In Rejecting Tortured Legal Constructions, Judges Across America Now Point To Utah Case Involving AdSurfDaily Mainstay Curtis Richmond

UPDATED 11:54 A.M. ET (U.S.A.) Curtis Richmond claimed the federal judge overseeing the AdSurfDaily civil-forfeiture case in the District of Columbia was among a group of “Co-Conspirators” that included two federal prosecutors and a court clerk.

The judge, Richmond claimed, was violating her oath and conspiring with another judge to deny ASD members justice. Prosecutors, meanwhile, were helping the judge interfere with commerce, according to Richmond. The judge rejected Richmond’s arguments — but it didn’t stop other ASD pro se litigants from advancing similar arguments.

For his bid to intervene in the ASD Ponzi case, Richmond was labeled a “hero” on both the pro-AdSurfDaily “Surf’s Up” forum (now defunct) and on a forum that championed the AdViewGlobal autosurf (now defunct). Among Richmond’s boosters was “Professor” Patrick Moriarty, a Missouri man who once started a purported nonprofit in the name of a man accused of murdering a woman in cold blood and shooting a police officer.

Moriarty later was indicted for tax fraud. He pleaded guilty after prosecutors said they had “casino” records and intended to use them in the case against Moriarty, who advertised that he sold fake academic degrees on e-Bay as “gag gifts.”

Prior to Moriarty’s indictment, members of the Surf’s Up forum joined with him in forming a purported Missouri nonprofit known as ASD Members International (ASDMI). ASDMI’s stated mission was to litigate against the government for its role in the ASD Ponzi case.

Utah resident and ASD figure Christian Oesch — later to join with Washington state resident and ASD figure Kenneth Wayne Leaming in a failed 2010 bid to sue the United States for more than twice the U.S. Gross Domestic Product in 2009 — filed pro se pleadings in the ASD case that championed Richmond’s take on the law.

But Curtis Richmond’s court forays now have been cited by various judges in various jurisdictions as reasons to reject tortured legal constructions. A federal judge in North Dakota, for example, cited this Utah case involving Richmond as a reason to reject tortured arguments advanced by Michael Howard Reed, a so-called “sovereign citizen” now serving two prison sentences for federal crimes.

One of Reed’s crimes was filing false liens and threatening a federal judge; the other was possession of a firearm and ammunition by a fugitive from justice.

Richmond, a Californian who advanced the notion in the 2006 Utah case that he enjoyed diplomatic immunity that extended to him from an “Indian” tribe, became a figure in the ASD case in 2008. The “tribe,” which a federal judge ruled a “sham,” came to be known derisively as the “Arby’s Indians” because it once conducted a meeting at an Arby’s restaurant.

Reed, whose name surfaced in the 2008 SEC Ponzi case against Gold Quest International after he claimed to be the “attorney general” of an unrecognized tribe and asserted a claim against the agency for $1.7 trillion, asserted in a separate case that the government could not prosecute him because he was immune to U.S. law and had trademarked his name.

Here is a verbatim section from one of Reed’s nonsensical pleadings in federal court in North Dakota. (Italics/identation added):

“boa-kaa-konan-na-ishkawaanden=Michael-Howard-Reed=original-creditor-original-beneficiary: for MICHAEL-HOWARD-REED=original-debtor-trustee agent; Under the Penalties of Perjury Affirm that MICHAEL HOWARD REED©TM is a Fictional Entity . . .”

Richmond’s Utah case was cited in the North Dakota case as a reason to reject Reed’s bizarre arguments.

It also was cited in this Colorado case in which a U.S. Magistrate Judge rejected the tortured legal constructions of Christopher Douglas Wise. Among other things, Wise, a prisoner in the Colorado state system,  asserted that he was a “secured party creditor” who’d never lived in the “District of Columbia” — and that somehow this alleged fact set destroyed the jurisdiction of the Adams County District Court in which he was convicted of a crime.

In a separate case in Florida, a federal magistrate judge pointed to Richmond’s Utah “Indian” pleadings as a reason to reject arguments advanced by Timothy Black, who was serving two life sentences for sex crimes involving children and tried to overturn his conviction in part by claiming he had copyrighted his name and by arguing he was not subject to Florida law.

“Petitioner was found guilty by a jury and convicted of two counts of sexual battery on a person less than twelve years of age, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a person less than twelve years of age,  and sentenced to two terms of life and one term of thirty years, to be served concurrently,” the judge noted.

Here is a verbatim section from Black’s court claims. (Italics added):

“Therefore the Third Party [Intervener] is the party who is injured by the action at large as he is incarcerated as surety for his collateral, Debtor TIMOTHY W BLACK© Ens Legis . . .”


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