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Jeff Monson Pleads Guilty To Vandalism, Loses Passport

    Thu, 2009-08-06 19:14 — chernobyl kid

    OLYMPIA -- A judge ordered mixed martial arts champion Jeff Monson to surrender his passport Tuesday after Monson pleaded not guilty to malicious-mischief charges for allegedly spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Capitol last year.

    The order casts doubt on whether Monson will be able to appear in two scheduled fights overseas.

    Monson, 38, has a fight scheduled in February in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in March in Tokyo. After Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Wheeler asked that Monson surrender his passport during Monson's arraignment Tuesday, Monson leaned over and whispered to Wheeler, "Are you going to support my family now?"

    Monson's attorney, Legrand Jones, said he will file a motion to release Monson's passport in an effort to enable him to appear for his two scheduled overseas fights. Monson was not taken into custody during Tuesday's hearing, and he is allowed to remain free after posting $20,000 bail.

    KibunInc's picture

    Well there are consequences to a person's actions. Maybe he should have thought about that before committing a crime. :cool:

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    DeltaSigChi4's picture

    No alleged crime so immensely trivial should be punishable with the disallowing the defendant -- who is innocent until proven guilty, lest I remind you -- to be able to work and support his family.

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    DeltaSigChi4;24867 wrote:
    No alleged crime so immensely trivial should be punishable with the disallowing the defendant -- who is innocent until proven guilty, lest I remind you -- to be able to work and support his family.

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    He was found guilty. I agree with you about supporting his family but as an adult he should take that into consideration before comitting a crime. At what point does the support of a family become a defense to stop a person from being punished. Additionally he grafittied a national monument. Not a wall is east LA. He wanted to make a point and so did the law. :cool:

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    DeltaSigChi4's picture

    The law has made many points over the years, many of which aren't remotely cool or civilised. Unless they present a credible argument that he will flee the country before sentencing to avoid serving, he should not be denied the freedom that is bestowed by the United States Constitution. Last I heard, that was the law, although Emperor Bush did all within his capacity to destroy said Constitution. Apparently it worked. :eek:

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    chernobyl kid's picture

    Since he so into this anarchist mentality and I'm sure he associates with many like minded individuals, maybe all his fellow anachist buddies can help support his family.

    Kibun make a good point about the type of structure he vanadlized. Monson is an educated individual and knew that there would be consequences for his actions. He just didn't know the extent of the consequences. Like the Comidian Chisr Rock said, "Obey the law. Laws were made for a reason. Think of Laws as hints. You heard people say 'Man I wouldn't do that shit if I were you."

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    DeltaSigChi4's picture

    I don't read philosophy from comedians. I also don't agree with condescending speech regarding issues. I'm sure that authorities has denied Martin Luther King Junior the ability to make a living, one of the many times they abused the United States Constitution to illegally harass, that his associates, or like-minded individuals, could help his family eat. And when coward xenophobic caucasians came to bomb his family to an early grave, his associates could defend his property and maintain safety. Give me a break.

    There is no need, I repeat: NO NEED, to retain this man's passport unless they provide evidence, or in the least a fucking argument, that he is going to or a risk to flee. If they cannot insomuch as present a goddamn argument, even without empirical evidence, then it is hardly necessary to do so. If you have a problem with anarchy or anarchists ... well, tough shit. I'm not an anarchist. But I'll present you with philosophy from someone worth paying attention to ....

    "When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a communist.
    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a social democrat.
    When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a trade unionist.
    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out."

    - Reverend Martin Niemoeller

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    KibunInc's picture

    Delta I agree that before a passport should be pulled there has to be an argument that Monson is a flight risk. Apparently this argueent was made before a judge and he decided to pull his passport. Now you come here and start saying how Bush took away people's freedom and MLK was done wrong. Somehow you equate this with Monson???? How do you come up with this. Monson was caught defacing a national monument and you compare him to MLK? MLK 's rights were violated during the 1960's when our contry had flagarent violations of human rights and MLK was a voice against what was happening at that time. MLK is considered a great advocate in our history when it comes to equal rights.

    Maybe in some adolescent way you are comparing Monson grafitting a national monumen with the teaching of MLK and if so then it is useless to even have a conversation on this subject with you.

    By the way since you did not like Bush as president what do you think of the racist socialist called Obama?

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    DeltaSigChi4's picture

    a. Civil disobedience is civil disobedience. You can argue until the end of days what is justified or rightful cd and what isn't. The fact of the matter is that as a free society, we must have a level of tolerance for cd;

    b. it wasn't a national monument. Where do you get this stuff you write?;

    c. I have not read a court transcript, nor am I crazy enough to request/pay for one, but I have not read a report outlining the fact that a CREDIBLE argument was made in regards to the flight risk, and I don't believe one was made. Activist judges. Aren't you wacko fringe conservatives always going on about activist judges? That's what this sounds like. Hand over your passport. Period. No arguments;

    d. President Obama is neither a racist (do you possess empirical evidence; post annotations) nor a socialist (do you possess empirical evidence; post annotations). If he were either, he would not have won a general election in this sheeple nation. If he were the latter (socialist), he would have gained one vote (mine); and

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    KibunInc's picture

    DeltaSigChi4;24909 wrote:
    a. Civil disobedience is civil disobedience. You can argue until the end of days what is justified or rightful cd and what isn't. The fact of the matter is that as a free society, we must have a level of tolerance for cd;

    b. it wasn't a national monument. Where do you get this stuff you write?;

    c. I have not read a court transcript, nor am I crazy enough to request/pay for one, but I have not read a report outlining the fact that a CREDIBLE argument was made in regards to the flight risk, and I don't believe one was made. Activist judges. Aren't you wacko fringe conservatives always going on about activist judges? That's what this sounds like. Hand over your passport. Period. No arguments;

    d. President Obama is neither a racist (do you possess empirical evidence; post annotations) nor a socialist (do you possess empirical evidence; post annotations). If he were either, he would not have won a general election in this sheeple nation. If he were the latter (socialist), he would have gained one vote (mine); and

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    A) Ok here we go. yes some Cd has to be tolerated and some can not be. In this case there is a law against it (In Cali the section in 594(a)(1)PC), not sure of the penal code section in other states but I am sure there is a law on the books for grafitti and it is the section that was used for his arrest. Basically it is a criminal section that he violated and not a peacfull demonstration against political views. After reading your response you have no arguement on this subject, but rather then an opinion. Lucky for the rest of us there are laws on the books for this.

    B) The info I obtained was from another website I will have to verify before I can answer this further. If I am wrong I recall the statement of it being a notional monument.

    C) OK so you have not read the court report (Nor have I) but you decided that based on absoluty no evidence that a Activist judge just took his passport. You chose to overlook the fact that this would be somthing that the ACLU would be all over if done illegally. I believe in the court system and having been involved in it for years I can say that criminals have alot of rights. The courts bend over backwards to make sure criminals rights are not violated and I say this based on hundreds of courtroom appearance by me. YOU have no arguement other then some fantasy thoughts of in which people are brought before a judge and stripped of ther freedom with no due process. To use your own words please show me some empircal evidence and not some wild ramblings.

    D) So you do not believe Obama is a racist and I have no proof. OK how about the church he attended for 20 years has a racist pastor. A pastor that Obama called a friend on national tv until the pastor went public with his views and Obama realized it was in his best political interest to cut ties with him and did so immediately. Or maybe Obama did not know this friend of 20 years was a racist?

    How about the statement from Obama regarding the incident where the Police arrested Obama's friend at his own house. Obama criticised the Police and went as far as to say that the Police treat Blacks and Hispanics different then other people in the US. That is a racist statement. Obama had to apolagize when he found out the Police were responding to a 911 call (and yes those are recorded). Do you not see a pattern or problem here. Obama messed up by showing his true feelings.

    Regarding being a socialist he did not run on that stance when being elected. The proof is in his policies which he is trying to implement. Making people who make over a million a year to pay (through taxes) for the health care of others (He has made this statment many times on tv). Taking over the car industries instead of letting them re-organize under bankruptcy laws. Making a statement on tv that CEO's should not make mroe then the President of the USA ($400,000) should be a cap. Called on this stance by a plumber on TV. Thank god for congress who is keeping this guy in check for now.

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    chernobyl kid's picture

    Its hard to put up defense when there is evidence like this

    Veteran MMA fighter Jeff Monson pleaded guilty to graffiti-related charges stemming from a picture that was published last year in ESPN the Magazine (right) of Monson spraypainting an anarchy symbol onto the Washington state Capitol. Monson pleaded guilty to the Capitol charge, and entered an Alford plea on the charge for graffiti at an armed-forces recruiting center, meaning that he doesn't admit guilt, but does believe that there is enough evidence that he will be convicted.

    Monson, 38, is scheduled to be sentenced in October, with the prosecutor recommending 90 days in jail. He was also slapped with a $21,894 fine for restitution. However, the crushing blow for Monson is that he was forced to hand over his passport. He is reported to have fights scheduled in Russia and Japan in early 2010, and won't be able to travel for them. When asked to turn the passport over, he asked the prosecutor, "Are you going to support my family now?"
    Monson's last three fights have not been in the United States, but the idea that he won't be able to find a fight within the U.S. is just silly. His name has drawing power, and there are plenty of shows that would clamor to have Monson on their card.
    They probably won't pay as well as the Japanese and Russian shows, but Monson should have considered those consequences before he whipped out the can of spray paint and defaced government property. His graffiti may have been an act of civil disobedience to bring awareness to anarchy, but, as he well knows, acts of civil disobedience are frequently punished.

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