Posted: June 5th, 2012 by Militant Libertarian
One of my personal heroes, Tom Cryer, has died. Cryer was a constitutional attorney in Louisiana who is one of the few to have defeated the IRS in federal court. His family asks that rather than sending donations or flowers, those who appreciate Tom’s work give to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in his name: https://secure2.convio.net/
In his federal case, to establish legal standing, Cryer stopped filing and paying income tax UNLESS and UNTIL the government could show him it had the legal right to demand he do either. He was charged with two counts of tax evasion, which charges were later reduced to two counts of failure to file.
On July 9, 2007, Cryer was put on trial in Federal District Court in Shreveport. In presenting his defense, he learned first-hand how far tyranny has advanced within the US government — even into the courtrooms. The judge, acting as an undisguised ally of the prosecution, violated the canons of judicial conduct, the laws of evidence, and principles of due process by forbidding Tom to present any physical evidence or material facts. He also attempted to hamper Cryer’s testimony, in which he described the evidence he had accumulated demonstrating that he did not have any income tax liability — and that the law, as written, does not say with the IRS tells them it says.
Despite the judge’s successful effort to prevent Cryer from presenting material evidence to bolster his case, the jury found his testimony credible and convincing. Following only a few hours of deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on both counts.
Cryer also founded Truth Attack, an educational organization devoted to educating the American people about the crimes the IRS has committed against the American
people since 1913.
Here are two videos featuring Tom Cryer and his work: