Orlando FL Judge Imprisons Man Without Trial Over Pamphlets – Yet Another US Political Prisoner

The Boston Herald reports:

ORLANDO, Fla. — Roofing contractor Mark Schmidter learned the hard way Tuesday what can happen when you defy the administrative orders of Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry.

Following a trial Tuesday, Perry found Schmidter guilty of “indirect criminal contempt” for violating two such orders. One deals with handing out pamphlets outside the courthouse aimed at influencing jurors. The other prohibits First Amendment activities outside specially designated “free-speech zones.”

Perry sentenced Schmidter, 64, to roughly five months in the Orange County Jail — 141 days for violating his first order, regarding jury pamphlets, and 151 days for his second order, regarding free-speech zones. The sentences are concurrent. Perry also handed him a $250 fine for each violation.

Of course, the criminal tyrant masquerading as a judge saw fit to ignore this little provision of law while imposing his dictatorial punishment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Upon reading the pamphlets, it should become clear why the tyrant saw fit to throw the mundane in prison for half a year over distributing fliers.

The pamphlets disclose standing court decisions and common law precedence for jury nullification based on a juror’s disagreement with the law or a judge’s orders.  Any questioning of government authority by mere mundanes is to be met with violent, immediate, and fierce retribution by your overlords.

The judge concluded his non-trial of Mr. Schmidter by stating:

How dare you speak outside of my designated zones mundane!

How dare you distribute information that may cause a prosecutor to lose a trial mundane!


At his non-trial, Mr. Schmidter read the First Amendment aloud and noted, “I’m not getting a trial by jury, just thought I’d throw that in.”

Judge Perry is a tyrant that has no problem using the violence of the State to suppress political dissent.

Consider the outrageousness of “free speech zones.”  We have all manner of laws dealing with assault, violence, threats, abuse, disruptive conduct, etc.. etc.. etc.. so I have to ask what purpose these zones of tyranny serve?  Are they to “prevent” crimes that may occur because someone is using heated political rhetoric in a public place?  If so, then what purpose do the other laws serve?

Do members of the mundane class need multiple layers of laws in order to keep the public peace?  I guess the tyrant felt that mundanes should not be allowed to express their opinions where they see fit as they might do so within earshot of his majesty and cause his majesty to become upset with their rhetoric.

How low have we sunk as a society that we stand idly by as tyrants throw peaceful men into dungeons for distributing pamphlets and speaking their mind in a public place.

This judge is a mere single man.  The power he wields comes from those who are willing to follow his tyrannical decrees.  The judge did not act alone in carrying out this tyranny.  There is plenty of blame to spread upon the members of the “law” enforcement community who followed through with this judge’s orders.

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

-Thomas Jefferson