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The August 24, 2000 Letter from King County Executive Ron Sims to John Rasmussen, Threatening False Felony Prosecution.

by John Rasmussen

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Introduction:

         On August 24, 2000, I received a letter from King County Executive Ron Sims, threatening me with false felony prosecution. The letter was in response to my exposure of King County's participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and my demand that the County explain its criminal actions. Here is Sims' letter, converted to HTML, with the email letters he references provided as hyperlinks. The reader is encouraged to read these email letters in order to verify that Sims' claims are false. A photocopy of the original August 24, 2000 letter from Ron Sims is also provided.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

Ron Sims' August 24, 2000 letter to John Rasmussen:

      August 24, 2000

      John Rasmussen
      1605 E. Lake Sammamish Place SE
      Sammamish, WA 98029

      Dear Mr. Rasmussen:

      I have received and reviewed the e-mails which you sent to County officials on April 9, 1999, April 29, 1999, June 21, 1999, July 4, 1999, August 2, 1999, August 11, 1999, August 18, 1999, November 29, 1999, December 19, 1999, January 10, 2000, January 11, 2000, January 18, 2000, January 23, 2000, January 31, 2000, February 7, 2000, and August 11, 2000.

      In many of these e-mails, you threatened to use force against County employees on the East Lake Sammamish corridor. You have recently escalated your threats to harm County employees. In your e-mail of November 29, 1999, you threatened to "use whatever force is necessary" to force County employees from the corridor. In your e-mail of August 11th, you repeatedly threatened to shoot County employees on the corridor.

      I am deeply concerned by your threats. By threatening to harm County employees, you may have committed the crime of harassment, RCW 9A.46.020.

      Please be advised that I have forwarded your e-mails to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for their review and possible criminal charges. Further, King County has filed a civil lawsuit to confirm the County's rights in the corridor, and to seek an injunction to prevent you from threatening or interfering with County employees and officials in any way.

      Sincerely,

      Ron Sims
      King County Executive

      cc:    Chief Dick Baranzini, Chief of Police, City of Sammamish
              The Honorable Norm Maleng, Prosecuting Attorney, Office of Prosecuting Attorney
              The Honorable Dave Reichert, Sheriff, King County Sheriff s Office

        View a photocopy of the above Ron Sims' letter to John Rasmussen on August 24, 2000.

This letter was an intentional threat by Sims to falsely prosecute me with a felony.

    There was no August 11, 2000 email from me to the County.

         In Sims' letter, he refers to my ""e-mail of August 11th". There was no email from me to the County on August 11, 2000. I assume that Sims is referring to my email on August 9, 2000 in which I state my intention to defend my life and property with a shotgun. There is no email in which I "repeatedly threatened to shoot County employees on the corridor". That statement is an outrageous lie by King County Executive Ron Sims.

    Mischaracterization of my words and threats of false prosecution:

         The leadership of King County participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. I first "blew the whistle" on the County's crime in my email to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng on January 31, 2000. The County stonewalled. I continued to demand the County explain its criminal actions against my neighbors, my family, and me. In response, the County acted exactly as a crooked municipality reacts when its criminal activity is exposed. Rather than admit or even discuss the County's criminal activity, Ron Sims attacked me, the messenger. On August 24, 2000, I received the letter from King County Executive Ron Sims claiming I stated that I intended to "shoot County employees on the corridor". That statement by Ron Sims was an intentional mischaracterization of my words and a threat to use the County's resources to falsely prosecute me. One can prove that Sims' statement is a lie by first reading Sims 8-24-2000 letter to me, which is provided above, then reading my email letters which Sims refers to as a basis for his lie. All of those email letters are linked in the letter above, and linked again below. One will realize that Sims did not address any of my accusations of federal tax fraud, theft, trespassing, and cover-up. He did not offer to finally communicate with me, after fifteen months of stonewalling, to explain the County's illegal actions. Instead, he mischaracterized my willingness to legally defend myself against King County's criminal acts as an illegal threat by me to randomly kill County employees. Sims mischaracterized me as a mass murderer, and threatened to falsely prosecute me for a felony.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    Lie, Stonewall, and Slander:

         It is important to realize that Sims admits receiving my letters for fifteen months, but does not explain why he and the other County officials refused to answer my concerns. Since Ron Sims refused to communicate with me for fifteen months, these letters are the only basis of Sims' claim that I "repeatedly threatened to shoot County employees on the corridor". This letter by Ron Sims must be seen as part of the technique used by the County to dishonestly manipulate its residents. I call the technique "Lie, Stonewall, and Slander". After the County commits a crime against its residents, it lies about its act. The County published lie after lie about the East Lake Sammamish railbanking transaction in the newspapers. When challenged, the County stonewalls. King County stonewalled my demands for explanations for fifteen months. If pushed to a confrontation, the County slanders its opponent. This letter by Ron Sims and the two false declarations, provided below, are proof of this technique. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Here again are the emails which Sims refers to in his letter to me on August 24, 2000. The emails are in reverse chronological order, starting with my August 9, 2000 email the first. I invite the reader to find any threat by me to "shoot County employees on the corridor". There is none! Sims' claims are pure slander.

      August 9, 2000 email to David Irons. I assume this is the "August 11, 2000" email referred to by Sims.

      February 7, 2000 email to Ron Sims and Council. No Response.

      January 31, 2000 email to Norm Maleng. No Response.

      January 23, 2000 email to the King County Sheriff. No Response.

      January 18, 2000 email to David Irons. Communication, But No Promised Action.

      January 11, 2000 email to Deputy Prosecutor Eldred. No Response.

      January 10, 2000 email to Norm Maleng. No Response.

      December 19, 1999 email to the Deputy Prosecutor Eldred. No Response.

      November 29, 1999 email to King County DCFM Director. No Response.

      August 18, 1999 email to Maggi Fimia. No Response.

      August 11, 1999 email to the King County Sheriff. Inadequate Response.

      August 2, 1999 email to Deputy Prosecutor Eldred. No Response.

      July 4, 1999 email to Ron Sims, County Council and Sheriff. No Response.

      June 21, 1999 email to Ron Sims and County Council. No Response.

      April 29, 1999 email to Deputy Prosecutor Eldred. No Response.

      April 9, 1999 email to Ron Sims. No Response.

         The above emails, which are referenced in Ron Sims' 8-24-2000 letter, are a fraction of the unanswered email letters which I sent to King County over the fifteen months the County stonewalled my right to get an explanation of its criminal activity. Here is a link to a more complete list of unanswered email letters.

      View twenty-eight unanswered email letters which show fifteen months of stonewalling by King County.

    False declarations:

         In addition to Sims' letter, the King County Prosecutor produced two perjurious declarations by County employees in which they falsely claimed to be threatened by me. These perjurious declarations are provided in the discussion below.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    I backed off my demands in order to protect my family and my livelihood.

         King County's threat of false felony prosecution had its intended effect. I had worked my whole life to become an airline captain. After years of sacrifice to attain that status, I was in the few years of my career which paid back financially for my efforts. I needed that salary to put my sons through college and provide for my family. If King County were successful with false felony prosecution, I would lose my pilot's license and my livelihood. So, I backed off my demands in order to protect my family and my livelihood. Ron Sims' lie that I "repeatedly threatened to shoot County employees on the corridor" generated the criteria to prosecute me under RCW 9A.46.020, which is displayed below. This lie by Sims, combined with the perjurious declarations generated by the King County Prosecutor, is proof that the County was willing to perjure, lie, and attack me in order to hide its participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      RCW 9A.46.020     Definition Penalties.

      (1) A person is guilty of harassment if:

        (a) Without lawful authority, the person knowingly threatens:

          (i) To cause bodily injury immediately or in the future to the person threatened or to any other person; or

          (ii) To cause physical damage to the property of a person other than the actor; or

          (iii) To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint; or

          (iv) Maliciously to do any other act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or another with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety; and

        (b) The person by words or conduct places the person threatened in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out. "Words or conduct" includes, in addition to any other form of communication or conduct, the sending of an electronic communication.

      (2)
        (a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, a person who harasses another is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

        (b) A person who harasses another is guilty of a class C felony if either of the following applies: (i) The person has previously been convicted in this or any other state of any crime of harassment, as defined in RCW 9A.46.060, of the same victim or members of the victim's family or household or any person specifically named in a no-contact or no-harassment order; or (ii) the person harasses another person under subsection (1)(a)(i) of this section by threatening to kill the person threatened or any other person.

      (3) The penalties provided in this section for harassment do not preclude the victim from seeking any other remedy otherwise available under law.

         Under the Washington State Constitution, I have the right to defend myself with a gun against the criminal activity of King County. But, the County claims I was illegally threatening to "shoot County employees". My email letters show that I was expressing my intention to legally defend my property and my life. I couldn't take a chance the County's lies would be accepted by a jury and that I would be saddled with a false felon conviction. Here is the section of the Washington State Constitution which allows me to use a gun to defend myself.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Washington State Constitution

      Article I - Declaration of Rights

      Section 24 - Right to Bear Arms. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

         I invite the reader to read the email letters which Ron Sims references in his August 24th letter and decide if I was expressing my intention to legally defend myself against a county which was acting criminally, or if I was threatening to randomly kill King County employees.

Why didn't King County criminally prosecute me?

         After reading Ron Sims' 8-24-2000 letter and the slanderous declarations by Jennifer Knauer and Shelly Marelli, which are provided below, the reader might be asking why King County didn't prosecute me for illegally threatening King County employees. It would have been a great victory for the County to win a criminal prosecution against a protesting ELS resident. A successful criminal prosecution would have shut down, or greatly muted, the protest of other ELS residents. King County didn't prosecute because it knew its slanderous lies would be exposed in a jury trial. The County knew that a jury trial would allow me the right to question some of the active participants in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme under oath. King County knew that a false prosecution of me would likely expose the County's criminal activity. The King County Prosecutor wanted to threaten me in order to get me to back off on my protest of the County's participation in the tax fraud scheme, but not to actually prosecute me. The Prosecutor also used his perjurious declarations as the basis of a preliminary injunction against me. My lawyer and I were relieved when the County notified us that it would not criminally prosecute me. I believed the evidence of the County's criminal acts would come out in the resolution of my lawsuit. I didn't realize that the Prosecutor, and other powerful participants in the ELS tax fraud scheme, would be able to influence judges and manipulate the outcome of my lawsuit throughout the judicial system. I didn't realize that we no longer have a legitimate judicial system in the State of Washington. But, I do now.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

King County generated perjurious declarations against me:

         Shortly after my letter to David Irons on August 9, 2000, King County filed its lawsuit against me in King County Superior Court. In addition to Ron Sims' false claim that I "repeatedly threatened to shoot County employees on the corridor", the King County Prosecutor manufactured evidence to be used against me. The declarations of Jennifer Knauer and Shelley Marelli are criminal acts against me, and are proof that the Executive and Prosecutor of King County Washington will manufacture evidence in order to hide their criminal activity. Please read the annotated declarations to understand.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View the perjurious declaration of Jennifer Knauer. Slander, Hearsay, and Identifiable Lies.

      View the perjurious declaration of Shelley Marelli. Slander, Hearsay, and Identifiable Lies.

King County used its perjurious declarations to obtain a preliminary injunction against me:

         Instead of falsely prosecuting me for felony harassment, King County used the perjurious Knauer and Marelli declarations in order to get preliminary award of my land to the County and an injunction against my interference with King County's taking of my land. This included an injunction denying my constitutional right to use a gun in defense of my life and property. An annotated version of that preliminary injunction hearing is linked below. Please read that link to understand the dishonesty which pervades the King County Prosecutor's office and to understand the willingness of a King County judge to support the criminal activity of the County. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View an annotated version of King County v. Rasmussen, Preliminary Injunction Hearing, September 14, 2000.

Summary:

         The willingness of King County to manufacture lies about me and to provide perjurious declarations in order to hide its crime should be obvious to the reader who studies the above discussion of Ron Sims' letter to me on August 24, 2000, the perjurious declarations manufactured by the King County Prosecutor, and the transcript of the Preliminary Injunction Hearing, September 14, 2000. The lies and dishonesty continued with the Prosecutor's briefs in the King County v. Rasmussen and Ray v. King County lawsuits, which are discussed in detail on this website.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)