Friday, June 6, 2008



From: Kimberly Dawley


The Sheriff is the highest Law authority in each county. Their authority
is higher then the President.

Send to Mr. Meeks of Sacramento county Sheriff Dept. + others.

Way past time to be having a talk with your local sheriff to start
protecting you from the fed and its alphabet soup agencies.

February 18, 2007Here's one the mainstream media isn't going to tell
you: County sheriffs in Wyoming are demanding that federal agents
actually abide by the Constitution, or face arrest. Even better, a
U.S. District Court agreed according to the Keene Free Press:

The court decision was the result of a suit against both the BATF and
the IRS by Mattis and other members of the Wyoming Sheriff's
Association. The suit in the Wyoming federal court district sought
restoration of the protections enshrined in the United States
Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution.

Guess what? The District Court ruled in favor of the sheriffs. In
fact, they stated, Wyoming is a sovereign state and the duly elected
sheriff of a county is the highest law enforcement official within a
county and has law enforcement powers exceeding that of any other
state or federal official." Go back and re-read this quote.

The court confirms and asserts that "the duly elected sheriff of a
county is the highest law enforcement official within a county and has
law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR federal
official." And you thought the 10th Amendment was dead and buried ­
not in Wyoming, not yet.

Bighorn County Sheriff Dave Mattis comments:

"If a sheriff doesn't want the Feds in his county he has the
constitutional right and power to keep them out, or ask them to leave,
or retain them in custody."

"I am reacting in response to the actions of federal employees who
have attempted to deprive citizens of my county of their privacy,
their liberty, and their property without regard to constitutional
safeguards. I hope that more sheriffs all across America will join us
in protecting their citizens from the illegal activities of the IRS,
EPA, BATF, FBI, or any other federal agency that is operating outside
the confines of constitutional law. Employees of the IRS and the EPA
are no longer welcome in Bighorn County unless they intend to operate
in conformance to constitutional law."

The implications are huge:

But it gets even better. Since the judge stated that the sheriff "has
law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR federal
official," the Wyoming sheriffs are flexing their muscles. They are
demanding access to all BATF files. Why? So as to verify that the
agency is not violating provisions of Wyoming law that prohibits the
registration of firearms or the keeping of a registry of firearm
owners. This would be wrong.

The sheriffs are also demanding that federal agencies immediately
cease the seizure of private property and the impoundment of private
bank accounts without regard to due process in Wyoming state courts.

This case is not just some amusing mountain melodrama. This is a BIG
deal. This case is yet further evidence that the 10th Amendment is not
yet totally dead, or in a complete decay in the United States. It is
also significant in that it can, may, and hopefully will be
interpreted to mean that "political subdivisions of a State are
included within the meaning of the amendment, or that the powers
exercised by a sheriff are an extension of those common law powers
which the 10th Amendment explicitly reserves to the People, if they
are not granted to the federal government or specifically prohibited
to the States."

James Foley
Property Rights AdvocateKlamath River, California

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