734 Rutland Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666
February 5, 2011
THE KEENE SENTINEL
60 West Street
Keene, NH 03431-0546
Re: Judge Edward Burke
On January 24,
2011, a person was arrested by Judge Edward Burke for disrespect
because he was wearing a hat in the Keene, NH
courthouse. Does this mean that orthodox Jewish and Sikh
men, as well as Muslim women, will not be allowed to wear head
coverings in a courtroom, even though their religion requires a head
covering as a mark of respect for a higher judge?
This arrest is a violation of religious freedom, as
guaranteed by Amendment I of the U. S. Constitution. Must people
remove their wigs and head pieces to be in a courtroom? What if a
woman is wearing a tee shirt that says “I love
everyone.” Can she be arrested for prostitution if she does
not remove her tee shirt? I have a tee shirt that says:
“Jesus love you. Everyone else thinks that you are an
asshole.” Would this be disrespectful of Judge Burke, even
though the saying is true.
I find facial hair to be particularly offensive and
disrespectful. It indicates a lack of grooming.
Particularly disgusting is a mustache, since it collects nose snot and
partially digested food particles. Anyone with a mustache, such
as Judge Burke, should be sentenced to 30 days in prison for each day
he wore one in court.
The person arrested for wearing a hat was handcuffed
behind his back by several officers, kneed in the head by one, and
physically abused by others. The following day he was brought into the
Keene courthouse. He was not represented by counsel
in violation of Amendment VI of the U. S. Constitution. Judge Edward
Burke asked him several questions regarding his identity which he was
reluctant to answer, as is his right under Amendment V of the U. S.
Constitution against self-incrimination. Judge Burke informed the man
that if he did not answer the questions, he would be detained in jail
indefinitely, a violation of Amendment VI of the U. S. Constitution.
A friend of the defendant was in court and objected
vigorously and intemperately. He was sentenced to 60 days in
prison for contempt of court. He was not permitted to
defend himself or have an attorney. There was no trial nor the
possibility of appeal. He was hauled off to prison.
These were not the first abuses by this judge in
this court. On October 1, 2008 Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live
was arrested for refusing to remove a couch from the lawn of property
he owned. When he appeared in court he was arrested
for not sitting down fast enough after the judge was
seated. The judge refused to answer any of Mr.
Freeman’s questions. See:
After being taken into custody Mr. Freeman was
brought into another room and the trial was continued. No one besides
court officials and Ian were allowed in the room, in violation of
Amendment VI of the U. S. Constitution, which requires a public trial.
Those who came to observe the trial were able to
watch it on a CCTV which they were not allowed to video record. Ian
however recorded a portion of the private trial and posted it online
after his release. Judge Burke sentenced Ian Bernard (i.e. Ian Freeman)
to 93 days in jail for 3 counts of contempt of court (30 days each) and
3 days for refusing to remove a couch from his lawn.
At Dave Ridley’s 2009–04–13
arraignment Judge Burke refused to release Sam Dodson from jail unless
he gave his legal name, in violation of Amendment V of the U. S.
Constitution, which permits a defendant to remain silent.
On Monday, April 13th, 2009 Dave Ridley had an
arraignment in Keene District Court for his court video recording civil
disobedience performed on March 3th, 2009 at an arraignment for Andrew
Carroll in which the court had banned the use of cameras in the
More than a dozen activists
showed up at the court to show their support for Dave and cover the
event. Sam Dodson had brought his professional HD video camcorder to
document the arraignment but was stopped near/at screening and informed
video recording was not allowed and was told to turn off the camera.
Sam goes on to point out that the notice pointed out to him was not
signed by the judge or other bureaucrat of authority and therefore not
an actual standing order meaning he could in fact record the court. The
bailiff again instructed Sam to turn off the camera. When Sam refused
he was apparently grabbed by one of the officers and he went limp.
What happens during this time is not yet fully known
as most of the activists were not in the area in which Sam was being
arrested. From all accounts screams of pain were heard from
within the room where Sam was being arrested and it’s believed
pain compliance techniques were being utilized in an attempt to get him
to cooperate. See:
When several of the activists requested and demanded
to be allowed to witness what was going on Sgt. Eliezer Rivera
instructs them to leave or “everybody will be cleared out.”
In the audio clip made available by Ian Bernard he can be heard saying
that Sgt. Rivera had called for backup only seconds after instructing
them to leave. Some decide to leave while a few stand around in
disobedience and/or considering what to do next. Richard T. Onley,
Nicholas Ryder, Patrick S. Shields, Nicholas D. Krouse, Kurt W.
Hoffman, and Timothy Danforth stayed around long enough for Rivera to
decide to have them arrested. Onley and Ryder gave the officers their
names resulting in them only receiving a summons. Shields went limp and
was carried to a squad car by three officers. The others did not comply
completely and therefore were arrested and brought to other squad cars
and taken to be booked. All were charged with disorderly conduct. It
was later found out that Sam was charged with disorderly conduct,
resisting arrest or detention, and refusing to be processed.
Where does the tyranny end? Judge Burke should be
impeached, removed from the bench, and be disbarred. I urge the
citizens of New Hampshire to do this. You have my permission and
desire to publish this letter. Live free or die.
Yours in freedom
Organizer & LWRN Host
CC: Tyranny Fighters via E-mail
Judge Edward J. Burke, Keene District Court, 3 Washington Street, P.O.
Box 364, Keene, NH 03431-0364; Phone: (603) 352-2559