A Manufactured "Crime" October 21, 2009
Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute
October 21, 2009
North Carolina defense attorney Johnny Gaskins was recently convicted in federal court of an offense called “money structuring” – making a series of cash bank deposits of just under $10,000, the amount at which banks are required to report transactions to the IRS.
Like most asinine laws of its kind, the statute criminalizing “money structuring” is an outgrowth of the murderous fraud called the war on drugs. It assumes that large cash deposits must be the product of illicit commerce.
Gaskins earned his money legally, and paid taxes on his income. His only supposed crime was to conceal his own money from official scrutiny.
Professor William Anderson of Frostburg State University observes: “This was payback, pure and simple. Gaskins had success representing people accused of crimes, and the police and prosecutors paid him back with what only can be a trumped-up charge.”
The persecution of Johnny Gaskins illustrates the ease with which our rulers can turn anyone into a criminal.
Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.