The Income Tax Gulag
Imagine writing a book containing information so offensive and damaging to the government that the government prosecutes you for running a “fraudulent tax shelter” and the book is subsequently banned by a federal judge - without the government ever citing a single sentence that is false, misleading or fraudulent.
Imagine having your business raided and records seized using a court-sanctioned search warrant that fails to aver any specific law that you have violated.
Imagine the raid is conducted by a platoon of well-armed federal officers that have no delegated or statutory authority to conduct such a seizure.
Imagine then being indicted for allegedly committing more than a dozen federal tax crimes – each of which is predicated upon a crucial, but erroneous, legal presumption that direct, un-apportioned taxes on the labor of individuals have in fact, been legally imposed and that the government’s prosecution is allowed to proceed without it ever having to establish for the legal record or prove before the jury that such a law exists – even though the Supreme Court has ruled it must.
Imagine filing more than a dozen legal motions over 18 months seeking to dismiss the charges for lack of jurisdiction, each one citing specific U.S. statutes and Supreme Court decisions leading to irrefutable legal conclusions requiring dismissal, only to have the government respond without substance that the motions are “frivolous” and then have the court delay its denial of the motions until just hours before the trial begins in order to prevent any appeal.
Imagine a “trial” where you are not allowed to question your accusers about the law or present evidence about the law, even though what the law actually says is the only question before the court and your entire defense is based on what the law actually says.
Imagine a “trial” where one morning, you witness the U.S. Attorneys emerging from a secret, ex-parte meeting in the judge’s chambers about which you and your attorneys have no knowledge or notice and you have no idea what they discussed.
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