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Ian Freeman of Keene, New Hampshire has a couch on his property. It’s a musty old couch. But it’s on his property, not his neighbor’s. Someone complained about this couch, and asked for it to be removed. So says an official from the City of Keene.
He Just Wanted to Face his Accuser
Ian was prepared to comply. He just wanted to face his accuser first. Maybe he wanted to deal with the matter privately, instead of wasting taxpayer money.
But the City of Keene official would not allow this. Instead, a trial was scheduled. And when Ian refused to stand in honor of the judge entering the courtroom, he was seized and moved to a back room where he was privately sentenced to 100 days in jail.
In the United States of America, there is a very basic right enshrined in the Constitution, the right to confront your accuser. I hold no reverence for this document – it’s not anything I agree to or am party to – but supposedly the people calling themselves “government” have agreed to be bound by it. #
The prison sentence for the claimed couch code violation, if convicted, is just 3 days.
Short Ridley Report on Ian Freeman’s Sentence
“It’s not About the Couch”
Commenters in New Hampshire are not happy.
It’s not about the couch on his property. It’s that he’s asking valid questions about the source of their authority and that’s EXTREMELY threatening. Simple speech is very powerful when it’s the truth being used against lies. From how it was described to me, and we’ll see it on video soon hopefully, they pounced on him before he could even barely get started. It’s like they can’t even let the words escape his mouth! #
The penalty for the “crime” of having his couch on his property (the “crime” being that a theoretical person complained) was 3 days in jail. The penalty for annoying the judge was 90 days in jail. The purpose of the “judicial” system is to protect the whims of those who work in the “judicial” system. #
Instead of hiding behind the force of government, the original complainant should speak to Ian in a friendly, neighborly way just as civilized communities ought to behave. #
Update: They were Prepared
It turns out the sentence was 93 days, not 100 as originally reported. And, based on the below video, it now appears he was originally held in contempt of court and arrested because he failed to sit down. Bizarre.