CORRECTION – Former Legal Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee Confirms IRP6 Case Not Criminal, Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause

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October 14, 2015 by socialaction2014

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A Just Cause
October 14, 2015 10:07 ET

CORRECTION – Former Legal Counsel to the House
Judiciary Committee Confirms IRP6 Case Not Criminal, Says Advocacy
Group, A Just Cause

A Just Cause Radio Interviews Ron LeGrand, Former Legal Counsel to House Judiciary Committee

DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – October 14, 2015) – In
the news release, “U.S. House of Representatives Attorney Confirms IRP6
Case Not Criminal, Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause,” issued earlier
today by A Just Cause, we are advised by the company that the headline
should read “Former Legal Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee
Confirms IRP6 Case Not Criminal, Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause”
rather than “U.S. House of Representatives Attorney Confirms IRP6 Case
Not Criminal, Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause” as originally issued.
Complete corrected text follows.
Former Legal Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee Confirms IRP6 Case Not Criminal, Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause
A Just Cause Radio Interviews Ron LeGrand, Former Legal Counsel to House Judiciary Committee
DENVER, CO — October 14, 2015 — In an interview with A Just Cause
Radio on October 8, 2015, Ron LeGrand, former legal counsel to the both
the House and Senate judiciary committees categorically stated that the
IRP6 case was strictly a civil matter and not criminal. “As a former
federal prosecutor I am hurt,” says LeGrand. “I am really, really
disappointed at how this case was handled…If there was a case. IF! Big
IF! If there was a case at all, it was a civil case and should have
been handled as such,” adds LeGrand (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ajcradio2/2015/10/09/a-just-cause–spotlight-on-capitol-hill-former-counsel-ron-legrand).
According
to U.S. House of Representatives website, the Committee on the
Judiciary has oversight on matters related to the administration of
justice in the federal courts, administrative bodies and law enforcement
agencies, including the Department of Justice. The scope of the
committee’s jurisdiction includes the judiciary, civil and criminal
judicial proceedings, protection of civil liberties and criminal law
enforcement. “As senior legal counsel with congressional judiciary
committees and as trial attorney for the Department of Justice’s
Criminal Division, Ron LeGrand clearly sees that prosecutors abused and
manipulated both criminal statutes and the judicial process to
criminalize the debt of the IRP Solutions Corporation,” says Lamont
Banks, Executive Director, A Just Cause. “Other legal experts have come
to the same conclusion as LeGrand,” adds Banks.
After
reviewing trial transcripts, former federal appellate judge, the
Honorable H. Lee Sarokin of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals,
said on the Huffington Post: “For basically the crime of failing to pay
corporate debts…these business men, five black, and one white, all
members of the same church, several of them veterans, with no criminal
records, were charged convicted and are serving sentences of seven to 11
years in prison, even though they had every intention to make their
business a success and pay their debts. The government’s contention that
their business was nothing but a scam defies reality.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judge-h-lee-sarokin/the-case-of-the-missing-t_3_b_5651489.html)
Court
documents show that in August 2005, the head of the Denver Division of
the FBI, Richard Powers, responded in a letter to a company who
complained that IRP Solutions had not paid them for services they
rendered, stated that the matter with IRP Solutions would be “best
handled civilly” and declined to conduct a criminal investigation. Also
on November 19, 2010 and October 13, 2011, FBI Special Agent John Smith,
testified in open court that if IRP had paid their debts there would be
no criminal case. “It appears a crime was committed at the very
beginning of the IRP6 case when a former federal prosecutor, who had
recently left the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office, sent a letter to his
friend and colleague in the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute
the IRP6 for their debt,” says Banks.
18
U.S.C 207(c) restricts senior officials from communicating with their
former agency for a period of one year after they leave their post. “For
one year after service in a “senior” position terminates, no former
senior employee may knowingly make, with the intent to influence, any
communication to or appearance before an employee of a department or
agency in which he/she served in any capacity during the one-year period
prior to termination from “senior” service, if the communication or
appearance is made on behalf of any other person (except the United
States), in connection with any matter on which he/she seek official
action by any employee of such agency.
Court
records show that Holland and Hart Attorney Greg Goldberg, left the
Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office sometime in 2003. However, in March
2004, less than a year after departing his job as a federal prosecutor,
Goldberg hand-delivered a letter about the IRP6 to his former colleague,
Assistant United States Attorney Matthew T. Kirsch. In the letter,
Goldberg claimed that the IRP6 were acting “as though they were running a
legitimate business” but were really operating a “bogus” business with
the “specific intent of executing a scheme to obtain money from staffing
companies…under the guise of work in conjunction with law
enforcement.” In violation of 18 U.S.C. 207(c), Goldberg influenced
Kirsch to prosecute the IRP6. Court documents also show FBI Agent Smith
directing staffing companies to contact Goldberg instead of Kirsch.
“There
is strong evidence of gross misconduct and intentional violations of
both constitutional and criminal law by government officials in the IRP6
case,” says Banks. “I would ask President Obama to seriously ponder his
feelings if Michelle or his daughters were in prison for a crime they
didn’t commit and pleas to their government seem to be falling on deaf
ears.” adds Banks. “And I would ask Attorney General Lynch to close her
eyes and imagine her father being one of the IRP6.” “It is imperative
that that President Obama, Attorney General Lynch and the Judiciary
Committee members show compassion to the plight of the IRP6 and their
families by acting swiftly to correct this injustice by immediately
releasing them from prison where they have spent the last 38 months.” “I
would also ask that an independent counsel be assigned to investigate
both Department of Justice officials and the judiciary involved in this
case,” adds Banks. “It appears to me that their conduct could warrant
impeachment by the House,” concludes Banks.
For more information about the story of the IRP6 or for copies of the legal filings go to http://www.freetheirp6.org.

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