May I take this opportunity to say how much I dislike Courts, Judges, law enforcement personnel and our whole corrupt system of unconstitutional codified law?
Nevertheless, I have had a little fun with the system over the years.
My first speeding ticket as a teenager was on 800 south and about 1100 east in the City of
I have a friend whose sister was a judge and she coached me on how to handle it. I requested a jury trial, took pictures of where the police officers were with the radar guns to show that they would have been shooting the radar through trees with wind rippling through the leaves, got all the questions to ask, when did you calibrate your radar gun, bla bla bla etc. etc.
I showed up at the court and set up my projector and screen, asked the officer a bunch of questions and pretty much just tried to act like I knew what I was doing.
The jury deliberated for about 2 and ½ minutes and found me innocent.
Afterwards the prosecuting attorney who was in my ward, congratulated me and the judge shook my hand and told me that if he ever got a speeding ticket he wanted me to represent him.
It was pretty funny.
One of the reasons we moved our family out into the middle of nowhere five miles from the edge of the earth is to get away from oppressive law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, they even make there way out to the ghost town where we live every once in a while.
A few years ago one of my boys was driving an unlicensed motorcycle down the highway when the deputy past him coming the other way.
When my boy noticed him turning around to come after him he shot off the road and darted across a ranchers field. The field had a fence around it so my boy was hedged in and the officer drove his car into the field and turned his spot light on.. it was just getting dark.
In the corner of the field there was some sage brush so my son laid the bike down and hid under the sage brush.
As the officer is driving through the field with is spot light looking for my son, my son calls me on his cell phone while hiding under the sage brush.
He briefs me on the situation and solicits my services in helping him escape.
His plan is for me to drive out to the side of the field and he will make a run for it hoping to get in my car with enough time for us to make our get away before the officer sees us and catches up with us.
AS I am walking out to my car amused by the fact that the apple hadn’t fallen to far from the tree, I heard the couple that lived down the road from us yelling at each other at the top of their lungs.
They had a very unhappy marriage and would get into fights once or twice a week.
Just then I had a stroke of genius and being the master delegater that I am I yelled through the door to my wife and said “quick! Call 911 and tell the dispatcher that the
Being the submissive wife that she is, she tried to negotiate her way out of the deal but finally I was able to exercise enough priesthood power to and create a sense of urgency to get her to do it.
As I was driving down the highway to the scene of the crime, sure enough, the officer that had been chasing my son was racing back toward our little town with his flashing lights and siren on. I waved and smiled.
The get away was so easy it almost wasn’t even any fun.. but it made for a great memory.. and as I recall, there was no blood shed at the
Another time two of my sons got traffic tickets within a few weeks of each other.
Although I was not very happy with the boys, I was not impressed with either of the infractions either, I didn't feel either of them were worthy of extracting money from us.... I suggested that we request a trial for both of them and do it ourselves “Pro Se”
One of the tickets was for speeding on the highway by our home but there were no speeding limit signs for about 15 miles either direction. It didn’t seem right to ticket someone for going 10 miles per hour over the limit when no limit was posted.
I forget what the other ticket was for.. I think my other son and his friends had been towing themselves behind unsuspecting cars on the ice.
I got a little chart and drew a picture and did a little research etc. I really should have explained to my son what to do and let him have the experience but he was only 15 and felt a little intimidated by the court thing.
When we got to the court we met with the prosecuting attorney who wanted to work out a plea bargain with us, but we could not come to terms that were acceptable to us so we opted to move forward with the trial.
We had requested a jury trial which would have given us a much better chance but it was denied. (another constitutional right that has gone by the way side)
When it was our turn I began to state our case and the judge asked me who I was. I explained that I was the father of the boy that got the ticket. He abruptly told me that the court would not allow me to represent my boy since I was not an attorney.
I said “your honor, he is a minor and I am his legal guardian” the judge basically said “I don’t care.. your son can defend himself or he can plead guilty and pay the fine.”
My son looked at me horrified. He was not prepared to know what to say and this was taking him quite by surprise.
I whispered in his ear, “Just say you do want to represent yourself and you want to call your father as your first witness.. and then ask me what I know about the traffic signs in our little town.. that’s all you need to do”
So he did. “Your honor I would like to call my father to the witness stand”
The judge was not very amused but there wasn’t much he could do.
“Dad, what do you know about the ticket I got and the traffic signs on the highway by our house?”
That was it, I now had full control of the court and a much better seat than I had before at the back of the court.
I got out my little chart and spent the next hour pontificating on where all of the signs were and were not and what the various limits are on other similar highways and how frequent signs were required to be posted by law, etc.
From time to time the judge would ask the highway patrol guy to verify if he understood what I was saying to be true. The patrolman had to acknowledge that there were no speed limit signs posted in the area in question.
Luckily the patrolman was taken by surprise and was unable to answer a few questions.
Finally the judge apologetically told the prosecuting attorney that was a close friend of his that he was going to have to rule in favor of my son and he instructed the highway patrolman to get some signs posted within a week.
When I sat down with the prosecuting attorney to work out a plea bargain for the next case my other son was in, he was not interested in going 2 for 2 and he was much easier to negotiate with..
Now that I have primed you with some heart warming legal stories I am ready to present evidence #52 that the marvelous work and a wonder is a separate event with the first laborers returning for their second commission.
It is interesting to note that when the servants come back to redeem Zion one of the first things the Lord has commanded them to do is to importune at the feet of the judge for redress in taking possession of those lands that are to be redeemed for Zion.
The Lord gives us the parable of the unjust judge in section 101 to illustrate what is going to happen. You can get additional related information about this in section 124.
After the judge is not responsive, the servants will take it to the governor. After he is not responsive, the matter is to be taken to the President.
“If the President heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of this hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation and in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time, will cut off those wicked unfaithful, and unjust stewards and appoint them their portion among hypocrites and unbelievers; even outer darkness where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
The Lord is very specific about who needs to be involved in this process.. it will be the first laborers of the last kingdom... the command was not given to President Monson.. people are going to return from the dead to do this... again, section 124 provides related info as well.
That’s one of the things that helps to start the strange act.. and it is not to far from starting.