Van Horn has different view of government
By 12/07/2000 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
AVALON - Despite 22 days in jail, Fredrick Van Horn still is committed to educating the public about problems he sees in government.
'Somebody's got to do something,' Van Horn told the Ellis County News. 'I happened to look in the mirror, and there was somebody standing there. Me.'
Van Horn, owner of Brambleberry Goat Farm in Avalon, recently was jailed and charged with 'recklessly aggressive conduct' for allegedly placing 'Jimmie Adams in danger of bodily injury by displaying a firearm in a dangerous manner.'
Van Horn insists he did not point the firearm at the tractor driver, but said the charges are a symptom of a deeper problem.
Van Horn contends our current form of corporate government is under the control of international bankers.
'My project is to help people learn how to shut municipalities down,' he said. 'I tell people how to set up their own common law courts.'
But Van Horn admitted it's a big job.
'If you get the people to take the time to study it, it will come to a halt,' he said. 'You can't one day have corporate law and the next day original jurisdiction.
'People have to be re-taught. People don't have any idea. When you register to vote, you voluntarily enter into the U.S. Corporation.'
On Monday, Nov. 27, Van Horn got a break from Judge Bob Carroll. When Van Horn appeared in court an hour later than the appointed time, Carroll rescinded a $100,000 bond order and granted an extension to allow Van Horn time to hire an attorney of his own choosing. The new court date was set for Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m.
But Van Horn said he does not plan to hire an attorney. Instead, he will file lawsuits he feels will remove Judge Carroll from the case and bring the proceedings to an end.
'It's a tar baby,' he said of the suit. 'It sucks them all into it. Then the RICO sinks the battleship.'
The incident in which Van Horn has been charged stems from a dispute over land owned by Philip Services Corporation of Avalon. Van Horn alleges he holds a lease on the land for the purpose of growing winter feed for goats he raises. PSC mowed the property and hauled away the 'crop' three times in the last two years, according to Van Horn.
'I want to communicate with you,' Brian Watson of PSC told the Ellis County Press, 'I don't want to come out with a big ‘no comment' statement. We have local attorneys as well as company attorneys in Houston, and what they are wanting me to do is not to discuss it at this time. When it is resolved, we'll have a statement for you.'
Additionally, Van Horn is fighting to retain ownership of his farm after having been sued for back taxes.
'On Sept. 26 there was a knock at my door,' said Van Horn. '(A man) says, ‘You've made people mad. They're going to rip you off your land. You'll be a jail bird or out on the street, but it's over.'
'I got served that I was being sued for back taxes and also sued for holding the land under gunpoint for two years.'
According to Van Horn, sheriff's department officials aimed firearms at him, handcuffed him, chained him, and threatened to ransack his house if he did not produce the firearm used in the alleged incident with the tractor driver. He claimed officials did not have a search warrant.
Phillip Williams, prosecuting attorney for the district attorney's office, declined to comment on the existence of warrants.
'I can't discuss his case in any manner with anyone,' Williams said. 'That wouldn't be appropriate at all.'
Van Horn is confident his lawsuit will remove the case from the local courts and take it to the Supreme Court where, in his opinion, it belonged.
'I think it was Andrew Jackson that said, ‘If you let (the bankers) get control, your children's children will wake up slaves,'' he said. 'People like me take a terrible chance of getting wiped out.'