Joseph R. "Joe" Banister

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Letter From Joe Banister

From : Joe Banister
Sent : Friday, October 21, 2005 12:16 AM
To : Distribution


Dear Friends:

I wanted to alert you to a significant event that has manifested itself in the Irwin Schiff/Cynthia Neun/Lawrence Cohen trial currently underway in Las Vegas. In a development reminiscent of my own trial, the jury has apparently asked to have Cindy Neun's IRS code book brought in to them so that they could examine it. The judge as apparently denied this request saying that providing it to the jury would be "problematic".

On the first day of the jury's deliberations in my trial, the prosecution's worst nightmare came true when the jury asked to see for themselves a year 2000 edition of the Title 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations is a compendium of rules created by the Secretary of the Treasury to clarify and implement the Internal Revenue Code). As one of the jurors explained to me after my trial, the jury wanted to compare the excerpts I had taken from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and presented to the Internal Revenue Service against what was actually written in the Code of Federal Regulations to see if I had been truthful. The judge in my trial, William B. Shubb, refused the jury's request to see the CFR for themselves just as Judge Dawson has apparently refused to let the Schiff jury see the Internal Revenue Code. Juror's suspicions about the prosecution's case are understandably heightened when they are forbidden from looking at the very book of laws that the defendant is accused of violating.

The latest news on the Schiff/Neun/Cohen trial is available at the following websites:



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-For those who are unfamiliar with what has transpired to date in this case, especially the recent acquittal on all charges leveled against me, please visit http://www.ninehundred.net/banister/ , www.joebanister.blogspot.com and www.freedomabovefortune.com (click on "IRS LOCKOUT UPDATE"). You can also find archives of informative radio shows at www.hearliberty.com .

-I am still accepting contributions to my legal defense fund due to the significant costs of defending against multiple IRS attacks. Checks or money orders are gratefully accepted and can be made payable to “Joseph Banister Legal Defense Fund”, and mailed to P.O. Box 90239, San Jose, California 95109-4239. Money orders may provide a greater degree of privacy to the donor than checks so use your own discretion based on the degree of privacy you desire.

-My sincere thanks to those who have prayed for the success of our efforts and contributed to my defense fund. Your continued financial support is enabling me to illustrate, in detail and in a very public manner, that the IRS does not prevail against citizens because the agency adheres to the rule of law, but that the IRS prevails against citizens because the agency ignores the law, twists the meaning of the law, and overwhelms the citizen with economic and legal burdens. In a school yard, such tactics are called "BULLYING". In a government setting, such tactics are called "TYRANNY". This effort is the equivalent of ganging up on the bully and sending him to reform school where he belongs.

Kind regards,

Joseph R. (Joe) Banister, C.P.A.
Former IRS Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent
www.freedomabovefortune.com www.joebanister.blogspot.com

George Orwell, 1984:

"You are a slow learner, Winston," said O'Brien gently.

"How can I help it?" he blubbered. "How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."

"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."