is a travesty -- it basically gives federal agents a license to kill as long as they have supervisors who train them for that purpose & deem such activities to be within the scope of their duties. However, my diatribe on that subject will have to wait a few days.

 

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