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by John Rasmussen

Please read a disclaimer for the statements I make on this website accusing judges, politicians and activists of criminal actions.



Index of Updates: (Click Hyperlink to Jump to that Date)

    April 7, 2011            Letter to the Houston newspapers, suggesting King County's liability for Enron.

    April 3, 2010            Understand Arthur Andersen's participation in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme.

    November 14, 2009  Understand the common dishonest tactics used by the Hilchkanum judges.

    August 12, 2009       Understand the judge's dishonest assignment of the author of the Hilchkanum right-of-way deed.

    May 21, 2009           A follow-up on my public letter to the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court.

    March 31, 2009        A public letter to the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court.

    February 24, 2009    A suggestion that Gary Locke should not be appointed Commerce Secretary.

    January 7, 2009       Statement that the website is getting an update.

    November 4, 2008    Announcement of future actions on the website.

    October 24, 2008     Website Launch, and suggestions for the November elections.



Update April 7, 2011:

         I've written the editors of the Houston newspapers to advise them of Arthur Andersen's participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme prior to the Enron Scandal. Since I had advised the leadership of King County of Arthur Andersen's East Lake Sammamish crime, I stated my opinion that the people of King County should be liable for the harm caused in the subsequent accounting scandals. My public letter to the Houston newspapers is linked below.
         (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      A Public Letter to the Houston Newspapers.



Update April 3, 2010:

         My latest update is a study which explains how the disgraced accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, LLP, participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. Since I blew the whistle on Arthur Andersen's ELS crime before the Enron and WorldCom scandals, I believe that the people of King County and Washington State may be liable to compensate those harmed by the subsequent accounting scandals.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Understand Arthur Andersen's participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.



Update November 14, 2009:

         My latest update is a study which describes the "House of Cards" the Hilchkanum judges constructed in order to misconstrue the 1887 Hilchkanum right-of-way deed to the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway. Their "House of Cards" covered-up the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and protected the active participants from prosecution.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Understand the "House of Cards", the common dishonest tactics used by the Hilchkanum judges.



Update August 12, 2009:

         My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.

         A critical tactic used by the judges who covered-up the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme was to differentiate the 1887 Hilchkanum right-of-way deed to the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (SLS&E) from the other right-of-way deeds to the SLS&E in the same period. Since all of the SLS&E deeds which had previously been before the courts had been determined to be easements, it was important for these judges to differentiate the Hilchkanum right-of-way deed from the others if they were to "find" that the Hilchkanum deed conveyed fee simple interest of the land underlying the SLS&E right-of-way. Their trick was to determine the material fact that the Hilchkanum deed to the SLS&E was written by Bill Hilchkanum, an illiterate Native American. Their problem was that this was a lie which they had no right to determine under the law, the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Washington, and the rules of summary judgment. No problem for these judges, they don't believe in all those silly restrictions on their powers.

         I've just finished a study of whether Hilchkanum wrote his right-of-way deed, as the judges have established in their opinions, or whether the State and federal judges who construed the Hilchkanum deed are damn liars who violated the Constitution and the law in order to cover up the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

      View my study of the SLS&E "form deed" and its author.

         My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.



Update May 21, 2009:

         On March 31st, I posted a public letter to the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court accusing them of betraying their oaths and participating in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. As I predicted then, no judge has had the character to respond to that public letter. Here it is again.

      View my March 31, 2009 public letter to the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court.

         My next project is a detailed letter to The Seattle Times explaining its participation in the tax fraud scheme by its refusal to report the crime to the public.

         My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.



Update March 31, 2009:

         My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.

         Today, I post a public letter to the Judges of the Washington State Supreme Court (WSSC), accusing them of participating in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. I am sending email notification to Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander and to the Clerk of the Court through the WSSC website. Additionally, several of the WSSC judges will be notified through other email addresses that I've been able to find. I expect that all of my emails will be refused or ignored.

      View my March 31, 2009 public letter to the Judges of the Washington State Supreme Court.

         Judges isolate themselves from criticism. After my rights were violated by the judges of the Ninth Circuit, on May 16, 2003 I wrote a personal letter to each of the Circuit Judges describing the corruption and criminal acts which had been committed by the Ninth Circuit in King County v. Rasmussen (2001), King County v. Rasmussen (2002), and in the denial of my en banc appeal. The Clerk of the Court refused to deliver my letters to the judges. Instead, she stamped my cover letter with the date received and sent them all back to me. When it comes to informing judges about their criminal activity, they are like the proverbial "three wise monkeys" who "see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil". As long as judges can avoid being informed about their misconduct, they have no responsibility to justify their actions. While there is a need to isolate judges from the political process in order to "guarantee" their independence, that isolation works to the advantage of our system only when judges are honorable and uphold their oaths. Essentially all of the federal and Washington State judges, who I discuss or address on this website, fail to meet that criteria.

         In the near future, I intend to make the daily newspapers in the State of Washington aware of this public letter. I will notify the members of the Washington State House Committee on Judiciary. Also, I intend to forward this public letter to the Washington State law schools. I will challenge them to justify the court's opinions or suggest the actions we must take to return our courts and society to the rule of law.

         My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.



Update February 24, 2009:

    My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.

         Yesterday, February 23, 2009, it was announced that Gary Locke, former Washington State Governor and former King County Executive, will be nominated United States Commerce Secretary by President Obama. Locke will be Obama's third try to nominate a Commerce Secretary after the nominations of the previous two were clouded with accusations of dishonest behavior. Gary Locke has a "squeaky clean" reputation. He was a Boy Scout. In his political career, he has acquired a "coat of Teflon". Nothing dirty seems to stick to him.

         I don't believe Locke lives up to his reputation. I believe that Gary Locke is a dirty politician from a very corrupt government in King County, Washington. I'll briefly explain this contention here, with hyperlinks that will take the reader to further discussion and documentation. To understand the corruption in King County government, it will take some study of the material on this website.

         Gary Locke was King County Executive in the mid 1990's when the County committed to participate in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. There are two possibilities to explain Locke's involvement. Either Gary Locke authorized the County's participation in the tax fraud scheme, or he was so unaware of what went on under his stewardship that he was a completely incompetent administrator. Whichever, he does not deserve to become U.S. Commerce Secretary.

         I blew the whistle on the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme with an email to the leadership of King County on February 7, 2000. By then, "Teflon" Gary Locke had left his position as King County Executive and moved into the Washington State Governor's office. My "whistle blower" letter was addressed to the succeeding executive, Ron Sims, and the King County Council. "Teflon" Gary was included in that email address as a "CC".

         The central criminal in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme was Norm Maleng, the King County Prosecutor. Maleng had "served" as Prosecutor for many years and had great influence with the powerful in King County. "Teflon" Gary worked for Maleng earlier in his career. Also, many judges in the State and Federal courts have previously worked for Maleng. It is apparent that Maleng had enough influence with these former employees, and other powerful folks in the County, to cover-up the tax fraud scheme.

         I believe that the tax fraud scheme was covered-up in the courts because of its connection to Arthur Andersen, LLP. Arthur Andersen provided a fraudulent appraisal for BNSF, placing a value on the East Lake Sammamish right-of-way at three or four times its legitimate value. Federal District Judge Barbara Rothstein was presented an explanation and evidence of the ELS tax fraud scheme in the King County v. Rasmussen lawsuit. Rothstein struck the evidence of the crime and failed to turn it over to federal prosecutors, in violation of her oath to uphold the law. In King County v. Rasmussen (2001), Judge Rothstein covered up the East Lake Sammamish tax fraud scheme and the criminal actions by Arthur Andersen. This occurred prior to the Enron and WorldCom scandals. By her action to cover-up the ELS Arthur Andersen fraud, Rothstein involved the federal court in these two scandals. If Rothstein had acted honestly, Arthur Andersen would have been under federal prosecution prior to its crime at Enron.

         I describe the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme as "Theft-by-Community", the cooperation of politicians, judges, bureaucrats, newspapers, and others in committing a crime to "benefit" the community. Suspending the Constitution and the law for the "benefit" of the community is how things are often done in King County, Washington.

         In my opinion, Gary Locke is either a crook or an incompetent administrator. Whichever the case, he is unfit to serve as U.S. Commerce Secretary.

    My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.



Update January 7, 2009:

         This website is going through an update. Explaining that federal and Washington State judges have participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme requires carefully documented argument. I'm working on that.

         Late last year, I pushed the website into publication in order to expose the November 2008 candidates who participated in the tax fraud scheme. Sadly, none of the daily newspapers in the State of Washington were interested in researching the facts and reporting the crime to the public. Now, I'm polishing my arguments. We-the-people have lost our access to information about corruption in out government. In particular, The Seattle Times has repeatedly been informed about the crimes committed by King County's politicians and judges and has refused to report the facts to the community. Those facts are available here.

    My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.



Update November 4, 2008:

         Welcome to my website! This website "opened for business" on October 24th. The first action I took was to write all the daily newspapers in the State of Washington to encourage them to withdraw their endorsements for the November candidates who had participated in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme. I doubt that even one newspaper paid heed. Not one acknowledged my email. Exposing the corruption in King County and the federal and State courts will take time, but it will happen. The people will learn the truth.

         Right now, the website is getting updated and having its pages polished a little. In the future, these actions are planned.

      1. A public letter to the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court, accusing them of criminal acts from the bench.

      2. A public letter to the folks who live along East Lake Sammamish, explaining the corruption and dishonesty that was behind the railbanking of the BNSF right-of-way.

      3. A public letter to the deans and staff of Washington State law schools, asking them what they are teaching their law students in the light of the abandonment of the law by our judges.

      4. Public letters to the members of the Washington State House of Representatives, suggesting they impeach the State judges who participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

      5. Public letters to the members of the United States House of Representatives, suggesting they impeach the federal judges who participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

      6. An online trial for crimes for the judges who participated in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme.

         I've fought for ten years to expose the corruption and dishonesty in the King County railbanking tax fraud scheme. My rights were destroyed in the courts. I believe that it might take another ten years, or longer, to hold the ELS criminals accountable. This is a fight that must happen if our Nation and State is to reclaim its judicial system from judges who have no commitment to the law.

    My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.



Update October 24, 2008:

         Today is the official launch of this website. The first order of business is a public letter to Washington State newspapers asking that they inform their readers about five November Election candidates who I believe participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

      A Public Letter to the Newspapers of Washington State, October 24, 2008.

         My hope is that the newspapers will withdraw their endorsements of the following candidates, and point their readers to this website for an explanation.

      Judges Richard B. Sanders, Washington State Supreme Court

      Mary Fairhurst, Washington State Supreme Court

      Judge Ann Schindler, Chief Judge for Division I, Washington State Court of Appeals

      Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General

      Dave Reichert, US Congress representing the 8th Congressional District

         All of these candidates participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and do not deserve the public's trust, in my opinion.

         The most troubling of these candidates are the two Washington State Supreme Court judges running for reelection. Their participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme proves that citizens of the State of Washington cannot expect to have their rights or the law enforced in its courts, in my opinion.

      View a public letter to the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court regarding this issue.

    My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this "Update" are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.




























































Reference Material from Previous Updates:



Judges Richard B. Sanders and Mary Fairhurst are running for reelection to the Washington State Supreme Court and should not be elected.

         The most dishonest and cowardly decisions by appeals court judges are the denial of appeal of lawsuits that they have a responsibility to correct. Washington State Supreme Court Judges Sanders and Fairhurst refused appeal of Ray v. King County (2004). This Washington State Appeals Court opinion hides the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme, blatantly violates the constitutional right of the Rays, and destroys one hundred years of consistently held common law. In refusing appeal, Judges Sanders and Fairhurst chose to protect the federal and state judges who issued the opinions which hid the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. Sanders and Fairhurst chose to protect King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng and the leadership of King county from being held responsible for their part in the tax fraud. By refusing appeal of Ray v. King County, these judges inherited responsibility for the destruction of rights and common law this decision contains. These judges acted in the most cowardly way. They let stand a lower court decision that they knew to be a crime from the bench. They lacked the character to take the Ray's appeal and apply their names to a Washington State Supreme Court opinion which supported the dishonesty of that lower court decision. Sanders and Fairhurst became active participants in the federal tax fraud scheme with their refusal of the Ray's appeal. I believe that these judges should be voted out of their position of trust and responsibility as Washington State Supreme Court judges. (My statements describing wrongdoing on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         As a voter in the State of Washington for more than forty years, I have always been frustrated by the fact that I could not find unbiased information about judges running for their positions. The hyperlinks, above and below, take the reader to the Ray opinion, an opinion which violates the rights of Jerry and Kathy Ray, in my opinion. If a voter wants to know the truth about Judges Sanders and Fairhurst, the voter should to read this decision to understand if these judges failed in their duty to overturn and correct it. Read Ray v. King County (2004) to understand.

         Judges Richard B. Sanders and Mary Fairhurst are running unopposed in November. I've established this website too late to publicly challenge their honesty and expect a reply. I ask the voter to withhold your vote for these two judges, and use the link below to ask your State Representative to investigate and impeach.

      Read a public letter to all the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court accusing them of participating in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

      Read a personal note to Justice Richard Sanders. Where did the "magic" go?

Judge Ann Schindler, Chief Judge for Division I, Washington State Court of Appeals has participated in a crime from the bench.

         Judge Ann Schindler and Judge Ronald Cox teamed up to produce Ray v. King County (2004). Her participation in Ray v. King County is a criminal act from the bench and protects the leadership of King County from going to federal prison for their participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. Judge Cox was Chief Judge of Division I at the time of the Ray opinion. Now, Ann Schindler, has taken over the chief judge position from Cox. Perfect! It's significant that Judge Schindler worked for Norm Maleng for a number of years. Of the politicians in King County who participated in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme, Norm Maleng appears to be most active participant and most responsible for King County's part in the crime. There is a strong possibility that Maleng, Schindler, and Cox worked together to produce the dishonest opinion Ray v. King County (2004). It is certain that Schindler and Cox adopted Norm Maleng's "legal theory", the grossly dishonest legal argument made by the Prosecutor in order to cover up his crime. The proof of that allegation is in the analysis of their dishonest opinion, Ray v. King County (2004). How could Judge Schindler agree to the complete dishonesty and violation of constitutional rights in that opinion? Reelecting Schindler guarantees that no person can expect their constitutional rights to be respected in "her" court of appeals. (My statements describing wrongdoing on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Judge Ann Schindler should not be reelected, in my opinion. I ask the voter to vote for her opponent. I know nothing about her opponent, but I believe that just about anyone would be more honest.

Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

         I notified Rob McKenna about the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme on February 7, 2000. It is now eight years later and Rob McKenna still has not answered my letter. It appears to me that Rob McKenna reacts only to issues that further his political career. Standing up for the Constitution, the law, and the rights of the folks he represents appears to be secondary to Rob McKenna's ambition to advance himself. Please read my letter to Rob McKenna on February 7, 2000 and, challenge McKenna to explain why, as a King County councilman, he neglected his duty to investigate the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and call for prosecution of the participants. It appears to me that he failed in this duty because he was a participant in the crime.

         In my opinion, Rob McKenna lacks the character and honesty that is required to hold the Attorney General position in Washington State.

      Read my letter to Rob McKenna and the King County council on February 7, 2000

U.S. Representative Dave Reichert, candidate for the 8th Congressional District, participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

         Dave Reichert has promoted himself as the law enforcement officer responsible for solving the Green River killings. That may be true, but perhaps Dave Reichert isn't the hero that he claims to be. I challenged Dave Reichert to explain his participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme with a letter on August 11, 1999.

      Read my letter to Sheriff Reichert on August 11, 1999.

         In that August 11, 1999 letter, I described illegal actions by King County in the establishment of the East Lake Sammamish trial, and asked Sheriff Reichert to have the character to stand up against that corruption. Reichert didn't answer my letter, but rather had his employee answer. Apparently, someone as self-important as Sheriff Reichert didn't have the time to respond to legal concerns from a member of his community. Neither Reichert nor his employee explained the Sheriff's right or authority to enforce the County's occupation of my property. The Sheriff's reply is presented here:

      Read the reply from Sheriff Reichert's office on August 13, 1999.

         As Sheriff of King County, Dave Reichert provided armed officers to enforce King County's trespass and adverse possession of the land associated with the East Lake Sammamish right-of-way, in my opinion. If you read the August 13 reply from the Sheriff's office, above, you realize that Reichert provided no justification for his armed enforcement of the County's claim to my land. Out of concern for my rights and the safety of my family, I wrote Sheriff Reichert again on January 23, 2000. Reichert simply ignored this second letter.

      Read my second letter to Sheriff Reichert on January 23, 2000.

         I spelled out the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme to Sheriff Reichert in several emails. It is obscene that he enforced King County's illegal maneuvers when he had knowledge of the tax fraud scheme and criminal actions of members of the County leadership, in my opinion. Here is the email in which I first explained the tax fraud scheme to the Sheriff.

      Read my letter to Sheriff Reichert on February 7, 2000

         It seems to me that Dave Reichert didn't have the character to look me in the eye and explain his illegal support of the County's land-grab, but he did have time and resources to send out a massive array of sheriff deputies to deliver the County's summons to its lawsuit. I don't have a problem with a number of police cars showing up at my property, but I do have a problem that one of the King County deputies came close to drawing a gun on my son that day. I was away when the King County Sheriff sent out his crew to deliver the summons. This could have been a non-event with a Sheriff's representative simply stopping by to deliver the summons. Instead, it appears to me the Dave Reichert decided to make a statement by sending out a massive amount of police force to hand me a piece of paper. This was obviously a sick game played by Reichert to intimidate me and my neighbors, in my opinion. I don't appreciate "Law Enforcement Officer" Reichert, playing sick Rambo games with the safety of my family in order to try to make his point. Below, I hyperlink my September 2000 declaration to King County Superior Court. The declaration describes this game of brinkmanship played by King County. Go to page 12 of the document to read my statement about the Sheriff playing games with the safety of my family. If my son had been holding something that could have been mistaken for a gun, and had been shot by that police officer who came close to drawing his weapon, then Dave Reichert's sick game would have turned to an unforgivable tragedy, in my opinion.

      Read my September 2, 2000 declaration to King County Superior Court. Go to Page 12 to read about Reichert's threat to my family's safety.

         Dave Reichert participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme by illegally enforcing the County's occupation of my land, in my opinion. When I challenged him to support the law, he could provide no justification for his actions. Reichert didn't have the character to look me in the eye and explain his department's actions in 1999 and 2000, in my opinion.

         I believe that Dave Reichert doesn't deserve to be in Congress.