January 30th, 2015
Gold Bar Reporters
Anne Block Makes her case for First Amendment Rights and RICO
Briefing wrapped up yesterday in the Anne Block Civil Rights Suit against various officials in Snohomish County and in Gold Bar Washington. The defendants filed a 13 page motion to dismiss while Block countered with a 24 page response, with a request to allow a 110 page RICO statement. Both sides were to have sent in reply briefs by yesterday, but only Block filed her response.
Anne Block has achieved a degree of notoriety in Snohomish County as the only reporter in Washington state to break a story involving corruption at the highest levels of government in Snohomish county. Chief Executive Reardan was forced to resign after a story published in the Gold Bar Reporter revealed that Reardan used taxpayer funds to finance affairs with two women employees.
According to the complaint, Anne Block even had receipts to show airline tickets purchases, hotel receipts and receipts for sex toys used in Europe during the affair. According to the complaint, before Reardan resigned, he assigned two employees to organize a “false flag” operation against Block, by having the employees pose as disinterested observers with aliases to organize a campaign to disbar Block. He had another employee destroy county records to hide the affair. That employee was eventually convicted of destroying evidence. As a result of the evidence being destroyed, an Island County prosecutor concluded that he did not have enough evidence to prosecute Reardan for misuse of public funds.
In enlisting support for the bar complaints, the false flag operation gained the support of two other Block targets. John Pennington had been attacked in the press by Anne Block and other newspapers such as the Seattle Times reporter Mike Carter as being unqualified to hold the position of emergency operations director of Snohomish County. According to a study conducted by the IRS, Pennington received his college degree from a diploma mill which sold the degrees at a flat rate. According to the RICO complaint, Block published stories how Reardan acted on Pennington’s advise in allowing houses to be built on the Oso mudslide site even though professional engineers described the site as unsafe. The mudslide that eventually occurred resulted in the deaths of 43 citizens.
Pennington could not sue directly because he is a public official, so he turned to the Washington State Bar Association in an attempt to have Block disbarred for doing the stories documenting Pennington’s incompetence. The false flag operation also enlisted the support of public officials in Gold Bar Washington who had their own problems with Block. Block had initiated a public disclosure suit when the town officials refused to turn over documents related to the theft of the towns funds.
According to the complaint, town officials illegally diverted approximate 20% of the town’s budget to finance a campaign to discredit Block. This included planting defamatory and false information in a friendly paper, physically assaulting, stalking, and intimidating Block supporters, assaulting and stalking two city council members until they resigned for supporting Block. Members of the RICO enterprise even published verbal threats in local newspapers to murder Block if she showed up at City Council meetings.
In her 24 page response to the motion to dismiss, Block argued that each of her activities: filing suit against Gold Bar, publishing about the corrupt activities of public officials, making public disclosure requests etc, have long been held to be protected activity under the first amendment by federal courts including the United States Supreme Court. Block pointed out that each case, the defendants responded with illegal and sometimes criminal behavior, including defaming Block, stalking her and her supporters, and publishing veiled and overt threats in friendly newspapers. She argued that the responses were organized illegally in secret executive sessions of the Gold Bar City Council. Block charged that the defendants also enlisted the support of attorneys and officials connected with the Washington State Bar Association who illegally tapped police databases, accessed confidential bar records, and mental health records, and provided them to the Gold Bar City Council in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the rules for enforcement of attorney discipline.
All of these actions, argued Block, established the existence of a criminal enterprise under RICO; that is, a conspiracy to commit illegal predicate acts over an extended period of time. In this case, Block argues that the defendants continue their illegal activity right through the presentation of their motions in federal court.
Attorneys for the defendants, who Block proposes to add to the suit at a later date, meanwhile argued that Block’s allegations are “incredible”, but offered no plausible alternatives to Block’s theory of the case. Block, in her complaint and in her Rico statement carefully documented numerous credible sources for her allegations, which she contends not only meets the complex pleading requirements of RICO, but as a matter of law, cannot be successfully defended.