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Charges Against Checkpoint USA Dismissed In Court Again

In followup to my earlier article. on July 1, 2013 at Pima County's Consolidated Justice Court, hearing officer Chris Holguin dismissed the single charge of "stopping unnecessarily in the highway" levied against me by Pima County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Audetat after he decided he needed to be someplace else other than the hearing he was responsible for creating in the first place.


Several days after receiving my Motion To Dismiss, Deputy Audetat filed a Motion for Continuance with the court just one work day before the hearing date. Whether or not there's a correlation between Deputy Audetat's continuance motion along with his failure to appear in court and my motion for dismissal remains to be seen.

During the hearing, Hearing Officer Holguin gave Deputy Audetat ten minutes to show up. When he failed to do so, he denied his request for a continuance due to the fact it was not timely filed and then dismissed the charge against me.

This dismissal marks the fourth time the State of Arizona has brought charges against me for daring to exercise my rights while being seized at internal checkpoints setup along Arizona highways and the third time those charges have been dismissed in court. In the fourth case, I was found not guilty within five minutes of the start of the hearing & after the police officer gave testimony. It was so obvious the charge was bogus, the judge didn't even give me time to rebut the officer's testimony before dismissing the charge.

What's interesting to note here is that the State of Arizona was not responsible for setting up or operating any of the checkpoints where a state agent later cited me. Rather, the checkpoints were setup by tribal and federal authorities. Tribal and federal authorities that then used the State of Arizona as their proxy for harassing me through bogus citations for peacefully & lawfully exercising my rights while being seized at those checkpoints.

I've also been successful at forcing a settlement in a civil rights lawsuit I filed against one of the enforcement agencies responsible for some of the charges levied against me in the past. A breakdown of this history appears below:

In other words, Checkpoint USA 5, State of Arizona 0.

I'll be posting a lot more about this most recent case, including video and the results of several FOIA and public records requests I've bee following up on. Indeed, my own discovery process has revealed that Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Audetat was on special assignment with the Border Patrol & being paid overtime funds through an Operation Stonegarden grant in order to be on call to assist Border Patrol agents with harassing domestic traffic at the Border Patrol checkpoint I was cited at. I did however want to provide some commentary regarding what happened in court on July 1st sooner rather than later.

Given this history it should be clear that it's dangerous to travel along Arizona highways while being cognizant of your rights. Something Checkpoint USA is working diligently to change.


Comment from: Todd [Visitor]
Terry could you recommend a video camera.I would like to mount it in my vehicle and also use it as a handheld.How can I protect the video from being deleted ?
Permalink 2013-07-07 @ 17:59
Comment from: Checkpoint USA [Member]
You may want to take a look at the Veho Muvi line of cameras. Cheaper than the GO Pro and Contour cameras but good video quality, lots of mounting options for both in-car and on-body use and very small in size. The latest model also has a remote which comes in handy depending on where you mount the camera.

I haven't tried any of the Go Pro cameras yet but the new Hero 3 edition will probably be the next camera I experiment with. I also like the Canon Powershot line of cameras and I have a Contour 2 that I've been experimenting with which has some interesting features such as GPS data synced to your video. external mic hookups, etc.

The Veho camera is the most versatile however due to its small size, good video output and mounting options.

Not much you can do with regards to protecting video from being deleted unless you can save it off site in real time. For that feature, you'll need to take a closer look at smart phone options.

Otherwise, having multiple cameras running so that it would be mighty suspicious if all of them mysteriously broke or lost their data is really the only way to go with out a very specialized setup running in your vehicle.
Permalink 2013-07-11 @ 22:42

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Welcome to Checkpoint USA's blog. Here you'll find general information and discussions regarding growing threats to our right to privacy & travel.

While I refer to court cases along with state and federal law frequently in this blog, nothing written here should be construed as legal advice. I am not an attorney. Rather, I'm someone concerned about the growing disregard for individual rights present at all levels of government.

My conclusions are my own based upon personal experience and research. The law is made purposely complex however and varies significantly from place to place and circumstance to circumstance.

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