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Dr. James N. Fry is known to his friends as simply, Jim Fry.
Jim was one of the very first Americans to be attacked by the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice for nothing more than engaging in legitimate commerce.
“What happened to Jim Fry is every American’s nightmare. Prior to 2012, nobody believed false indictments and imprisonments happened in America. Or, if such did happen, it was exceedingly rare. Since 2012, Americans realize that we have a rabid and unchained dog empowered under the seal of the United States presidency, called the Department of Justice. That rabid dog is biting everyone it comes in contact with, and it is coming for you,” said criminal justice reform crusader, Marcy Nichols Pooler.
Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”), Joe Dixon, of the United States District of Minnesota, was appointed to serve on the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, or FFETF, following its creation by executive order in November 2009.
Mr. Dixon was initially the lead prosecutor on Dr. Fry’s case.
AUSA Dixon was one of dozens appointed to hold those who caused the financial crisis of 2008, accountable. He is also one who became intoxicated by the lynch-power that came with the appointment to the FFETF, causing him and all the others involved in Fry’s trial to become untethered from principles of fairness, the rule of law, and the moorings of the United States Constitution.
AUSA Dixon had the opportunity to stop the false prosecutions before they happened, but he lacked the moral courage to do so. He was not alone. AUSA’s from coast-to-coast suddenly found themselves spineless and intoxicated with the power imbued upon them by the FFETF executive order.
Court records show that, during Dr. Fry’s trial, the prosecution knowingly withheld the key exonerating document that establishes the legality of Fry’s actions. One could, or perhaps should, ask where the outrage is for such prosecutorial misconduct. It does not pass the “smell test” of legal propriety.
During this period, the Federal Bureau of Investigations also showed similar un-moorings, almost as a foreshadowing of what was to come to light nearly a decade later. Consider General Michael Flynn’s case. The FBI lied, and then later admitted its lies and the case was dismissed.
FBI agents cheated to round up scapegoats to placate the public’s demand for “heads on spikes,” resulting in mass prosecutions and incarcerations of innocent Americans who had nothing to do with the 2008 financial crisis, but who were victims of it themselves.
“Although the public’s crisis of faith and trust in the United States Department of Justice probably began failing decades ago, what happened following the 2008 financial crisis with the FFETF cemented the crisis,” said Michele Queyroy-Johnson, the co-creator of the National Registry of Exonerees.
The FFETF, simply put, imprisoned 15,000 Americans who most are believed to be actually innocent.
That group of 15,000 individuals constituted the politically obligatory “sacrificial lambs” so that those who were actually responsible did not have to go to prison themselves because they were “too big to fail.”
Lyle Smith, a retired law enforcement officer and forensic financial crimes detective with direct access to senior government agency officials, performed a deep dive into the Jim Fry case. What did he find? Nothing. Not a single incident of wrongdoing.
“Jim Fry’s prosecution and trial boils down to this: It accused Fry, spoke to the jury with condemnation and eloquence, essentially confused the jury into believing its lie, and the jury said, ‘If you say so.’ That is all there is to his conviction,” Mr. Smith says.
“The problem is that those who actually went to prison were small businessmen and women who did nothing wrong, but were made to appear as though they caused the financial crisis of 2008 so the real culprits; big banks and insurance companies, could remain hidden in the shadows,” explained Joe Simnovec, an advocate for the wrongly imprisoned and founder of the Wrongful Incarcerated Support Group on Facebook.
After AUSA Dixon, and those like him, destroyed the lives of thousands, he went to work at a plush Minnesota law firm as a white-collar defense lawyer.
“Dixon, played both sides for money, and did not actually care what was true,” explains Johnson.
Today, an American can go to prison due to an underlying political agenda simply by being at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and being an “eligible scapegoat” for the United States Department of Justice. Mere proximity to a possible crime committed by someone else is enough for a conviction.
“If a political prosecution serves a political purpose, then it is politically justified by the prosecutions,” explains Pooler. “Such is the case with Dr. Fry. He is an innocent man sitting in prison for over seventeen years. That is the true crime,” she continued.
A long sentence in federal prison is no trivial matter. However, Dr. Fry refuses to be a victim. According to those who know Dr. Fry, (several of whom were interviewed for this article but requested to remain anonymous because they remain incarcerated), say Dr. Fry has handled this travesty remarkably well. “Like a champion,” says one. By relying on his Christian faith, and through the continuing support of family and friends, it appears Dr. Fry has triumphed without regard to physical location. He continues to fight for the truth and moves ever so closer to his ultimate goal, justice.
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