Jeffrey Weinhaus, Now Recovered from MO State Patrol Shooting, Indicted

Published On December 3, 2012 | By Pete Eyre | Articles

Last week Jeff Weinhaus, who recovered from being shot three times by individuals employed at the Missouri State Patrol, had a hearing scheduled that he hoped would reduce the ransom on his head for his freedom-of-movement. Weinhaus never had that day in court. And his ransom was not only not reduced, it was increased by 500%, to the (cash-only) amount of 250,000FRNs.

That change was due to conclusions reached the day prior by a  “grand jury” who “indicted” Weinhaus of eight actions deemed “illicit,” including “attempted assault on a law enforcement officer.”

As has been my contention since first learning of Weinahus (he was involved to some extent with Central Missouri Cop Block, though I didn’t know him) – this situation reeks of a lack of accountability.

For complete overview, including videos, see: http://CopBlock.org/JeffreyWeinhaus

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The italic text below comes from the post, Grand Jury Indicts Weinhaus, by Ed Pruneau, which was posted on Nov. 30th, 2012 to emissourian.com.

[The text in brackets following each block of text are my thoughts, similar to what Grey did in the post, Kings Men Raid Free Poker Room.]

A Franklin County grand jury has issued an indictment against Jeffrey Weinhaus, the suspect who was wounded in an armed confrontation with Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators in September.

[The claimed "armed confrontation" is given as fact when it hasn't been proven. If that is true, and there's nothing to hide, why haven't the names of the two shooters been released? And why has only a vague general overview of the incident - the standard 'officers feared for their life' schtick - been given?]

The indictment was handed up Tuesday, one day before a hearing was scheduled in Associate Circuit Judge Stan Williams’ court to consider a new request to reduce the man’s bond.

[Legal land (aka "court") is not objective. Its actors are driven not by a goal of obtaining justice but of their own self-interests (it's a monopoly rife with perverse incentives). In this situation, Weinhaus' call to reduce the ransom was trumped by convenient legal land maneuvering.]

The grand jury indictment automatically transferred the case from associate circuit court to circuit court where Weinhaus will be arraigned. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4.

[If anyone is on the ground in the area and can attend in-person to support Weinhaus that'd be awesome: Franklin County Judicial Center, 401 East Main Street, Union, MO 63084. If you do make it there, please share a write-up or video of what happened via http://copblock.org/submit.]

Presiding Circuit Judge Gael Wood signed the indictment and ordered a new $250,000 cash-only bond for Weinhaus.

A previous motion for a bond reduction was denied by Associate Circuit Judge Dave Hoven.

Weinhaus, 45, had been held in the county jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond since he was arrested Nov. 1 when he appeared in Hoven’s court for the bond hearing.

Previously, Weinhaus had been in the hospital and at his brother’s home in Jefferson County recovering from gunshot wounds he sustained in the September 11th encounter with the two troopers.

At that time, the troopers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant charging Weinhaus with possession of a controlled substance (morphine) and tampering with a judicial officer, both felonies, and misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

[This is the first I've heard of a morphine-related threat. But just like the green, even if it is true, where's the victim? If there is none, there is no crime.]

The grand jury indictment includes those original charges plus five additional felony counts, including two counts each of attempted assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action and one count of resisting arrest.

The investigators allege that they shot Weinhaus when he refused to comply with them and began drawing a handgun.

[Why would a media outlet cite only one-party in a two-party interaction? If space is given to share the perspective of one party it seems unbalanced to not then share the perspective of the other party - unless of course the local media is purposefully or unthinkingly in cahoots with the claimed "authorities." Oh wait, a line of script from Weinhaus' perspective is given, but not until near the end of the write-up.]

The Investigation

Investigators with the highway patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control went to serve a search warrant August 22nd for the seizure of computers belonging to Weinhaus, based on alleged threats directed at law enforcement and judicial officials in Crawford County. Weinhaus broadcast those video blogs from his home off Highway K, south of St. Clair.

When Weinhaus opened the door, the troopers smelled marijuana smoke coming from the house. After Weinhaus refused to let them search the home they obtained another search warrant and inside they seized a misdemeanor amount of marijuana and some pills, later identified as containing morphine.

[Again, who did Weinhaus harm? I think the bigger threat to the community are those strangers who have the audacity to claim the "legitimate" right to break into Weinhaus' home, after getting approval from a friend, and stealing his property because he created and shared content they didn't like. Sounds a bit like Soviet Russia.]

Weinhaus, who has described himself as a born-again Christian and both a political activist and a political prisoner, has been provoking politicians, judges and law enforcement officials in several eastern Missouri counties for years.

Authorities allege that Weinhaus made multiple threats against Crawford County officials in recent months. That’s what led to the seizure of his computers and the Franklin County warrant.

[Granted, I don't claim to have viewed all the videos on Weinhaus' YouTube channel, but this statement - that Weinhaus made "multiple threats" is an allegation. What is true is that "Crawford County officials" subsist on an explicit threat - obey or else. I think we're seeing that happen here.]

In a video post September 9th, he threatened to “occupy the courthouse” on September 14th or September 17th, but did not specify which courthouse.

That post led the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to increase security measures at the courthouse there, and officials in Crawford County took extra security measures as well.

Weinhaus has denied that he made any direct threats against anyone and claims that when he got out of his car September 11th he did not attempt to draw his gun but raised his hands over his head and was shot by the troopers.

The shooting occurred at the MFA gas station on Highway K, south of St. Clair.

[If anyone was in the area and witnessed, or even better, recorded the exchange, please speak out. It seems a lot of folks in Weinhaus' sphere are scared.]

Weinhaus has been a defendant in a number of civil and criminal legal cases arising out of Jefferson, Franklin and a number of other Missouri counties.

Weinhaus wrote about many of these incidents and other alleged corruption in small newspapers he published, including The Provocateur and The Bulletin which later evolved into his website, bulletinman.com.

 

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For complete overview, including videos, see: http://CopBlock.org/JeffreyWeinhaus

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I (the outfit where the shooter(s) are employed)
http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/TroopHeadquarters/TroopI/index.html
P.O. Box 128
Rolla, MO 65402-0128
Phone: (573) 368-2345
Fax: (573) 368-2352

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C (the outfit investigating the actions of their colleagues down the road)
http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/TroopHeadquarters/TroopC/index.html
891 Technology Drive
Weldon Spring, MO 63304
Phone: (636) 300-2800
Fax:(636) 300-2741

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About The Author

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, Eyre seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. He later hit the road as co-founder of the Motorhome Diaries and Liberty On Tour, and now resides in the 'shire.
  • John Q Public

    Keep on standing by the side of a lunatic.

  • Ken W

    Following this story closely … seems like another tale of wild police unaccountability.

  • John Q Public

    Ken, Weinhaus is a woman beating nut case and copblock should be ashamed of supporting him. Between 2003 and 2006 he has had 8 Protection Orders placed on him from women he’s harassed, plus he’s been in jail for it too. If you guys want him as your poster boy, go ahead.

  • Common Sense

    Yeah, CB might want to shy away from this one…

  • Ken W

    Where is the evidence behind those claims, sir? I’d hope people would investigate my near murder even if some people accused me of various things. The common tactic seems to be to take people like Julian Assange and call him a rapist or sex criminal to try and make people not like him.

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  • Tired

    These people that are making this very sticky web against this Jeff guy are if you ask me,…..ASKING FOR IT. I would not want to be part of that nest, and I would not be surprised to hear the breaking news coverage of a slaughter that takes place. He’s already angry, and now the authorities and other folks with power are stacking the deck against him to prove they can. I don’t know,….this has all the makings of a national news story. Just saying ! I’ve always said, be careful with dealing with strong conviction personalities as they will do things to MAKE THEIR POINT !

  • LD

    Jeffrey suffers from schizophrenia. He can’t control some of the thoughts he has albeit is articulate enough to come across straight, which makes him difficult to judge when he’s locked on to a confrontation. He’s genius in the sense that he’s got the correct perception on corrupt government, but he won’t take a team approach in reaching people with his message. He’s otherwise too disorganized to make his program stick. He was offered help. He believed Jesus was going to stand in for him. It didn’t work. He tried suicide by cop. That didn’t work, either. He’ll eventually come back, but he’s got to get people involved with this project. He’s the only one that can present what he has to say, but this needs to be highly structured so he doesn’t keep burning out. We definitely need him out there, just not in the manner that got him shot. Back off the Jesus press. Structure ad deliver the message. Relax. The A in leadership is AWARENESS. The bail will come when he’s ready for it. Right now he needs constraint.

  • antibulletinman

    Some of his Order of Protection etc history here. http://antibulletinman.blogspot.com/

  • Ian MacLeod

    Jeff has a problem similar to that of a friend of mine: he gets upset and his mouth runs off long before his brain gets engaged. In fact, he really needs the help of a friend to SEE what he did wrong. I met the guy in a chronic pain advocacy forum and blog, and he got kicked out of there pretty fast. I’ve known him for years now though, and all in all he’s an intelligent, responsible person. It’s just when he sees something he interprets as wrong somehow the mouth just goes. e got framed by police and did almost 8 years in prison for it. Jeffrey it sounds like almost paid the ultimate price! Now where was that sound recording from someone mentioned earlier? If there was just the one statement by cops, then bang bang bang, they’re lying. It sounds to me like they set him up even without that. Jeff may be stupid with what he SAYS, but I don’t think he’s dumb enough to commit “suicide by cop”, to begin with. He knows it would invalidate everything he’s said and done for years! I HAVE, however, seen cops be almost overt in setting people up simply because they’re cops and “We can do anything we damned well please!” They can too in some places in the country. There was one I read about a couple of years ago where it got to trial, and the judge demanded to hear the tape. The lawyer had his player out in the courtroom instead of the judges chambers of course, and as soon as the judge heard the cops statement that would have cleared the defendant, hizzoner ERASED IT. No one could do anything at all about it either – they ad no proof.

    I’ll keep following this. I still think Jeff is being railroaded. As far his being a “wife beater and girlfriend abuser”, that has ZERO CONNECTION with this case! I don’t give a rat’s ass WHAT he is – if he ALSO got shot by cops trying to execute him, that needs to be known and those cops gotten rid of – preferably by way of a looooooooooong prison sentence!

    Ian MacLeod