Wednesday, February 11, 2009

WOU Student Kangaroo Court Convicts – But Doesn’t Know Charge!

If the students of Western Oregon University represent the future, then this nation is in deep, deep trouble. The Oregon Firearms Federation has posted a summary of the progress on the plight of Jeff Maxwell who is being persecuted by both police and University for simply exercising his Civil Rights under the Second Amendment. The lone bright spot is that the criminal charges have been dropped by the Polk County District Attorney. Unfortunately that minor victory is tarnished by the fact that the DA admitted no errors on his part or on the part of the police who arrested Maxwell. He states:

"I believe the Monmouth Police Department issued the citation in good faith and that there was an arguable violation. However, a careful reading of the statute and the facts led me to conclude the charge was not in the best interest of justice."

Ever heard of false arrest??? Hopefully Maxwell’s attorneys will introduce the concept to the District Attorney and the Monmouth Police.

Unfortunately the on campus situation is much worse. The University convened what amounts to a kangaroo student court to “try” Mr. Maxwell. According to the OFF report:

“The tribunal was told repeatedly that they lacked the authority to impose a rule dealing with firearms. But the children who sat in judgment of the veteran were not interested in the law or the facts. They were only interested in attacking and embarrassing a man who had committed no crime but had chosen to exercise his right to protect himself and others.

“The ‘trial’ was a sham. No one present even seemed to know what the ‘charge’ was. When confronted by the fact that the school has no authority to make rules about firearms, they said that was ‘not relevant.’ Then they said they were not charging Maxwell with having a firearm. When asked what they WERE charging him with, they seemed to not know. They then said they were charging him with having a ‘knife and a rifle in his car.’ When told they had no authority to make rules about guns in his car, they said THAT was not ‘relevant.’”

Don’t bother them with details, they’ve got an inquisition to run! This sort of flagrant disregard for the Civil Rights of a veteran and U.S. citizen is truly disgusting. If this sort of environment wasn’t bad enough, the “decision” these post-pubescent juveniles reached is even more insulting. They found Maxwell “guilty” – though they’re not sure of what – and laughed while they imposed the following “sentence”:

“Suspension and a "psychological evaluation stating he is not a threat to himself of others" and

“a mandatory "ten page paper" " with references, "citing, but not limited to:
“1) the importance of following the law, even through civil disobedience.
“2) the importance of accepting responsibility for one's actions
“3) and recognizing the impact possession of weapons on college campuses has on others."

Apparently any individual not conforming to their ideals – which don’t include the Second Amendment – is due ridicule and humiliation. Apparently any individual who values and exercises their Second Amendment rights is psychologically unbalanced. Apparently Mr. Maxwell broke the law because they decreed he broke the law, only he DIDN’T break the law – and our Constitution is supposed to protect individuals from this sort of tyrannical persecution. Apparently any firearm owner is “irresponsible”. Apparently simply carrying a weapon offends the delicate sensibilities of mindless, over privileged sheep that were given way too much authority by the University and have turned in a decision that resembles nothing more than a Soviet Gulag. All Americans, not only law-abiding firearm owners, should be enraged by these actions. Quite frankly the student court should be the ones suspended and writing the term paper – on how to respect the Civil Rights of others and the meaning of due process.

The Oregon Firearms Federation has pledged to continue the fight, and Mr. Maxwell and OFF needs our continued support. Please continue to write your representatives on this issue. Quite frankly I believe that we need to organize a protest outside Western Oregon University to let them know that their kangaroo courts, Star Chamber mentality, and disdain for the basic Civil Rights of Mr. Maxwell, and by extension all Americans, has not gone unnoticed and will NOT be tolerated.

WOU's President's contact information is on yesterday's blog entry. To contact Oregon's elected officials including your representatives and the Attorney General, hit:

The governor is at:

Until next time!!!


Micah said...

Thanks for posting more on this. My blood sure boils when I read this, sent the links on to friend/family as well.

Fingolfen said...

Thanks Micah - got my first hate mail today from a WOU student - made an additional post out of it.

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