Getting away with murder?

A Dangerous Con Man is Exposing a Massive Fraud

Part One of an Ongoing Series by the GBR

Involving Public Officials in Washington State

Pierce College, WA John Edward Pennington, Jr.

Seattle, WA, “I will never be charged with a crime because we have people in every position of government who will always protect me,” boasted John Pennington to his ex-mother-in-law, Linda Laughlin.

Yet despite his Ted Bundy old man looks, ability to manipulate people, and network of supporters in public office, professional con man and serial criminal John Edward Pennington Jr.’s life of attempted murder, child rape, and financial crimes may finally be coming to an end.

A decade-long effort to bring Mr. Pennington to justice has not only exposed his extensive criminal history, it continues to unravel a vast network of corruption by Washington public officials including the Bar Association, attorneys under contract with the State of Washington, the State’s insurers, and the Attorney General.

The tireless effort to bring Mr. Pennington and his supporters to justice has been led by Seattle-area Journalist Anne Block, J.D., who is also the publisher of the award-winning Gold Bar Reporter. Prior efforts of Ms. Block have resulted in the exposure of extensive corruption and the termination of several public employees.

In the process of exposing Mr. Pennington’s criminal activity and network of corruption associated with him, Ms. Block has been subject to death threats, harassment, retaliatory lawsuits and the illegal revocation of her law license by the Bar Association of the state she resides in – that has a duty to protect her rights.

Based on court records, however, attempts to intimidate Ms. Block have not only failed but served to redouble her conviction and efforts. The retaliation has also served to expose the people in the network who have supported Mr. Pennington, the way the network functions, and its broad range of criminal activities.

The progressive exposure of corruption involving Mr. Pennington and his associates has been in direct proportion to Ms. Block’s success. She has gained a growing national network of support, the attention of federal law enforcement, and the interest of the national press for violations of her First Amendment rights.

“Anne Block has exposed the largest criminal system involving public officials in the history of Washington State,” said federal appellate attorney John Scannell. “The entire Washington State RICO [racketeering] enterprise has been revealed as a result of Anne Block’s investigation of Pennington’s crimes.”

Ms. Block’s investigation of Mr. Pennington has in fact yielded a trail of crime across the nation. Mr. Pennington’s known crimes include serial rape, several domestic violence charges, forgery, fraud, serial child molestation and negligent homicide resulting in 43 deaths, – all of which Ms. Block has meticulously documented.

Among the carnage spanning decades, Ms. Block discovered that Mr. Pennington is the prime suspect in the kidnapping, rape and attempted murder of a five-year old girl in Cowlitz County, Washington. He is also a “person of interest” in the disappearance of several more children in at least four states.

Mr. Pennington’s domestic violence incidents include the brutal beating of an ex-wife while in her third trimester of pregnancy. A King County court-ordered psychiatric, Dr. Hedricks, evaluation of Mr. Pennington concluded that he is “a sociopath with no empathy for human life whatsoever.”

Mr. Pennington’s frauds include providing false credentials to secure former positions with FEMA, as Snohomish County, WA’s Director of Emergency Management, his current teaching job with Pierce College, WA, and recently his attempt to gain admission to a PhD. program in Alaska, which Ms. Block ended.

Regardless of his long history of criminal activity and being “…completely incapable of recognizing the value of human life,” according to the referenced psychiatric assessment, the serial con man’s rise to power began when he found an uncontested legislative seat in rural Washington State. It worked.

After he was elected, Mr. Pennington quickly leveraged his new position, his Ted Bundy sociopathy behavior of harassment and stalking with the State’s influential and powerful. Perhaps most notably, among his legislative peers and colleagues at the time was Washington State’s current Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Commissioner G. Geoffrey Gibbs, and Court of Appeals Justice Marlin Applewick.

Marlin Applewick, G. Geoffrey Gibbs, and John Edward Pennington Jr. were in the WA State Legislature, and had in fact been trafficking young under-aged girls for sex in Portland Oregon.

After being caught misrepresenting his residence, Mr. Pennington abandoned his seat in the Washington State Legislature. He again leveraged his former legislative position into an appointment as the Regional Director of FEMA – with false credentials, no experience, and no background check. It didn’t last.

Mr. Pennington was soon fired by FEMA for his personal use of federal government credit cards. Once again, however, Mr. Pennington used his former positions as State Legislator and subsequent FEMA Directorship to gain employment as Snohomish County, Washington’s Director of Emergency Management. County officials failed to check Mr. Pennington’s credentials, experience, and background.

The negligent hiring of Mr. Pennington by Snohomish County Officials would come with a high price. While acting Director of Emergency Management, Pennington had repeatedly been advised by several experts that the Oso, Washington area of Snohomish County, Washington should be evacuated. With his falsified credentials, and illegally distracted with personal business interests, Pennington failed to act.

Mr. Pennington’s failure to act resulted in the greatest loss of life from a landslide in U.S. history. As Mr. Pennington had been repeatedly advised by experts would occur, on March 22, 2014, a massive section of Oso, Washington collapsed into the Cowlitz river. 43 people were killed, with hundreds of other injuries to people and animals, in addition to the loss of 49 homes.

Mr. Pennington was nowhere to be found. He was finally contacted on the East Coast, where he was discovered to be illegally operating his privately-owned emergency management services company. As people were dying, Mr. Pennington refused to return to Washington State. He prohibited rescue operations from beginning – he wanted the spotlight. Three days later he returned.

“Having John Pennington – ‘a sociopath with no empathy for human life,’ according to the court’s psychiatric expert – in charge of Emergency Management for Snohomish County was like putting the Green River Killer in charge of a domestic violence shelter,” said Ms. Block of the Gold Bar Reporter. “Isn’t the real question for all of us ‘how is Pennington – literally – getting away with murder?’”

“Isn’t he responsible for having committed negligent homicide in the deaths of 43 people? Why isn’t Pennington being prosecuted for serial molestation and violent crimes? Why no prosecution for a series of frauds against the County, the State, and the Federal Government? Why isn’t he being prosecuted for the rape and attempted murder of that five-year old girl in Cowlitz County?” said Ms. Block.

Federal Court Documents confirm that Attorney Michael Kenyon and his Law Firm Kenyon Disend are active participants in an ongoing Criminal Enterprise.

One answer may be found in two words: Michael Kenyon. Mr. Kenyon, a friend of Mr. Pennington, was City Attorney for Kelso, WA at the time of Mr. Pennington’s alleged kidnapping, rape, and attempted murder of the five-year old girl. Two witnesses identified Mr. Pennington as the man whom they saw throw the child’s body over a rural bridge. They also identified his car. The case looked solid.

Under the jurisdiction of City Attorney Michael Kenyon, however, the rape kit disappeared. As Mr. Pennington was to assume office as a Legislator, Mr. Kenyon left his $43k job as City Attorney. He then received millions of dollars in contracts to provide legal services for State government agencies. Regardless of the evidence against Mr. Pennington, the rape and attempted murder were never prosecuted.

Ms. Block’s saga began with what she thought was a routine public records request to the City of Gold Bar. After noticing what appeared to be discrepancies in the accounting of the water district of her small municipality near Seattle, she asked for the records. The request was denied. What followed was a relentless quest for justice spanning a decade, ending with the exposure of the state-wide public fraud.

Although the records request was denied, however, it was subject to the State’s public records act. A practicing attorney at the time, Ms. Block persisted. As the denials continued, she published accounts of her efforts on her news publication, the Gold Bar Reporter. The articles were directly followed by a series of retaliatory acts from what appeared to be the City of Gold Bar and their attorneys.

It wasn’t. Behind the City of Gold Bar was the State’s insurer, the Assn. of WA Cities (AWC); the Dept. of Enterprise Services Risk Management Division (DES); the State Bar, a network of attorneys called SAAGs; and judges acting directly or indirectly at the behest of her State’s highest legal authority, Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The previously invisible network acted against Block at every turn.

“The way the State Attorney General (AG) has control of every citizen in Washington State as well as the state political system is simple: money,” said former chess champion and appellate attorney John Scannell. “The AG uses both state and federal money to control county prosecutors and judges, federal judges, the State Bar, AWC and a network of hundreds of private attorneys and law firms.”

“Public records requests over several years have uncovered how the AG makes illegal payouts to control the state. Contrary to State law the AG has County Prosecutors on both the State payroll and retirement systems. Although County Prosecutors aren’t allowed to hold outside employment, the AG hires them as ‘Special Assistant AGs, or SAAGs. It’s a direct conflict of interest,” said Mr. Scannell.

If Mr. Scannell presents a summary of the theory of Washington’s corruption, Ms. Block has experienced the reality. Directly after publishing accounts of how Mr. Pennington’s ex-wife and then Gold Bar Mayor Crystal Hill had stolen $200,000 from the City, a wave of retaliation followed. Without legal basis, the Washington State Bar Association issued a subpoena for the Gold Bar Reporter’s files.

As a legally recognized member of the press, Gold Bar Publisher Ms. Block refused. When she was abroad, the State Bar then illegally issued the subpoena. Ms. Block, who worked as a machinist through law school as a single mother, was summarily disbarred in absentia. The disbarment was made possible by Mr. Pennington and his ex-wife, who had bribed attorney and State Bar Disciplinary Officer Lin O’Dell.

Ms. O’Dell has a history of guardianship fraud involving the theft of several million dollars, ending with the State’s Guardianship Oversight Board prohibiting her from further involvement in guardianship cases. Although the State Bar has received dozens of well documented complaints of Ms. O’Dell’s fraud, and regardless of the Guardianship Board’s finding of theft, the Bar refuses to act against her. To this day, Ms. O’Dell is a member of the Washington Bar in good standing with no disciplinary history. Her daughter acts as her proxy in ongoing guardianship cases.

The retaliation against Ms. Block backfired. As it continued over the course of a decade, she made hundreds of public records requests related to those who were acting against her. Most records requests were illegally withheld, destroyed, or redacted. Ultimately, however, she was able to establish patterns of the people involved. A clear picture gradually emerged of the State’s machinery of corruption.

That machine, according to Ms. Block’s carefully documented evidence submitted in her court filings, is the same machinery that has allowed Mr. Pennington and many others to commit crimes without being held accountable. One cog in the RICO machine is the law firm of Mr. Pennington’s friend, Mr. Kenyon. His firm has engaged in an ongoing series of retaliation and coverups for Mr. Pennington.

Ms. Ann Marie Soto and Ms. Rachel Turpin, formerly of the Kenyon law firm have, in fact, routinely altered, redacted or destroyed documents in the federal crime database NCIC; tampered with and bribed federal witnesses; destroyed, alter or prevented state records from release; submitted false or altered records in several retaliatory legal actions against Ms. Block, and colluded with judges.

After Soto and Turpin left Kenyon Disend late last year, both started a new law practice and actively brag that Madrona Law is on the payroll of the Attorney General’s Office, acting as ” Special Assistant Attorney Generals” (SAAGs).

When finally unveiled, it became clear that the machinery that was protecting Mr. Pennington was an octopus-like RICO [racketeering] enterprise. The enterprise is fueled by two main sources of funding: a massive guardianship and probate fraud system, as well as state and federal funds. Near the center of it all is the State’s highest legal authority Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

The Washington State Bar Association is controlled by Attorney General Bob Ferguson,” said Mr. Scannell. Similarly disbarred by the State for refusing to violate attorney-client confidentiality, Mr. Scannell remains a respected Ninth Circuit appellate attorney. “Although the Bar repeatedly asserts its status as a private organization, the AG has the Bar Association on the payroll of the State,” he said.

State Bar management and staff are, in fact, being paid by the State’s Attorney General through the State retirement system, called PERS. The AG has also paid its network hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through fraudulent tax refunds, SAAG contracts to hundreds of attorneys, as well as through speaking engagements and continuing education programs hosted by both state and federal judges.

Federal District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez

Receives Compensation from the WA State Bar

“The Bar’s violation of Anne Block and the Gold Bar Reporter’s First Amendment rights was only possible because the Bar’s disciplinary functions are combined with its professional association,” said Mr. Scannell. “Her case is a model example of why the Janus decision of the Supreme Court is so important. It’s critical to ensure the Constitutional rights of members of the legal profession and every citizen.”

 “Bob Ferguson’s crimes make Al Capone look like a Boy Scout. Capone never wore a mask of public service and virtue while stealing from the public and operating a criminal enterprise. Ferguson’s RICO steals billions from taxpayers and the federal government. It guarantees that anyone who is targeted will be denied their Constitutional right to due process,” said an inside source close to the case.

If Bob Ferguson and the State Bar are near the center of the RICO fraud, who is directing them? According to thousands of pages of evidence and testimony, Peter King, the CEO of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) is directing the entire RICO enterprise. Invisible to the public but representing every Washington city and the State government itself, AWC collects billions in insurance premiums.

AWC CEO Peter King, is Alleged to Control a Multi-billion Dollar RICO

With those billions, Ms. Block asserts with extensive and remarkable documentation, Mr. King has managed to control state government and the judicial system. “The abuse of power is the abuse of money,” said attorney Scannell. AWC has absolute power because they have evolved with zero oversight and claim to have the privilege of being exempt from the public records act, which also insisting in court filings that they are a private organization.”

Under the pretext of ‘risk management,’ AWC has created a system that denies any Washington State citizen a fair and impartial court system. AWC directs the AG, the Bar, and the SAAG system that has every prosecutor and hundreds of attorneys and law firms on the state payroll.

“Now that the largest fraud in the history of the state is exposed, the implication of Anne Block’s case is huge,” said Mr. Scannell. “The reason is, these couldn’t be greater crimes, or greater abuses of public office. Given the amount of evidence that has been presented, if these people aren’t held accountable, we can all stop pretending we live under the rule of law. That’s really what Anne’s case means.”

Pierce College Chancellor Michele L. Johnson, Ph.D.

For his part, Mr. Pennington appears to continue to enjoy Washington State government job security and the protection of friends in high places. He currently teaches emergency management at Pierce College, Washington. Regardless of the evidence of Mr. Pennington’s false credentials and criminal activity, Chancellor Michele L. Johnson refuses to fire him. She declines to explain why.

Ironically, “Professor Pennington,” as he calls himself, teaches at Pierce College within a stone’s throw of the infamous Green River in Washington State, where the State’s most prolific serial killer was most active.

When Ms. Block contacted former Seattle Times reporter Emily Heffner to comment on one of her articles about the RICO fraud, all Ms. Heffner would say was “you need to move because they’re coming after you.”

She didn’t, and they did. And now Anne Block is coming after them.

Next in the Ongoing “Getting Away with Murder” Series: A Criminal LawyerWashington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Criminal Enterprise; State of Tyranny – Michael Kenyon’s Role in Washington State’s Criminal Enterprise; State of Tyranny – Shannon Ragonesi and Ann Marie Soto’s Role in Washington State’s Criminal Enterprise; The Men Behind the Curtain: How AWC’s Peter King and Harlan Stientjes Operate Washington State’s Largest Criminal Enterprise; and KINGPIN:  AWC’s Peter King, Washington State’s Teflon Don.

King County, Washington, confirmed that Crystal Hill Pennington has been terminated for filing fraudulent application to obtain employment

Seattle: August 28, 2020,

A King County insider told the Gold Bar Reporter that ” Crystal was fired for gross misrepresentations on her application for employment.

According to the Gold Bar Reporter’s counsel ” it’s a felony to file false statements and false educational credentials to obtain government employment.”

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Crystal Hill Pennington, a twice convicted bank frauder

Fraud, forgery and lies on job applications, Crystal Hill Pennington bringing in the new year, the Pennington family way

John Edward Pennington Jr., and Crystal Daniel Hill Pennington (nee Berg) never cease to amaze me with the level of fraud both have perpetuated upon the taxpayers of Washington State.

From domestic terrorism, fraud, forgery, harassment, and now filing false academic and employment credentials to entice King County in hiring Ms. Hill Pennington for a position she has no educational or employment experience.

But what’s new for the Penningtons’ rein of criminal conduct the Gold Bar Reporter has uncovered and reported on for 15 years here in Washington State.


Between 2015 to 2017, Crystal Hill Pennington ( nee Berg) along with John Edward Pennington Jr. attempted to obtain countless “restraining orders” against Anne Block, the Gold Bar Reporter. The reason was simple: Ms. Hill Pennington filed countless criminal complaints claiming that she was unable to find employment as a result of our news reports on her extensive criminal history.

In Pierce County, on April 27, 2017, a Washington State Judge held a 3.5 hour hearing, at which time, the Gold Bar Reporter presented copies of Ms. Hill Pennington criminal history records documenting that she is a twice convicted bank frauder, once in North Carolina where she served time in jail, and once in Snohomish County Washington where she plead guilty.

Ms. Hill Pennington uses several aliases, and aka as Crystal Berg and Crystal Pieneiche.

For over ten years, Ms. Hill Pennington ( nee Berg) and John Edward Pennington Jr. operated a foe website titled the ” Sky Valley Chronicle.” Public records confirm John E Pennington Jr did this right from his office inside Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. Pennington was fired for his criminal harassment in late 2016.

Crystal Hill Pennington was unemployed from February 2010, to April 2020. She was fired from every job she ever held which included Snohomish County Community Transit, and attorney Mark Weiss’s office. Inside Community Transit Ms. Hill Pennington was caught stealing ( excess of $300) and lying on her job application. Because Ms. Hill Pennington’s mother was a long term employee at Community Transit, they agreed not to criminally prosecute in 2002.

In 2010, Ms. Hill Pennington was also fired from attorney Mark Weiss’s office after he caught her practicing law without a license, writing and serving divorce motions for her new lover, John E Pennington Jr, in King County Washington, Laughlin v Pennington.

After Attorney Mark Wiess fired Crystal Hill for the crime of practicing law without a license, she applied for unemployment benefits lying about the reason why she was fired. The WA Security Division received a fraud report from another resident, and after a 90 day investigation, Ms. Hill Pennington was found to have falsely filed for unemployment benefits and court ordered to pay back over $6000.00 she stole. The State’s court filed in King County where Ms. Hill Pennington resides.

After Ms. Hill Pennington (nee Berg) plead guilty to bank fraud in Snohomish County, she was appointed as a Gold Bar city council member by another fraudster, Colleen Hawkins. Ms. Hawkins had her owns problems of using her husband’s security clearance inside Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to run illegal background checks on citizens. Ms. Hawkins used her husband, a Sheriff Officer, to run illegal backgrounds on her opponents just before the election. What Ms. Hawkins found was a juvenile criminal conviction of her opponent from another state, and then disseminated the illegally obtained information via Gold Bar city emails. The only problem for Ms. Hawkins was that the criminal history she illegally gathered on her opponent was from a state that “seals” juvenile records.

As a twice convicted criminal, Ms. Hill Pennington ( nee Berg) was compromised, thus an ally to shady people like Coleen Hawkins. People who should be in prison for their crimes. Instead, Ms. Hill changed her name from Crystal Berg to Crystal Hill and ran for Mayor.

According to the Washington State Auditor’s 2012 Report, during Ms. Hill Pennington’s tenor as Mayor there is ” $200,000 missing from the City, and not employee can tell me where it went.”

In July 2008, Ms. Hill and a water employee named Karl Majerle were caught illegally using the City’s gas card for their personal vehicles. Majerle was the only prosecuted for the theft, because Ms. Hill Pennington’s past criminal history of bank fraud convictions, Association of Washington Cities was unable to bond her thus they had every incentive to cover up her crimes. Mr. Majerle knew about Ms. Hill Pennington’s criminal bank fraud convictions and extorted her into not pursuing criminal charges.

But then along came the Gold Bar Reporter, who has written extensively on Ms. Hill Pennington’s fraud; so much so that Ms. Hill Pennington filed a criminal complaint against the Gold Bar Reporter in 2016 claiming ” I cant find work because of Ms. Block’s blog.”

Joe Beavers became Mayor after Ms. Hill Pennington’s lengthy five year extra-martial affair with a forth time married man, John Edward Pennington Jr. For four years, Crystal Hill harassed his wife Ann, and in one extramarital affair with a married man, Fleshman Cooper ( the father of Hill’s child), Ms. Hill was found guilty of criminal harassment and ordered to stay away from Mr. Cooper, his wife and their child.

Fleshman Cooper’s ex-wife said ” Crystal Hill Pennington was abusing my child. I found bruises on my child, and brought charges against Crystal for criminal harassment . . . ” What Ms. Cooper didn’t know is that Crystal Hill was sleeping with several Snohomish County Sheriff’s Officers, one county Judge Joe Wilson, and three county prosecutors.

After siting by watching countless extra marital affairs committed by John E Pennington, with whores and prostitutes, John E Pennington’s marriage ended, and his mistress, Crystal Hill, who Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers said ” Crystal Hill is a whore! ” three times in Executive Session, moved in with John E Pennington in 2009.

At the time, Crystal Hill moved in with Pennington, her house was foreclosed on for failing to make a single house payment, and John E. Pennington Jr. was still married to Ann when Ms. Hill Pennington moved in with him.

“Birds of the same feathers flock together as do pigs and swine.’

In late 2012, Block v City of Gold Bar, then Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers was deposed and in that deposition we learned that Joe Beavers was a convicted felon from Arlington Texas. Joe Beavers sexually assaulted a female inside a bar and when a man tried to defend her, a drunkin fight broke out. Joe Beavers plead guilty to assault and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, ordered into anger management classes, and served 3 years probation.

Joe Beavers application to become a Professional Engineer was declined as a result of his felony conviction.

In late 2016, John E Pennington Jr. was fired from Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management after he was caught moonlighting on the county’s dime ( operating his own company and not paying WA State business tax) , operating and having the County taxpayers pay the Penningtons’ blog titled the Sky Valley Chronicle, and after his dereliction of his official county duties resulted in the deaths of 43 residents in the Oso mudslides.

In 2009, Dr. Hedricks from King County Washington labeled John Edward Pennington Jr. “a sociopath with no empathy for human life.” John Pennington was hospitalized at Oregon State hospital after he violently assaulted his prior fiancé in Oregon. As part of his plea deal, claiming he had a mental defect i.e. autism, John Edward Pennington Jr. would undergo mental health confinement at Oregon State Hospital instead of serving time in prison.

For six months John E Pennington Jr. filed false claims that the Gold Bar Reporter was anonymously cyber-stalking him and his family, when in fact, the Gold Bar Reporter has openly posted and appeared inside the press as Anne Block.

Fact is, the Penningtons were cyber-stalking on behalf of Snohomish County Prosecutors’ Office on a foe website titled ” The Sky Valley Chronicle” and once Attorney General Bob Fergusson learned about this – after a lawsuit was filed against the Sky Valley Chronicle – he shut them down by saying ” If you don’t stop harassing’s Block on the Chronicle, we are going to let her proceed for defamation against you.”

For years, John Pennington bragged that he was a member of an organization that vowed to protect him if he were ever sued. At the time, we had no idea that Association of Washington Cities has been covering up for pedophiles inside our government offices. Public officials have known to have trafficked underage girls and/or boys for sex include Court of Appeals Justice Marlin Applewick, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott, Washington State Bar Association Lead Counsel Doug Ende, and Snohomish County Commissioner G. Geoffrey Gibbs.

After the Judge held that Anne Block was a member of the press, denying the Penningtons’ request to stop our news reports on their fraud and harassment, Crystal Hill Pennington teared up, putting on a very poor acting stunt, trying to get the Judge to reconsider his decision. The Judge DENIED Ms. Hill Pennington’s attempts to restrain the Gold Bar Reporter as “Unconstitutional Restraint against Free Speech and the Free Press.”

The real reason why Pierce County denied the restraining order because the Penningtons’ were caught forging court records. Both were found liable for whiting out court service documents, and successfully sued as a result in Block v Penningtons, March 2017, King County Superior Court.

In late 2016, Ms. Hill Pennington filed a police report with Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office claiming she couldn’t find work as a result the Gold Bar Reporter’s news reports. So, as you can imagine, we were quite surprised that a twice convicted bank frauder, a person who filed fraudulent unemployment claims, was in fact found liable for not paying business tax ( King County against the Penningtons Education Services Inc.), and who was also found liable of forgery ( March 2017, Block v Pennington, King County), would be receiving any kind of government job. Especially since we already know Ms. Hill Pennington’s bank fraud convictions make her ineligible for King County, state and federal employment.

In April 2020, acting on false information Ms. Hill Pennington submitted in her job application and resume, King County hired her. This caused us to request public records involving Ms. Hill Pennington ( nee Berg) from King County. Late last week, we got some answers back learning that Ms. Hill Pennington is guilty of fraud once again, but this time in King County Washington.

Ms. Hill Pennington falsely claimed on a King County job application that she was in a Juris Doctorate ( JD Law) program ( she was DENIED entrance into an accredited JD law program because she lied on her application), she worked for various states including Maryland ( during time period where she filed a criminal complaint against the Gold Bar Reporter claiming she couldn’t find work because of our news reports on her crimes), she failed to disclose her criminal history of bank fraud convictions, and she also lied claiming that she was the City Manager for the City of Gold Bar.

According to City of Gold Bar Mayor Bill Clem, the City has never had a city manager.

Criminal complaints against Ms. Hill Pennington are pending and King County employee told the Gold Bar Reporter that Ms. Hill Pennington is being postured for lying on her job application.

Ms. Hill Pennington has never sued the Gold Bar Reporter, but we did sue her and John E Pennington Jr. for harassment, abuse of the process, and forgery. ( Block v Penningtons, King County Superior Court, March 2017) Ms. Hill Pennington and John Edward Pennington Jr. were found liable for committing forgery, abuse of the process, and harassment against the Gold Bar Reporter for reporting the truth on their rein of terror for the last decade.

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For Snohomish County government note this report was published from outside the State of Washington. This is mentioned because a source called the Gold Bar Reporter and said ” Ms . Hill Pennington was placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation into her false filings via electronic means ( according to our counsel amounts to racketeering), by a non-state investigator. She was steaming and threatening Snohomish County prosecutors and Sheriff’s Office to exposé all of them if they didn’t do something.”

The source who we labeled ” fed up” told the Gold Bar Reporter that Crystal Hill also slept with Prosecutors Adam Cornell, Sean Reay, and Mark Roe. In fact, the source said ” everyone knew Crystal Hill Pennington was having gang banging parties with many county employees for years.” It’s no wonder why former Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers declared in Executive Session ” Crystal Hill is whore! Crystal Hill is a whore! Crystal Hill is a whore!” and former Gold Bar council member Jay Prueher said ” Crystal Hill was a party girl.”

The Gold Bar Reporter is an award winning journalist and has been reporting on government officers corruption for a decade. What is happening in Minnesota as well as major cities throughout America is just a symptom of why persons like Crystal Hill Pennington and John Edward Pennington Jr. who have extensive criminal history are placed inside government offices like the officer who murdered George Floyd.

National Public Radio recently did a story about how the insurance company is still insuring bad state actors, covering up liability they created and allowing them to keep their jobs. Minnesota, like WA State, also uses Lloyds of London as it primary insurer of public employee’s civil and criminal misconduct.

The only issue I take with NPR story is they forgot to mention that Lloyds of London syndicates like Association of Washington Cities and Counties are insuring these people with no regard for citizens.

Three boys make allegations of child sexual abuse against King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott

Over the last few months three victims contacted the Gold Bar Reporter, alleging that King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott sexually abused them while he served as a Deacon Grace Episcopal Church , located in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

From 1999 to 2005, three boys claimed that King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott would groom them by buying them gifts, like candy and pornographic magazines, and often would supply marijuana and booze.

All three boys were underage at the time Michael Scott sexually assaulted them, and all three were members of the same church where Michael Scott heavily influenced that parish.

Michael Scott came under our radar as corrupt after public records reveal that he served as a Special Assistant Prosecutor for King and Snohomish County, received over 22 Million from Lloyds of London syndicates at Association of Washington Cities, worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG) and was a paid speaker for the Washington State Bar Association without disclosing his pecuniary interests with the State of Washington and the County governments before making decisions on hundreds of cases involving his contractors (AG, Counties, AWC, WSBA).

In 2018, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott also heard and decide a case against a few young activist, siding with his former employer, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, in

https://crosscut.com/2018/08/young-climate-activists-will-take-suit-higher-court

Our counsel stated that under Gonzales ruling which was handed down from the Washington Court of Appeals Division One, no judge can hear or decide a case who served as an AG, SAP, or AWC contractor when the Judge’s former employer i.e. the Counties, State of Washington, WSBA, and/or AWC are representing any party.

In civil and criminal cases, Judge Michael Scott made decisions 198 cases involving his employer/ contractor King and Snohomish Counties, AWC, AG’s Office, and the WSBA.

With no surprise, Judge Michael Scott nor his church denies that Scott molested three boys while he served as a Deacon at Grace Episcopal Church.

Is this the best that Governor Inslee could do by assigning a child molester to an open Superior Court seat?

Judge Michael Scott was contacted for comment but refused.

Snohomish County, WA, prosecutors personal meetings with judges to fix cases

A few months ago, the Gold Bar Reporter reported on the same prosecutor, Joseph Genster, fixing cases with US Federal Judge Ricardo Martinez, in the following story,

Snohomish County Prosecutor has direct line to US Federal Court Judge

A couple of months ago, we noticed that someone from Mercedes, Texas came onto the Gold Bar Reporter at the exact same time, looking at the same articles, as someone from Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

A few years ago, we started researching several judges, including United State Federal District Court, Seattle, Ricardo Martinez, and noticed that he still has family in Mercedes Texas.

What should be noted is that the Gold Bar Reporter has two pending lawsuits in Western Washington Federal District Court, Seattle Division.  Judge Ricardo Martinez has self assigned himself to each and every case involving Gold Bar Reporter Anne Block.

Anne Block is not the only litigant suing the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) that Judge Ricardo Martinez has self assigned himself to, Attorney Steve Eugster sued the WSBA, and Judge Martinez also self assigned himself to his case.

Noticing Mercedes Texas and Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office on the Gold Bar Reporter on the same day at the same time, looking at exactly the same article, these facts resulted in a public records request to Snohomish County government seeking three prosecutors’ telephone records, Joseph Genster, Jason Cummings,  and Snohomish County’s newest racketeering thug, Adam Cornell.

We really didn’t believe that we’d get anything. But we did – and our hunch was correct, Judge Ricardo Martinez and Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office has been engaging in direct exparte communication.

Judge Martinez’s telephone number is 206-370-8999 and is posted below.  

Click to see Snohomish County Prosecutor Joseph Genster and US Federal Court Judge Ricardo Martinez’s caught in exparte communication.caputured in public records.

Judge Ricardo Martinez even left a two minute voice message that the County has refused to turned over.  Why,  can best be explained as major corruption i.e case fixing and exparte communication.  As such, Snohomish County was notified that a lawsuit will be filed forcing disclosure of our telephone records.

Why hasn’t the Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit, Judge Sidney Thomas, investigated US Federal Court Judge Ricardo Martinez for corruption?

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Now, public records also confirm Snohomish County Prosecutor Joseph Genster is once again caught via public records having exparte meetings with Judge Fair, a judge inside Snohomish County District Court who has been assigned to maliciously prosecute another reporter

Douglas Fair, Snohomish County District Court, public records confirm Judge having exparte meetings with County Prosecutor Joseph Genster, who according to our counsel violates the Separation of Powers Doctrine.

Click on the audio below received via RCW 42.56, seeking all of Snohomish County Prosecutor Joseph Genster’s telephone messages and text messages

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Separation of powers is a political doctrine originating in the writings of Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu in The Spirit of the Laws, in which he argued for a constitutional government with three separate branches, each of which would have defined abilities to check the powers of the others. This philosophy heavily influenced the writing of the United States Constitution, according to which the LegislativeExecutive, and Judicial branches of the United States government are kept distinct in order to prevent abuse of power. This United States form of separation of powers is associated with a system of checks and balances.

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Why is a convicted felon and former City of Gold Bar council member spewing violence against peaceful protests on Facebook

Over the years, the Gold Bar Reporter has provided much needed scrutiny over public officials. Such is the case with Gold Bar’s former council member Christopher Michael Wright.

Wright was convicted of spousal abuse in 2007, and receipt of stolen property in 2017, a felony in Washington State. As a result of being a convicted felon i.e. receipt stolen property, Christopher Michael Wright resigned from his Gold Bar council seat.

Since Wright’s resignation, he has been advocating and spewing hatred on the City of Gold Bar’s Facebook page. Wright even voiced support of another corrupt government official, Sheriff Adam Fortney, because “birds of same feather flock together. ”

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Here’s just one post our sad excuse for a former Gold Bar council member made on Facebook regarding destruction of private and public property:

Christopher Wright Kara Marie well, guess what? Most of them are prior service! Combat veterans and you say they aren’t professionals? Maybe a few; yes. However; there is what we call control. Control is what you learn from minute 1. If by chance one of these “non-professionals” has an issue or was “trigger happy” they would be quickly reconciled and put to the back. It’s not Militia rule either. It’s called being there for your friends, neighbors, fellow business owners and family. If it were Gold Bar grocer are we to sit and let thugs destroy the store? Hurt people or rip you and your family out of your car? Not a chance! I don’t know you but believe; if I saw this happening I would absolutely put a .45 right up somebody’s nostrils until they shit themselves. I don’t shop at the grocer either but; I would defend that store because my friends and neighbors do and work there. You have a problem with that? Too bad! Your problem is that you are submissive to pressure and weak!

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When a man convicted of spousal abuse, and receipt of stolen property is making a public Facebook post advocating harm to those who protest, or stating that he gives a dam about personal property of others after pleading guilty to theft of personal property, America is in very big trouble.

Pretty laughable post.

Take away prosecutorial and police immunity, and malicious prosecutions will end

Why should Prosecutors  get immunity for deliberate misconduct?

The policy of absolute prosecutorial immunity comes not from Congress but from the Supreme Court, which took 42 U.S.C. § 1983’s command that “every person” who, acting under color of law, violates the rights of another, “shall be liable to the party injured,” and added “except for prosecutors.”

Does this mean that if a prosecutor deliberately withholds exculpatory evidence in violation of professional ethics and a defendant’s constitutional rights, and this willful misconduct results in an innocent person spending decades behind bars for a crime of which they are subsequently exonerated—the prosecutor remains immune from civil liability.

As the Gold Bar Reporter reported several times over the last ten years, such is the case time after time here in Snohomish County, Washington.

In 2019, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, issued a  scathing opinion against two Washington State Bar Association attorney guilty of prosecutorial misconduct ( more like criminal racketeering conduct), Sara DiVittorio.

But this was not the first go around for attorney Sara DiVittorio.  Sara DiVittorio  was sued for racketeering in U.S. Federal District Court in Seattle for the same criminal racketeering conduct described by the Washington Court of Appeals Division One in In re Dependency of AETH Snoho Superior behaving badly.  

Instead of being disbarred like any other common criminal should be, what did Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson do? They collectively appointed Sara DiVittorio to the Washington State Sunshine Committee, because we certainly need more criminals guilty of destroying and withholding evidence inside Washington State’s Sunshine Committee.

In 2019, Snohomish County Judge Anita Farris issued sanctions against  Snohomish County Prosecutor Michelle Rutherford In State of Washington v Keland Guinn. for willfully withholding evidence and destroying public records to insure a criminal conviction.

Instead of being terminated for violating the rights of accused, and causing injury to public record – a felony in Washington State- our newly elected Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell wrote and submitted a lengthy declaration ( declared under oath) into the court record attempting to justify Michelle Rutherford’s criminal conduct of tampering with public records and destroying evidence. Evidence that our Supreme Court held in Brady v Maryland must be turned over the defense.

Instead of reporting their misconduct to the Washington State Bar Association for immediate disbarment,  Judge Farris severely criticized Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell for defending Michelle Rutherford’s criminal conduct, stating that Cornell should have read the transcripts before defending Rutherford’s out right lies.  Judge Farris did however issue an order against Prosecutor Adam Cornell stating he ‘SHALL read the court’s entire decision…as an educational requirement.”

As of today, the Washington State Bar Association has refused to take any disciplinary action against Sara DiVittorio and Michelle Rutherford for felonious conduct of tampering with public records.

Earlier this year, the Gold Bar Reporter was the first to report ” Why is Washington State’s Risk Management being run by a foreign government.”  https://goldbarreporter.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/why-is-a-foreign-government-running-washington-states-risk-management/

The article addresses why Lloyds of London, a company owned and operated by a foreign government ( United Kingdom), has placed its people inside Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Olympia Office to run Washington State’s Risk Management Division, also known to Washingtonians as Association of Washington Cities.

What we didn’t know at the time was this wasn’t the first go around for Lloyds of London being accused of Racketeering. In 2017, a US Federal Court in New Jersey held that Lloyds of London’s practices outlined in a federal racketeering complaint (https://www.syndicatesettlement.com/Home/CourtDocs) amounted to RICO, conspiracy, and deceptive trade practices to conceal the lack of competition in the Lloyd’s Market.

What might shock the taxpayers is this fact: 50 % of Lloyds Market revolves around insuring agencies and states in the United States. This means that the UK government is dictating whether cases are settled, or criminal conduct of government officers is covered up to limit liability.

One such state being insured under the same fraudulent Lloyd’s scheme we have here in Washington State is the state of Minnesota.  Recently, a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin,  was caught on video camera kneeling on George Floyd’s neck  which caused his death.  But this wasn’t the first time officer Chauvin had been alleged to have violated the rights of the accused, he was also involved in three police shootings during his 19 years on the job — and has been the subject of 18 misconduct complaints.

Lloyd’s, basically a 3rd party insurance company, runs Minnesota’s risk management system, as they do in Washington State.  Association of Washington Cities is a member or syndicate of Lloyds. Lloyd’s has no incentive to have its members, like Association of Washington Cities,  discipline public officers because being do so, the argument is, liability attaches.

When we heard what was going on in Minnesota, we investigated one simple question: What company insures police officer Chauvin’s criminal misconduct?

Lone and behold, Minnesota’s risk management is also being ran and operated by Lloyds of London syndicates. The same criminals fined 22 M dollars for racketeering, conspiracy to harm, and colluding to deny Americans honest services.

Once again, the Gold Bar Reporter was the first to report ” Why is Washington State’s Risk Management being run by a foreign government.”  https://goldbarreporter.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/why-is-a-foreign-government-running-washington-states-risk-management/

As Americans we expect that if public officials commit crimes, they get fired and prosecuted just like anyone else. Because of the way Lloyds of London has been allowed to dictate the delivery of legal and insurance services to agencies ( as well as states officers) and is employees, hiding criminal conduct of public officials like Derek Chauvin, is simply defined as “risk management” or in simpler terms, hiding misconduct of government officers to limit liability to the agencies.

Each and every judge in Washington State is insured by Lloyds of London, as are our prosecutors,  attorneys who help the Association of Washington Cities, public defenders, police officers, counties, cities, private law firms that help Association of Washington Cities like Kenyon Disend, Keating, Buckling, and McCormack, Ogden Murphy and Wallace, Pacifica Law Group, Perkins Coie, Preston Ellis and Gates, Bogle 7 Gates, Lane & Powell, agency employees, and the Washington State Bar Association.

Attorney Kevin Tarvin one time said ” Do you have any idea how big this is?” At the time, we did not, but we do now, and Lloyds case fixing scheme extends into the US Federal Courts and through the US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit.

For a few weeks, we likely not post much, because we are working on something very big. Once complete, we will post it.  It’s time to bring “justice and honor” back into our courts and exposé who is really operating Washington State.

Public officials misconduct will never end until the immunity shield is removed, or in the alternative, when public officials like DiVittorio, Rutherford, or Officer Chauvin commit crimes, they should be prosecuted for violations of the law just like any other common criminal.

With Lloyds of London hiding criminals conduct of agency employees like Rutherford, Chauvin, and DiVittorio, Lloyds and its syndicate like Association of Washington Cites ( California is in the same boat), Lloyd’s  created a Racketeering Organization, or as former Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers ( a convicted felon) and Attorney Jeffrey Myers bragged , Lloyds (AWC member) had a three step approach ” Out money, defame and harass, and when that doesn’t work, discredit.”

Recall Petition Ok’d by Superior Court Judge to proceed against Snohomish County, Washington, Sheriff Adam Fortney for dereliction of his official duties as a public officer

UPDATE: Washington State Superior Court Judge Ok’d a Recall Petition filed by Snohomish County activist Lori Shavlik against Sheriff Adam Fortney.  Even if the Recall doesn’t proceed, Sheriff Fortney will likely not be elected to a second term.

 

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Sheriff Adam Fortney


On April 22, 2020, Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney issued a “proclamation” that he will not enforce Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order. This after  the Center for Disease Control informed America that a pandemic has erupted because of the corona-virus. 

On April 23, 2020, Snohomish County resident Lori Shavlik filed a Recall Petition against Sheriff Adam Fortney.

Ms. Shavlik issued a statement  “This is not about politics, this is about Law and Order. As long as he is wearing the badge and uniform of a County Sheriff, Mr. Fortney has a duty to enforce all the Laws, not just the ones he personally agrees with.”

As our County Prosecutor Adam Cornell has stated ” Mr. Fortney’s conduct is: irresponsible, unhelpful in these difficult times, and contrary to the rule of law,” And that he fears  “that the recent statements of Sheriff Fortney will be interpreted by some citizens around the state to grant license to willfully and blatantly violate the law.”

Recall Petitioner Shavlik  stated ” I concur with these statements of our elected County Prosecutor, and believe that Mr. Fortney should either resign or be recalled.”

Shavlik’s Recall Petition against Sheriff Adam Fortney. asserts that Sheriff Fortney is guilty of dereliction of his official duties as a public officer sworn  in his Oath Of Office to uphold the laws of Washington State. Instead, Sheriff Adam Fortney decided to unilaterally declare Governor Inslee’s Order as void because he alone stated that its “unconstitutional.”

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson agreed with Recall Petitioner Lori Shavlik,  and tweeted “Sheriff Fortney does not get to decide what is constitutional. That is up to the courts.”

 

 

April 21, 2020, King 5 U Tube video, whereas Sheriff of Snohomish County, Adam Fortney, states that he will not enforce the laws of Washington State.

According to our counsel, “Adam Fortney is committing crimes against the taxpayers of Snohomish County. ” 

RCW 42.20.100

Failure of duty by public officer a misdemeanor.

Whenever any duty is enjoined by law upon any public officer or other person holding any public trust or employment, their willful neglect to perform such duty, except where otherwise specially provided for, shall be a misdemeanor.



Sheriff Adam Fortney is no stranger to those of us who have exposing massive corruption inside Snohomish County government.

In October 2018, Snohomish County Sheriff  Officer Art Wallin, a personal friend to Sheriff Adam Fortney,  murdered an unarmed Snohomish County resident, Nickolas Peters.  He was only 24 years of age.

After the murder of Nickolas Peters, then Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary ordered an independent investigation of the murder of Peters, and the final investigative report found that Deputy Art Wallin’s murder of Peters was not warranted, further found Wallin was guilty of using excessive force. KIRO 7 reports

So what did the newly elected Sheriff Adam Fortney do? Once he was sworn in, he rehired Wallin and further misappropriated thousands of taxpayer money and issued back pay for two years.

Soon thereafter, allegations surfaced that a resident had taken a video of Deputy Wallin’s murder of Peters.  The video taker was questioned by Sheriff Adam Fortney and Detective Shawn Stich, who handed a copy of the video below to both officers, and asked by  Sheriff Adam Fortney to never tell anyone about the video.

Initial police reports signed and submitted into public record by Deputy Wallin, stated falsely, that Nick Peters was trying to evade the police when he shot and killed Peters, and had refused to bring his truck to a stop.

The video contradicts Deputy Wallin’s statements.

The video below shows that Nickolas Peters was not a threat to any officer, did in fact have his hands up in the air, the truck was idle not evading police as Officer Wallin falsely stated in police reports.

Deputy Wallin fired at least four gunshots at point blank rage, murdering Peters.

 

 

The above video was obtained by the public records act shows Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney puling the hair of a passenger, who was already in hand cuffs laying on the ground, and slamming her head into the ground


Sheriff Adam Fortney was sworn in 2019 as Snohomish County Sheriff Officer, apparently forgot that lying and violating the civil rights of citizens hardly meets the definition of upholding the laws of Washington and complying with basic min. Constitutional provisions in place since the birth of our nation.

Sheriff Adam Fortney’s latest “disregard for human life” with disobeying the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order is just more evidence of his deviant criminal conduct.

 


 

Soon after the concealed  video was released, Snohomish County Council voted to settle the wrongful death suit filed by the Peters’s family for $1,000,00.00, and the newly elected Sheriff Adam Fortney “rehired”  Art Wallin reinstating him with back pay ( at the county taxpayers’ expense) as a deputy sheriff K-9 handler with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

After viewing the above video obtained under RCW 42.56, several facts are as clear as the skies over Normandy Beaches.  Peters had his hands above his head in plain view of  officers Wallin and Stich, his car was not moving as previously claimed by Wallin, and Deputy Stich jumped on the hood of Peters’s truck just before Wallin fired least two shots at point blank range murdering Peters.

Wallin police incident reports signed and declared to under oath falsely stated that the Peters’s truck was moving. Not sure about our readers, but not only does the video document that Wallin should be added to the Brady List ( as any other dirty lying cop should be), but it’s hard to jump on the hood of a moving truck.

Not sure about our readers, but we’re not sure how a suspect with his hands up in the air, with his car idle and not moving, could pose a physical threat to an officer, especially when that officer jumped on the hood of the suspect’s moving truck.

Let’s call it what the video clearly show it was, it was a murder of a fellow Washingtonian by our lovely Snohomish County Sheriff Officer Deputy Art Wallin.

Nothing new in Snohomish County government where the criminals are running our judiciary, our prosecutors, our public defenders, and our Sheriff Office, and being directed by Association of Washington Cities to hide and destroy public records as “risk management.”

In both these cases, Special Assistant Attorney General, Sara DiVittorio, who managed for Association of Washington Cities and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office of Risk Management ( also known as Department of Enterprise Services), Snohomish County’s Public Disclosure Unit has committed countless felonies against the taxpayers of Washington State by hiding and destroying public records to limit liability. Instead of correcting criminal behavior committed by public officials, like former Director of Emergency Management, John Edward Pennington Jr. who raped, kidnapped, and then tried to murder a 5 year old girl in Cowlitz County, Sara DiVittorio was destroying and hiding public records to limit financial liability to the agencies.

In State of Washington v Keland Guinn

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Newly elected, and fine Sheriff in blue, Sheriff Adam Fortney, said his predecessor erred when he concluded Deputy Wallin violated policy,  and against the advice of counsel, rehired Wallin. Adam Fortney and Art Wallin attended the Washington State Police Academy together,and have been personal friends ever since.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney is nothing more than a common criminal and should be Recalled from office before he misappropriates additional public money to cover up the murder of  your son or daughter.

We are one another’s brothers and sisters.  Nickolas Peters was murdered by Snohomish County Sheriff Officer Art Wallin, and Sheriff Adam Fortney covered up his murder as a favor to a friend, Art Wallin.

Is this really the best that the voters of Snohomish County can do?

Does Snohomish County taxpayers really need another murderer on its payroll? 

It’s time to Recall Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney for his crimes against “we the people.”


Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney’s lawyers at  Keating, Bucklin, and McCormack, who helped Snohomish County cover up the murder of Nickolas  Peters caught tampering with National Crime Information Center Data

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Shannon Ragonesi,                     Ann Marie Soto,              Amanda Butler            


          

Well, well, nothing new for Association of Washington Cities star attorneys who are withholding evidence to limit financial liability to the agency.  According to public records, Shannon Ragonesi and Amanda Butler, at Keating, Bucklin, and McCormack withheld the above video documenting that Sheriff Adam Fortney and Deputy Wallin belong in a federal prison.

In November 2017, the City of Gold Bar’s attorneys Ann Marie Soto, Amanda Butler, and Shannon Ragonesi decided to have a meeting with a federal witness Brandia Tamuu.  Besides the obvious, tampering with a federal witness ( a felony in Washington), both entered into a bribery scheme to remove the witness’s criminal arrest warrant and criminal history from the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) criminal data base.

Public records from the City of Gold Bar, from November 21 to December 20, 2017, document that in November 2017, attorneys Shannon Ragonesi, Amanda Butler ( who later learned was also present) Ann Marie Soto were contacted for a meeting by a convicted animal abuser. The woman was desperate for money, had in fact tried extort the Gold Bar Reporter for money/car, and had offered to meet up with Ragonesi and Soto at the Law Firm of Keating Bucklin McCormack Inc in downtown Seattle. Brandia Tammu needed money as she was being threatened with eviction from her home.  In exchange for meeting with Ragonesi and Soto, the woman would get money and her City of Everett arrest warrant and conviction for animal abuse would be cleared.  Tammu claimed to have dirt on the Gold Bar Reporter, but had nothing of value except speculation on why the Gold Bar Reporter moved West, and it was quite apparent from an insider at the law office that the woman is suffering from mental health issues.

According to the woman, Ragonesi and Soto agreed to clear her criminal arrest warrant and conviction from NCIC via ACCESS.

Ragonesi and Soto also told the woman that they could issue secret subpoenas for any document they so desired, and further offered to help the woman get a restraining order against the Gold Bar Reporter’s news reports.  One witness said that the woman recorded their meeting, but we have no knowledge of whether this is true or not.

The Washington State Patrol turned over the woman’s criminal history one week before and a week after the Ragonesi and Soto November  2017 bribery  meeting, and it is clear that just days after this meeting, the criminal conviction record and arrest warrant were wiped from NCIC via ACCESS.  The person who cleared the woman’s ACCESS records was Michael Meyers, King County police officer.

The City of Gold Bar, at the bequest of Ann Marie Soto and Shannon Ragonesi, illegally claimed that the meeting records were exempt from public disclosure. Obviously, a lawsuit forcing disclosure is coming, and Ms. Soto and Ms. Ragonesi will be deposed.

In early 2018, Gold Bar’s new Mayor Bill Clem agreed to an interview with the Gold Bar Reporter and he said ” those people who are threatening you are now threatening me.”

 

NCIC was created to assist law enforcement track or apprehend persons that may be a danger to society or have outstanding criminal warrants. When a  police officer stops  a person driving or is a suspect,  s/he should know whether the person has a criminal history.  For this reason, ACCESS and NCIC are searched, hopefully alerting the officer a potential danger to them or outstanding court issues of the driver or suspect.  Self protection according to the US Supreme Court.

But here in Washington State, the FBI NCIC database via ACCESS is being tampered with as political favors, bribery schemes, and to enhance criminal sentencing if a defendant is convicted of crime.

Over the past year, we found case after case where mainly prosecutors inside King and Snohomish County government are illegally removing criminal history from the NCIC. Now we have direct evidence that Kenyon Disend’s attorney Ann Marie Soto and Keating Bucklin and McCormack are being paid by Washington State Attorney General’s Office as “Special Assistant Attorney Generals’ (SAAGs).

Snohomish County Prosecutor Robert Grant who participated in the sexual exploitation of a female county co-worker runs for Superior Court Judge

Political pundit, Jim Hightower said “If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They’d Have Given Us Candidates”

Sadly, in Snohomish County, Washington, all the Gods keep giving us for candidates  amounts to trash, like Snohomish County Prosecutor Robert Grant.


Update:  Snohomish County Prosecutor Robert Grant did respond to our news report about his involvement in the disgraceful behavior of the entire Snohomish County Prosecutors’ at Lake Chelan:


I have read the articles that you have written about me and wanted to clear up a misunderstanding.    Not only am I not depicted in the photograph that you believe is me, but I was not even in Chelan for that conference.  I do not know who gave you the idea that this was me, but it is incorrect.  I was actually at home on paternity leave with my family after the birth of my youngest son.  After reading some of the comments you wrote, especially about my children, I decided it was time to make sure you are aware and that it is very clear this was not me and I was not present at that event or conference.

Thank you,

Robert Grant


Although Mr. Grant denies he was at Lake Chelan,  our county source says that the picture below is in fact Robert Grant.

We’ll let our readers be the judge.


In June 2018, Snohomish County Prosecutor, and Superior Court Judge candidate, Robert Grant, sexually assaulted a co-worker, with his felonious conduct, captured on camera, on the taxpayer’s payroll while at Lake Chelan.  The event was paid for by the Snohomish County taxpayers.

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Above, two pictures of Snohomish County Prosecutor Robert Grant, one shows Grant sexually violating a female co-worker (caught on camera), one taken with county taxpayer monies

To add insult to Snohomish County, especially female voters, Prosecutor Robert Grant wants Snohomish County voters to appoint him to  Snohomish County Superior Court judge, Position 8, a seat held by Judge Eric Z. Lucas.  Lucas is not seeking reelection.

In a press release, Grant, a veteran of the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, said he “has spent the last several years prosecuting child sex abusers, arsonists, and murderers.”

“I’m running for Superior Court Judge to bring an expert knowledge of the law – and our community values – to the bench,” said Grant. “I’m proud of the work I’ve done taking on crime over the last decade, but it’s clear I can have a greater impact reducing crime and improving our approach to criminal justice as a member of the judiciary.”

Laughable, since Prosecutor Robert Grant himself, as the picture above clearly shows, is a sexual deviant himself, who enjoys taking and disseminating pornographic pictures of a woman without her consent.

In addition to working as a prosecutor, Robert Grant serves as judge pro tempore in Edmonds and Everett. In the Prosecutor’s Office, Grant serves as a member of the gender equity committee, hiring committee, and as a mentor.

But what Prosecutor Robert Grant failed to tell the citizens of Snohomish County is that he is guilty of sexually violating a county female co-worker.

With no surprise, Grant received endorsements from public safety advocates, judges, and community leaders, including Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell.

“Robert is a champion for justice in our community and highly skilled at applying the law in a thoughtful, effective, and appropriate way,” said Cornell. “He is the kind of values-minded, impartial leader we need on the Snohomish County Superior Court bench. Robert has my full endorsement.”

Snohomish County Prosecutors Adam Cornell and Michelle Rutherford earlier this year were both cited by Judge Farris for unethical and felonious conduct of obstructing justice and destroying evidence.  Any support for a candidate coming from Prosecutor Adam Cornell who was just cited for unethical conduct and obstruction of justice who was just cited for unethical conduct and obstruction of justice is just more evidence that Snohomish County Prosecutors like Adam Cornell have zero respect for their constituents, especially women.

As the Prosecutor for Snohomish County Washington Adam Cornell is the Captain of Ship, as the Washington State Bar Association held In the matter of Paul King

Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell gets a free pass by the Washington State Bar Association to commit crimes against women.

The Washington State Bar Association has yet to take a single action against any prosecutor for the sexual assault of the female co-worker.  Hence why the public at large hates lawyers.

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public records from Lake Chelan

To add insult to women and children, Snohomish County Prosecutor Robert Grant was also allowed to stay inside Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office working inside the sexual assault unit, Dawson Place. This after the above pictures amount to felonious crimes against a woman.

Hopefully our readers can understand why a Judge nor Prosecutors like Robert Grant has any business running a non-profit company with taxpayer monies.

If electing a sexual deviant like Snohomish County Prosecutor Robert Grant is the best Snohomish County voters can do, America is in very big trouble.


In 2018, below is a story the Gold Bar Reporter wrote about Dawson Place. A money laundering shrill to funnel millions of dollars in public monies to friends


April 18, 2018 post,

Snohomish County government making Adolf Hitler proud

The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless. 

-John McCain 


” We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ” Plato

Two such judicial officers right here in Snohomish County Washington are Judge Janice Ellis and Judge George Appel.  Adolf Hitler would quite proud on how our American judicial system has progressed in favor of the state.


A few weeks ago, the Gold Bar Reporter broke the story of a so called 501 (3)  ( c) titled  http://dawsonplace.org/.

“Dawson Place was the best kept secret” Mark Roe attested to under oath in Shavlik/West v Dawson Place.  What disgraced ( and recently resigned) former Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe was referring to was a shadow government agency titled Dawson Place. This allows the County to cherry pick which cases to prosecute or which cases to sweep under the rug when Dawson Place is a participant in criminal complaints.

The true purpose of setting up Dawson Place as a non-profit is two fold.

First, there’s no doubt that Dawson Place is being used to set up defendants. Imagine this: Dawson Place, an alleged 501 (3) (  c)   has Prosecutors inside, has law enforcement inside, and a store front political appointee of Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe’s childhood friend Lori Vanderburg.

Here’s how Dawson Place works. Snohomish County government refers all rape and sexually abuse allegations to Dawson Place. An alleged non-profit. At Dawson Place an alleged victim fills out an intake form.  The intake form is sent to the Prosecutors, Sheriff’s department, and to Dawson Place’s political director ( and childhood friend of Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe).

Compass Health performs medical evaluations on the alleged victims, most of the time. However, to get to the medical evaluation, first a interview is set up by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  The interview is recorded by video means.

By claiming that Dawson Place is a non-profit group, the video is withheld under RCW 42.56 claiming that its not a public record.  Participants of this interview includes Snohomish County prosecutors and sheriff’s officers inside Dawson Place, an alleged non-profit group.

But if this doesn’t strike readers as being a gross deprivation of due process rights of the accused, here’s a few more facts about how the Prosecutors and Sheriff’s Officers are fixing the entire case against those accused of child abuse and rape.


Other participants in violating the rights of the accused, Compass Health,  Victim Support Services and Snohomish County Public Defenders Association.  

Compass Health is simply a store front shrill so Snohomish County Prosecutors can fix cases against the accused.  Compass Health makes decisions about whether someone is competent to stand trial and whether or not a victim at Dawson Place has or has not been violated by the accused.

When a defendant is charged with molesting or rape of a child, Compass Health performs the mental health evaluation for Snohomish County Judiciary. The mental health evaluation is then sent to the trial judge for determination on whether a defendant is competent to stand trial.

We could find not one single case in which Compass Health did not state that a defendant was competent to stand trial when the case referral came from Dawson Place.

So imagine this. You are a defendant charged with the hideous crime of raping or molesting a child.  First point of order, Judge Appel or Judge Ellis are mainly assigned to as the trial judge in your case. They refer you over to Compass Health to obtain a mental health evaluation.  Compass Health is also in charge of collecting evidence on whether the victim who is alleging you either molested or raped them can move forward for physical evidence ( often sperm).

Second, this allows Snohomish County Prosecutors to fix all cases at all levels. And it only gets worse.

Imagine the Judge assigned to adjudicate your case never discloses to you that she or he also worked at Dawson Place and had helped start Dawson Place, this so called 501 (3) ( c).


If this inst bad enough, hold onto your seats.  After Dawson Place’s Board ( which includes Snohomish County Prosecutors and Sheriff) holds meetings and votes on whether to prosecute your case, it’s assigned often to a public defender.

Snohomish County Public Defenders Association’s Director/attorney and partner Vicki Norris is from the law firm of Anderson Hunter. Ms. Norris is married to a former partner from the Law Office of Anderson Hunter, Robert Leach. Mr. Leach  received a political appointment to Washington Court of Appeals Div. One. .

Robert Leach’s political appointment was made by Governor Christine Gregoire. Robert Leach’s gift to Ms. Gregoire included a deferral of a valid Bar complaint filed against Ms. Christine Gregoire. The Bar complaint was filed by attorney/.activist John Scannell. Allegations were that Gregoire missed a filing deadline costing the taxpayers of Washington State over $25,000,000.00 while she was the Attorney General of Washington State.

Vicki Norris, Judge Robert Leach’s wife was on the Washington State Bar Association’s Disciplinary Review Committee Gregoire’s Bar complaint was filed by Scannell.  Washington State Bar Association’s Review Committee makes decision on whether to proceed or not proceed with an investigation on the attorney member.

In the case of the Bar complaint attorney John Scannell filed against Governor Gregoire, Vicki Norris lost it or at least claimed she did.

At the time of Gregoire’s appointment of Robert Leach to Division One Court of Appeals, Robert Leach had zero judicial experience.  We call it what it is, a tit for tat political appointment for thwarting  a valid Bar complaint  against then Attorney General Christine Gregoire for costing the taxpayers of Washington State $25,000,000.00 for missing simple court deadlines.

The OK Boys Home lawsuits were settled as a result of AG Gregoire’s missing a simple deadline ( statute of limitations). However, what our readers should know is why the OK Boys became a law suit.  Inside the Ok Boys home, several foster boys made allegations of  sexual abuse against politicians from Olympia, and the main reason why Governor Gregoire’s decided to throw the case by missing a simple filing deadline. By doing so, this forced the State to settle the case.

This allowed a major cover up of known politicians who sexually abused foster boys inside the Ok Boys Home.  Soon we will release a list of politicians involved in molesting foster boys inside the Ok Boys Home, so hold onto your seats, grab some popcorn and beer, as this list is a list that  includes why terminated/disgraced former Dept of Emergency Management Director John E. Pennington has been extorting his way out of criminal prosecutions for years. Criminal prosecutions include abuse of women and children and killing 43 people in the Oso mudslides, because instead of doing his job, Pennington was off on east coast performing functions for FEMA.  The Office of Inspector General’s Office told the Gold Bar Reporter that any agency employee receiving a single dime  of federal money is not eligible for FEMA contracts; and Snohomish County Ordianace prohibits all salaried employees from working any other job.

But this list explains why mainly politicians like John E Pennington, Marlin Applewick, and Ken Hoover get a free pass on allegations of child abuse here in Washington State.

Simply put, Dawson Place perverts justice by making the workings inside Dawson Place not public record.

Not only does Dawson Place hide who filed the criminal complaints, but it also hides who those complaints were filed against i.e. politicians. As reported last week, it was set up by Snohomish County Prosecutor now Judge Janice Ellis with 95 % of public monies.

I rightfully call Dawson Place a sham, and by perverting justice by its set up, also argue that its guilty of Sherman Anti Trust violations. Perhaps the Gold Bar Reporter will file a taxpayer standing suit soon.

Now onto another scam 501 (3) (c), i.e. Victim Support Services (VSS). VSS receives its referrals solely from Snohomish County Prosecutors office as does Snohomish County public defense contracts.  In other words, not only does Snohomish County control and operate a secret organization titled Dawson Place, it also controls the Snohomish County Public Defenders contracts and VSS.

Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell has been quite busy learning how to thwart the legal rights of Defendants here in Snohomish County.  Up until we started investigating VSS, Adam Cornell was the Director  and Board Member of Victims Support Services. But it gets better, so too was a public defender named Tom Cox.

So imagine, you are charged with the crime of molesting or raping a child. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office refers your criminal defense to Tom Cox or worse Phil Sayles. Both are supporters or Board Members of  VSS.  What a conflict to be supporting another alleged non-profit group  VSS, while at the same time hand picked by the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office to defend criminal prosecutions against the accused.

Overall, here’s our findings. Snohomish County Government decides who gets assigned to defend you when you’re charged with a crime. The taxpayers are paying for your defense, and it Snohomish County that hand picks which incompetent public defender gets assigned.  Seldom do you the accused get a public defender who hasn’t failed the Bar countless times, nor do you get to have someone defend you who hasn’t been referred by Snohomish County Prosecutors.

We rightfully call this case fixing at every level. With the cards stacked against the accused, is there such a thing as a fair trial?  If true, should not the officials involved herein be prosecuted for violating the civil rights of the accused or charged with RICO?


Snohomish County’s Malicious Prosecution of Immigrant Ramanveer Bains

Good morning Saudi Arabia,  Snohomish County Washington has a lot in common i.e. fixing cases to condemn the accused for life. Thankfully because of Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium against the death penalty, Snohomish County wont be able to put you to death.

See https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/washington-governor-announces-moratorium-executions

In June 2017, Snohomish County activist/journalist Lori Shavlik discovered what’s really happening inside Dawson Place i.e. Snohomish County Child Advocacy Services.  In 2017, Lori Shavlik field suit against Dawson Place for access to public records. She correctly alleged that Dawson Place is a secret government agency hiding behind non-profit status ( 501 (3) ( c).

Ms. Shavlik correctly pointed out that Snohomish County Prosecutors started Dawson Place and they did so with 95 % of public monies.  The total amount of public monies Dawson Place has received thus far exceeds 27 million.  She also pointed out that Dawson Place performs mainly government functions of law enforcement and prosecutor decisions.

Strangely most the millions of public monies received by Dawson Place never make it to its tax returns.

Much of what was reported herein would not have been possible without her persistent digging inside public records.


In November 2017, the Gold Bar Reporter sat in the audience listening to oral argument in Shavlik/West v Dawson Place. The issue: is Dawson Place public agency under Our Supreme Court’s Telford holding, thus subject to RCW 42.56 ( the Public Records Act).

For those not familiar with Telford’s holding, here’s a link that might help:

http://joethomas.org/2016/02/washington-public-records-quasi-govermnet-agency-test/ 

Every judge inside Snohomish County voluntarily disqualified themselves except Judge George Appel and Judge Cindy Larson.

Public records from various news sources confirm that both Cindy Larsen and Judge George Appel worked inside Dawson Place as prosecutors for Snohomish County.  Judge Janice Ellis, while acting as prosecutor in Snohomish County, started Dawson Place with former Prosecutor Seth Dawson. Hence how Dawson Place got its name. For those of who knew Seth Dawson as the corrupt prosecutor he is, naming Dawson Place after him was just a little booster.

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There’s no doubt about it, Judge Janice Ellis helped Prosecutor Seth Dawson start  Dawson Place.  She did so with mainly public monies.  She solicited public monies in violation of Washington State’s Public Disclosure laws, thumbed her nose at the rule of law, and misappropriated hundreds of thousands of public resources to help start Dawson Place.

The Gold Bar Reporter reported Judge Janice Ellis’s involvement in all of this a few weeks ago.

See https://goldbarreporter.org/2018/08/

Since the above expose’ on Dawson Place, the Gold Bar Reporter has since learned that there are countless cases that should be investigated, one such case is the case against Ramanveer Bains.

For those of my readers who have a slant against Muslims, please don’t send hate mail, unless you’d like your comments public. In addition, please note that the Gold Bar Reporter’s ancestors were German and Austrian immigrants. In other words, the Gold Bar Reporter doesn’t have time for your hatred based solely on religious beliefs and attempts to control the Biblical story.

My only God is ” justice” and she sees nor has any favored religion nor favored color of a human’s skin to distinguish  between who gets justice inside our courtrooms and who does not.   Justice is defined by honest services. As my readers can see, honest services is something missing inside Snohomish County Washington. Why is simple, because instead of prosecuting criminals, attorneys are siphoning public money and holding kangaroo proceedings with incompetent defense attorneys whose only interest is not working or just simply incompetent like Phil Sayles ( Division One held that Sayles was ineffective assistance of counsel, a disbarable event).


Judge George Appel’s crimes against Ramanveer Bains

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the above opinion letters were signed by Snohomish County employees, Detective R. Lewis, Christopher Yue, Keri Wallace, Kaia Scott, Amanda Harpell, and Cindy Larsen and was originally posted on https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/appel-works-with-child-advocates/

Ramanveer Bains was first accused of raping a 12 year old boy. There was no  physical evidence of a rape, confirmed by Compass Health. Instead of admitting that Snohomish County screwed up, under the disgraced and retired Lisa Paul, Snohomish County Prosecutors decided the best way cover up their conspiracy to harm an immigrant was to prosecute Mr Bains on a lesser charge.  But there was only one problem, the 12 year old child gave over six (6) different stories and none amounted to Mr. Bains being guilty of anything except a 12 year old child being lonely after school friending a neighbor who happens to be a Muslim immigrant.

Another journalist sat down with Ramanveer Bains last week and learned that he doesn’t speak nor understand English. Although not the central point of this article, we did run a check on his court record and found no evidence that Mr. Bains was offered nor received an interpreter.  What Mr. Bains did receive was a clean bill of health from Compass Health stating that he was competent to stand trial.

Trial begins. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office hand picks the public defender.  Neil Patterson and Tom Cox.

In the Bains appeal,  who is better equipped to throw the case but a known member of the County’s little scam, attorney Tom Cox.  Tom Cox, as my readers may recall, is also a good friend to Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell, and both served on Victim Support Services Board together.

So imagine this. Mr. Baines has a public defender and good friend of the lead Dawson Place prosecutor Adam Cornell assigned by Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office to defend against allegations that he molested or sought sexual gratification from a 12 year boy.  Snohomish County started Dawson Place. Dawson Place decides who gets prosecuted and who doesn’t; Dawson Place, Snohomish County Prosecutors and Sheriff’s Officers meet and vote on whether to prosecute you or not. They do this behind closed doors and then claim that this Board is not subject to the Open Public Meetings Act.   Once the decision is made to prosecute you, Snohomish County assigns you the accused to Compass Health. Compass Health is also a participant on whether or not there’s enough evidence to proceed with a criminal prosecution of you or not.  However, once Snohomish County/ Dawson Place files the complaint against you the accused, Snohomish County Judiciary shuffles you the accused back to Compass Health for a competency test. Compass Health is allowed to makes decisions on whether to prosecute and also whether you are competent to stand trial .

Fixing cases, or money laundering or perhaps both?

After Compass Health decides that you the accused are competent ( as there is no case where Compass Health ever held that a defendant wasn’t competent to stand trial), next point of order from our good friends inside Snohomish County is what judge will be assigned.

Lo and behold, two Judges are almost always assigned to adjudicate Dawson Place cases, Judge George Appel and Judge Janice Ellis. Remember from the above Herald opinion piece, Judge Appel worked inside Dawson Place, and from my past article from August 2018, Judge Janice Ellis started Dawson Place and had a pecuniary interest by way of a 12 % loan.

Not once did Judge George Appel disclose his participation in Dawson Place to Mr. Bains.

For Mr. Bains, this little racketeering scheme denied him access to Justice.  Judge George Appel never not once disclosed to Ramanveer Bains or in a open hearing that he worked inside Dawson Place. Perhaps if Mr. Bains had known, he might have exercised his right to ‘ disqualify a Snohomish County judge as a matter of right once.” But Mr. Bain did not because Judge George Appel did not disclose that while he was a Prosecutor he worked  inside Dawson Place. Obviously, if you’re a corrupt judge, you can’t fix cases if the accused is informed, and as for Ramanveer Bains, a man who speaks little English, he was doomed from the get go.

Doomed, not only because George Appel thought it was justifiable to violate the rights of the accused, but also because Mr. Bains’s does not understand English, and with the anti-Muslim rhetoric in this so called American democracy lately,  Mr. Bains had no idea about this little racketeering scam he was up against.

In 2016, Ramanveer Bains was convicted not of child rape as originally pursued by our disgraceful excuse for Prosecutors, but for sexual gratification involving a minor.  But wait, one last piece of information, the 12 year child was interviewed six (6) times yielding a different statement in all six interviews.  The Prosecutor used only the interview that supported its position, and then hide the rest under seal from the jury, and Judge Appel squashes any attempt to include the other six interviews. Thus, fixing the case against Mr. Bains.

As for Mr. Bains so called public defender, he did nothing except agree to “seal Dawson Place interviews” so that Mr. Bains could not use the interviews to support his appeal.

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Mr. Bains remains imprisoned for a crime he may or may not have committed. With the cards stacked against the accused, we may never know if Mr. Bains committed the crime he was found guilty of.  Until Mr. Bains gets a fair trial, we shall never know.

We do however know that Ramanveer Bains had no past criminal history whatsoever.

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You decide is this is our so called American Democracy or not?  The only advocate on the 9th Circuit for Justice was the former Chief Justice Alex Kozinski, but false allegations against Justice Kozinski managed to conspire to push him out of the 9th Circuit.

See https://www.courts.wa.gov/content/petitions/95949-8%20Petition%20for%20Review.pdf

We are going to make the sun shine again in Snohomish County


In 2017, we started investigating Dawson Place as Snohomish County’s little domestic spy organization, and in 2018, we affirmatively had uncovered much more, including siphoning of public monies in favor of Anderson Hunter Law Firm, mainly G. Geoffrey Gibbs.  Geoffrey Gibbs was convicted of fraud by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office during the 1990s and suspended from Lobbying permanently as a result. Gibbb’s crimes including shuttling terminated John E. Pennington and Court of Appeals Justice Marlin Appelwick to a brothel just outside Portland Oregon to have sex with under age women.

In my opinion, anyone who travels interstate to have sex with underage girls is a pedophile and involved in child sex trafficking. An issue for later articles.

But ask readers to think long and hard why Snohomish County set up Dawson Place, and check the FBI stats on reports of child sex abuse cases.  Reporting the truth doesn’t sell houses, and from past public records from Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe’s house, its clear he and his wife Lisa Paul have been given inside information from the developers on what land deals to make.  Roe and Paul profited in excess of $500,000.00 by given a scent from the developers early plans to develop Goodwin Lake in Stanwood.

One of the same issues that gave rise to the investigation of Gold Bar’s former Mayor Crystal Hill ( convicted of bank fraud in 2000, 2005).  At the time we started investigating Crystal Hill for fraud, it was clear based on her actions in favor of the developers that she had an interest in annexing unincorporated Gold Bar.  Ms. Hill even threatened a Gold Bar Planning Commissioner who opposed her plans to develop.

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John Pennington, man who killed 43 people in Oso mudslides, kicked out of University of Alaska for falsifying his academic credentials

On April 27, 2017, in Pierce County Washington, John Edward Pennington Jr. and Crystal Hill Pennington ( nee Berg, convicted of bank fraud 2005), tried to obtain a “restraining order” against the the Gold Bar Reporter.  Purpose was to stop our investigation of their theft of public monies, John Pennington’s crimes against women and children and their criminal cyber-stalking harassment on a website the Penningtons anonymously cyber-stalked their political foes on titled ” The Sky Valley Chronicle.”
John E Pennington was caught via public records operating the Sky Valley Chronicle from Snohomish County government computers, and John E Pennington Jr was fired from Snohomish County Emergency Management as a result.
After a 3.5 hour hearing, Pierce County dismissed the Penningtons complaint and further held that the Gold Bar Reporter was a member of the press.
After the Pierce County hearing in Penningtons v Block, the Gold Bar Reporter sued John and Crystal Hill Pennington for harassment in the judicial process, and the tort of forgery. Both were held to be liable to the Gold Bar Reporter in Block v Penningtons, King County Superior Court, Case No: No: 16-2-26600-2 ( March 2017).

After careful investigations of John and Crystal Hill Pennington in 2017, we also discovered that John Edward Pennington Jr were charged with failing to pay and file state tax returns, sued by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office for not paying their taxes and found liable, WA State v John and Crystal Pennington Case No: 17-2-06169-7.

In King County, Washington. Crystal Hill Pennington and John Pennington were also caught in 2016 filing false unemployment claims.

John Edward Pennington Jr. is also the man who violently assaulted a 3rd trimester pregnant council member in Duvall Washington.

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On March 24, 2014, John Edward Pennington Jr. caused the deaths of 43 people in the Oso mudslide disaster because of instead of doing his job, he was on the east coast performing private FEMA contracts in violation of Snohomish County Ordinance which prohibits any salaried official from working any other job.
In April 2017, a Pierce County Judge held that if John E Pennington Jr. was on the east coast performing a private contract in violation of Snohomish County Ordinance prohibiting salaried persons from holding any other job, Pennington was guilty of a killing under negligent homicide.  See Penningtons v Block, Pierce County District Court.

On John Pennington’s Linked In page, he claims the following in red: 
About: 
John E. Pennington is an internationally recognized emergency management, public policy, and strategic leadership professional. 

 

Gold Bar Reporter’s Response: 

John E. Pennington Jr.’s false academic credentials are detailed quite nicely by Mike Carter at the Seattle Times when he wrote https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/local-fema-chief-had-little-disaster-experience/ which documented that California Coastal College was cited by the IRS for selling college degrees at a $1500 flat rate. This during the time period when John Pennington claims that he received a BA from California Coastal College.
John Pennington’s false statements: A former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Director (AK, ID, OR, WA) and founder/director of the Snohomish County, WA Department of Emergency Management, he is Director and Professor of Homeland Security/Emergency Management for Washington’s Pierce College and is the Emergency Management Director for Overlake Medical Center & Clinics in Bellevue, Washington. He recently served as the Director of Emergency Management for the Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians.Gold Bar Reporter’s Response: John Pennington’s political appointment to FEMA came at the bequest of Washington State Senator Jennifer Dunn, who he was engaged in an extramarital affair with from 1992 -2002. Dunn used her political influence to convince George W Bush Jr. to give him a political appointment to FEMA.  Keep in mind the only experience John Pennington had in Emergency Management was sleeping with a prominent Senator.

 

When John Pennington killed 43 people in the Oso Mudslides, he was deposed and had to admit he is using false academic credentials and had no experience to hold Region 10  FEMA seat.  When asked why he left, John Pennington lied and said he went from FEMA to Snohomish County.  Not true. 

In late 2005, John E. Pennington Jr was fired once George Bush Jr learned that he was diagnosed as autistic, a sociopath, and enjoys beating on women.
https://youtu.be/hzVebstQol4?t=6

 

https://youtu.be/hzVebstQol4?t=6John Pennington’s false statements: 

Director and Professor / Homeland Security Emergency Management

Pierce College

 – Present3 years 10 month

Mr. Pennington is Director and Associate Professor of Homeland Security & Emergency for Washington’s Pierce College, home to the Pacific Northwest’s premier HSEM Certificate, Associates, Bachelor’s and Tribal HSEM Certificate program. 

Gold Bar Reporter’s Response

 

Before you can be a professor, the US Department of Education said ” you must have valid academic credentials such as an accredited BA, MA, and Ph.d.”

 

In late 2016, The Gold Bar Reporter filed a complaint with the US Department of Education which issued an order for John E Pennington to remove the word “Professor” from his academic credentials.

 


John Pennington’s false statements: 

Lead Faculty – National Emergency Management Advanced Academy: Emergency Management Institute

FEMA

– Present 12 years 4 months

Emmitsburg, Maryland

 Mr. Pennington is a highly respected subject matter expert and lead faculty for DHS’s Emergency Management Institute, where he has authored and instructed emergency management policy, leadership, and operational coordination since 2007.

He currently leads in the authorship and delivery of FEMA’s highest priority draining and education programs, including the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (formerly Leaders Academy) and the National Emergency Management Basic Academy.. 

 

Gold Bar Reporter’s Response:

Early last year the Gold Bar Reporter sent a FOIA to FEMA asking for copies of any records showing that Pennington worked FEMA Emergency Management Institute(EMI) , and we were told there are no records.

This means Pennington once again lied about working at FEMA EMI employment.


 

John Pennington’s not so true statements :  

 

Director of Emergency Management

Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians

 – 11 months

Snoqualmie, Washington

Director of Emergency Management, selected to build a new, innovative Snoqualmie Tribe EM function and system.  

 

Gold Bar Reporter’s Response: 

 

Sure Mr. Pennington worked for the Tribes for 11 months, but he was fired for dereliction of his official duties.  He was home lounging around on Tribes dime, and was caught and terminated.

 

In late summer 2019, John E Pennington Jr. was fired from Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians. An insider said ” Mr Pennington is terrible speaker, borderline illiterate, and couldn’t organize a single plan to save his life.  The elders fired Pennington after it became clear is an illiterate.”   

John Pennington’s not so true statements

Director, Department of Emergency Management

Snohomish County, WA

 – 9 years 7 months

Everett, Washington

From 2006-2016 Mr. Pennington was selected and developed the then-newly formed Snohomish County, Washington Department of Emergency Management, home to FEMA Region X. In this capacity, he and his staff became national leaders for local government/tribal emergency management, successfully responding to and recovering from nine Presidentially-declared disasters and implementing new, creative mechanisms for mitigating and coordinating disaster response and recovery in the Pacific Northwest. .

 

Gold Bar Reporter’s Response:  

 

Our reports are clear that John E Pennington was fired from FEMA after President George Bush Jr learned what it took us 10 years to learn, that John E Pennington was declared a sociopath with no empathy for human life, enjoys beating women and is a pedophile.

Here’s the link to just one article written about John E. Pennington, keep in mind we have never been sued. If someone called me a pedophile, they’d be sued; John Pennington tried suing Anne Block for a restraining order but lost after Block produced evidence that John Pennington enjoys taking showers with six year old girls.

A person close to his wife (a convicted bank frauder), Crystal Hill Pennington said ” John has been molesting Hill’s daughter. He gets away with it because Crystal’s daughter has no father to protect her. When John Pennington was violently beating on Crystal’s son, his father stepped and obtained custody removing him from their Duvall home.”

 

Lets face it, if someone called me a pedophile, we’d sue um.

John Pennington’s statements: 

Director, FEMA Region X

FEMA

 – 4 years 8 months

Bothell, Washington

Mr. Pennington served the United States from 2001-2006 as Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington), an area encompassing one-fifth of the United States’ geographical terrain. During his tenure with FEMA, his region managed dozens of major disasters and emergency declarations.

Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge appointed Director Pennington as one of the nation’s first Principal Federal Officials (PFO) under the National Response…

John Pennington’s almost true statements: 

Speaker Pro Tempore / State Representative

State of Washington

 – 7 years 1 month

Olympia, Washington

Prior to his emergency management and homeland security experience, Mr. Pennington served for four elected terms in Washington’s House of Representatives, representing 160,000 residents in the southwest part of the state, home to Mt. St. Helens.

At the age of thirty, he was unanimously elected as Washington’s 11th House Speaker Pro Tempore and he continued in that position until his departure for federal service after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. During his tenure in..

Gold Bar Reporter’s Response: 

Pennington fake medical conditions

 

The above clip came from Longview Washington  Daily News Pennington mum on European Trip

 

Yes indeed Mr. Pennington was elected, because he ran opposed each term.  This does not mean he was “unanimously elected.” It just means no one ran against him. Just evidence of more misrepresentations by Penny.

In 1999, John E Pennington was appointed by Court of Appeals Division One Judge Marlin Applewick was ” House Speaker Pro Tem, after abandoning the Republican Party in Olympia when they needed only one vote to win a hotly contested Legislative Session.

John E Pennington Jr. lied and said he was sick when in fact newspaper articles document that he was in Europe vacationing instead of supporting the Republican Party when they needed his vote the most.  OUr sources stated that Pennington was with his mistress ( a Senate clerk) in Europe paid for by Democratic Party of Washington State.

The newspaper article above says it all.

” Marlin Applewick was caught with Lobbyist and attorney G. Geoffrey Gibbs and John E Pennington flying down to to Olympia to have sex with underage girls” according to the former Washington State Attorney General in charge of investigating Geoffrey Gibbs.

Just more evidence that John E Pennington Jr is s pedophile, but it’s also evidence that two other political cockroaches traffic our children as though its just another day at the office.


John Pennington’s almost true statements: 

 

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Doctor of Philosophy – PhD (In Progress)Indigenous Studies (Arctic)

     – 

    Indigenous Studies PhD student, with a research focus on disaster policy impacts on Indigenous cultures in Alaska and the Arctic. Last week, the Gold Bar Reporter received confirmation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks that John E Pennington Jr. was expelled for submitting false academic credentials to gain entrance into a PhD program.

     

Gold Bar Reporter’s Response: 

The University of Alaska Fairbanks confirmed that John Edward Pennington Jr was expelled for falsifying is academic credentials. He had no Graduate Entrance Exam (GRE) on file, no sealed academic transcripts with California Coastal College ( no surprise since Pennington purchased his BA for $1500 flat fee without ever attending a single class), and falsely stated that American Military University is was Accredited by US Department of Education when in fact it was subject of a PBS special titled “Education Inc.” documenting that the online college amounts to fraud.


 

From FEMA to Snohomish County, to Pierce County Washington, “Lunatic on the loose”

On February 22, 2017, Pierce College public official and man responsible for killing of 43 people in the Oso mudslides, John E. Pennington, verbally assaulted a Pierce County Sheriff’s Officer caught on camera.  He also verbally threatened the Gold Bar Reporter’s process server who served John Pennington with more complaints and a subpoena.

Unfortunately, John Pennington’s criminal conduct was caught on camera and witnessed by several onlookers at the Piece County Courthouse, including three Sherriff’s Officers.

The Gold Bar Reporters recently learned that John Pennington has been treated for major mental health problems, and was kicked out of Vanderbilt College as a result.

Imagine a man with mental health problems sat as a Director of Emergency Management of Snohomish County.  A major breach to health and welfare to the taxpayers of Washington State.


John Pennington is being sued for his latest racketeering crimes and posting defamatory and untrue statements on a website he and his bank frauding wife Crystal Hill Pennington run titled  ” The Sky Valley Chronicle.”  Both were served with new complaints on Thursday, and by John Pennington’s threats and tactics to intimidate court officers were witnessed on camera.

” Looney Tunes, What’s up Doc? ”

“Lunatic on the loose” John E Pennington has been trying for over eight years to obtain a prior restraint on free speech against the Gold Bar Reporter’s reports on his and our former bank frauding Mayor Crystal Hill Pennington ( nee Berg, bank fraud Snohomish County, Washington 2005).    Why, to hide their criminal racketeering conduct the Gold Bar Reporter have been exposing for over the last ten years, including a foe online website the Penningtons set up to cyber-stalk their opponents.

Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers was deposed in November 2016, and he too admitted he was a anonymous cyber-stalker on the Penningtons’ website while he was a Gold Bar public official. Beavers and the City are being sued for gross civil rights violations.

On Thursday February 22, 2017, the lunatics tried for the tenth time to obtain a restraining order against the Gold Bar Reporter, but this time forum shopping in Pierce County.  A county where Crystal Hill Pennington doesn’t live and a county where John Pennington managed to fraud state taxpayers ( and our children) with false academic credentials obtaining a job teaching our youngsters.

Imagine you sign up for Homeland Security degree at Pierce College and your classes are being taught by a man who has admitted to having and using false academic credentials


 

FALSE ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS, JOHN E. PENNINGTON’S FRAUD

UPON THE TAXPAYERS

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04771t.pdf   ( GAO)

 

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/local-fema-chief-had-little-disaster-experience/    ( Seattle Times report on John Pennington’s false credentials)

 

Please see the attached ABOVE PDF Government Accountability Report  ( or link provided above) on public official John E Pennington’s online diploma mill school of choice.  I also include Seattle Times article in support of John Pennington’s false academic credential.

 

As both reports unmistakably confirms the IRS found that California Coastal sold degrees at flat rates.  As such,  Mark Lindquist, please consider this letter and supporting evidence in support on my criminal complaint against John E. Pennington as he produced his fraudulent online degree to obtain a benefit in violation of

 

RCW 9A.60.070

False academic credentials—Unlawful issuance or use—Definitions—Penalties.

(1) A person is guilty of issuing a false academic credential if the person knowingly:

(a) Grants or awards a false academic credential or offers to grant or award a false academic credential in violation of this section;

(b) Represents that a credit earned or granted by the person in violation of this section can be applied toward a credential offered by another person;

(c) Grants or offers to grant a credit for which a representation as described in (b) of this subsection is made; or

(d) Solicits another person to seek a credential or to earn a credit the person knows is offered in violation of this section.

(2) A person is guilty of knowingly using a false academic credential if the person knowingly uses a false academic credential or falsely claims to have a credential issued by an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting association recognized as such by rule of the student achievement council:

(a) In a written or oral advertisement or other promotion of a business; or

(b) With the intent to:

(i) Obtain employment;

(ii) Obtain a license or certificate to practice a trade, profession, or occupation;

(iii) Obtain a promotion, compensation or other benefit, or an increase in compensation or other benefit, in employment or in the practice of a trade, profession, or occupation;

(iv) Obtain admission to an educational program in this state; or

(v) Gain a position in government with authority over another person, regardless of whether the person receives compensation for the position.

(3) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section and RCW 28B.85.220.

(a) “False academic credential” means a document that provides evidence or demonstrates completion of an academic or professional course of instruction beyond the secondary level that results in the attainment of an academic certificate, degree, or rank, and that is not issued by a person or entity that: (i) Is an entity accredited by an agency recognized as such by rule of the student achievement council or has the international equivalents of such accreditation; or (ii) is an entity authorized as a degree-granting institution by the student achievement council; or (iii) is an entity exempt from the requirements of authorization as a degree-granting institution by the student achievement council; or (iv) is an entity that has been granted a waiver by the student achievement council from the requirements of authorization by the council. Such documents include, but are not limited to, academic certificates, degrees, coursework, degree credits, transcripts, or certification of completion of a degree.

(b) “Grant” means award, bestow, confer, convey, sell, or give.

(c) “Offer,” in addition to its usual meanings, means advertise, publicize, or solicit.

(d) “Operate” includes but is not limited to the following:

(i) Offering courses in person, by correspondence, or by electronic media at or to any Washington location for degree credit;

(ii) Granting or offering to grant degrees in Washington;

(iii) Maintaining or advertising a Washington location, mailing address, computer server, or telephone number, for any purpose, other than for contact with the institution’s former students for any legitimate purpose related to the students having attended the institution.

(4) Issuing a false academic credential is a class C felony.

(5) Knowingly using a false academic credential is a gross misdemeanor.

 

As for Pierce College, I’d like some comment from the Dean of Students and/or  Board of Trustees Chair Ms. Roseblatt on why Pierce College approved employment of John E. Pennington with such fraudulent degrees.

As a taxpayer, I have standing to bring not only a criminal complaint for John Pennington false filings, but also a civil charge for state ethics violations.

Our children deserve better from us.


VERBALLY ASSAULTING COURT OFFICERS

John E. Pennington has yet one more credential to add his resume, threatening public and court officers.

With each new credential, the Gold Bar Reporter will update his resume.

Criminal charges have been filed against John E Pennington with his court appearance this month.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “   As the receiver of this message, you may not like my message, but nonetheless  such messages are protected by the First Amendment, under RCW 4.24.510, and by ORDER of the U.S. Supreme Court.  See City of Houston v. Hill, 482 U.S. 451 (1987). “

 

Snohomish County Superior Court holding in person classes “How to commit acts of public corruption and get away with it”

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Judge Janice Ellis

Bring your bag lunches, pens, and video camera to Snohomish County Superior Court, because Judges Janice Ellis, Edirin Okoloko and George Appel will demonstrate  how to fix cases with their former employer Dawson Place and Snohomish County Prosecutors Office.

No charge to come watch acts of public corruption!  To get a front row seat, please arrive at the Snohomish County Courthouse before 9 am, just ask the information officer to point you in the right direction to the judges courtrooms.

We promise it will be the Greatest Show in Washington, a must see, a spectacular event, first hand viewing on how Snohomish County Washington Superior Court Judges are fixing cases with the Prosecutors Office against persons accused of sex crimes with the assistance of the county’s alleged non-profit company, Dawson Place.


In 2006 to 2009, Snohomish County Prosecutors and now Judges Janice Ellis and George Appel were employed inside Dawson Place, while Judge Edirin Okoloko was employed from 2016 to 2019.   At the same time, all three judges worked as Snohomish County Prosecutors. https://www.dawsonplace.org/.

Over the last two years since we started investigating a massive money laundering scam, involving the above judges, and the Law Firm of Anderson Hunter  ( Everett WA), after Snohomish County  Prosecutors turned over public records documenting that that Janice Ellis, while serving as a prosecutor for Snohomish County, Washington, started Dawson Place and signed its tax returns.

Records below are clear that Dawson Place started with the joint assistance of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office ( use of government resources and monies) and with the assistance of several Snohomish County Prosecutors including now Snohomish County Superior Court Judges Janice Ellis, George Appel, and Edirin Okoloko.

Not sure about our readers, but under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) we do not see “starting non-profit companies and then hearing and deciding cases involving the non-profit company, Dawson Place cases is within their assigned RCW duties.

RCW 36.27.020 is clear that starting non-profits and soliciting for public monies to start an alleged non-profit group is not listed in her government duties as a prosecutor. 

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis public records below documenting that she started https://www.dawsonplace.org/

 

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Last month, another reporter brought to my attention a case whereas Judge Janice Ellis was the sitting trial judge in a case where Dawson Place and its employees were the State’s main witnesses.  

The case Judge Janice Ellis sat as the trial judge in was State v. Joseph Henry Hall, Snohomish County Superior Court, Washington State,  Cause No. 19-I -00514-31.  The main witness in this case was Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, an alleged non-profit company. Remember  Judge Ellis started  Dawson Place while she was an elected Prosecutor for Snohomish County, Washington.

A few months back, we sat inside Judge Ellis’s courtroom during the trial of Joseph Henry Hall and noticed a couple of things. First, the State, i.e. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office whenever Dawson Place is the material witness assigns specific lawyers to prosecute. In the Hall prosecution, it’s Robert Langbehn,. Next, almost of  all Dawson Place cases are assigned to Dawson Place insiders, Judge Ellis, Judge Appel, and Edirin Okoloko.  Finally, we learned from public records requests that Snohomish County Superior Court is tampering with the jury list, removing names of highly educated or outpoken citizens from its jury pool.

After Judge Janice Ellis fixed the case with the above case fixing scheme, Joseph Henry Hall was convicted of alleged crime that never took place.  But soon thereafter, a juror reported that at least one juror was guilty of threatening a juror and jury tampering.

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Snohomish County and Dawson Place creator, Judge Janice Ellis DENIED a motion for Joseph Henry Hall to obtain a new trial.
Perhaps Snohomish County Superior Court Judges Ellis, Appel, and Okoloko should be forced back into law school to “retake” Constitutional Law 1, or perhaps they have gotten away with their corrupts acts so long that it’s just another day at the office to violate the rights of the taxpayers and accused by fixing cases in favor of the their former employers, Dawson Place and Snohomish County Prosecutors Office.
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