David_Parker Posted October 3, 2001 Share Posted October 3, 2001 This was a post by Jon. I copied and pasted it because I didn't want to bring the whole thread back. Read the news paper articles from the Arizona Daily Sun. There's your ammo. If it's not enough, get Cavey to back you up in court! He'll tear them a new a-hole! Just got this email, looks like very good news for everyone. ########################################### Fee-Demo articles have begun popping up like wildflowers after a downpour and the news is all good. I've pasted short snips from three articles below and encourage people to read the entire articles online. My thanks to everyone involved in making this news happen and a very special thanks to those fee-demo protesters in Arizona who appeared in court yesterday and who, through their efforts, confirmed that the USFS MAY NOT ISSUE A FEE-DEMO TICKET TO AN UNATTENDED PARKED VEHICLE. Activists have been saying exactly this for years (www.wildwilderness.org/docs/tips.htm), but the truth never seemed to prevent the USFS from issung these inappropriate tickets. Perhaps the USFS will pay attention to US Magistrate Judge Stephen Verkamp and will finally stop issuing tickets they have NO authority to issue. All forest visitors must be presumed INNOCENT of fee-demo offenses unless the USFS can provide evidence to the contrary. That is a constitutional right .... and it's something the Forest Service has somehow forgotten. Scott PS... Senator Graham's Fee-Demo Bill S1011, would change the law such that forest visitors could be PRESUMED GUILTY UNTIL PROVED INNOCENT. S1011, if passed, would force Judge Verkamp to find future recipients of these same fee-demo tickets GUILTY as charged. If Senator Graham's bill passes, I hope its constitutionality will be immediately challenged!! ---- begin quoted ---- http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/0821/p1s2-ussc.html In the great outdoors, resistance to rising fees Opposition builds as more federal lands ask visitors to pay. By Hal Clifford | Special to The Christian Science Monitor OURAY, COLO. - Retiree John Montle has never protested anything in his life. Now the avid outdoorsman is waiting to appear in court for defying the federal government. Mr. Montle is part of a growing revolt over a controversial pay-to-play program being tested on federal lands nationwide. For years, the federal government has charged entrance fees to national parks - and even raised them recently - with relatively little complaint from the public. Now, however, several other federal agencies - including the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service - are levying user fees at a growing number of outdoor haunts that used to be free. <CONTINUES> ----------------- http://www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=23842 Red Rock pass system in trouble By LARRY HENDRICKS Sun Staff Reporter 08/21/2001 A federal magistrate in Flagstaff has dealt what appears to be a major setback to the ability of the Coconino National Forest to enforce its Red Rock Recreation Pass demonstration program. Before a packed U.S. District Court in Flagstaff Monday, three of four people who refused to pay fees associated with the program were not required to pay fines because they were not seen by rangers near vehicles that were cited. That means Forest Service rangers will have to spend more time trying to find the owners of vehicles illegally parked in the National Forest, said one Forest Service official. Previously, rangers had been ticketing vehicles parked at trailheads that did not display the Red Rock passes regardless of whether they made contact with the owners. <CONTINUES> --------------- http://www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=23871 Courtroom erupts in applause for verdict By LARRY HENDRICKS Sun Staff Reporter 08/21/2001 The four people who decided to take their cases to court on the recommendation of the AZ NoFee Coalition were Margaret Jackson, Ken R. Brinkel and David L. Kuhn of Sedona; and Evaline C. Derosa, of Truckee, Calif. According to citations issued to the four, only Kuhn was contacted by a Forest Service Ranger. The other three were not in the vicinity when their vehicles were cited. Two immediately had their cases dismissed by the U.S. Attorney's Office. The cases of Jackson and Brinkel were dismissed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Lodge just before the four trials were to begin because he said the cases were unlikely to result in convictions based upon U.S Attorney's Office guidelines <CONTINUES> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Scott Silver Wild Wilderness 248 NW Wilmington Ave. Bend, OR 97701 phone: 541-385-5261 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.wildwilderness.org Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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