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Something’s Rotten in the State of Dublin

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Update (8/31): In a recent post on my blog, I told the story of Scott Heineman and Kurt Johnson whose business activities as the Dorean Group are currently embroiled in a legal battle with the Federal government. I’m pleased to report that they are no longer being held in isolation and are in good spirits as they get ready for their next court date which will take place at the San Francisco Federal Building on September 5th.


Update (8/20): On August 15th, Kurt and Scott spent the day in court. Upon their return, they were immediately placed in the SHU (special housing unit) and are being held in isolation. As a result, I have been unable to find out what transpired during their day in court.


Something’s Rotten in the State of Dublin


By: Josh Wolf


August 10th


It’s 12 o’clock and today’s lunch has yet to arrive. I know what you’re thinking. So what? Well, I’ll tell you, at this facility, lunch is usually served by 10:30-11 at the latest, and there seems to be something in the air.


I had an interview with Michelle Meyers from CNet this morning, and the jail administrator, who oversees these media interviews, seemed more than a bit distracted. Our strict 15-minute interview bloomed into a 20-minute affair; in the past these were overseen with Swiss precision, but that was certainly not the case this morning.


Following the interview, I went out to the rec yard and witnessed Kurt Johnson refusing to accept a bundle of mail that had been handed to him by Counselor Rivas. Rivas insisted and when Kurt threw the package to the floor, the counselor threatened him with littering.


No, today does not appear to be an ordinary day. I decided to check-in with Kurt and his co-defendant to see if I could assess what all the fuss was about.


You see, Kurt Johnson and his business partner Scott are presently entangled in a legal drama surrounding their business The Dorean Group, which exploited alleged flaws and loopholes in the mortgage business as a means to spare their clients from facing the monstrous debts that in many cases already threatened their homes. It’s difficult to assess how legitimate their approach was, but it’s safe to say the men are masters at drafting contracts, and that the principles behind the mortgage industry may have flaw built-in.


Instead of mounting a traditional defense against their charges, Kurt and Scott have instead brought forth a series of contracts; they contend that much of the legal code is inherently illegal and that their case revolves around the rights of contract.


One thing is clear, although their approach is unconventional - they have been making progress. Judge Alsup, the same judge that sent me to prison, has recused himself from their case and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) seems to be nervous and uncertain how to proceed.


According to Kurt Johnson, the BOP - and its agents - are making legal determinations on behalf of the defendents without a contract and authorizing these actions despite the potential ramifications.


In response to this situation, Heineman and Johnson delivered a contract to the BOP this morning. This contract was the apparent impetus for Counselor Rivas to return a stack of commercially refused mail that I witnessed in the rec yard.


The defendants calim that the act of returning the mail was an acceptance provision of the contract. When asked how they feel about the present situation, Kurt state, “We’ve never been more excited. We’ve had all the liability removed and it’s quite a relief.”


For updates on the case of Kurt Johnson and Scott Heinman please refer to their blog at thedoreangroup.blogspot.com.

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