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An Unreasonable Seizure
The Brett Hankison Series, Fourth and Final Post - Our abused Constitution has tears in its visionary substance
Much more could be brought to light about the Breonna Taylor raid and the painful results for Brett and others who were involved.
If you have been a target of ‘hit men,’ forcing you to move your entire family, parents included, numerous times; or been the object of hatred and derision based on a false narrative in the media; or incurred legal fees you cannot pay— then you can begin to empathize with the officers who lost their jobs.
For the full story from the lead up through the aftermath of the raid, read Sgt. Mattingly’s book, 12 Seconds in the Dark.
State of confusion
The Department of Justice indictment of Brett Hankison accuses him of willfully depriving Breonna Taylor and K.W. of the right, secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from unreasonable seizures— (and more, see Post 1). Unreasonable searches and seizures by the U.S. government are prohibited in the fourth amendment of our Constitution.
Please take time to watch this Tucker Carlson interview with a former DOJ official.
Would you say the arrest of Brett Hankison was reasonable?
He had been found innocent of ‘wanton endangerment’ charges in a jury trial of the Jefferson County Circuit Court. Moreover, it is not lawful for the U.S. government to override state sovereignty, but our Republic is being deconstructed, one lawsuit at a time, and by other means.
“The States are the parties to the Constitution contract (compact) that created the central government… The central government was intended to be an agent for the States, not a ruler over them… the federal government has no sovereignty of its own outside the powers delegated to it by the States.”1
A recent example of DOJ overreach in matters of justice is the Hunter Biden case in the U.S. District Court for Delaware. Last week, Judge Maryellen Noreika (pictured), a Democrat and Trump appointee, refused to “rubber stamp” the DOJ attorneys’ pretrial agreement that gave Hunter immunity from future charges.
That card was given to Kenneth Walker who shot Sgt. Mattingly.
A former U.S. solicitor general and a Georgetown law professor, together with numerous law firms, helped Walker bring a federal lawsuit against the LMPD, the police involved, the Mayor, the Jefferson Co. Commonwealth Attorney, and the KY Attorney General.
Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine (d. 2023) dropped the charges against Walker with prejudice (no possibility of re-trying Walker), leaving Sgt. Mattingly, who had countersued Walker, no legal recourse. Walker received a $2 million payout from Louisville Metro?? Our tax dollars at work.
What lies ahead?
In the foreseeable future, three men who once ‘had our backs’ will face federal prosecutors in two separate trials. The trial for Joshua Jaynes and Kyle Meany has been postponed because “The Discovery Production includes voluminous records...” (See post 1.)
Judge Charles Simpson, a Reagan appointee to the Western District Court, was asked to declare the case complex due to the immense discovery and he agreed. No new trial date has yet been set.
Brett’s attorneys asked Judge Rebecca Jennings, a Trump appointee, to delay his trial till 2024 for the same reason, but she said that would go too far beyond the court’s commitment to provide a speedy trial.
She will manage Brett’s jury trial. Let’s hope she will follow the example of Judge Maryellen Noreika.
Judge Noreika kicked off the hearing by telling lawyers that they did not need to keep 'popping up' and down every time she asked them a question. It was a signal that she was about to subject them to a relentless interrogation over elements of an agreement she described, variously, as 'not standard, not what I normally see,' possibly 'unconstitutional,' without legal precedent and potentially 'not worth the paper it is printed on.' - NY Times
As this blog series ends, we stand by Brett in his efforts to protect the lives of his companions. His other actions in managing the scene after the raid, as detailed in the investigation reports, showed strength and tenacity in the wake of a crisis.
We now turn our attention to a massive takeover of Louisville law and order— soon to come. Watch for a new Fastzone on Substack series soon!
KrisAnne Hall, JD, Sovereign Duty (2014), 45.
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