Okay, I’m pretty late with this story (it’s from February), but I told y’all I had some serious catching up to do. On to the news…
From the Keene Free Press-
Bighorn County Sheriff Dave Mattis spoke at a press conference following a recent U.S. District Court decision (Case No. 2:96-cv-099-J (2006)) and announced that all federal officials are forbidden to enter his county without his prior approval ……
“If a sheriff doesn’t want the Feds in his county he has the constitutional right and power to keep them out, or ask them to leave, or retain them in custody.”
The court decision was the result of a suit against both the BATF and the IRS by Mattis and other members of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association. The suit in the Wyoming federal court district sought restoration of the protections enshrined in the United States Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution.
Guess what? The District Court ruled in favor of the sheriffs. In fact, they stated, Wyoming is a sovereign state and the duly elected sheriff of a county is the highest law enforcement official within a county and has law enforcement powers exceeding that of any other state or federal official.” Go back and re-read this quote.
The court confirms and asserts that “the duly elected sheriff of a county is the highest law enforcement official within a county and has law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR federal official.” And you thought the 10th Amendment was dead and buried — not in Wyoming, not yet.
Yes, you read that right. Not only did a local county sheriff have the cajones to stand up to federal agents, but a District Court judge actually backed him up on it stating that the sheriff “has law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR federal official.” In other words, if you’re not happy about the Feds busting down the doors of medicinal marijuana dispensaries, your state government stealing people’s homes over unpaid ‘rents’ on property they supposedly own outright (aka property taxes), or the ATF invading people’s homes as happened in Ruby Ridge, Waco and the Yearning For Zion Temple, then talk to your County Sherriff! Not only does he have the right to stop these things from happening, but he’s probably an elected official. Since local elections have such a small turnout, getting him removed from office and replaced by someone who actually believes in protecting the people in his county shouldn’t be too difficult.
It’s not often that a Federal Judge actually makes a pro-Liberty ruling so we need to celebrate this victory to the utmost!