The Terry Trussell story
By Raquel Okyay
Florida officials, including 2016 presidential front runner John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, are scrambling to keep a Dixie County common law grand jury foreman quiet as evidence mounts of inappropriate execution of Common Core.
“The presentment was that the state attorney acted improperly and the Dixie County School Board had unlawfully contracted with the state to implement Common Core,” said Terry G. Trussell, a Dixie County resident and Vietnam War veteran.
Shortly after a Dixie County common law grand jury entered numerous charges of government corruption into the public record; Trussell was arrested and charged with crimes he said he did not commit. “The judge threatened me with 70 years in prison and I am 71 years old.”
When Trussell was initially confronted with evidence that Dixie County School Board accepted a $1 million bribe from Florida Gov. Richard “Rick” Lynn Scott in exchange for implementing Common Core, he said he requested information concerning the 21-member Dixie County Grand Jury he was foreman of from state attorney, Jeffrey A. Siegmeister.
Access to the independent statutory grand jury, in violation of its own instructions and rules, was impeded, either intentionally or through incompetence, he said. “My duty as foreman was to present probable cause evidence, given to me by the people of Dixie County, to the grand jury for their review.”
Part of the evidence showing the bribery charge was that there was no reason to change the existing curriculum to Common Core, said Trussell. “Money flowed without justification; without proof that the new standards would work better.” It was the $1 million offer made by Scott that he said changed the minds of the school board to vote against the will of the people.
“The impetus for asking the grand jury to look into the Common Core issue was not political, but economic,” he said. “Information had been revealed that while the state was offering $1 million to implement Common Core, the real cost is $6 million, with the balance to be raised from Dixie County property owners.” He said he suspects the state is being relentless in prosecuting him to keep the public from learning the truth about the financial chicanery involved.
“After officials heard negative feedback on Common Core indoctrination procedures at public meetings around the state, it became pretty obvious that Scott had struck a deal with Bush,” he said. “The overwhelming opinion expressed during the public meetings was ‘Do not deploy Common Core’ yet Scott moved forward with it.”
It was more important to Scott, in a close re-election campaign, to have the support of Bush than to import the will of the people, said Trussell, who is a former bail bondsman. “Scott was willing to alienate many of his voters in order to gain both the political and financial support of Bush, the single biggest pro-Common Core supporter.”
Siegmeister would eventually convene a statutory grand jury but not before tainting the jurors’ views with illegal ex-parte communications, obstruction of information, and obstruction of justice, he said.“The state attorney interrupted my presentation of the case concerning the bribery scheme to the statutory grand jury.”
Trussell wrote a complaint letter to the obligatory judge assigned to the grand jury, and several weeks later he said he was informed by the chief judge of the circuit, Judge Gregory S. Parker, that he was officially removed as jury foreman. “The court refused to address the issues I had with the state attorney; I felt the grand jury had been corrupted and consequently declared it void.”
Trussell said the state had insufficient grounds in determining that a juror cannot have an adversarial hearing. “I did not have an opportunity to put on a defense.” In court documents, Trussell accused the judge of colluding with Siegmeister to personally attack him in an attempt to hide criminal actions by the state attorney. This reaction makes the court professionally and personally culpable, he said.
“Some are saying that when people complained to Terry about the bribery involved in Common Core he should have just ignored it,” said Rodger B. Dowdell Jr., one of the people. But that is not Trussell, he said. “Terry is fundamentally a very strong valued person who loves the country, very patriotic, and he cares about his fellow citizens.”
When the county school board agreed to switch to the new federal Common Core curriculum, without being tested or proven to work, he said they committed to spending $5 million in addition to the $1 million the federal government was contributing. “They accepted a $1 million bribe from the state government to convert and throw-out their old curriculum – which was working fine – into the Common Core curriculum at the expense of the taxpayer.”
Dixie County, Fla. is a small county of 17,000 people with approximately 5,000 to 6,000 property owners, he said. “The cost to implement Common Core is about $1,000 per property owner.” Some cannot afford a tax increase, and if they cannot pay their taxes, they lose their property, said Dowdell, who has two degrees in electrical engineering.
“The Dixie County School Board has a fiduciary duty to Dixie County taxpayers not to commit them to spending large sums of money to replace a proven curriculum unless there was hard evidence the new curriculum would produce better results,” he said. “There was zero evidence that the new curriculum would improve student performance.”
In violation of the public trust, it is clear that the Dixie County School Board accepted a bribe, he said. “The beneficiaries of the bribe are all the text book, testing, and consulting companies who gain significant new revenues at the expense of Dixie County tax payers.”
The public, not satisfied with the rejection of their concerns by a corrupt system, exercised their common law rights, he said. “They formed their own 25-member grand jury under common law in Dixie County and said ‘we’ll consider the evidence’ and they did just that.” The grand jury asked Trussell to be foreman and Trussell agreed, said Dowdell.
On Aug. 14, the People’s Grand Jury Under Common Law in Dixie County returned two true bills: one against the state attorney for jury tampering and obstruction of justice; and the second involved mainly bribery charges against Gov. Scott, the Dixie County School Board and other officials.
“Terry did what was his sworn duty,” said Dowdell. “He had to sign the bills and file them with the clerk of the court – he must do it.” Filed records were later unlawfully and feloniously removed from the public record, he said.
“The true bill presentments prepared by the People’s Grand Jury were subsequently put into the public records and presented to the Dixie County sheriff, said Trussell. “What they choose to do with it is up to them.” That is when he said the Dixie County Sheriff’s office contacted Florida Department of Law Enforcement who in-turn asked Trussell to come in for an interview.
“I thought I was in front of them to talk about these crimes that were committed,” he said. “I thought they were going to help me – well they were actually out to get me.” Following a two hour interrogation, in which he said he was honest and forthcoming, one of the two officers present prepared an affidavit that made no sense, he said. “It was a Non Sequitur– he was all over the place.”
On Sept. 2, Trussell said he was arrested for the first time in his life with a bogus warrant issued by Dixie County deputies, booked in jail and released the following day on $5,000 bond. Unbeknownst to Trussell at the time, he said he was charged with impersonating and intimidating a public officer and simulating a legal process.
He appeared for arraignment for the criminal charges on Oct. 9 but was ignored by Judge James C. Hankinson, a second circuit court judge operating in the third circuit on special assignment by Gov. Scott, he said. “There is no reason for me to not have a judge in my circuit that is accountable to the people in my circuit.”
Hankinson called his name, he said. “I stood up and said, ‘I am here to address this issue.’ He called three times – I kept answering. He finally said let the record show Mr. Trussell has failed to appear.” At that moment, deputies stepped over to him, placed him in handcuffs, and hauled him off to jail for 21 days, said Trussell. “I did not get a first appearance, no due process, no charges, no nothing.”
After several days in jail without access to his blood pressure medication, he said jailers gave him an unknown drug that led him to fall unconscious and be taken from the jail to the emergency room. “I woke up in the hospital with tubes all over me.”
When Trussell volunteered to be foreman of a Dixie County Grand Jury, he said he took his responsibility seriously. “I did the research. I looked up the case-law. I did not commit any crimes.” He said the government is destroying his family with this vendetta against him. “My stomach is in knots; my wife is on special medication to keep her heart going,” added Trussell. “This is wrong in every sense of the word – this is not the America I fought for.”
On Oct. 30 he said he was brought back to court in hand cuffs and shackles. “The judge simply said he would plead not guilty on my behalf.” The judge dropped the failure to appear charge but he said did not address the initial charges against him or the 21 days he spent in jail. He was released after payment of the court’s increased bond from $5,000 to $14,000 to await trial, he said.
“What we have been able to surmise is that this is retribution against me in an attempt to cover-up not only Scott’s involvement in the Common Core scheme, but former Gov. Bush as well,” said Trussell.
Officials are circumventing both the U.S. Constitution and the Florida Constitution by taking the act of reporting a crime committed by a government official, and turning that act into a crime, said Dowdell. “That is how they protect corrupt officials.” The state is making Trussell their example, he said.
“My wife and I have been married it will soon be 48 years,” said Trussell. “I would like to spend the rest of my life with her, not in prison.”
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Look forward to reading..........I expect Terry does also........
There is no human power here on earth capable of overthrowing the evil and corruption of this once great nation. Our only hope is for now. For the Masters to intervene and remove this evil for our future generation. Keep praying, Rom 8:28
Question is, "How did it get this way?"
The real problems started way before 1990 with a terrible moral decline that always precipitates collapse. The 1990 crowd are opportunists.
It actually started way, way back in the late 1700's / early 1800's, as we have been discussing at OAS for quite some time now. Interesting new on-line course available at Hillsdale College website on "The Federalist Papers." Free for everyone! http://www.hillsdale.edu/
I should spend time reviewing that.
I plan on it when I get a suitable block of time free. If you sign up at their website, you will get an e-mail with info on new courses, which is how I found out about this one.
WHERE THE HELL IS OUR MILITARY ((((((((( WHAT ARE THEY SAYING +++ NOT MY JOB ++++ ))))))) FORGET THE WARS OVER THERE ++++ THE WAR IS HERE NOT THERE ++++ MILITARY DO YOUR F*^* *"g JOB .
Our nation has gone absolutely "mad"!!!!!!!! Take time to read this and pass it on to as many people as you can. Those who will not at least read it are "mad" as well. We really need to pray for our country and all the so-called "leadership", and this is both Democratic and Republican!!!!!!!!! Who can we trust anymore? Is Jesus coming real soon? Remember that the Bible said that even the elite would be deceived!!!!!!!!!! Please issue a warning to all those who will take off the blinders and really "see" what is happening. We have to stop this type of scenario everywhere. We cannot let injustice and criminality continue to "ruin" our One Nation Under God. Please pray and pass this on!!! +++
Terry Trussell, Who or what is really on Trial in Dixie County Florida?
The prosecutor and the Judge want us all to believe the Mr. Terry Trussell is on trial for violating the laws and illegally attacking a Federal and State or County official. But who or what is really on trial here? Is it Terry Trussell, for supposedly going after a State attorney? (Not with a gun or a knife mind you, but with the Common Law.)
Or is it the people and the Constitution of the United States of America that is really on trial.
The first three words in the Constitution are “We-The-People”. In the beginning of this Country the only laws that were available were either the Common Law based on the Magna Carta, (1520) or the laws that were set forth by the King of England. After the revolution America threw off the laws enacted by the King, and then up until 1949 America depended mainly on the Common Law. This Common Law method was what our Founding Fathers depended on to construct our Constitution. The whole system was based on laws that insured the greatest amount of freedom while still maintaining a system of equal justice for all.
And then sometime around 1949 the US Justice Department issued new rules for the legal system in America. That is when our form of justice made the transformation from a Common Law form of justice into the present day form of statutory laws. Instead of being based on Common Laws, (Common sense), our legal system is now based on Statutes and regulations passed by the politicians, legislators, Courts, and attorneys.
Due in part to the fact that the Common Law was often used to prosecute corrupt politicians and elected officials, these politicians, legislators, courts, and attorneys of course have written the laws to protect and defend themselves. These laws are NOT written to protect you (the People) against rouge or corrupt politicians and elected officials. We-The-People have been written OUT of the system of justice in America. We-The-People and the people's rights to access to the Courts has been written out of the legal system.
When a State or Government official violates the laws who are the People supposed to complain too? We send our complaints to the very same people who are committing the violations.
If the courts and the justice system chose to ignore your complaints you then we have no recourse, no alternatives short of taking up arms, sometimes literally to defend our lives and our families..
We-The-People no longer have the right to fight back against big Government. You do NOT have the right to object. You do NOT have the right to file a complaint and then demand that the courts take action on those complaints. We-The-People are now being told to shut up and live with it.
If the Courts do not take appropriate legal action on your behalf, in years past we could depend on the Citizens of our own communities, and we could depend on our rights to use of the Common Laws. But now when we turn to the Common Law and attempt to achieve justice through the People's courts, we (you) end up in prison. Not because you violated some other kind of law, (you didn't shoot anyone and never threatened any type of violence or bodily injury) Instead you attempted to correct a violation of the Courts and attempted to protect your community and the people against corruption.
So who is really on trial, Mr. Terry Trussell? Or We-The-People and the Constitution of the United States of America? We-The-People are now being told to sit down, shut up, and obey the law, (Their laws) or else.
Very clear explanation. Thank you. I'm going to re-use your words.
Might I add that this is under cover of darkness. The Elite would rue the day a general understanding and backlash occurred.
This is a start. Maybe more than a start.