Posting the truth has greatly upset the Magistrate Judge of Fresno, California.
Concerning the apparent denial of Mike’s Fourth Amendment rights and his resulting arrest (read the story), he appeared again before the court on June 30.
According to Mike, the judge held up a printed version of a Ron Paul forum post and stated she was furious that her orders had been exposed on the Ron Paul site!
In apparent retaliation, 10 marshalls entered the courtroom, intimating that Michael Ioane was going to be placed in jail. Although the original order from the court instructed Mike to not offer tax advice or promote trust services, he is now accused of visiting a Dave Chapman web site and of blogging on the Ron Paul forum. Mr. Ioane submitted an affidavit that he himself had not been posting on any blogs or forums, but that other parties were doing so.
Considering Michael Ioane is an IRS corruption investigator, it isn’t unreasonable for him to research constitutional and Department of Justice sites, as well as tax forums. After all, visiting web sites was NOT a violation of the court’s order–neither was there a “gag order” or any limitation on conducting his customary business.
It makes one wonder, what is this court really after? If someone visits a web site and reads about Hitler, will they be targeted as a Nazi?
He has now been ordered under house arrest. Amazing. Even more surprising, his wife, who is not under investigation, has been ordered not to use a computer anywhere on their home or property!
I’m no legal expert, but it looks like Michael is being punished for having his story out there. This behavior on the part of the Fresno court is deeply disturbing.