J.A.I.L. News Journal
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Los Angeles, California                                               October 3, 2005
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www.SouthDakotaJudicialAccountability.org
 
Anonymous Propaganda From The Argus Leader
 
On August 28, 2005, a columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader by the name of David Kranz, took a shot at the South Dakota Judicial Accountability Initiative. But what Mr. Kranz did not anticipate was that J.A.I.L. was not defenseless, and has its own media sources that reaches nearly every media source in South Dakota, (radio, newspapers, and TV) with its own national publication that extends throughout the world. As a result, David Kranz and his newspaper received a landslide of opposing responses to his article.  He first attempted to respond to the tons of emails he received, but discovered that it was a total lost cause, so he tried to discount the outreach he was encountered with by writing to one reader, "This was a story about something happening in South Dakota, nowhere else." In other words, he was saying that if one was not from South Dakota, he did not have to address the challenges to his misrepresentation of truth which he published in his newspaper column. I personally wrote to David Kranz and said, "So David, how do you propose to defend your published deception to a South Dakotan who writes and criticizes your article? I am curious. Some of your critics do live in South Dakota, you know.  I think you are only sinking yourself deeper into the quicksand, rather than trying to extricate yourself. Inquiring minds wanna know. The world is waiting to hear from ya, David. Your reputation as a reporter is on the line. The Argus Leader's reputation is on the line.  -Ron,  Author/Founder of SDJA/J.A.I.L." David Kranz pulled his head into his shell, and became mum. I believe he suffered from shell-shock. Indeed, he realized that he was facing a national opposition to his deceptive article entitled, "Don't Like How The Court Ruled? Sue The Judge, Group Says." We pulled his entire article apart piece by piece. But we did give him that potential credit that perhaps he never read what it was he was critiquing inasmuch as the words of the Initiative directly and squarely contradicted him. To date, however, outside of the above comment about being a South Dakota matter, neither our readership nor J.A.I.L. has ever heard a word from David Kranz  regarding his reputation and that of his newspaper.  Now comes article No. 2, from the Argus Leader, "Putting Judges on Trial For Ruling Isn't Justice," only this time the name of the columnist has been omitted, leaving no source to whom to direct a response. It is like an unsigned gossip letter written and circulated in a newspaper. Needless to say, this does not lend itself to improving the credibility of the Argus Leader. Has the Argus Leader now decided to go by way of gossip sheets bought at the check-out counters that say, "Based upon reliable sources we are told...." etc.? In this case, we do not know who was told. I just wonder if all the other media sources in South Dakota are going to respect the Argus Leader's covert reporting. Personally, I think they have lost their credibility as a news source when they intentionally practice to deceive their readership, knowing their information is false. 
Hence, since this article fails to reveal its author, I have to conclude that it is the further dirty work of columnist David Kranz, (dkranz@argusleader.com). If David Kranz will come out of his shell and identify the real author, then I will issue an apology to him, and direct the criticism toward the mystery author. But based upon Mr. Kranz's past propaganda peddling, I really doubt he is going to say anything. With this, I shall introduce the second article published October 2, 2005 by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:   -- I am not afraid to identify myself.
 

I am Ron Branson, National J.A.I.L. Author/Founder, (VictoryUSA@jail4judges.org)

Webmaster's Note: For J.A.I.L.'s response to article number one please see "Read and Understand the Amendment Before Reporting Irresponsibly On It".

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Putting Judges on Trial for Rulings Isn't Justice
Sioux Falls Argus Leaderhttp://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2005510020311Article Published: 10/2/05

In his Aug. 28 Argus Leader column, David Kranz reports "(a) judge could go to jail for handing down a ruling in South Dakota that someone disagreed with if an effort is successful to put the Judicial Accountability Initiative Law (J.A.I.L.) on the ballot" in the next election cycle.

Kranz further reports that if J.A.I.L. is enacted into law, a "grand jury, selected from a pool of registered voters ... would be seated" to adjudicate citizen civil and criminal complaints against judges.

In justification of the vigilante thrust of J.A.I.L. to override the rule of law as decided by the judiciary, J.A.I.L. spokesperson Allen Unruh proclaims, "I think judges all over the country are getting out of control. Our forefathers devised a system of checks and balances, but never for judges doing what they are doing reinterpreting the Constitution and undermining the people."

At the bedrock of "checks and balances" is the inherent right of the judiciary to adjudicate the constitutionality of legislative acts and executive orders. That was determined by Marbury v. Madison in 1803.

If enacted - a law that empowers a grand jury to pierce the veil of judicial immunity and therewith expose judges to civil lawsuits for financial damages and grand jury indictments for criminal charges - J.A.I.L. will not preserve the checks and balances as devised by our forefathers as disingenuously proclaimed by Unruh.

It instead will so subvert the independence of our judiciary as to destroy the constitutional checks and balances between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of South Dakota government.

With the passage of J.A.I.L., Unruh makes the dire prediction that "South Dakota will be the first to challenge Roe v. Wade, to throw judges in jail if they violate the Constitution. There will be a grand jury if they legislate from the bench."

While, given the formidable political strength and extensive geographical outreach of the anti-choice activists who now are networking in South Dakota opposition to a woman's right to an abortion, J.A.I.L. will, in all probability, get the 33,450 signatures required to put it on the ballot for Nov. 7, 2006.

It is my prediction that at least 60 percent of the voters will vote "no" to the adoption of J.A.I.L. as law, so as to preserve judicial immunity and therewith insure independence of our judiciary and historical checks and balances between our three branches of government.

Should in the improbable event J.A.I.L. be enacted into law by majority vote, it is my opinion as a civil rights lawyer that J.A.I.L. will by our judiciary be held to be unconstitutional, as J.A.I.L. on its face clearly abrogates the rule of law.

J.A.I.L. would work such anarchy within our system of government that it should be summarily rejected by every clear-thinking voter in South Dakota.


It should be noted that J.A.I.L. is a national grassroots organization that is composed of many people from all walks of life, including Republicans, Democrats and every political party. We have people from the left and from the right.

Our policy within J.A.I.L. is that everyone within J.A.I.L. should advance the cause of J.A.I.L. without seeking my express permission. If there are any misstatements about the policy of J.A.I.L. we shall deal with them as they arise. Obviously, my being the Author/Founder of J.A.I.L., it is I who ultimately must establish the formal position of J.A.I.L. In that endeavor, everyone at the first stage of speaking on behalf of J.A.I.L. is a "spokesman" for J.A.I.L.

WE NEED EVERYONE'S HELP IN SOUTH DAKOTA, WITH DONATIONS, COLLECTING SIGNATURES, AND SPREADING THE WORD ANY WAY YOU CAN. THE SIGNATURE GATHERING CAMPAIGN IN CURRENTLY UNDER WAY UNTIL NOVEMBER 6 --JUST A LITTLE MORE THAN A MONTH AWAY. WE ARE ENCOURAGED BY THE PROGRESS MADE SO FAR AND URGE EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CAUSE. PLEASE GO TO www.sd-jail4judges.org FOR DETAILS AND INFORMATION. CALL THE SDJA OFFICE AT (605) 231-1418 FOR IMMEDIATE CONTACT. WE THANK ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE ALREADY HELPED AND THOSE WHO ARE ACTIVELY WORKING SO HARD IN COORDINATING THIS EFFORT. REMEMBER-- A WIN IN SOUTH DAKOTA WILL BE A WIN FOR EVERY AMERICAN!

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