Friday, January 19, 2007

Fred Marshall Writes Letter to Sheriff Prozzo

Dear Sheriff Prozzo:

As you may or may not know (some sheriffs don't), the sheriff is the highest law-enforcement authority in a county. It is the duty of the sheriff to uphold the Constitution and protect the citizens of that county from any and all forces threatening them, including federal agencies which have no authority or jurisdiction within the county. Without the sheriff's permission, federal agencies cannot arrest a citizen anywhere within the county. Yes, they often do it but they do it illegally every time they do it. A few sheriffs around the country have put federal agencies on notice to stay out of their counties. One, whose name I don't recall at the moment, told them he would not conduct background checks for purchasers of firearms. Though he approached it for the wrong reasons (he didn't want to bear the expense), he did learn in the process that the feds don't have jurisdiction within the external boundaries of the 50 states. The Supreme Court has so ruled in quite a number of cases.

Read more here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Mack is the name of the sheriff you mention. He was Sheriff of Cochise (I think) County, Arizona. He currently lives in Utah and in fact ran for Governor of Utah in the last election. He wrote a book about his Supreme Court case that you mention, which he in fact won.

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