734 Rutland Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666

February 5, 2011

60 West Street
Keene, NH 03431-0546
Tel: 603-352-1234
Fax: 603-352-0437

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlcT-3niVes

     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 courtroom. (http://jailedactivist.info/activists/dave-ridley/right-to-record-in-court-civil-disobedience/)

        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: http://jailedactivist.info/activists/sam-dodson/dave-ridleys-2009-04-13-arraignment/

    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 & justice,

Julian Heicklen
Organizer & LWRN Host
Tyranny Fighters

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Judge Edward J. Burke, Keene District Court, 3 Washington Street, P.O. Box 364, Keene, NH 03431-0364; Phone: (603) 352-2559