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Wisconsin : Did GTAC Commit A Felony By Hiring Bulletproof? One Attorney Thinks So


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Armed Thugs, Gtac, Governor Walker, Extreme Nasty, DNR, NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE, CORRUPTION! )

Roxy
- 416 days ago - news.wpr.org
An attorney who has been critical of mining company GTAC says the company might have committed a felony when it hired an unlicensed security firm to guard its test drills Stella cites another law that says anyone who employs armed people



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Nyack Clancy (435)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:20 am
Thanks for the update-
 

Roseann D. (178)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:41 am
Felony huh? Well, if any of us did that, it would be time in the slammer. Permission revoked!!!!
 

Roxy H. (340)
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:11 am
An attorney who has been critical of mining company GTAC says the company might have committed a felony when it hired an unlicensed security firm to guard its test drills.

Hurley lawyer Anthony Stella had already asked the Iron County district attorney and state regulators to deny a license to Arizona-based Bulletproof Securities because the company's paramilitary-style guards operated here without a license. In a new letter sent to the DA and the state, Stella cites another law that says anyone who employs armed people for the protection of persons or property, not being authorized by the laws of the state, is guilty of a felony.

A spokesman for mining company Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) said they had contacted their lawyers and did not believe they had violated any law.

Stella, a former Iron County DA, declined a recorded interview. Current Iron County DA Marty Lipske says he's still waiting to hear from the state Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) about Bulletproof before he decides how to proceed.

“At this point, I still consider it under investigation,” he says.

Lipske says he's never handled a situation like this before.

University of Wisconsin associate law professor Cecelia Klingele says she could find very little evidence that this particular law has been used in Wisconsin. Klingele declined to weigh in on the particulars of this case, saying it's up to DAs to decide how to use their limited resources.

“DAs have nearly unfettered discretion when making a decision about not only what to charge, but whether to charge a person with a criminal violation,” says Klingele.

GTAC hired Bulletproof after several mining opponents stormed a test drill site wearing masks, shouting and threatening workers. Bulletproof has since applied for a Wisconsin license. The DSPS won't comment on pending applications.

Check out the statute regarding hiring armed people here, and check out Bulletproof Securities' license application details here. Below is the letter Anthony Stella wrote to the Iron County DA regarding the potential felony.

ANTHONY J. STELLA, JR.

-Attorney at Law-

P.O. Box 296Hurley, WI 54534

Phone: 906-364-2255 Email:astella@centurytel.net

Martin LipskeDistrict Attorney300 Taconite StreetHurley, WI 54534Re: Bulletproof Securities, Inc.Dear Mr. Lipske:This is a follow-up to my letter of July 11, calling your attention to several violationscommitted by Bulletproof Securities, Inc. while their armed personnel were unlawfullypresent in Wisconsin at the GTAC mine site. Apparently Bulletproof’s application for aWisconsin license is still under consideration.In my previous letter I did not specifically point to Wisconsin Statutes Section 134.58,which suggests that some officials and employees of both Bulletproof Securities andGTAC may have committed felonies. Section 134.58 states:“Any person who, individually, in concert with another or as agent or officer of any firm, joint-stock company or corporation, uses, employs, aids or assists in employing any bodyof armed persons to act as militia, police or peace officers for the protection of persons orproperty or for the suppression of strikes, not being authorized by the laws of this state toso act, is guilty of a Class I felony.”It is difficult to argue that this provision was not violated by the hiring of unlicensedpersonnel carrying AR-15’s, engaged to conduct surveillance and to protect theemployees and property of GTAC.Given this and the numerous previously listed violations, it is incumbent on your officeand state regulatory authorities to insure that Bulletproof Securities, Inc. is not allowed tooperate in Wisconsin. In the event Bulletproof officials were to be convicted of thesecharges, they would lose the right to operate in Arizona as well as Wisconsin. GTAC ispresently utilizing Wisconsin personnel, and the tension has de-escalated. It would be
counterproductive to reintroduce this firm into Wisconsin, as GTAC has promisedWhile Governor Walker and others have insisted that you prosecute law-breakingprotesters to the fullest extent possible, I am looking for some semblance of an attempt toenforce the laws against out-of-state corporations responsible for criminal activity withinour state. Your defense of GTAC’s right to hire Bulletproof’s guards at Katie Kloth’shearing was troublesome. It was unrelated to her guilt or innocence, and only served toconflate the issues. No one has ever suggested GTAC has no right to hire private security-- they have every right to hire licensed personnel. Don’t confuse that with utilizingunlicensed, armed security forces in violation of Wisconsin’s criminal laws. Yourvigorous stance in support of the hiring appears inappropriate for one charged with theduty to decide whether that hiring led to multiple violations of the law.Unlike Governor Walker, I am not requesting that you use every weapon at your disposal.I am merely seeking assurances that Bulletproof Securities, Inc. will not be granted alicense to operate in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is better served by the continued use of localcompanies that have demonstrated knowledge of and compliance with the law.

Sincerely,Anthony J. Stella, Jr

.Copy: Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:01 pm
" In a new letter sent to the DA and the state, Stella cites another law that says anyone who employs armed people for the protection of persons or property, not being authorized by the laws of the state, is guilty of a felony."

One word: WOW!
 

Mm M. (455)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:59 pm
Thank you Roxy for all you do to expose what is going on. Sadly, can't star you again. xx
 

Edward P. (7)
Friday July 26, 2013, 11:40 pm
An attorney who has been critical of mining company GTAC.....Well, this says volumes. Let the state figure it out. Because you don't LIKE something, doesn't mean it's illegal. Look at all the illegal things Obama has done, and the MSM hasn't said a word. Gee, I wonder why.
 

Arthur S. (88)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:19 pm
"MIGHT"??????????? My My all attorney's, judges, politicians are oh so cautious of their words.
 
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