This note is for all organizations and individuals that fight (each in their own way) against the draconian sex offense laws in this country. Please forward this email to any pertinent organization or individual that we may have unintentionally overlooked.
To those of you who don’t know us, we are the parents of an incarcerated son who, in 2016 was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for a crime without a victim; for a nonviolent, non-contact, first offense; for the crime of falling prey to the manipulative tactics of seasoned FBI agents in an illegal sting operation. We are Jonathan and Debra Grund. Deb is the current Vice-President of a relatively new nonprofit called Reset Missouri; Jon is currently compiling an anti-registry activist manual. Both are past Directors of Women Against Registry.
We are asking for your help today. Our (shared) effort is explained in the attached letter. We are asking that you post this attached letter to your website, announce it to your followers, urge them to sign the petition and to seek others within their sphere to sign it as well. If this email has reached an individual without an affiliated organization or website, please consider signing the petition and seeking others to sign. The benefit could be that a fourth amendment violation case (sting-operation) is heard by the Supreme Court of the United States. We hope you will see this as a viable effort, worthy of your participation.
Thank you so much for considering our request.
Jonathan & Debra Grund
Anti-Sting-Operation, Anti-Registry Activists
St. Louis, MO
Letter below and in attached pdf file. Please print out the pdf file and collect signatures on paper documents.
We have an opportunity to help bring a case before the Supreme Court of the United States, with the argument that ICAC sting operations are a violation of the Fourth Amendment right to privacy. Mr. Achin’s appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia, Norman Michael Achin v. Commonwealth of Virginia, was denied on May 14, 2021. There is now an effort to take this case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Achin was convicted of “solicitation of a minor” however, the “minor” was an imaginary person brought to life by 3 officers: one pictured in photos, a second who exchanged text messages, and a third who was the voice actor on recorded phone calls. An imaginary person cannot intercept and record communications; and 3 officers cannot combine to “make a person.” These actions violate the laws regarding electronic surveillance, and therein lies the basis for the court case.
The appeal was based on Fourth Amendment laws derived from the 1986 Electronic Communications and Privacy Act, which modernized the “wiretap” laws and protected electronic communications, like phone calls. At issue is the illegality of sting operation(s) because detectives are creating and controlling imaginary people online, and intercepting communications for them. Virginia interception laws are even more strict than federal laws; there are no “color of law exemptions” in Virginia (this means that law enforcement personnel have no more authority to intercept communications than does the average citizen).
This case has been spearheaded by Bonnie Burkhardt, a 30+ year federal employee with deep experience in the field of interception and privacy laws; the result of her career analyzing signals for the Department of Defense. She filed an amicus brief for this case, and is the author of a book titled: Manufacturing Criminals; Fourth Amendment Decay in the Electronic Age. In the book, Norman Achin is identified as “NNNNN” and his case is discussed in detail.
It is my understanding that the acceptance or refusal of cases by the Supreme Court of the U.S. has become something of a political issue. Since they only accept a small percentage of all possible cases, the presentation of numerous petition signatures might persuade the Justices as to the nationwide interest in this case. Please show your support for this issue by printing the petition (below) on plain white paper, filling out the requested information, getting as many signatures as possible (single-sided printing), and mailing the signed petitions to Bonnie at the address below. Please send all signed sheets, no matter how many or few lines are completed. Please mall the petition ASAP; but no later than July 10th, 2021
Bonnie has said that Norman Achin has no money for legal counsel. She is in search of an attorney who might be willing to take the case pro bono, and several additional attorneys willing to write amicus briefs. She is prepared to turn over relevant court documents as well as her amicus brief; and answer any questions attorneys might have. She is undeterred by the current attorney situation, stating that the court may appoint an attorney if Mr. Achin is unable to provide one. The first and most pressing matter however, is to have the Supreme Court agree to hear the case.
Send your petition to:
8402 Gambrill Ln
Springfield, VA 22153
Thank you for your help with this issue that is very important to our cause.