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UPDATE 2017-12-12 on Morhpeus Titania, aka Thomas Costanzo, Bitcoin Arrest 4/20 by Federal Agents

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UPDATE 2017-12-12: Morpheus Testimony from Jail

(https://twitter.com/TheoBitcoin/status/940584494079381504)

https://twitter.com/TheoBitcoin

Transcribed (from handwritten letter - both below):

Thomas Costanzo

73285408 CADC

POB 6300

Florence, AZ 85132

    ..................

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

224 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20501-6050

Chairman Chuck Grasley, Ranking member Feinstien and members of the committee

I would like to enter my testimony to be included in the transcript for S1241 Modernizing AML Laws to combat money laundering and terrorist financing that took place on November 258, 2017.

The testimony of the DOJ and FBI was deceptive, misleading, and irrelevant. When the DOJ gave testimony they referred to Liberty Reserve which operated from 2006-2013. Liberty Reserve had nothing to do with Cryptocurrencies or Bitcoin. Bitcoin was the first Cryptocurrency which was not even invented until January 2009 and the first known trade involving Bitcoin did not occur until May 22, 2017. Liberty Reserve was not using Cryptocurrency. The case was successfully prosecuted and the defendant Budovsky, is now serving a 20 year sentence using existing laws.

In the 2 cases described by the FBI, had nothing to do with money laundering, these were drug cases. These were successfully prosecuted using existing laws.

I have been incarcerated for 223 days awaiting trial, for Bitcoin related trades. I was charged with unlicensed money transmitting under title 28 USC1960 and money laundering under 28USC1956. The Prosecution has already dismissed the unlicensed money transmitting charges. The Government created a ruse to entrap me to call it money laundering. My Attorney Maria Weidner has filed an Outrageous Government Conduct to dismiss the money laundering charges, as there was no evidence that I was involved in any drug trade or illegal activity prior to the Government creating the lie of illegal sources.

Cryptocurrency is a misnomer. The correct term needs to be intangible commodity. The IRS has defined this as property. The design of the technology is thats its value is increased in the future, because of its fixed supply. This technology is an important step in humanities future, as it creates a system to exchange wealth without a central authority.

The system functions perfectly without government oversight. Any regulation will cause the Unites States to be left behind in this ground breaking technology in relation to the rest of the world.

I implore you to leave this technology alone. Any regulation in this area is superfluous because any criminal activity is already covered by existing laws.

Sincerely,

Thomas Costanzo

UPDATE 2017-12-08:

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Arizona Bitcoin Case - New Trial Date Set

12/07/2017 • Pacer Documents

The new trial date is March 20, 2018. Of course, this could change again... For more info, go to my article - link below. In addition, when on the article page, click the "Return to Case" button in the upper right area to go to the documents.

http://www.courtcasedocs.com/Case%20Files/17-CR-00585-GMS/TIM-Articles.html

17-CR-00585-GMS
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Main Case Menu United States of America
Plaintiff,
v.
Thomas Mario Costanzo
A.K.A. "Morpheus Titania"
and
Peter Nathan Steinmetz
A.K.A. "Amedio"
Defendants
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The docket sheet available through the Pacer webside provides us with a delayed view of what has transpired in a court case dating back to the filing of the original documents. Everything that has been available on Pacer has been posted on www.courtcasedocs.com since the case against Peter Steinmetz and Thomas Costanzo began. Attempts are made to check Pacer each day and to dowload and copy the information to the case file on this site so that others may have access to material that they would otherwise have to pay for. Below will be articles that will be referred from www.freedomsphoenix.com - posted in reverse order by date.

(Most current at the top)
Here we go!

December 7, 2017
Since my last posting to www.freedomsphoenix.com, prior to the Arizona Brakfast Club on December 2nd, a few new documents and events have taken place.

On Monday, December 4th, a Status Conference was held before Judge G Murray Snow.

Motion Hearing set for 1/4/2018 at 9:00 AM

Jury Trial reset for 3/20/2018 at 9:00 AM

A Final Pretrial Conference is set for 3/13/2018 at 9:30 AM

(all in Courtroom 602, 401 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003)

Additional dates related to Motions and Response/Replies also set.

It is highly recommended that the reader select specific documents within the listing of filed documents in this case to get a better understanding of the issues in this case.

Reading the Motions, Responses and Replies will give the reader a better understanding of the position held by the government and the defendants in this case.

MORE TO COME... STAY TUNED...

17-CR-00585-GMS

UPDATE 2017-11-27:

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Bitcoin Criminal Case - Postponement Coming - Morpheus Update

11-27-2017 • Pacer Documents

Bitcoin Criminal Case - Postponement Coming A signed order from the judge on November 21st dismisses Counts 1 & 2 of the Superseding Indictment as to BOTH defendants: Thomas Costanzo (Morpheus) and Dr. Peter Steinmetz.

UPDATE 11-24-17:

It's official as of the 22nd, Peter Seinmetz is free.

It's a good Thanksgiving for Peter and still 200 days for Thomas.

(Publisher: This isn't over for Thomas. There are still charges about having 60 various calibers of rounds in a box left by roommate and Not having a Permit for Bitcoin. Listen to the radio show 1st hr today - link below - for details)

SHOW WITH THEO CHINO ON DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE WITH ERNST HANCOCK RADIO SHOW ON NOVEMBER 24, 2017: https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/229856-2017-11-24-11-24-17-theo-chino-freedoms-phoenix-headline-news-listen.htm

 

ALSO, GO HERE FOR UPDATES LISTED ON COURT LISTENER:

https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/6073504/united-states-v-costanzo/#entry-73

 

UPDATE 11-08-17:

New Developments in the Arizona Bitcoin Case!

There are some new documents located on Pacer. Copies have been uploaded to the case information on http://courtcasedocs.com. The Bitcoin case, as well as a vaccine case, have been moved to the top of the page for easy access.

Morpheus' attorneys have presented four motions to the court:

1. to dismiss counts 1 & 2 of the indictment with a supplement presenting additional reasoning to dismiss the counts.

2. to dismiss counts 3,4,5,6 & 7 of the "first superseding indictment for outrageous government conduct" (along with a request for an evidentiary hearing). Note: This was followed by a request that audio recordings be presented as exhibits.

3. to suppess evidence obtained from the search of Morpheus' residence.

4. to dismiss count 8 of the indictment.

If all of these motions were granted, the case would be over!

We will continue to check Pacer daily and provide updates as they are available. If you have not done so, I highly recommend the reading of the pertinent documents l

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Reported By Terry Major

 

 

UPDATE 11-02-17:

Letters from Morpheus...UPDATE NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017

 

UPDATE 10-30-17:

From Theo Chino (New York BitLicense Suit):

Just saw on Pacer that Thomas' case was updated.

This is really Cyrus Vance, Jr. handy work of his Cyber Investigation unit.

I was looking at Exhibit 6 of the document and it read like a B movie script. 

Page 2:

-Line 2: IRS SA: And I'm Russian, okay ? (I would love to hear the tape.)
-Line 13: So you'd be okay if you know the product is heroin?
-Line 14: Uh, no, absolutely not. In fact, we can't even discuss this any further.
-Line 26: of course, you know, I'm a strict libertarian, so I personally don't think there should be any laws actually against your dealing in heroin. So I don't

 

Then the IRS SA complains that it's hard to do those transactions in New York, which is BS, but I wonder why NY is mentioned.

My essential problem is that it's a piece of technology, and our government shouldn't coerce it's citizen.

All the docs are here: http://www.article78againstnydfs.com/docs/

UPDATE 2017-07-09:

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/04/phoenix-neurologist-is-charged-with-sell

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/07/08/man-rifle-phoenix-airport-indicted-arizona-bitcoin-investigation/460752001/

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Neurologist from Phoenix to be Charged for Exchanging Bitcoin

07-09-2017 • bitnewsbot.com by Ashour Iesho

Phoenix neurologist, Peter Steinmetz, has been charged with illegally operating an unlicensed Bitcoin exchange.

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BITCOIN: Costanzo - Steinmetz Trial Date extended to October 3rd, 2017

07/09/2017 • Pacer Documents

ORDER: IT IS ORDERED granting 31 Defendant's Motion to Continue Trial and Extend Time to File Pretrial Motions filed as to Thomas Mario Costanzo (1). IT IS FURTHER ORDERED continuing the trial from 8/1/2017 to 10/3/2017 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 505,

Thomas Costanzo is incarcerated in and may be visited at:

Central Arizona Detention Center
1155 N. Pinal Parkway (Hwy 79)
Florence, AZ 85132

Thomas' mailing address is:
Thomas Costanzo
inmate 732-85-408
Central Arizona Detention Center
P.O. Box 6300
Florence, AZ 85132

To visit, first call the visitation center 520-868-2229 to confirm that visitation times are still Wed, Fri. and Sunday 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Visitors must first arrive at 1155 N. Pinal Parkway to register between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 a.m. Short pants are not permitted, neither are hats, purses, food, wallets or pencils. Visitors speak with inmates via phone through a glass partition.

Visitors are not allowed to bring Thomas anything, including books or money. You can write Thomas at the above P.O. and he will write back how to send him a book through Barnes and Noble. Amazon books are prohibited. Money can be sent to Thomas by Western Union. Send Western Union to: Corrections Corp of America, City Code -- Trustcca, State -- TN, Inmate number -- 73285408, inmate name -- Thomas Costanzo. Thomas says there is not much worth buying inside, but he does need stamps. Thomas has no cell phone or computer.

I visited him today for about an hour. No additional charges have been filed since April. The Feds had been wiretapping his phone prior to his arrest.

Michael Shoen

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From a Reader,
 

Hello Donna,
 

I don't know how to be more explicit about people calling their US senators.
http://www.article78againstnydfs.com/advocacy.php

Check out how quick the Florida Legislature pass the same bill as what the US senate is trying to do. Scary ....
We just need to call ....

Can Ernest pass the word ?

How is Morpheus case coming up ?

Remove "Digital Currency" from Section 13 of Bill S1241 (Money Laundering Bill).

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More Bitcoin in the news; arrests, hearings, fundraisers, etc...

The one of the document that can interest Morpheus' lawyer are this document was written by a Federal Magistrate Judge in Rochester, NY

HomeLand Security Complaint

William G. - Special Agent - Department of Homeland Security

 

Case Updates via Court Documents
http://www.courtcasedocs.com/Case%20Files/17-CR-00585-DJH/index.html

 

FreeTalkLive with Ian Freeman - Daryl Perry - Ernest Hancock
MP3

 

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Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock - Radio

Host:

04-28-17 -- Ernest Hancock Live on FREE TALK LIVE Friday April 28, 2017 (MP3 & VIDEO LOADED)

Program Date: 04-28-2017

Ernest Hancock (Publisher of Freedom's Phoenix; Host of The Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock Radio Show) will be on FREE TALK LIVE @ 7 pm Friday 04/28 to discuss the situation surrounding Morphues's arrest - STREAMED LIVE

2017-04-28 Hour 4 Ernest on Free Talk Live RE Morpheus Arrest from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

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What's Really Behind the Feds' Raid of Bitcoin Trader Morpheus Titania's Home?

04-27-2017 • http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/

A multi-agency federal task force raided the Mesa apartment of local bitcoin trader Morpheus Titania last week in a case that seems ready-made for one of the suspect's anarchist-leaning blog posts.

UPDATE 6

Thomas Costanzo No-Knock Warrant PDF

Thomas Costanzo WireTap Warrant PDF

Here are some pictures of the property list of what was taken at the time of arrest:

Also, an interesting "purposeful" omission by the judge granting the search warrant. He specifically excluded weapons and ammunition...  Why? (see document below):

UPDATE 5

AS OF APRIL 24TH, 2017:

MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Eileen S Willett: Initial Appearance as to Thomas Mario Costanzo held on 4/21/2017.

FINANCIAL AFFIDAVIT TAKEN.

Appointing AFPD Maria Teresa Weidner.

Request by defense counsel to have the defendant screen for possible Crossroads placement.

Request GRANTED. Pretrial Services is directed to have the defendant screened.

This Court has not made a determination regarding release.

Defendant temporarily detained.

Appearances:

AUSA Melissa Karlen for Carolina Escalante Konti and Matthew Binford for the Government, AFPD Maria Weidner for defendant. Defendant is present and in custody.

Detention Hearing and Status Hearing re:

Preliminary Hearing set for 4/27/2017 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 303, 401 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 before Magistrate Judge Michelle H Burns.

(Recorded by COURTSMART in Courtroom 302.)

Hearings held 3:15 PM to 3:19 PM and 3:30 PM to 3:36 PM.

This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY.

There is no PDF document associated with this entry. (SMH) (Entered: 04/24/2017)

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UPDATE 4:

Arrainment - As for the charges, Morpheus has been charged with a felon (from 15+ yrs ago) in possession of ammunition... so far.

Next hearing is a "Detention Hearing" Thursday April 27th 2017 at 10:30am room #303 - 401 W Washington Federal Court Building.

His Public Defender thinks we should bring him a change of clothes, expecting him to get released then... I asked her to send me an email should there be any additional charges filed.

We're on it. Stay tuned.

Latest UPDATE (3) -

Hour One of "Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock" 4/21/2017 MP3 File - 43mins

UPDATE 2:

Hearing Friday April 21st, 2017 @ 3 p.m. 

Federal Courthouse

401 W Washington; Phoenix, AZ  85003

Room 606

Judge Willett

UPDATE 1:

Avid Bitcoin advocate Morhpeus Titania, aka Thomas Costanzo, was arrested today by Federal Agents in Mesa, Az.

Don't have many details of his arrest, other than no charges have been filed yet.

We will post any new details as we get them...

Agencies present:

MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Scottsdale PD

DEA

Treasury Dept

FBI

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Cronus De Gaia
Entered on:

I am collecting donations for Morpheus's defense fund. His arrest is part of a general attack on the legitimacy of BitCoin. A day is coming when it will be illegal to trade in anonymous bitcoins. This is just a "test run". Via PayPal: borisheir@yahoo.com BitCoin: 1BiA9TJMqMvFD2dn1NENYGYWu3HJMPmdfy Please spread the word to everyone you know. Cronus 561-542-5800

Comment by Ed Price
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Listen to Karl Lentz on his Talkshoe. Listen to the first, say, 15 minutes at http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-127469/TS-735200.mp3. Also, listen to Craig Lynch's snippet (12 minutes) of Karl at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJa4lQsUDpA. Be patient. These are talk show talks. You will have to do a bit of "transverting" to figure out how this applies to Morpheus's case.


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