1997-05-24 - Re: Jim Bell Complaint

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From: “Lynne L. Harrison” <lharrison@mhv.net>
To: cypherpunks@algebra.com
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From: "Lynne L. Harrison" <lharrison@mhv.net>
Date: Sat, 24 May 1997 12:58:57 +0800
To: cypherpunks@algebra.com
Subject: Re: Jim Bell Complaint
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At 06:58 PM 5/23/97 -0700, Tim May wrote:
>So, I think Bell is in serious trouble on several charges: the tax evasion
>charges, the SS number charges (which may be subsumed in the tax charges),
>and the "stink bomb" charges.
>The other various claims and charges in the complaint, things like the
>anti-government essays and the "assault" rifles found, don't seem likely to
>go anywhere.

Agreed.  As we all know, tax evasion charges have been used by the IRS when
the FBI has felt that it is unable to prove other charges.  Its use against
organized crime is a prime example.

While I do not practice in Fed'l courts, in state courts the specific statute
that a defendant is accused of violating must be cited.  Hence, since I am
not familiar with federal complaints, I did note with curiousity that Bell's
complaint specifically cites statutes that Bell allegedly violated regarding
the SS number charges and the failure to file income tax returns.  Perhaps,
the other acts, wherein no specific statutes are alleged to have been
violated, are mentioned as a means to make a showing that Bell is a danger to
the community and, therefore, a factor for asking the magistrate to set no

>Whether disappointingly or with relief, I noticed no mention of
>"Cypherpunks," a name which surely would have been scattered amongst the
>various documents on his computer.

I would be, however, very surprised if it was *not* "scattered amongst the
various documents on his computer."

>We'll see what comes up during the trial.

If there is one.  As you stated above and IMHO based upon what I have read,
the IRS has a strong case regarding the SS numbers/tax evasion charges.  This
matter may very well be resolved via a plea bargain.

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