The P&E is wondering if the “First Amendment is dead” in Washington State. The case revolves around a group of self-appointed “we the people” citizens who have filed a criminal complaint against their Sheriff for not having an oath properly filed. Unfamiliar with the concept of the de-facto officer doctrine, they have accused him of a myriad of criminal activities and filed a complaint with the prosecutor.
The prosecutor, who is probably better versed in the issues of law, has refused to file any criminal charges and the “we the people” wannabe’s have filed another complaint.
They are upset that their right to petition the government for redress of grievances does not include a right to have the government respond to their follies. It’s a common confusion amongst some that the first amendment right to petition is not a right to have the government respond.
These so called “we the people” people, have issued ultimatums against the various County officers who they claim are illegally occupying their offices. Again, perhaps unaware of the legal concept of Quo Warranto, they believe that a simple letter is somehow sufficient.
Another fascinating example of people getting involved with their government, and focus on irrelevant issues like the filing of an oath, and failing to understand how to properly resolve these issues.
In their ‘demands’ they also require the County Officers who use the ‘amnesty’ clause, to no longer object to the ‘common law grand jury’, which is another imaginary invention of the mind of the clueless.