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Wednesday
Jan142015

FreeKeeneNews - NH Activists Travel to NYC for Ross Ulbricht Silk Road Trial 

NH Activists Rain on Ross Ulbricht Prosecutors' Parade

Today was jury selection day at the very-important trial of Ross Ulbricht in New York City. Free Keene bloggers were out front of the federal district court in Manhattan, trying to get the word out about the insane penalty that Ross Ulbricht is facing if he's found guilty at trial. Ross is accused of running the Silk Road underground marketplace and is facing decades in prison for it. Ross' mother, Lyn has stood by her son and even joined the Free State Project.

In a previous motion, the prosecution asked the judge to prevent Ulbricht from testifying about his liberty-oriented beliefs and they specifically mentioned wanting to prevent the jury from any possibility of jury nullification.

They are deathly afraid of jurors knowing about nullification. Indeed, according to Derrick J, potential jurors are being asked if they saw any signs outside the court. If so, the prosecution is dismissing them.

Several signs came from a heroic effort by Derrick J to help Free Ross that included liberty activists cranking out signage to bring for Ulbricht supporters, including:

"30 YEARS TO LIFE FOR AN HONEST WEBSITE?"

"WEB HOSTING IS NOT A CRIME. WTF?"

NH liberty activists have been doing jury rights outreach for years and defendants at trial in New Hampshire have been able to raise jury nullification as a defense, but this is federal court. No cell phones are allowed in. No cameras. Not even for the media. Just pencil and paper.

Here's the first video from Derrick J and Ademo that shows the scene, including activists from Philly performing jury nullification outreach.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com 

Sunday
Dec212014

FreeKeeneNews - District Court Denies Concealed Carry to Keene Activist 

Concealed Carry "Right" Denied 

District Court judge upholds Keene Police's denial of Keene activist Derrick J Freeman's concealed carry license. Derrick's supposed right to bear arms has been violated despite him never having been accused of a single violent act.  In a two-page order, judge Edward Burke insists Derrick's convictions for various victimless crimes that put him in proximity to police and his alleged disrespect for them mean that he's "unsuitable" to concealed carry. New Hampshire's "shall issue" statues allow for the huge loophole of "unsuitable" people to be denied the concealed carry license.   Derrick responded in his blog, "Judge Burke’s decision means that while it is perfectly legal for me to carry a firearm openly, it is a crime for me to conceal that firearm, for example by putting on a winter jacket. Local government bureaucrats in Keene are infringing on my right to bear arms."

He is considering an appeal to the NH Supreme Court.  

You can watch the full court hearing and read the two-page court order.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview Derrick,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Friday
Dec122014

FreeKeeneNews - Schmidt Family Breaks Silence on Stalking Allegations 

Husband of Alleged Child Stalker Speaks

Matthew Schmidt admits to causing regular neighborhood disturbances, claims the 10yo boy that his wife allegedly stalked is a bully. Irregularly for weeks, Matthew Schmidt has driven by the intersection of Leverett and River streets in his Amari Plumbing work truck and personal vehicles, laying on his horn and screaming “Get a job!” at the top of his lungs. Rich Paul, who lives in one of the homes at the intersection, decided to go down and confront Schmidt yesterday after he again drove by honking angrily.


To be clear, Schmidt has been engaging in this un-neighborly behavior long before his wife Jennifer Schmidt was recently issued a temporary stalking order for allegedly threatening to kill a 10-year-old boy with a knife. WMUR covered that story after it broke here on Free Keene, but WMUR did not mention any names in the case. WMUR also said that Jennifer Schmidt would not talk to the media until they speak to their attorney. In the video of Rich’s confrontation taken by activist David Crawford, Matthew broke the family’s silence in the case, alleging the boy in question was a bully, presumably towards their daughter.

When informed multiple times that his honking had disturbed children from their slumber, Schmidt was unapologetic. In fact, he further promises to, “make their lives a living nightmare.”

Despite seeming to have some grievance against what he calls the “shithole” on the corner, the Shire Free Church-owned LRN.FM studio and Keene Activist Center, Schmidt seems to think that all the neighbors who aren’t liberty activists really appreciate his loud honking and screaming. At one point he even claims, “Everybody loves what I’m doing. They love it.”

Video of his statements is here.


Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Tuesday
Dec092014

FreeKeeneNews - Keene Business Owner Issued Stalking Order, Allegedly Threatened to Kill 10yo With Knife 

Keene Business Owner Issued Stalking Order

Jennifer Schmidt is accused of stalking and threatening to kill a 10yo boy with a knife.  A prominent member of local hate group, “STOP FREE KEENE!!!“, Jennifer Schmidt has been issued a temporary stalking order by Keene district court’s judge Edward J Burke. Schmidt is alleged to have stalked and threatened to kill a ten-year-old boy with a knife. She has been ordered to stay 300 feet away from the boy in question and to have no contact with him, pending a full hearing in court on December 29th at 1:30pm.
 

In the stalking petition filed on December 5th by Anne M. Tallon, it is alleged that Schmidt, aged 40, began to stalk a boy, aged 10, (whose name I’ve redacted from the PDF) in October by coming to Fuller Elementary School and glaring at the boy while he was on the playground and when he got out of school. The petition says school admins attempted to bar Schmidt from the playground and parking lot but were unsuccessful. A couple of weeks later, the same day that Keene school district assistant superintendent Dan Black informed Schmidt she was prohibited from being on the playground during school hours, Schmidt allegedly approached the boy in Hannaford and told him to, “Fuck off”. Later in November, Schmidt is alleged to have come to the boy’s home and given him the finger. Finally, on December 1st, Schmidt allegedly approached, brandished a knife, and threatened to kill the boy if he didn’t stay away from her daughter.

Schmidt, who is the owner of Embellish Floral Studio in Keene, lives down River street from the boy and Ms. Tallon and a few houses up the street from the Keene Activist Center. She is better known as the perennially angry-looking wife of Matthew “Boston Strong” Schmidt, who has obsessively gone on a one-man mission to destroy peaceful chalkings drawn by children and adults alike in downtown Keene. 


Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Monday
Nov242014

FreeKeeneNews - Shire Sharing Distributes Thanksgiving Dinners to Over 330 NH Households 

Hundreds of Families Receive Thanksgiving Dinner from Free Staters

Now in its fourth year, the charity created by Free State Project early mover Amanda Bouldin, Shire Sharing, has this year alone provided Thanksgiving dinner for over 330 families across New Hampshire!
 

Of those 330+ meals, the newly-formed Shire Sharing Keene presided over the delivery of nearly two dozen bags of food and turkeys across the Monadnock region. Outside of the Monadnock region, hundreds of families received the meals, in an amazing fourth-year effort. Though the main Shire Sharing organization made its fundraising goal of feeding 500 families, sadly one of the agencies from which family addresses were supplied apparently dropped the ball, leaving extra funds and supplies.  Amanda says Shire Sharing will be distributing those extra supplies to Liberty House homeless shelter in Manchester.

Yesterday, Free Keene blogger Rob Mathias documented the massive bag-assembly process that happened in Manchester.

Free Keene’s Darryl W. Perry released this video today which complied some scenes from the Keene-area bag assembly and the subsequent deliveries to happy recipients.



Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com 

Hundreds of Families Receive Thanksgiving Dinner from Free Staters

Now in its fourth year, the charity created by Free State Project early mover Amanda Bouldin, Shire Sharing, has this year alone provided Thanksgiving dinner for over 330 families across New Hampshire!
 

Of those 330+ meals, the newly-formed Shire Sharing Keene presided over the delivery of nearly two dozen bags of food and turkeys across the Monadnock region. Outside of the Monadnock region, hundreds of families received the meals, in an amazing fourth-year effort. Though the main Shire Sharing organization made its fundraising goal of feeding 500 families, sadly one of the agencies from which family addresses were supplied apparently dropped the ball, leaving extra funds and supplies.  Amanda says Shire Sharing will be distributing those extra supplies to Liberty House homeless shelter in Manchester.

Yesterday, Free Keene blogger Rob Mathias documented the massive bag-assembly process that happened in Manchester.

Free Keene’s Darryl W. Perry released this video today which complied some scenes from the Keene-area bag assembly and the subsequent deliveries to happy recipients.



Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com