Sherry Peel Jackson's trial begins in Atlanta
Sherry Peel Jackson, one of the former IRS agents that appeared in the late Aaron Russo's movie America Freedom to Fascism, is currently under trial for criminal failure to file 1040 income confession forms in Atlanta, Georgia.
We arrived at the Russell Building at about 2 pm for Ms. Jackson's trial in courtroom 1908. Her defense attorney was finishing his opening statement, so we missed much of that and the Federal Prosecutors opening statement. However when the Prosecutor commence he called another IRS auditor. Ms. Deborah Fitzpatrick and began a line of question regarding the training that they receive to analyze and audit personal, small business and corporate tax forms. He also presented various forms related to Mrs. Jackson's income and tax forms she had prepared for herself and clients to this witness, strangely for no other apparent reason than expert identification of the forms. He then called a business partner of Mrs. Jackson's, Ms. Cameron, apparently again to identify the forms and establish that Mrs. Jackson had income during the period in question. One line of question that he took was if anyone Ms Fitzpatrick had ever audit questioned the income tax and that Mrs. Jackson had filed income tax in previous years. Additionally he asked Ms. Cameron if she had ever had any problem filling out the forms. The prosecution then rested.
As it was now past 4 pm the defense lawyer proposed recessing to the judge, but the judge wanted to continue the case, so Mrs. Jackson took the stand for about 45 minutes, answering questions about her childhood, education, and her career. Then Mrs. Jackson was able to continue telling her story of being approached by various people about the unconstitutionality of the Federal Income Tax and eventually being directed to the full page We The People ad in USA Today and the $50,000 reward if someone could produce the law. She then told of her efforts to find the law in the tax code, contacting numerous former colleagues at the IRS, and eventually running into Joe Bannister's information, and contacting him. The Defense attorney then tried to submit 1040 Instruction workbooks for 1990, 1991 and 1992, and the prosecutor objected. The jury was retired for the evening and then the judge pursued the objection and basically over-ruled the objection, allowing pertinent pages to be submitted to evidence.
I met Joe Bannister and Peymon Mottahedeh from Freedom Law School, as well as several other supporters of Sherry Peel Jackson at the court house. Other groups represented in court in support of Ms Jackson included members of the Atlanta 911 truth group and the Atlanta Ron Paul group.
We will keep you informed on the progress of the trial, and we ask everyone who is able to attend the trial to do so in support of Ms Jackson, and those who are unable to attend please pray for a fair and just outcome to this trial.
The trial is being held at 9:30 a.m. in the Richard B. Russell federal building on Spring Street in Atlanta.