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By Michael McGuire

Please click the link here to read Michael’s latest essay. The narrative covers a rare sit-down interview with U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle. This is not written in the style of a news piece, but rather in the style of essays published in periodicals.

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By Rachel Aiken, Jayna Johns, Michael McGuire and Ben Petitto

Click the thumbnail images of the reporters to venture to their personal blog stories about their experiences in Washington so far.

Rachel Aiken

Rachel Aiken

Jayna Johns

Jayna Johns

Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

Ben Petitto

Ben Petitto

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By Michael McGuire

Audio Report/Interview with Attorney Rob Jenkins

Click the play button below to hear the news report, including excerpts from the interview with attorney Robert Lee Jenkins, Jr.

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By Michael McGuire

Frustrating. That’s the word U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon used to describe a case that began three years ago when another judge was duped for a day into approving the $3 million settlement of a fake lawsuit.

In a hearing this morning, defense attorney Robert Lee Jenkins, Jr. stepped aside as counsel for David Copeland-Jackson and requested that another lawyer be appointed to represent the defendant.

“Sometimes these things happen,” said Jenkins in an interview following the short-lived proceedings of the day. He said that a change of counsel may be the result of “a personality difference or a difference in legal strategy… And sometimes it can also be just a simple consequence of a defendant losing faith in his attorney.”

In August 2007, Copeland-Jackson, a convicted child molester, convinced U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle that his accuser had recanted and agreed not to contest a libel lawsuit. Huvelle approved the settlement, unaware of Copeland-Jackson’s conviction until the following day when she was contacted by the Ashland Police Department in Ohio. (more…)

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By Michael McGuire

An IRS employee testified today that four men accused of orchestrating tax defiance schemes used a variety of reasons for refusing to pay federal taxes, ranging from membership in an Indian tribe to entitlement to reparations for slavery.

Shauna Henline, an IRS senior technical advisor, said the returns and claims filed by the men landed in the agency’s service center’s “funny box,” where frivolous claims are flagged and reviewed.

She testified in federal court in Washington in the case against Eddie Kahn, Stephen Hunter, Danny True, Allan Tanguay and Jerry Williamson, all of Florida.

They worked for American Rights Litigators, also known as Guiding Light of God Ministries, in Mount Dora, Fla. They are charged with conspiring to help taxpayers, for a fee of $300 to $500, avoid paying the IRS. (more…)

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