Motion to Suppress Bogus Greenfield Charges

On July 1st, 2010 Sgt. Todd M. Dodge (#120) and Lt. William Gordon (#105) of the Greenfield, MA Police Department illegally searched without a warrant my 2000 Four Winds Hurricane with NH PC LOT hereafter referred to as MARV (the Mobile Authority Resistance Vehicle). Charges stemming from their actions that were then wrongly levied upon me that should be dismissed per the below, were a misdemeanor altering motor vehicle VIN (266-139-A-0) and a felony – possessing a firearm/ammunition without a FID card (269-10-H-2).

I had a reasonable expectation of privacy in MARV and its contents. I never gave consent for the search. I never even admitted to ownership of MARV. The search was patently pretextual and illegal, violating both the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Massachusetts Constitution and my natural rights.

So began the motion I faxed to the Greenfield District Court last Tuesday, two weeks prior to our already-scheduled hearing. Read the entire motion (two pages, two pictures and an affidavit provided by the manufacturer of MARV that details that there was never a VIN plate on the dash of the RV).

Those in the wrong are the people who assaulted and caged us and who damaged and stole our property. Yet because they wear badges it is us, not them, threatened with thousands in “fines” and years in a cage.

Voltaire said, “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong,” but Ademo and I aren’t backing down. We’re standing for what we know is right. If we don’t do it today it’ll only be more difficult to do so tomorrow, hence our decision to make Greenfield the first stop our on upcoming Free State Friendship Tour. Their lies and hypocrisy have to be exposed to the light of reason.

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Special thanks to Tom Schornhorst, professor emeritus of law at the University of Indiana, for offering his insight on this whole process. Tom also helped us with our just-as-crazy May, 2009 arrests and charges by the Jones County, Mississippi Sheriff’s Department.

Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he 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. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.