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Comment by Powell Gammill
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Congratulations Terry!  It has been a long time coming.  Here is to many more successes.


Comment by Terry Bressi
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Thanks Powell. It was a long effort and it's good to have some closure on it after nearly ten years. The assistance and exposure that Freedoms Phoenix provided over the years regarding the case has been much appreciated as well.

 Believe it or not, it was a hard decision for me to make to go with settlement instead of pursuing it further. In the end though, I think the court route on this particular incident has run its course. I'm planning on writing more about the pressures and legal issues that pushed me towards settlement but I'm sure you can guess at most of them.


Comment by Ed Price
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It should have been $210 million. This piddly little amount will be thrown into the general bailout fund that the FED is doing for the whole Government.

They sit back and laugh. Chalk one up for Terry and freedom, chuckle chuckle. And Big Gov's beat goes on.


Comment by Thane Eichenauer
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Any settlement where the government pays is an admission that the government did wrong. I am happy to hear about this. I hope Bressi keeps a foam core giant copy of the check handy and a recounting of the story on the back. I wonder if he will sell giant copies?


Comment by J E Andreasen
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Terry, like many of us, you ran their gauntlet so a few more people would arouse from their trance and see the State for what it is.  That is a laudable outcome, in itself. 

The fact that bending to accede to settlement with these evil people churns your stomach answers any question as to your ethical fortitude.

The true battle is not yet joined.

Thank You.


Comment by Tyger Gilbert
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It's unfortunate that it takes a shooting of the judge involved in the case to get some semblance of justice, but that appears to be the way the U.S. legal system often really works. Sometimes "crazy" gunmen accidentally get it right, or they aren't so crazy as they are made out to be. As more and more Americans get totally disgusted with their governments at every level, shootings of politicians, bureaucrats, and judges will probably become more frequent. It may be the only way true freedoms, fair laws, and honest courts are returned to this country.


Comment by Boston Releigh
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Crappy comment: "Any settlement where the government pays is an admission that the government did wrong."  Settlement is NOT admission.  You must go to school and study law. And don't make a comment like this until you pass the BAR. Also just a friendly advice: Those who advocate shooting politicians, policemen and now judges or members of the bench might put this website in big trouble. This violent militia mentality guarantees "r3volutionaries" a place in jail as what happened in Alaska just recently, especially if it is coming from an anti-Government member of the editorial staff of this website.


Comment by Ed Price
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Being the legal shmuk that you are, you also know that the law doesn't apply to human beings until there is a quasi-contract/quasi-agreement between a human and the Government. And you also know that most of the time, the agreement is the one who is accused, judged innocent or guilty, and receives the sentence. You also know that it is only by sheer treachery of Government that the sentence is applied to the human being... by getting the human to think that he is the agreement without realizing that he has done so.

Now, of course, being an officer of the court (if you truly are an attorney, that is), you must by virtue of your office, deny all of the above, or at best remain silent.

Since we humans are outside the jurisdiction of the court until we make some agreement with the court, the settlement ABSOLUTELY IS ADMISSION THAT GOVERNMENT DID WRONG, no matter what side of the fence you are on!

If you don't get it, you better go back to law school.


Comment by Joseph Vanderville
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Seek the truth of this headline report by checking the facts. The way the report goes is to me very suspicious:

One there is NO $210,000 settlement amount ever mentioned in the report, by whom it was paid, when it was paid, and how it was paid [by insurance or paid out of public fund coming from any authorized or properly appropriated Government Fund], to whom it was paid, when and how it was paid.

Two, in settlement of cases, specific grounds and reasons for settlement is documented and signed by the parties [litigants] who agreed to "settle" the cases. None of these can be read in this report. This should be the focus of this suspect report – not just a mere recital of anti-government rhetoric.

Three, notice who is making this report, the arrested party Terry Bressi himself, a one-sided- biased source, the party litigant with an anti-Government ax to grind after the police arrested him for several violations that gave rise to the filing of the case.

Four, the legitimate role of the Press – which is this website – is to present a BALANCE news report to the public. This is not the scenario here.

It is obvious that the people running this website are not interested in "fair reporting", which is a fundamental requirement in the practice of legitimate journalism; clearly, the people who run this website are only interested in Government-bashing, the more vicious the anti-Government tirade is, the more it is guaranteed a space.

Take this as a public gesture of advice for the good of the general public: This headlined report looks more like one of those proliferating "r3volutionary" propaganda that frequently appear in this website, to promote hate against the Government, specifically to create bad feelings towards law enforcement officers who by doing their duty admirably and commendably well for reasons of national security and for the protection and safety of the American public, are heroically giving criminals, ruffians and ordinary thugs a hard time.

What I want to say finally to our readers is that in so far as reading this suspicious report is concerned, look first before you leap. If you want to jump into the swimming pool this long hot summer, be sure that the pool is not dry -- not as dry as this radical headline is ... Don’t be reckless … it is not good for your health. JV


Comment by Boston Releigh
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The discussion of this topic is getting interesting, especially when lawyers participate. The subject is well within the ambit of our academic background and experience in the daily practice of law. I hope this legal debate is not marred or interrupted by kibitzers from the "lunatic fringe" one of whom had just barged in with his nonsense and very obvious ignorance of law.


Comment by Bertha Anonimo
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In our U.S. jurisdiction, Settlement of court cases is usually kept confidential, unless the parties involved agree otherwise. In settlement cases, the party/ies sued DO NOT ADMIT TO ANY FAULT OR WRONGDOING in the underlying issue. That’s the core RATIONALE in the settlement of court cases.

In a litigation made more complex by the filing of charges and countercharges – as in this case – THERE IS NO ADMISSION of any fault or wrongdoing from both sides of the opposing parties when they decide to settle their respective cases against each another.

The settlement document signed by the parties involved is submitted to the Court to be ‘rolled into a court order". This published report should at least mention this important part [called the dispositive portion] of this alleged Settlement.

A responsible editor should have verified the existence of this court order to ascertain the truth or authenticity of this report before blazing the front page with this dubious if not devious headline.


Comment by Ana Panot
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 I want to listen more to these three experienced and successful practicing lawyers Brag, JV and Annomymous75 to learn more the bottom of this controversial "Settlement"  report. It looks like FP.com people are not ignorant of what is going on because they are supporters of this anti-police case. But if they know the case, I want to read the side of the police officers -- where is it? I ask you spokepersons of Osama bin Laden ...

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