Two Charges in Greenfield Nolle Prosequi

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Today, with the stroke of a pen, the threat of up to eight years in a cage that had been hanging over my head evaporated.

I had a motion to suppress hearing in Greenfield, MA, where last July Ademo Freeman and I were unjustly kidnapped, caged overnight, and stolen from, before being threatened with a total of eight charges.

The hearing today was aimed at two charges in particular – a misdemeanor VIN manipulation (266-139-A-0) and a felony ammo charge (269-10-H-2). Even before the hearing started I was approached by DA Jeffrey Bengston, who informed me that he was going to “nolle prosequi” the charges as well as return our property that had been stolen over a year before during our kidnapping.

It’s a good start. Trial on the rest of our charges happens next Monday, July 18th.

For more:
Pete & Ademo’s Trial in Greenfield, MA (Facebook event)
Motion to Suppress

The “State of MA” aka Todd M Dodge vs. Ademo & Pete Eyre

MARV’s Dash – See, No “Manipulated” VIN Number!
ATTN Jeff Bengston: MARV Left Factory with NO VIN on Dash
My Name is Pete Eyre – My Docket Number Is 10.41.CR.11.41

EPN

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.

  • Shigman

    You seriously need to stop referring to arrest as kidnapping. It’s VERY childish and hurts your cause

  • Tim

    One point you should have brought up was when the cops all show up in court IN UNIFORM…..what is the difference? Also don’t use the term “no victim, no crime” in your trial. I may be an old fart, but most people, JURY, won’t buy it either. Good Luck, I do hope you win

  • If the arrest is unlawful, it is kidnapping by another name. Logical people see political euphemisms for what they are: propaganda.

  • It’s not kidnapping – it is illegal actions “under color of law” research it!

  • Robert

    Awesome news, guys. Keep up w/the terminology because I think it works just fine. Unlawful is immoral and wrong. I’d rather not continue being brainwashed w/incorrect terminology anymore. Best of luck, guys.

  • indio007

    Wa to shoot low. How is this a victory . You were kidnapped and they did you the favor of dropping the charges.

    Listen closely. When there is an arrest there is an injured party and only one can be justified. The only justification for a false arrest is mistake of fact. NOT MISTAKE OF LAW. At the moment, you injury is still left. The DA has washed his hands of it but will not prosecute their crime. IT IS UP TO YOU. Are you all talk and no action?

  • _not_a_lawyer

    Above commenters are cranks and blowhards. All talk and no action? Do you know how hard the LOT crew worked on writing motions and on getting affidavits relating to the search of the RV and the VIN issue? Read the posts about it. Pete & Ademo did a great job. If they convinced the prosecutor, that means he thought the judge was leaning that way too. They’ve done much better than they would have if they’d hired a lawyer, who would have just tried to get them a deal. Now they’re on track to win the whole thing.

  • Sounds like some progress, Pete. What are the remaining charges, then?

  • Chris Mallory

    Remember, only the state is allowed to tamper with juries.

  • Forced arrest is kidnapping. It is the use of force by one or more persons to make one or more persons go with them to a place where the latter people are locked in cages. How else did you want to define it Shigman?

    Immature kids have fairy tales. They create imaginary stories and names for real world phenomena. Grown-ups OTOH call a spade a spade. We have few if any illusions left. Arrest is kidnapping.

  • indio007

    With all due respect , being kidnapped and then thinking that you are victorious because you stopped them from abusing you further is not a victory. You have simply stopped the bleeding.

    You people can’t seem to deal with the concept of suing the police for false arrest.

    It’s a simple action. You can even do it in small claims court.

    It is up to the officer to come up with the legal excuse/justification for the arrest not you.

    The presumption is every arrest is unlawful , period.

    You have a lawsuit on a silver platter.

  • Anon

    USE corups delicti in court arraignments.

  • bgwillia

    Leets see, now why would he drop those two charges? Maybe the DA realized he had to explain to the jury how the evidence came into his possession via a un-warrented search and seizure by his cops. I hope you asked the DA in your best Lynyrd Skynyrd voice: “Gimme back my bullets.”

    Been doing some thinking about the “additional allegedly hidden cellular phone device possessed by either the defendant or the co-defendant secretly intercepted and either recorded or otherwise transmitted conversations …” point in the motion denial document. You may not be able to ask the jury directly, but include in your summation to point out how many of them have cellphones or iPhones and whether they have camera and audio recording abilities. If they do, then every joe citizen in that jury just violated their state’s wiretapping law for merely possissing the device. And that’s after establishing you didn’t have a cellphoe recording and transmitting a thing, or what they think is a cellphone is really a “uCorder” type backup you said eariler was seized before you could turn it on. Also find out and make public to the jury the cops also had recording devices in the room but didn’t post that fact at the door (I didn’t see one on your video), so they too were wiretapping by their own definition. A lie by omission is still a lie.

    In fact, try to get possessors of cellphones and video cameras seated on the jury during selection.

    Also, post more of the legal documents connected with this case. This’ll show a more open hand and not spinning facts to your cause. Like the charge sheet and arrest record, for example.

  • Thinking

    Did not like how you demeaned my wife today who was at work because she has a job.

    We do not disagree with you but keep the comments to the people that can and should be able to make a difference.

    Why go small, you have a big idea and you are harassing the small fish.

  • Thinking, what did he say that was demeaning?