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    Day 901-923 (Through Thursday December 23,1999


    INSIGHT MAGAZINE, the national magazine publication of the Washington Times broke a "Fair Comment" two page story about the Sweeneys' fight for their rights.

    JOHN SWEENEY A "FREE MAN" as of 8:00AM Friday, December 17, 1999.
    Sweeney was picked up from Federal Prison, FMC Devens Camp,and held a short news conference at the main entrance before leaving to be with his family over the holidays.
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    Day 752-900 (Through Tuesday, November 30, 1999)

    JOHN SWEENEY RELEASED FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
    THANK YOU GOD!

    THANK YOU FAMILY

    THANK YOU FRIENDS

    THANK YOU COLLEAGUES

    THE SWEENEY FAMILY THANK YOU AND LOVE YOU ALL!!!
    JOHN SWEENEY MOVED TO FMC DEVENS CAMP

    21985-038
    FMC DEVENS CAMP
    P.O. BOX 879
    AYER, MA 01432
    978-796-1000

    JOHN SWEENEY PLACED IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND PUT UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR UNDISCLOSED REASONS.

    When questioned as to why, no answers have been given. Requests by family members for information go unanswered. No information has or will be given to family members or attorneys. After family repeatedly expressed their concern to prison officials and no information was given, a family friend went to the prison to see him. She found him in shackles, unshaven, looking "haggard and worn." He does not know why he is in solitary confinement or why he is under investigation.

    Case manager Lynn Baczewski stated that she does not have the authority to explain to him or the family why he is there.

    John Sweeney self surrendered to federal marshalls on a "Contempt of Court" conviction August 23, 1999, and was placed in a maximum security prison in Plymouth, MA. He has appealed the court decision.

    After being in Plymouth County Correctional Facility in maximum security from August 23 to October 5, he was moved to Devens Federal Medical Camp Facility, a low security confinement. The family have just learned he is under investigation for unknown reasons.

    THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS WOULD BE HELPFUL:
    1. Certified Letters of inquiry be sent to:

    Mr. Michael Benov
    Senior Warden
    Devens Federal Prison Camp
    FMC Devens Camp
    P. O. Box 879
    Ayer, MA 01432
    Re: John Sweeney
    Inmate # 21985-038

    2. Calls to Michael Benov:
    Senior Warden
    978-796-1000

    3. Contact Congressman McGovern

    Rep. James McGovern (D-MA-3rd)
    E-mail: jim.mcgovern@mail.house.gov
    Web: http://www.house.gov/mcgovern/
    Phone: (202) 225-6101
    Fax: (202) 225-5759
    Address:
    416 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    District Office: Worcester
    District Phone: 508-831-7356
    Congressional Term: 2nd
    First Elected: 1996
    Committees: Transportation and Infrastructure

    Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
    E-mail: john_kerry@kerry.senate.gov
    Web: http://www.senate.gov/~kerry
    Phone: (202) 224-2742
    Fax: 202-228-1061(Schedule appointment)
    Fax: (202) 224-8525 (Office)
    Address:
    250 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
    Washington, DC 20510
    District Office: Boston
    District Phone: 617-565-8519

    Senator Edward M. Kennedy(D-MA)
    E-mail: senator@kennedy.senate.gov
    Web: http://www.senate.gov/~kennedy
    Phone: (202) 224-4543
    Fax: 202-224-2417(Schedule Appointment)
    Address:
    315 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
    Wshington, DC 20510
    District Office: Boston
    District Phone: 617-565-3170

    Rep. John Tierney (D-MA)
    E-mail: No Public E-Mail Address*
    *Note: Some Members without public e-mail do accept
    messages from their web sites
    Web: http://www.house.gov/tierney/
    Phone: (202) 225-8020
    Fax: (202) 225-5915
    Address:
    120 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    District Office: Peabody
    District Phone: 978-531-1669

    THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ANSWERED:
    QUESTIONS:
    What is the status of John Sweeney Prisoner #21985-038?
    Why is he under investigation?
    What is the status of the investigation?
    What are his privileges? (Shower, Shave, Bible, Books)
    What are his rights?
    What is his physical condition?
    When will he be released?

    Please have a pen and paper handy and make notes of the answers!
    Please contact the family with information:
    P. O. Box: 2191; Hamilton, MA 01982
    Voice Mail: 978-468-1536
    E-mail: jsweeney@star.net

    Others Involved:

    Lynn Baczewski
    Case Manager

    Mr. Eggert
    Unit Manager/Counselor

    Mr. Fazenbaker
    Unit Camp Manager

    Junior Warden, Meeks

    PLEASE KNOW HOW MUCH John, and all of the family appreciate your prayers and continued support, The appeal is moving forward as scheduled.

    He is a political prisoner today; for reasons that he has the courage to stand up for his Constitutional Rights.

    In addition to sentencing him to 120 days in Jail, he was ordered to remain in Massachusetts under virtual house arrest, only allowed to leave by approval of the Judge and after submitting a detailed itineraryas to what he is doing, who he is meeting with , where, when etc.

    Although the sentence was stayed pending an appeal, John Sweeney self-surrendered to the federal court and U. S. Marshals on Monday, August 23, 1999.

    John and Rhetta are continuing their work in Washington D.C. Rather than remain indefinitely as a political prisoner in Massachusetts, and being forced to submit names and details of their Congressional work and support base, John has chosen to serve the court ordered time in prison while Rhetta pursues the Congressional work in Washington.

    JOHN SWEENEY JAILED TO PLYMOUTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

    WAITING ASSIGNMENT TO FEDERAL PRISON

    APPEAL OF DECISION MOVING FORWARD

    John Sweeney sentenced to 4 months in jail. The decision will be appealed.

    Hundreds of letters have been sent to Judge Keeton, the US Attorney, the Probation Officer and even to the President of the United States by concerned citizens on behalf of John Sweeney and his upcoming sentencing to Federal prison.

    SENTENCING DATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1999 at 10:00AM in the Federal Courthouse at One Courthouse Way, Boston, MA in Judge Robert E. Keeton's courtroom.
    The US Attorney requested a continuance of the sentencing date and Judge Keeton granted the new date above for the government.

    Day 661-751 (Through Friday June 18, 1999)

    Rhetta & John Sweeney broadcast again on nationwide radio for over an hour concerning "How the FDIC is Benefiting from Known Banking Fraud". More coming.... Stay Tuned!

    Rhetta & John Sweeney broadcast nationwide last week for two hours concerning "How the FDIC is Benefiting from Known Banking Fraud" and will do another national radio show soon.... Stay Tuned!

    Sentencing date is set for Monday, August 2, 1999 after Judge Keeton declares Sweeney "Guilty" in a 32 page written opinion.

    Sweeney's closing statement quotes Scripture: John 12:38-41
    This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
    "Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
    For this reason they could not believe, because , as Isaiah says elsewhere:
    He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn---and I would heal them."
    Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him.
    "THANKS BE TO GOD".

    SWEENEY DECLARED "GUILTY" BY JUDGE KEETON WHO ISSUES A 32 PAGE WRITTEN OPINION.
    Sentencing date is set for Monday, August 2, 1999.

    TRIAL ENDS ABRUPTLY...........Sweeney makes his own closing statement. Quotes Scripture: John 12:38-41 "Thanks be to God".

    The Trial was conducted in only three days. 10 witnesses for the Government only 2 witnesses allowed for Sweeney. One day later a 32 page opinion of GUILT was issued by the Judge.

    In violation of the Unites States Constitution, John Sweeney is denied the right to a jury trial.

    In direct violation of the Unites States Constitution, John Sweeney was denied his right to a jury trial.
    His lawyer said" In my 25 years of practice in this court I have never had a person denied their right to a Jury Trial".
    Pre trial hearing is set for Friday 23rd April at 10:00am. Trial date is now set for Monday, April 26th at 9:00 am. Both will take place at 1 Courthouse Way, Boston in front of Judge Keaton.

    Federal Judge Keeton suddenly denies ALL of the Sweeney motions WITHOUT ANY HEARING, allows the government to file a proffer as to why John Sweeney should NOT have a jury trial by April 14th and then says he will decide the "jury trial" issue by April 20th.
    He sets a new trial date for Monday, April 26th.

    Note: RHETTA SWEENEY will speak out on the FDIC Handling of Her Small Business Asset Foreclosure and her "Whistleblower Update".
    She will be heard on worldwide radio being interviewed on the nationally syndicated "THE ZOH SHOW" Thursday, April 15, 1999 from 2:00-3:00PM EST.

      To listen live on the internet go to: http://www.libertyworksradio.com, click on the "Zoh Hieronimus" button. There are instructions at the bottom of the page how to listen live.
      Satellite dish owners can listen live on Satellite C-5, Transponder 3, 63.6 Megahertz.
      Radio listeners in the Baltimore,MD/Washington,DC area can listen live to "The Zoh Show" on WCBM, AM 680.


    John Sweeney Hearing in Federal Court concerning his "Right to a Jury Trial" FRIDAY, April 9th has been CANCELLED. We will post the new date when it is rescheduled.

    Sweeneys file documents in Federal Court to have ALL of their property returned.

    The firm of HALSEY, RAINS & ASSOCIATES,L.L.C. a professional consulting firm specializing in effective government relations, lobbying, and advocacy, has been retained to represent the Sweeneys before the United States Congress and the Federal Agencies of the Executive Branch regarding FDIC foreclosure practices in general and the events surrounding and resulting from the Sweeney loan obtained from ComFed Bank. This effort will address the cover-up of a $4,000,000.00 state court award to the Sweeneys; destruction of their small business; destruction of home, property and personal possessions; FDIC cost to the taxpayer; FDIC lies to Congress; FDIC lies to the Courts and FDIC lies to the IRS.
    SPONSORS for this crucial work are needed. Please contact:
    LAURIE RAINS, Principal
    Halsey, Rains & Associates, L.L.C.
    2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800
    Arlington, VA 22201
    Phone: 703-351-5077
    Fax: 703-351-5827
    e-mail: hra7@erols.com

    For the latest concerning John Sweeney's trial:
    (see Contempt of Court)

    Day 581-660 (Through Sunday, March 21, 1999)

    Some of the Sweeney's personal items have been found discarded near a fence at a construction site at Deer Island Harbor where the Boston Harbor Clean-up Project is working. Old luggage, clothing, two black and white TVs and some cancelled checks were found by ICF Kaiser Engineers Massachusetts, Inc. who notified the police and attorneys.

    Judge Keeton schedules a hearing for Friday, April 9, 1999 at 9:00AM to decide whether Sweeney gets a "Trial by Jury" or NOT.
    US Attorney Alex Whiting gets transferred from the "Organized Crime Strike Force Division" to the "Public Corruption and Integrity Unit".

    "IRS Horror Stories".
    Sweeneys situation concerning the latest FDIC/IRS move against them.
    (See IRS Horror Stories 2-26-99)

    SWEENEY FILES TEN(10) PLEADINGS and EIGHTEEN (18) EXHIBITS AGAINST GOVERNMENT EXPOSING MULTIPLE LIES AND LAWLESSNESS.
    (Click on underlined Motions below to read in full)

    1. MOTION TO DISMISS FOR LOSS OR DESTRUCTION OF AND FAILURE TO PRODUCE EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE.
    2. MOTION FOR RETURN OF PROPERTY AND TO SUPPRESS ALL EVIDENCE.
    3. AFFIDAVIT OF LINDA THOMPSON IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR RETURN OF PROPERTY AND TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE AND MOTION TO DISMISS FOR LOSS AND DESTRUCTION OF AND FAILURE TO PRODUCE EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE.
    4. MOTION TO QUASH THE INDICTMENT AND DISMISS THIS CAUSE FOR INSUFFICIENCY OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE NOTICE OF CHALLENGE TO CONSTITUTIONALITY OF 18 USC 401(3).
    5. MEMORADUM OF LAW REGARDING RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL. (The Government is still trying to keep Sweeney from having a Jury Trial).
    6. MOTION TO DISMISS FOR VIOLATION OF RIGHT TO SPEEDY TRIAL.
    7. STANDING MOTION FOR WITNESS STATEMENTS FOLLOWING TESTIMONY.
    8. MOTION FOR EVIDENTIARY HEARING.
    9. MOTION TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE.
    10.EXHIBITS IN SUPPORT OF MOTIONS FILED BY THE DEFENDANT ON FEB. 19, 1999.

    Alex Whiting, from the "Organized Crime Strike Force Division" is the newest US Attorney replacing Sheila Sawyer in handling the Sweeney trial for the Government. WHY???
    Latest Scheduled Court Dates:
    February 19, 1999 Motions Filing Date.
    March 3, 1999 Motions Hearing Date.(3:00PM)
    March 19, 1999 Bench Trial.(9:00AM) The Government is still trying to keep Sweeney from having a Jury Trial...see #5 above as to Sweeney's right to a Jury Trial...

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