Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers – self-proclaimed anti-government “Patriots” – has issued a statement saying they plan on protecting rogue Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis from “dictatorial powers” who may try to arrest her again should she interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses upon her return to work on Monday.
“We believe Federal District Court Judge David Bunning grossly overstepped his bounds and violated Mrs Davis’ due process rights, and in particular her right to a jury trial. This judge has assumed unto himself not just the powers of all three branches of government, but has also taken on the powers of judge, jury, and “executioner.”
“Now we see the rise of an imperial judiciary that not only legislates from the bench but is attempting to expand their ‘contempt’ power to likewise swallow up our Bill of Rights and circumvent jury trial.
“Both methods are used to allow the powerful office holder to merely point his finger and have his opponent thrown behind bars without a grand jury indictment and without being found guilty by a jury of their peers. No innocent until proven guilty before a jury. Just ‘guilty’ because the leader says so. That is a dictatorship, whether done by a president or by a judge.
“No one man should have that kind of power in his hands alone to decide guilt and impose a sentence of indefinite detention. Under our Constitution, that dictatorial power does not exist. We must stand against this. And so we will protect her and prevent it from happening again.”
Yesterday, in a radio interview Rhodes says he and his band of domestic terrorists plan to intervene should federal marshals seek to re-arrest Ms. Davis.
We pretty much call this “taking the law into your own hands.”