August 2011

Hi Everyone!

I finally have the little shackle off my left leg and am out of the custody of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).  I am going to clear up some misconceptions, give you a brief summary of my journey and tell you of some of my future plans.

First, let’s clear up some misconceptions that have been flying around the Internet for a few years.

  • I was convicted of a misdemeanor, not a felony.  There is a BIG difference.  You can look up the differences when you have some free time.
  • I was not convicted of tax evasion but willful failure to file.  Tax evasion is when you file but leave off over 25% of the “income” that you earned.
  • Willful failure to file has a definition that includes (1) you didn’t file, (2) you knew you were supposed to file and (3) you were liable to file.  Since I am not guilty of (2) and (3) then I am innocent even though the jury found me guilty.  Just because people say a thing doesn’t mean it is the truth, as most of you already know and understand.
  • I didn’t “make thousands of dollars off the people” by having “tax protest” meetings.  We had meetings to discuss my findings and the findings of others.  I didn’t tell people to file or not to file.  I told them to study for themselves.  I think this is the main reason that I was not charged with any felonies.  The money paid by the participants to come to meetings was used to pay for the hotel and the food.  Many of you know that when I gave meetings I had at least coffee and cookies.  Go to your local Marriott or Hilton and price out a meeting room with coffee and cookies, and you will understand why I was short of funds at the end of many of the meetings.  Many volunteered to make up the difference at the end of the meetings and to them I am especially grateful.  However, sometimes I had to come out of pocket and even borrow to pay for the meeting expenses.
  • I was not incorporated during the time I was speaking.  I had already filed a final corporate tax return.

Now, let’s move on to a brief summary of what happened.  There are some things I know now that I didn’t know in the past but I am not at liberty to discuss them right now, so read between the lines if you can.

On October 30, 2007, a jury found me guilty of four (4) counts of willful failure to file tax returns.  On February 14, 2008 I was sentenced to four (4) years in federal prison even though the sentencing guidelines gave a sentence of 27-33 months.  The prosecution asked for and was granted an “upward departure”.

I was immediately taken from my family and placed in the Atlanta City Detention Center for 2 months, then in the Robert A. Deyton Detention Center (a privately owned prison in Lovejoy, Georgia) for another month.

 

Prisioners standing in line

In May 2008 I was flown to Coleman Prison Camp in Coleman, Florida (an hour from Orlando and from Tampa) where I stayed until December 2009.  I became very ill, with what we know now as hyperthyroidism, in July 2009.  After a hospital stay in July my situation got critical and I reached out to my US congressman for help in late November 2009.  It just so happened that I used to be his CPA.  My husband sent the desperate e-mail to the congressman, but he also sent my e-mail to 20 of my dear supporters.  From there, that e-mail went viral, and I started receiving cards and letters from all other the world.

In mid December, almost a month after the letter went out; I received a copy of the American Free Press during the evening mail call.  That edition had a picture of me on the front cover with the caption, “Will The Feds Kill Sherry Jackson?”  Less than an hour later I was packed up and shipped to a county jail, where I spent that night and a better part of the next day, without explanation.  At 4pm I was picked up from the county jail by a man and woman in dress clothes and taken to the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution, a low security women’s prison according to the BOP.  However, that classification is relative because the BOP has not designated a “supermax” facility for women. Women in the BOP system who are classified as “special management concerns” due to violence and/or escape attempts are confined in the administrative unit of Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. Most high security female prisoners reside in special restricted zones within general women’s prisons.

Tallahassee had murderers and all manner of women criminals.  The worst of these were housed in the special housing unit (SHU) for fighting and other major infractions.  The SHU was a prison within a prison, and that is where I was kept for five (5) months!  I was in a cell alone with no real shoes, no real comb and lacking many of the personal items that I needed to live with dignity.

 

Behind prison bars

But by the grace of God I survived solitary confinement.  I asked for and was given a Bible on my first night there.  I read it from cover to cover in 26 days and then started to study by book, chapter and verse.  After a month or so I was allowed to purchase a radio.  I found three (3) good Christian stations and wrote out a daily schedule from 8:00am to 11:00pm of all of the ministries that were on these stations.  Although I also listened to NPR and Fox Radio from time to time, I spent most of my listening time with Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Charles Stanley, Chip Ingram, Tony Evans, Ravi Zacharias, Chuck Swindoll, John McArthur and the late, great Dr. Adrian Rogers.  It was as if I was in my own classroom with these instructors all to myself.

It was too cold in Tallahassee from December through March, so I didn’t go outside.  After March I went out in slippers (they wouldn’t let you have real shoes in the SHU) and walked for an hour Sunday through Thursday.  I also tried to stand in the sun sometimes, to get some vitamin D.  The walking area was the size of a large family room, and I walked around and around singing praise songs.

There were three of these large recreation cells outside.  I was always kept in one alone.  The other two cells had women from Tallahassee and women from other prisons being held over for transport.  Their language was so vile that I had to sing to myself to drown out the filth.

We were allowed to shower on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  We were always shackled when we were let out of the cells, and then unshackled when we were placed in the shower cell or in the recreation cell outside.

After five months I was bussed to the Robert A. Deyton Detention facility in Lovejoy, Georgia for 2 months for a pending appeal, and then bussed back to Coleman Prison camp from August, 2010 till February 15, 2011.

From Coleman I went to a transitional facility in Atlanta.  This “halfway house” housed around 125 men and 20 women.  It was slightly better than prison, but it was another large challenge for me.  I was put on home confinement, then taken off due to a faulty ankle monitor, then placed back on home confinement June 20, 2011.  On August 8, 2011 I was released from the halfway house and began a year of supervised release with the US probation office.  I will get more into detail about this journey at a later date.  Suffice it to say that 36 months in prison will change anyone’s life.

My future plans are to:

  • Build a stronger relationship with the Lord and with my family.
  • Publish the book that I have already typed up and sent to copyright.  This book is not my life story but it is the best book of the 6 that I wrote while in prison.  I pray that this one becomes a movie because it (1) puts a face on prison and (2) shows how easily one can be imprisoned.  More on this book later.
  • Finish typing and editing the other 5 books that I wrote while in prison.
  • Attend seminary and obtain a Masters of Arts in Christian Studies.
  • Start a much needed Women’s ministry (non 501(c)(3) ministry).
  • Speak on social issues of the day, such as prisons.
  • Grow my home based businesses.  The links for my businesses are at the top right hand side of this page.  I am passionate about them, and my goal is to have fun and enjoy what I do while making a few bucks at the same time.

 

This concludes my August newsletter.  I welcome you on this new journey with me.  Future topics will include:

  • Is the church under God or under Caesar?
  • What’s going on in the family?
  • What are you doing to buffer yourself from the next financial crisis?
  • Who can you trust?
  • Education or indoctrination?

Until then be strong and vigilant.

Sherry

P.S. To see what I’m doing in my home business enterprises, go to SPJ Health and SPJ Travel

  • Skeptic Rina

    Amazing woman right here, folks!!! Spread the word. SPREAD THE WORD!

  • cameolighthalf@yahoo.com

    Boy they really made an example out of you, didn’t they. Do not let this deter you. Stay strong in God’s Word, and he will always protect you. Continued success from here on out…………..

  • Jodi

    You are an amazing woman!!! May God bless you in all that you do and everywhere you go…may His angels encamp about you!!!

  • Pete Sikes

    Are you going to continue to violate the law?

  • Ben D Gordon Jr.

    Hello Sherry, I had stumbled upon your case by way of viewing videos. Its very troubling to see how our government can use Bully tactics to scare people into compliance. I have an Accounting education and have been doing some tax research. As you know there are times when theres no clear cut answer.

  • Ben D Gordon Jr.

    In my steps i looked at 1. The Facts 2. The Issues 3. The applicable authorities 4. Evaluation of the authorities (Linear vs. Circular) approach to see where they conflict, 5. Analyze the facts in terms of the applicable authorities. Tax Law treatment is quite broad. How did you approach it? By the language of IRC (Statute), Administrative (Treasury Regulations, Revenue Rulings, Revenue Procedures and/or Pronouncements) or Judicial interpretations (court opinions). I have also viewed the GPO cumulative Bulletin to ascertain the reasoning for the decision. I have been taught these records, reports, and transcripts are useful in deciphering the meaning of the statutory language. Title 26 of the United States Code, is the foundation of all tax law, 1939 codified, then again in 1954 until 1986. I know this information you know, however i point all this out to show how many layers there are and for the viewers that are targeting one avenue only. I’m from NYC and it has me concerned that a former member of that system was treated as you were and if there is a concrete approach i should embark on. Thanks in advance.
    BDG

  • Jenn West

    What law is she violating?

  • Pete Sikes

    Title 26, income tax, failure to file, IIRC.

  • Jenn West

    TITLE 26 IS NOT LAW

    The Internal Revenue Code defines a contract between the IRS and the individual. 26 USC 7806(b) says that Title 26 is not law, as we read “No inference, implication or presumption of legislative construction shall be drawn or made by reason of the location or grouping of any particular section or provision or portion of this title…” N.B. “legislative construction” means “law” and the following United States Supreme Court unmistakably states the same conclusion:

    “The fact that 26 USCS Sec. 4161(a) is located in part of Code dealing with recreational equipment and sporting goods is of little significance in determining applicability of tax to lures used in commercial fishing since Sec. 7806 provides that nothing is to be inferred from grouping or indexing of any particular section.” — Nordby Supply Co. v United States (1978, CA9 Wash) 572 F2d 1377, cert den 439 US 861, 58 L Ed 2d 170, 99 S Ct 182.

    7201 & 7203 IMPOSE NO PENALTIES

    7203 Willful failure to file includes no regulations; 7201 Evasion includes no regulations; If the Secretary does nothing the Act itself would impose no penalties on anyone, therefore they have no force as the following United States Supreme Court cases confirm.

    “The result is that neither the statute nor the regulations are complete without the other, and only together do they have any force, In effect, therefore, the construction of one necessarily involves the construction of the other” — U.S. v. Mersky, 361 U.S. 431 (1960)

    “Act’s civil and criminal penalties attach only upon violation of regulations promulgated by the Secretary; if the Secretary were to do nothing, the Act itself would impose no penalties on anyone.” — CALIFORNIA BANKERS ASSN. v. SHULTZ, 416 U.S. 21 (1974)

    “All code that passes the US Constitutional muster must also conform with ibid,” … to wit: Only regulations having the “force and effect of law” can create a private right of action” …. In contrast, “rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice sometimes called interpretive rules do not create enforceable rights” … “Interpretive rules express an agency’s internal house-keeping measures organizing Agency activities. Unless the regulations comply with the 1946 Administrative Procedures Act 60 Stat 236-244 (4& 4(c)); and, today codified in 5 US Code chapters 5-9 and specifically in 5 US Code §553 (d) for informal rule making then the regulation does not have the “force and effect of law” and is merely “interpretative” at best. Interpretative regulations cannot be violated or enforced,” to wit: As a consequence of this distinction, while an administrative agency delegated legislative power may sue to enforce its legislative rule, just as it may sue to enforce a statute, it cannot ground legal action in a violation of its interpretive rule.

    26 USC §6331 IS NOT IMPOSED UPON THE PEOPLE

    Plaintiff is one of the people, domiciled in New York, and not an employee or instrumentality of the United States or District of Columbia under IRC §6331 that the defendants knowingly and fraudulently claimed authority to act against the plaintiff.

    26 USC §6331 – Levy and distraint (a) Authority of Secretary…, “Levy may be made upon the accrued salary or wages of any officer, employee, or elected official, of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of the United States or the District of Columbia,…”

    PLAINTIFF HAS NO FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP WITH DEFENDANTS – Defendants assumed a Fiduciary Relationship and plaintiff did not see a form 56 or a lawful assessment and yet defendants are acting like they are the trustee of my estate, who granted them permission to run a c’est que trust on me, there is no verified notice concerning a fiduciary relationship.

    DEFENDANT HAS NOT FILED A 4490 CLAIM – Plaintiff did not see a 4490, there exists no verified Proof of Claim”.

    Because title 26 is not law the defendants acted under color of law thereby committing numerous felonies and because defendants also proceeded without verified fiduciary authority and a verified proof of claim, defendants are here with unclean hands. Taken together it is self-evident that the defendants committed “fraud on the court” and for these clearly established reasons a default judgment is in order; therefore plaintiff lawfully moves this court of record for default.

  • Pete Sikes

    LOL!! You are joking right?

    The Internal Revenue Code of 1954 was passed by
    both houses of Congress as House Resolution 8300, and was signed by
    President Eisenhower on August 16, 1954, at about 9:45 a.m., becoming
    Public Law 83-591, 68A Stat. 3. The Internal Revenue Code (Title 26) is now known as the “Internal Revenue Code of 1986” as a result
    of changes made by Public Law 99-514, 100 Stat. 2085 (10/22/1986).

    “N.B. “legislative construction” means “law” ”

    ***Not in any court in this country. It means exactly what it says.

    “26 USC §6331 IS NOT IMPOSED UPON THE PEOPLE”

    ***”It is evident that 6331 was enacted to overcome that difficulty and to subject the salaries of federal employees to the same collection procedures as are available against all other taxpayers, including
    employees of a State.”

    Sims v. United States, 359 U.S. 108, 112-113 (1959)

    “7201 & 7203 IMPOSE NO PENALTIES”

    26 U.S. Code § 7201 – Attempt to evade or defeat tax

    “Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.”

    7203 “Any person required under this title to pay any estimated tax or tax, or required by this title or by regulations made under authority thereof to make a return, keep any records, or supply any information, who willfully fails to pay such estimated tax or tax, make such return, keep such records, or supply such information, at the time or times required by law or regulations, shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $25,000.”

    Instead of blindly cutting and pasting, why not try to look this up yourself and save us both the time and effort?

  • Jenn West

    Symantec and confusion. It’s what it’s all about. The law does not apply to you.

  • Pete Sikes

    Really? Are you God or something? Get a clue and read something besides the crap you are reading now.

  • Jenn West

    Perhaps you believe the government is God? There are mounds of evidence stacked against the governments so called “laws”. Weather you want to accept that or not is not my concern. I won’t resort to name calling in any form, that shows a lack of intelligence and maturity (in my opinion). You have your information, I have mine. I have shared mine with you in a mature and responsible manner. You can accept or not, it does not matter to me. Keep paying your taxes if you like, keep being a slave to the system, it matters not to me what you do or what you believe.

  • Pete Sikes

    Well, if you continue to post outright lies, I’ll call you out on it. What I posted is factually correct, what you posted is a lie and will get people in big trouble. How do you figure a law that says ‘every individual’ does not apply to you?

  • Jenn West

    I can not, in no way, take a lifetime of learning and education and teach you everything you don’t want to know. When the student is ready the teacher will appear. It’s to bad that you are stuck in your singular way of thinking but I will leave you with two bits of information. If you choose to learn more that would be great, knowledge is power.

    When i joined the military I learned the language, otherwise known as code. When I went to work for the DOD, they taught me that, the code is our language, this is how we stay on the same page and understand each other. As a code enforcement officer for the DOD i had to learn the code. Be it, CFR 29, 28, 27, 1910, etc. I had to know and understand the code so that I could use the language between other enforcement officers and employees correctly. YES, you are right, the IRS code 26 states individuals. But they are not talking about YOU the King the sovereign the citizen, civilian etc. They are talking about individual elected politicians and employees who are individuals also. In blacks law they define many terms “man” is not one of them. So, be a man and you don’t stand under (understand) their laws. If i were to walk off the military base and try to get “civilians” to follow the code i was enforcing they would not understand. They don’t speak that language. They are not required to know, even though a judge or attorney will misrepresent a quote and state that ignorance of the law is no excuse. They use that quote to make you feel like the laws are there for you to follow. BUT, ignorance of the law is no excuse, you should know the laws DO NOT apply to you and if you don’t, it’s not their fault. That is the first thing. The second thing is that there has been a shift that is well documented in historical papers, certified copies can be found in the congressional library stating that their is a specific time when elected politicians decided they would flip the script and apply the laws to the King, sovereign, citizen, civilian (whatever you call yourself) and stop applying the laws to themselves. You can find it if you look for it, i doubt you will you seem to like where you stand.

    I’ll give you a couple more quick points just for fun. The UCC is also a code, Uniform Commercial Code, at 1-308 it states that a person (civilian, sovereign, citizen, individual, man etc.) CAN reserve their constitutional rights by stating before his or her signature, I RESERVE ALL MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OR UNDER DURESS, OR WITHOUT PREJUDICE ETC. So that he or she may show that they are claiming their rights as MEN.

    In the legal community, there is a common subject among them. I’m not name calling or anything but this is a common point made among politicians. If you act like a sheep they will treat you like one, if you act like you don’t have a brain they will treat you like one. If you don’t stand on your rights then we will abuse you. If you don’t stand on principle and claim your manhood, we will take your manhood and throw you in jail. It’s a common thing among them.
    For men to be treated like men, they must think, assert themselves, be aware, have knowledge, assert that they understand their rights and they stand on their rights. If you don’t, they will abuse you.

    This is my last reply to you, I have tried to help you understand what is going on here, but you insist that what i say are lies. I assure you that these things are not lies these things are hard to swallow truths. I wish you luck and hope that you will wake up and stop being a sheep. Be a MAN.

  • Pete Sikes

    “YES, you are right, the IRS code 26 states individuals. But
    they are not talking about YOU the King the sovereign the citizen, civilian etc. They are talking about individual elected politicians and employees who are individuals also.”

    ***And your evidence for this grand mistake made by
    Congress?

    “In blacks law they define many terms “man” is not one of them. So, be a man and you don’t stand under (understand) their laws.”

    ***Understand means ‘to comprehend’, it does not refer to a
    location. The law defines you as an individual, unless you want to claim that you are not human? Some sort of Alien or perhaps a worm?

    “The second thing is that there has been a shift that is well documented in historical papers, certified copies can be found in the
    congressional library stating that their is a specific time when elected
    politicians decided they would flip the script and apply the laws to the King, sovereign, citizen, civilian (whatever you call yourself) and stop applying the laws to themselves. You can find it if you look for it, i doubt you will you seem to like where you stand.”

    ***Because it doesn’t exist.

    “I’ll give you a couple more quick points just for fun. The UCC is also a code, Uniform Commercial Code, at 1-308 it states that a person
    (civilian, sovereign, citizen, individual, man etc.) CAN reserve their
    constitutional rights by stating before his or her signature, I RESERVE ALL MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OR UNDER DURESS, OR WITHOUT PREJUDICE ETC. So that he or she may show that they are claiming their rights as MEN.”

    ***The UCC does not apply to the Federal Government, it is
    just a State law.

    “This is my last reply to you, I have tried to help you understand what is going on here, but you insist that what i say are lies. I assure you that these things are not lies these things are hard to swallow truths. I wish you luck and hope that you will wake up and stop being a sheep. Be a MAN.”

    **Get a clue and join the rational human beings, don’t stay
    a freetard moron, telling all these lies helps no one.

  • Pete Sikes

    You can’t teach me anything except what NOT to do. None of what you have posted so far has any semblance to the truth. You have fallen for the lies are are reveling in your own ignorance.