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Judge Threatens Defendant

By Dave Tomers, World Net Daily

American jurisprudence: Fair, reasonable, following the rule of law and delivering the best chance for justice anywhere, right?

Well, how about a Texas district court case in which there are allegations a judge threatened a participant, ordered that his assets be seized, told him he was not allowed to hire defense counsel and then pronounced he had the full power of the Navy, Army and Marines to enforce his will?

Those are the allegations contained in a case pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that – by the description of a volunteer attorney working on arguments – should “shock the conscience” of the nation.

The bottom line appears to be whether the judiciary is prepared to rein in one of its own after accusations the judge apparently conspired to strip a long list of constitutional rights from a case participant.

Gary Schepps, who describes himself as a “one-man law office,” is working on the bankruptcy case involving Jeff Baron’s company, Ondova. Schepps is volunteering, as Baron was ordered by Senior U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson not to “hire” an attorney for his defense.

Schepps says it is an “overreaching order” against Baron from Furgeson, based in Dallas, that created the trouble.

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