Friday, July 03, 2009

What ever happened to the "Manna Storehouse?"

The other aggravating infringement on individual rights last year that really caught my attention was the Manna Storehouse.
It's gone quiet since most of the action now is in the courts. The Stowers have chosen not to try their case in the press, probably because the state isn't exactly trying their case against them in the press. Harold Thomas at The Ohio Republic brings us up to speed.
"About four months ago, the defendants, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Lorain County Sheriff, filed a motion to take the case to the U.S. District Court of Appeals. The purpose of making it a Federal case is that Article I of the Ohio Constitution contains more stringent guarantees of personal liberties than does the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Thompson anticipates that the Federal Court will return the issue to the State courts, but the Federal courts work slowly, and it may be two or three months before it is returned to an Ohio court."
Is Law Enforcement interested in protecting your rights? Clearly not. They are told to. When it's left up to Law Enforcement, they take a state defendant, a state plaintiff, and entirely state actors, and try them on a federal stage. Why? Because in this case, the defendant has less rights there. I deeply respect Law Enforcement, something I may not communicate here adequately, but they are human beings. Remember, even Jefferson acted like a Federalist, when he became President. It's not terribly surprising then, to find Ohio Law choosing Federal Law, because the defendants in an all Ohio scrap, have more rights in an Ohio Court.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping tabs on this one.