September 6, 2007
The Honorable Judge Kathryn J. Nelson
Pierce County Superior Court, Dept. 13
920 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 534
Tacoma, WA 98498
Honorable Judge Thomas Larkin
Presiding Judge of Pierce County Superior Court
Prosecuting Attorney Gerald A. Horne
Pierce County PA Division
cc: Washington State Attorney General via Fax & email
bcc:  Property Owners and Freedom Movement in Washington and America
I live on 10 acres outside of Enumclaw, WA.  I have come to know Paul Hiatt when he came to Citizen Alliance For Property Rights for help.
Paul Hiatt is not only a good man, he is a proud American who is passionate for American freedom and liberty.  He and his family have been brutalized beyond any common sense.  His treatment by Pierce County is criminal.  I and others have attended two of his prior hearings and have spent some time with him, his brother and friends.  I am concerned there is an agenda by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Allen Rose of unduly punishing Paul Hiatt for normal land maintenance.  The dirty details are attached herein and I will reframe from repeating them.
Paul Hiatt and his family and friends have suffered enough for digging a ditch and burning debris on his land all of which he had received DNR approval and the necessary permits.  The Hiatt's have lost everything to fight off his petty illegitimate charge.  Mr. Hiatt has been set up by a neighbor from hell and then framed.  He has already spent 60 days in jail for these trumpeted up charges and then further denied pencil and paper.
Rural property owners are increasingly being used as public examples by extreme political factions within all levels of government.   Excessive green regulation has strangled common sense out of owning and working rural land, farming, ranching.  This has all been initiated by Olympia politicians who never take into consideration the downstream consequences of their green extreme legislation.  Thousands of innocent rural property owners have lost their life savings, marriages and property, to fight off, often for years, the local and county governments from brutalizing them over common land and home use.  A growing number of county and states are engaging in this criminal behavior. 
The number of land use regulations are out of control and growing exponentially upon small rural land owners with this green fanaticism.  It has become politically correct to shut down public and private land use to satisfy the green extreme groups in Puget Sound and in America.   The penalties and laws have become draconian.  My land almost burned up and I almost lost my own life fighting a fire caused by excessive land and water regulation on my land.  I refuse to do anything except the most simple tasks.  Yet the City of Enumclaw has taken two 100 acre ranches they are developing on wet lands into close density housing.  The City of Enumclaw also took half of the Rainier Stables horse farm 5 minutes from me.  The City of Enumclaw is also working on taking our rural farm for their use.
There is a growing trend of excessive and abusive regulation and punishment of innocent rural farm and land owners for normal land use work.  Property owners rights groups are springing up all over the country to fight back.  Paul Hiatt is only one of thousands of innocent people who are being persecuted for simple land use maintenance work.  The rights to own and use your own private property are well established throughout history.  Our basic, common, natural and constitutional rights are being systematically ignored by the government and the green extreme groups.
I can tell you, there is a growing alarm by many freedom groups that this abuse of basic private property use has gone over the edge long ago.  I have been studying the movement of this trend of taking our freedoms for the last couple years.  Our basic rights have been confiscated so gradually and progressively that we do not know we are strangling ourselves.   Paul Hiatt and the thousands of land owners are innocently being "burned at the stake" for normal land maintenance work.  
I have extracted some objectives of your "State of the Court address" below for your review and recall.  I would like to suggest the case history of Mr. Allen Rose and others in the Pierce County Court including Judge David Kenworthy looked into regarding a history of overly abusive treatment and sentencing of rural property owners.  There is certainly a trend of abuse in King County Department of Development & Environmental Services run by Stephanie Warden and Executive Ron Sims.

2006 Presiding Judge Stephanie Arend, delivers 'State of the Court address' to County Council. (Pierce County WA

"The primary tool used by the Pierce County Superior Court to improve and hold itself accountable is its Strategic Plan, which defines a set of goals that the judicial system works to achieve. The theme of our current agenda, "becoming the best court in the state of Washington," reflects our commitment to making Pierce County’s justice system the best system possible, a goal that we recognize we can achieve only through leadership and participation from the other two branches of government.

Our Strategic Agenda includes 11 major goals; I will briefly discuss a few of them today.

Another goal of our Strategic agenda calls for us to be more accountable, in recognition of the fact that the public expects accountability for government operations and administration. To this end we have been working with the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association to develop judicial performance evaluations. The process will begin in March. Initially, lawyers and jurors will be given an opportunity to assess our performance. It takes some courage to ask people how you are doing, but more important is the commitment to act on what you learn from the answers. We, at Superior Court, have that commitment.

Not only are we working to be more accountable, we are working to be more transparent. Several months ago we began examining files that had previously been sealed to determine whether they should remain sealed. While we recognize private interests that need protection, we also recognize that what we do must be open to public inspection. Our courtrooms are open, and we invite you to come and observe justice in action. "

Also I would like to direct your attention to the attached "Advisory Memorandum Avoiding Unconstitutional Takings Of Private Property" sent out by Washington State Attorney General Rod McKenna in December 2006.  You may want to ask yourself, why Attorney General McKenna took the time and resources to have this 48 page document written and published.  
It is my opinion these clear and strong guidelines in the above Advisory Memorandum have been violated by Pierce County Court regarding Mr. Paul Hiatt.  I have no doubt they are violated in King County where I live.  My next question I will be asking our Attorney General's office, the Washington State Legislature and the Governor's office, is the following. 
I respectfully ask you to dismiss all of these vindictive charges against Paul Hiatt. 
John R. Venrick
41250 250th Ave 
Enumclaw, WA 98022
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