Saturday, March 24, 2012

American insanity: Minnesota man arrested, jailed without bond for incomplete siding on his house

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

Recently I reported on the nearly unbelievable case of the man in Texas who was fined for not cutting the grass on his foreclosed home, but the shocking case of this individual in Minnesota makes that seem reasonable, which is saying quite a lot.

In fact, the case of Mitch Faber, from Burnsville, Minnesota, is so blatantly ludicrous that the Minnesota Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections – which investigates abuse at the local government level – has contacted the Fabers to investigate their case.

This case is a symptom of a deeply sick society which preys upon the weak, exploits and abuses the people of the United States as much as humanly possible, spies on us without any remote semblance of probable cause, assassinates us without due process, all while treating us all like suspected terrorists for the most innocent of activities.

KTSP, a local ABC affiliate, first reported on Faber’s trials and tribulations last week. They reported that Faber was unable to finish his stucco and decorative rock project on the exterior of his home after running into money troubles when the recession hit.

Having a restricted budget due to economic woes is hardly a rare experience in the United States these days, so Faber has quickly become a kind of poster child for the abuse so many Americans have received at the hands of a corrupt government.

After Faber had to halt construction, the city of Burnsville sent him multiple warning letters which told him that he had to get his house up to code.


Eventually, the city issued a citation and while Faber said that he was expecting a fine of some kind for the violation, he was instead ordered to appear in court.

The city of Burnsville has no authority to issue fines, instead it is up to a judge to decide whether or not to order a monetary penalty of some kind, or instead to order some alternative punishment.

On December 15, 2010, the first judge heard Faber’s case in the First Judicial District Court. Judge Mary J. Theisen said that she would rather see Faber put his money towards finishing the siding rather than paying a fine.

So, Judge Theisen proceeded to order him to finish the siding or face a whopping 30 days in jail.
“I left there thinking ‘you’ve got to be kidding’,” Faber said, according to KSTP. “Jail time for siding?”

Months after this, Faber was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on his June 1, 2011 date, at which time he was supposed to give an update on the status of the siding.

“…you have to have the siding complete…by May 30, 2011…If so, the 30-day jail sentence will be vacated. If not, just turn yourself in on June 1st and you’ll do your 30 days,” Judge Theisen said during Faber’s December 15, 2010 court appearance.

However, Faber contends that his siding was indeed in compliance with code and he maintains that he met the judge’s deadline, meaning he did not need to turn himself in.

“I did what she asked,” Faber said, but this did not stop him from being jailed for two days without bond after he was arrested.

“I’m walking around in a green and white jump suit, I had to shower in front of a sheriff, I was shackled, my wrists were handcuffed to my waist — for siding,” he said.

Later he was released by First Judicial District Court Judge Karen Asphaug who instructed him to improve the siding yet again.

Then, two weeks later, Faber appeared back in court before Judge Asphaug at which time she heard from Burnsville Assistant City Attorney Samuel Edmunds.

“Ever since June 1st it’s been our position that he’s (Faber) supposed to serve 30 days.

However…we’re pleased at this point that the work has been completed. So if the Court’s not inclined to order him to serve the jail sentence, then we’d certainly ask the Court to order him to serve that (remaining) 28 days on electronic home monitoring,” Edmunds said according to the transcript form the December 19, 2011 court date.

Personally, I find the fact that a city attorney would recommend electronic home monitoring for any period of time for the absurd crime of not being able to afford to finish siding is downright disgusting. Judge Asphaug agreed to Edmunds’ recommendations and ordered Fabers to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet every single moment during his house arrest.

Furthermore, Faber was forced to submit to random alcohol and drug testing at any hour of the day. This would require him to get up and blow into a monitoring device whenever an alarm went off.

“They would call at all hours,“ Faber said. “Even at 2 in the morning. And then I would have like 30 seconds to go blow into the tube. “

Why this is at all acceptable for someone who did nothing other than fail to finish siding on his house is completely beyond me. I would love to have someone tell me why exactly drug testing is relevant or necessary for such a case.

Thankfully, Faber’s case is now getting attention across the United States, and Faber’s wife Jean said of the people who are discussing the case, “They are completely outraged. And our story, I think, is a personification of government out of control and sort of what’s wrong nationwide.”

“We have felt so alone and so bullied and embarrassed,” she said. “Some official could have stopped the train. But they didn’t.”

Hopefully the Minnesota Senate Committee can help reverse this ludicrous situation to some degree and help stop similar events from occurring in the future.

“We want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone again,” Faber said.

Individuals involved with Faber’s case at the city, county and state level have continuously declined requests from KSTP to appear on camera to comment on the case.

Instead, they simply claim that they acted properly and within the confines of the law. I’m not quite sure how any self-respecting American could think that the way the Faber case was handled was at all acceptable.

Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom sent the Fabers a letter dated February 21, 2012, which read, “This was a prosecution initiated by the city of Burnsville through their privately-retained city prosecutor. The County Attorney has no oversight or supervision over city prosecutors … While it was a district court judge who heard this case and made decisions pertaining thereto, judges are employed by the state of Minnesota and not Dakota County,” according to KSTP.

To make matters even more questionable, the Fabers claim that there are much more glaring code violations on the exterior of other houses in their neighborhood, yet for some reason they were targeted when others were not.

“It’s selective enforcement,” Jean said. The Fabers say Burnsville has made a mockery of an otherwise law-abiding man who did nothing more than fail to finish a siding project.

“What did you accomplish other than wasting the city’s money, the county’s money, our money, and then all the mental and emotional anguish? What did you accomplish?” Faber asked.

To answer his question: absolutely nothing other than humiliate an otherwise upstanding citizen for suffering from the economic problems wracking so many Americans.

Thankfully, the Internet has helped bring national attention to this absurdist case and the struggles of the Faber family. Hopefully this exposure will push those involved to actually do something about their deplorable actions and right all of the wrongs the Fabers have endured.

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18 comments:

jollyroger said...

Minnesota....the land of Michelle Bachman.
This is a symptom of the situation in America (the land of the free, a nation filled with local bureaucrats(useless eaters) who need to justify their petty little jobs and have nothing better to do than persecute innocent people.
This is not an isolated incident. Things like this are happening all over the nation.
My heart goes out to the Faber family and hope their state representatives will help in this matter but I wouldn't hold my breath.
This is appalling but it can happen to anyone of us at this point on.

Anonymous said...

(1)Stop talking the way they taught you.They are not "government"damn it.They are all organized criminals.Wake up.They do not work for you.
(2)Codes do not have the force of law.Shove the "code"book up their ass.
(3)People better start standing together and support each other and stop standing at the side line wagging your heads.Get some balls.

Anonymous said...

I CANNOT STAND THIS ANYMORE!

And I have been living next door to a lowlife for 27 years who brags that he is getting over on the property tax system by NOT FINISHING HIS SIDING JOB OR FIXING HIS HOUSE IN ANYWAY!

AND THIS IS A CONTRACTOR FOR PETE'S SAKE!

He deliberately leaves everything undone so that he can say the job ain't finished yet boys, so you can't tax me on it!

And this poor slob in the article who just hit a financial stumbling block in is jail!

ALL THIS INSANITY IS BEING IMPOSED SO THAT THE MASSES WILL BRING OUT VIOLENCE AND CIVIL WAR AS A RESULT OF IT.

PEOPLE MUST TAKE THEIR COMMUNITIES BACK FROM THE SICKO OBAMA COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS! We have a 2nd amendment which gives us the right to do it! JUST DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF AMERICA!

GOD IN HEAVEN HELP US!

Anonymous said...

THIS IS THE DEVIL TALKING!

Listen to none of this. These crooks have no hold over any of us. Grow a set darn it! Everything is illegal, UNGODLY, of no value whatsoever and unconscionable, never mind blatantly Unconstitutional on every level.

Ignore all of it.
They ignore all sense and sensibility.
They are the lawless ones!
STAND UP AND THROW THEM ALL OUT BY THE FLIPPING HAIR, TAKE YOUR COUNTRY BACK!
YOU ARE ALL IDIOTIC SHEEP TO THINK OTHERWISE.

jw said...

Hmmmm ... Maybe Wall Street Should Be Jailed for DESTROYING our Economy and Bush and Cheney for PRE-Emptive Wars ?????

Anonymous said...

I dont want to live in the United States any more!

Anonymous said...

i recently had a similar experience. i bought a new used truck and had the steering wheel/seats out to repair some damage. some cop saw this and impounded my truck claiming it was abandoned. i had to pay over 500.00 to get it out and i had to reassemble it in the impound lot. the truck was parked outside of my house in a proper parking zone.

Anonymous said...

First of all, you cannot be "ordered" to court, you are given a summons.. which is just an invitation.. and can be declined. The sad part here is that if this gentlman knew is his rights properly, he could have avoided all of this without needing to pay any fines, or do jail time.

Nunya Goddam-Bizness said...

Why didn't ABC's Diane Sawyer report this outrageous crime against an American citizen?

Anonymous said...

The gangsters and highbinders playing at government are scum. They rise to the top of force and like scum need to be skimmed. They are not self-respecting American's they are psychopaths. We must resist, ignore, do not comply and nullify their asses right the fuck out of the country.

Anonymous said...

"First of all, you cannot be "ordered" to court, you are given a summons.. which is just an invitation.. and can be declined. The sad part here is that if this gentlman knew is his rights properly, he could have avoided all of this without needing to pay any fines, or do jail time."
They came and arrested him; what was he supposed to do?

Anonymous said...

SHUT THE FUCK UP. NO ONE WANTS TO LIVE IN A TRASHY RUN-DOWN NEIGHBORHOOD. NO ONE! IT'S PEOPLE LIKE THIS THAT RUIN NEIGHBORHOODS. STOP BEING A BUNCH OF WHINY ASSES AND KEEP YOU SHIT LOOKING NICE FOR THE REST OF THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. You selfish pricks!

Anonymous said...

Yea I live in a community where our neighbors only worry about cutting their grass and how the yard looks while the local drug dealers manufacture meth in the same neighborhood but no one wants to offend them as long as the grass is cut in their yard. So while the country goes to hell people like you only worry about what their neighborhood looks like. What is it going to look like after the country fails?

Anonymous said...

Gov't is nothing but an evil mafia, who has stolen our land with the force of weapons. THEY did not create the land, now they assume to own it. If we don't get rid of gov't's, our kids will work with electric shackles. They will be bred like animals and killed like animals when they are not productive tax-slaves anymore.

Anonymous said...

Who is this man who thinks he owns this house and property! Just another fool like many of you thinking you own a home or property. None of us own squat, we only rent it from the GOVT. Yes I can also see the love and tolerance by many of you who must be liberals in your comments. Yes maybe someone may leave a house undone to evade higher taxes, just this poor mans way to do what the rich do. Yes many people do improvenents without permits to evade taxes as well and their workmanship is suspect. The Govt will leave projects unfinished for years and years claiming no money to finish project and NOT ONE OF THEM IS IN JAIL OR COURT! So some of you may need to watch your mouth UNLESS you need that GOVT probe of your life.

Ken Lehman said...

Kids : You can't blame Bush, Chaney or Michelle Backmann for what the City of Burnsville does. Bush and Chaney aren't in office and Backmann doesn't serve Burnsville's district.

But we do agree this is absolutely rediculous and an abuse of power.

Would be funny if the occupy movement and Tea Party got together to protest and demand reform of their ways, for those responsible to resign or get voted out and to make up for the wrongs against this person.

Let's see if our state law makers do something about this kind of injustice.

I do believe people should plan ahead for their projects and make sure they follow city code but the city shouldn't be allowed to go that far.

I'll never buy a house in Burnsville or even live there at all.

Let the whole nation know Burnsville, MN sucks and not even worth visiting.

Anonymous said...

We have friends living in what used to be a very upscale neighborhood in Burnsville, that is until the the city of Burnsville thought one builder of homes should be able to rent out his homes via government low-income housing. Across the street from their $800,000 home are 4 houses. They moved in, trashed the houses yearly, moved out, another renter moved in, trashed again, on and on. Cops visiting regularly, drug deals, etc. One of the houses didn't have any windows for a year. All broken from fights. So, the siding arrest does not surprise me.

Anonymous said...

This is how it is in the USA. I live in Michigan and this type of crap happens everyday. There are laws about everything and all it takes is one person to complain and you are screwed. Between the cops, lawyers, and judges; everyone wants to look like they are doing their job, so they get their fat paycheck. They can tack on so many charges at one time you will plead guilty to something. Many charges are felonies, which when you get out of jail you can't own or be near a gun, vote, get food stamps, most places won't employ you, many places won't rent to you, and with the strict terms of probation, most are back in jail soon. Turn off your TV's and stop believing the lies you are told. USA is a police state. Land of the free and the brave. Makes me sick.

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