Still not sentenced, Liberty Dollar founder moves for acquittal or retrial
9:37a HKT Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:
Through his lawyer, Noell P. Tin of Charlotte, North Carolina, Liberty Dollar founder Bernard von NotHaus, convicted of counterfeiting two years ago in federal court in North Carolina but still not sentenced, has filed a motion for acquittal or retrial. The motion's preface puts the situation well:
"Mr. von NotHaus stands convicted of various statutorily-defined forms of counterfeiting. The irony of this is that if anything is clear from the evidence presented at trial, it is that the last thing Mr. von NotHaus wanted was for Liberty Dollars to be confused with coins issued by the United States government. That would, as witness Vernon Robinson testified, have defeated the whole purpose -- to demonstrate to citizens and communities that there is a way to engage in commerce and not use the Federal Reserve system.
"Whether writing scholarly papers on value-based currency, attracting media attention, or selling T-shirts saying 'The Fed Can Bite Me,' Mr. von NotHaus has always operated out in the open. His intention -- to protest the Federal Reserve system -- has always been plain. The jury's verdict conflates a program created to function as an alternative to the Federal Reserve system with one designed to deceive people into believing it was the very thing Mr. von NotHaus was protesting in the first place.
"Whatever one's opinion about the merit of value-based currency, the fact remains that the Liberty Dollar was not a counterfeit and was not intended to function as such. The verdict is a perversion of the counterfeiting statutes and should be set aside."
Von NotHaus' motion is posted in PDF format at GATA's Internet site here:
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
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