Are the court's satanic? If you accept the Bible as a true witness, the answer is yes. God cursed the
judges for BAD BEHAVIOR about 700 years before Christ.

“Woe (a curse) upon them that are mighty to drink wine and men of strength (judges have great power) to
mingle strong drink (drunkenness is a biblical symbol of delusion): which justify the wicked for reward
(take bribes), and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (conspire to use the courts to
imprison honest people)! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the
chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness (their parents and siblings are cursed), and their blossom shall
go up as dust (the curse is even upon the innocent babies in their houses): because they have cast away
the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (they have refused to accept
the Bible and its Law).” (Isaiah 5:22-25). A curse from God is a terrible thing.

Christ himself cursed the lawyers. “Woe (a curse) upon you also, ye lawyers! For ye lade men with
burdens grievous to be borne (control legislatures to create crimes without victims to enrich
yourselves), and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers (lawyers appeal lower
court convictions for victimless crimes like traffic tickets, and the appellate court quietly overturns their
convictions). Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge (created a confusing
mess of the law): ye entered not in yourselves (refused to use your knowledge to help the innocent), and
them that were entering in ye hindered (there are pitfalls written into the law designed to keep the
righteous from defending themselves).” (Luke 11:46,52).

Incidentally, the court system we now have is a judgment from God. “But this is a people robbed and
spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes (in hideouts committing victimless crimes), and they are hid
in prison houses: they are for a prey (to be imprisoned), and none delivereth; and for a spoil (to be looted
for legal fees and fines and probation fees), and none sayeth, Restore (their liberty and their property
and their human rights). Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Did not the Lord, He
against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in His ways (love thy neighbor), neither were they
obedient unto His Law (love thy God).” (Is: 42:22,24).

While we are on the subject, Christ said he came to do away with prisons. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon
me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken
hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18,19). Preceding verses make clear
that Christ's statement is a fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy of a Messiah preaching “the opening of the
prison to them that are bound.” (Is. 61:1).

The first step to helping yourself out of legal trouble is to represent yourself. This is such a powerful tool
that both judges and lawyers try to stop you. When they framed me, Amo Roden, in 1994, they claimed that
I should take a psychiatric evaluation to prove that I was competent to refuse a free lawyer. This despite
the fact that I had acted as my own attorney since 1988 and was quite competent to give the government
fits over their murder of the Branch Davidian children. (Mental illness interferes with a person's ability to
function, I was functioning in a highly effective way: both protecting the church's property in the courts
and protesting the murder of seventeen little children at the massacre site.)

When they could not force me to take their free attorney at the pretrial hearing, the judge gave the
prosecuting attorney an eight point gag order against me. Then three days before the trial, they
dismissed the charges. Why?

If you represent yourself you get to address the jury for twenty minutes (or so) before the trial begins
(opening statement), and another twenty minutes after the trial ends (summation). So you can tell the jury
what is happening without taking the stand and being cross-examined. You can also end your summation
with a reminder that William Penn would not have settled Pennsylvania if an English jury had not refused
to convict him of preaching contrary to the established church. (In fact, Penn was guilty, but a jury has the
right to elevate justice above law.) In the alternate, you can sit there mute and let the jury hear only what
your lawyer chooses to tell them. Only one juror is required to free you.

The second step is to play the file game. Legal files are permanent public record, although in some
jurisdictions, they make the public pay to see them. Get your file number and start by filing your plea of
not guilty, your request for a trial by jury, and your demand that you be allowed to represent yourself. I
kept saying “According to the Constitution of the United Stated, I am entitled to the counsel of my choice,
and I am the counsel of my choice.” I said it so loud that they could hear me in the halls.

The third step is to memorize the relevant parts of the Bill of Rights. Know your rights! My comments on
your rights assume the worst, that you are friendless and in jail.

Amendment 4. Search and Seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable
searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons
or things to be seized.

Check the warrant carefully. If you find any error, request that the court suppress any evidence found
and/or dismiss your case. If you are in jail, write the clerk of the court where you are charged for a copy of
the warrant. The clerk also should send you any forms you request.

Amendment 5. Trial and Punishment...
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or
indictment of a grand jury, except (in military service)...nor shall any person be subject for the same
offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a
witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

Due process of law means that all accused have to be treated according to the state's published Rules of
Criminal Procedure. If you are in jail, write to the clerk of the court where you are charged immediately
demanding access to a copy. Renew your request weekly numbering each request, second request, third
request, etc. On the third request, mail a copy to the local newspaper and Amnesty International (the most
prestigious human rights organization on earth, A. I. has headquarters in England and Washington, DC).
Make note on the third request where you have sent copies.

Amendment 6. Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial
jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed... and to be informed of the
nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory
process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

In many jurisdictions, six months is the maximum amount of time a prisoner can be jailed without being
tried. If you are in jail, demand to be released or tried after about five months.

If you are guilty, consider hiring a lawyer and pleading out. You have some leverage because the courts
are clogged, and jury trials are time consuming and expensive. If you are innocent, refuse to be a prey,
demand your jury.

Please note that juries are packed these days with law and order types. One Houston attorney who
helped me for free (God bless him) routinely files motions to videotape the jury selection process to
insure that jurors are who they say they are and don't serve too often. Look out for white males who are
members of secret societies. You can dismiss about ten or so prospective jurors without giving a reason
during the jury selection process, the judge will tell you how many. If the judge lets you, talk to potential
jurors. Use your intuition about which jurors are honest. As a rule, a jury is your best bet (it only takes one
juror to derail the prosecution railroad), and a court that is prosecuting the innocent deserves to be
troubled by a few radicalized defendants.

Your paperwork should inform you of the nature of the crime you are charged with AND show you how to
frame the papers you will file. You must include the Case No. and the name and location of the court and
the description of the case (State of Whatever versus Poor You) every time you file papers. Improve your
technique by copying the headings on the documents the court sends to you.

If you are in jail, you can file in handwriting. Make two copies and instruct the clerk to filemark and return
the second copy for your legal records. Frame every request you make of the clerk as a motion (filing)
and include a second copy (or copies) to be filemarked and returned.

Write to the clerk to request subpoena forms at least a month before the trial. When you return the
subpoena forms, include a covering letter in the form of a motion (filing) and list the names and
addresses of each witness you wish to subpoena.

An argument can be made that your right to the assistance of counsel means that when you act as your
own attorney you have the right to access to the legal materials required. File that argument if the jail
does not provide you with a full range of legal materials.

Amendment 8. Cruel and Unusual Punishment.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment

If you are in jail, file a motion for reduction of bail or release without bail. Cite your personal history if it
doesn't include prior convictions or if your priors are non-violent, you length of time in the community
and your ties to the community and your innocence. If you own property, offer to pledge that property as
your bond. Ask the clerk of the court to set a hearing date for your motion to reduce your bond.

If you are abused while in jail, file a stiffly worded complaint giving all the particulars in your legal file.

Amendment 14. Citizenship Rights.
... No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the provisions or immunities of citizens of
the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process
of law...

Because of this provision, all states are required to respect the rights granted to any accused citizen by
the Bill of Rights of the U. S. Constitution. Do not hesitate to reference the rights in the Constitution when
you write to the court.

Another powerful tool is in the body of the Constitution in Article 1, Section 9.
The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or
Invasion the public safety may require it.

Under Habeas Corpus any person willing to call themselves your “next friend,” can file a Petition for Writ
of Habeas Corpus on your behalf. I filed one for Tom Drake when a judge refused to set his bond. I filed it
in Tom's legal file in the Record's Building across the street from the Courthouse in Waco, Texas. By the
time I walked to the Judge's second floor office, he had just finished setting bail for Tom. Habeas Corpus
scares judges.

I filed one for myself also. I was thrown in jail a fifth time (three were civil disobedience, this was the
second frame-up). It was a misdemeanor, but I was told in the jail that to be released I had to prove that
the case against me was really dismissed in 1994 and never reinstated. So I prepared Petition for Writ of
Habeas Corpus (naming the County Sheriff as the person wrongfully imprisoning me), stating among
other things that McLennan County was solely responsible for the accuracy of its records. I read it to my
mother on the telephone and ten minutes later my name was called. I was buzzed out of the jail with no
human contact until I saw a judge who released me. When I offered him my petition, he refused it as moot
(no longer relevant).

Judges and Sheriffs are afraid of a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus because it sets up a possible
Federal lawsuit for violation of your civil rights. Write to the clerk of the court that is hearing (or heard)
your case for forms. If you have just been wrongfully detained (as I was) however, just write to the
Superior Court in your state, in the capitol city, label it Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, date it, put
every detail in it, and explain why the details mean that you are wrongfully imprisoned. End it with a
statement that swears before God and under penalty of perjury that your statements are true, sign it and
send it. Keep a copy for your records. The worst that can happen under this approach is that your petition
will be refused by the clerk of that court and you will be given further instructions. The best is that the jail
will buzz you out.

About those pitfalls (and more advice):

1. Whenever you make a statement of the facts in your case (as in a pauper's oath or an appeal or a
request for a new trial), swear that the facts you have stated are true. Swear by notarized oath if you are
out of jail, or before God and the court, if you are in jail and are refused a notary.

2. Be very careful about deadlines. Some will be set to fool the non-professional attorney.

3. Courts have Local Rules, which differ from the published Rules of Criminal Procedure in form, but not
in substance. Request a copy. Note however, that the Local Rules will most likely not include all of the
rules you need to know.

4. If you make a mistake in court, apologize profusely to the judge. For example, if you make a mistake that
reveals to the jury that a gag order (motion in limine) has been placed against you, be extremely
apologetic and humble about your understanding and abilities.

5. Don't expect yourself to think on your feet. You are not Perry Mason. Before the trial, write a page for
every witness and the questions you intend to ask. During the trial, prepare a page of questions for every
witness the prosecution presents. It is okay to refer to your notes. You are a little guy facing a trained
professional attorney. It won't hurt you if that shows.

6. If you are in jail, and have very little money in your jail account and outside bank accounts, or out of jail
with low income and assets, you can fight your case as a pauper. Get forms and instructions from the
clerk of courts or law books. As a pauper, you are not responsible for court costs, for example, fees
associated with service of subpoenas.

7. Expect the whole system to be against you. The system regards you as the grit in their oyster. (To God
that righteous grit is in the process of becoming a pearl.) I have seen documents that would help me
disappear from court files, been forced to wait days for copies of information that was altered when I got
it, been given transcripts (yes, that's plural) that no longer contained testimony that would help me, and
heard a lot of perjury from state employees. None of that stopped me. I prayed a lot and I never gave up.
There is a lesson in that.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden