Simon Johannson violates our U.S. Constitution

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Most people are probably aware that Simon Johansson, the entrepreneur of ill-repute, exiled from the UK, was behind the posting of the full names of the 11 jurors on his website JodiArisIsInnocent.com.

They don't call it "#2" for nothin'!
They don’t call it “#2” for nothin’!

This may have been in retaliation for those on Twitter who posted the name, the address and even a map to the home of the one juror who held out for Life. This was tweeted by quite a few on Twitter the same day as the non-verdict. People are wondering how in the heck SJ, living in Switzerland, ever got a hold of those names. Suspicion, of course, falls upon a combination of Jodi Arias and/or her Mitigation Specialist, Maria De La Rosa, and Sj or one of his minions. So, what purpose did it serve other than to tend to incriminate, fairly or not, all of these people?

My sources informed me that Jodi’s mother and her Aunt Sue Allen-Halterman contacted SJ and asked him to take down the list of the 11 jurors names, to no avail. As of today, they were still there.

SJ (Simon Johannson or Sion Hill) The Captain of the Ship.
SJ (Simon Johannson or Simon Hill) The Captain of the Ship.

Many may have seen that move as heroically fighting fire with fire, as “SJ” has done throughout this case. But SJ far overstepped the bounds of decency as well as attacking each and every American and our U.S. Constitution. He cannot be allowed to get a pass on that, especially with everything else he’s done.

The individual, moral choice of the single holdout juror was not a violation of any kind, broke no laws or ethical codes, and her decision was entirely within her rights as a juror to make, for reasons I’ll explain in the next article.

This whole situation with the juror and the leak of the jurors’ names can and should be thoroughly investigated. If there was any wrongdoing by any party, there should be severe consequences. Barring that, the juror was within her rights and her decision was hers to make, keep, and hold fast to without any explanation owed to any of the other eleven. That’s the law for a Life or Death deliberation and verdict, in case you were not aware. More about that in the next article.

jaii minionsOut of all the schemes SJ has pulled, this one is by far the worst, in my opinion, because to threaten jurors and to publish names he obviously had prior to the verdict, strikes a blow to the very heart of our democracy and our Constitution. It’s beyond the pale. Here’s why:

“One of the primary concerns of the founding fathers was preventing the United States of America from developing an oppressive government. Much of the Bill of Rights was born out of that concern, including its prohibitions on unreasonable searches and seizures, the right against self-incrimination, and of course, the right to a trial by jury. The right to a jury trial plays a central role in the justice system and it is important to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and function of the jury in a criminal matter.”

A primary strength of the jury trial is that it acts as a check to unfettered prosecutorial power. Prosecutors have a tremendous amount of power when deciding whether to charge a defendant with a crime, as well as what charges to bring. However, they must make this charging decision understanding that a group of individuals, entirely unknown to them, will be deciding their case after they present the evidence. Prosecutors typically do not want to waste time and resources on unreasonable charges in front of a jury evaluating their case.”

“Another strength of juries is that, if judges decided every case, it could raise a number of concerns about fairness in the judicial process. For example, appointed judges might be beholden to politics and the people who appointed them. Additionally, elected judges could be swayed by public opinion in a given case. pray for deathJurors, on the other hand, are not appointed and instead serve on a jury as part of their civic duties. In cases where public opinion weighs heavily on one side, they can also be sequestered to minimize the amount of influence exerted by the public or media on a given matter.”

“On the other hand, jurors are laypeople who are sometimes asked to understand complicated legal concepts and apply those concepts to the case at hand, without letting emotion clog their decision-making. It’s not an easy task, and can be very time consuming, especially in cases involving serious offenses. Because of both the time and complexity of some matters, it is not surprising to hear stories about jurors falling asleep or failing to pay attention throughout a trial.”

http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-law-basics/what-is-the-role-of-a-jury-in-a-criminal-case.html#sthash.bcTzRNpV.dpuf

“It’s easy to forget how important the jury really is to America. “The right to be a juror is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to all eligible citizens. The right to trial by jury helped spark the American Revolution, was quickly adopted at the Constitutional Convention, and is the only right that appears in both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 6th amendament a dt in flamesBut for most of us, a jury summons is an unwelcome inconvenience. Who has time for jury duty? We have things to do.

In Why Jury Duty Matters, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson reminds us that whether we like it or not, we are all constitutional actors. Jury duty provides an opportunity to reflect on that constitutional responsibility. Combining American history, constitutional law, and personal experience, the book engages citizens in the deeper meaning of jury service. Interweaving constitutional principles into the actual jury experience, this book is a handbook for those Americans who want to enrich the jury experience. It seeks to reconnect ordinary citizens to the constitutional character of a nation by focusing on the important, and largely ignored, democratic lessons of the jury.

Jury duty is a shared American tradition. It connects people across class and race, creates habits of focus and purpose, and teaches values of participation, equality, and deliberation. We know that juries are important for courts, but we don’t know that jury service is important for democracy. This book inspires us to re-examine the jury experience and act on the constitutional principles that guide our country before, during, and after jury service.”

http://nyupress.org/books/9780814729038/

JAII bgThis is why, when some vile foreigner punk named Simon Johansson, threatens our Constitutional rights, all Americans and all peoples should be alarmed and disgusted, not only at his latest antic of naming and posting the 11 jurors in the Jodi Arias trial, but all the other mean-spirited and revolting stunts he’s pulled throughout the Jodi Arias case.

SJ pissed all over that tradition, using the social media as a weapon to threaten and intimidate the Arias jurors, and future jurors. Jurors are serving our country and should be thanked and applauded for that service. What will we do if citizens are afraid to step up to serve on juries? They should be treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality. The decisions of jurors should be accepted and only questioned under very rare and unusual circumstances, such as the guilt phase of the Jodi Arias case.

In America, it’s vitally important to our Constitution and our criminal justice system that the rule is HANDS-OFF ALL JURORS, WITNESSES, VICTIMS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND PRINCIPLES IN A TRIAL.

We found the verdicts to be fair and just verdicts, were it a fair trial. But we believe it was an unfair trial and the jurors did seem to be confused about a few things, from listening to their statements. We believe the original jury followed the prosecutor, rather than the facts and the law.

When a juror voluntarily releases his or her name to the public, then and only then should their name become “fair game” for reporting.

One seen as a heroic fortress and refuge against a blizzard of vengeance seekers in this case, JodiAriasIsInnocent.com has far overstepped its bounds, out-lived its purpose and should be shunned and abandoned by any and every true supporter of Jodi Arias.

Jodi Arias continues to cling to SJ and his foreign website, registered in Pakistan, run by a fugitive from the UK, and utilizing outdated, pirated software. These were the people who made her art and book sites possible, who set up a fundraising site for her appeals, and who delivered important information to supporters they could find almost nowhere else. Heroic efforts to be sure. JAII gave a voice to Jodi Arias and her supporters and fought valiantly against a giant and overwhelming opposing force of dedicated and highly motivated pro-prosecution supporters.

But the talented people who fulfilled all these tasks in support of Jodi Arias and the dedicated regulars and commenters on the JAII website are not welded to that website. They aren’t married to it. It’s just one punk and just one website. They can go off on their own, blog on their own, create their own websites, join other decent and civil support groups, communicate with Jodi on their own, and help her in any way they wish. They do not need SJ or JAII any longer.

JodiArias will follow her support and her supporters, not SJ and JAII. SJ is of no use to Arias any longer. He can not gain new, fair-minded supporters to her cause, he cannot help raise money for her appeals, and he cannot help her legally. SJ cannot rally supporters to her aid, because true supporters want nothing to do with him, his sleazy posts and comments, and his unethical schemes.

SJ
SJ

SJ damages Jodi’s cause with his checkered past, his rotten reputation and his inability to see or care how he is chasing hordes of current and potential new supporters away. Ever since the famous “Body bag” post where SJ posted a photo of Travis Alexander in a body bag on his bathroom floor with the caption “Justice Has Been Served” and “It’s In The Bag”, SJ has been losing a steady stream of supporters. Now, with his 2 dozen or so regulars, it’s really more of a trickle.

Two separate sources told me that on the eve of the 2nd penalty verdict, SJ again raised his body bag pirate flag, but then lowered it before the night was through.

My sources have related to me numerous stories of defections after that photo post, initially, but even more so since then and the end of this trial. SJ has built himself a Leper Colony, and the hopelessly infected are the only ones who will remain. People need to make a conscious effort to stop bringing hits to that site, as that is what SJ lives for.

Another source wanted to make sure I knew, after our Jodiland Wars article, that Ben Ernst, reputed to be very close to Jodi Arias, was not a part of JAII and did not comment there. No one wants to be associated with that offensive site or its Captain any longer.

During the Jodiland Wars, I tried to remain somewhat neutral between SJ and JAII and other groups of supporters who wanted Jodi Arias to divest herself from the ill-repute of JAII. But CNN’s HeadLine News does not own the Jodi Arias case and neither does SJ. There are many, much better alternatives, for supporters as well as for Arias and her family.

https://spotlightonlaw.wordpress.com/the-jodiland-wars/

SJ’s crude foul language drives away 1/3 of his audience. His anti-American and anti-Constitutional stance and combative posture drives away another 1/3, and his mean-spiritedness and stunning lack of ethics drives away another 1/3. How many does that leave? Hmmmm. You do the math.

SJ has refused to join forces or share fundraising duties with any other blog, group, or website. How foolish is that? He’s an extremely jealous and competitive man, so much so that JAII will soon be a table for one. Some of his fellow pirates may stay with him, as his warship slowly sinks into the shoals, and no one’s complaining about that.

The only reason SJ and JAII is still afloat, though, is Jodi Arias. My sources tell me her family does not want to be associated with JAII and SJ, but Jodi Arias is demanding they stick with him. Jodi Arias has refused help from Jason Weber, Lisa Schilling. sj 9George Barwood, and others. Unlike the 2 dozen or so supporters at JAII, each of these people have hundreds and hundreds of supporters behind them and new supporters arriving every week. Jodi isn’t budging now, but she will, she will.

Maybe when Jodi Arias realizes that SJ has only manged to raise a few hundred dollars in many months, she will finally see the light.

Maybe there’s some kind of benefit in dealing with a foreign website that has no accountability and is immune from all law. But who needs that particular website? No one at all. If anything, SJ and JAII have prevented Jodi Arias from gaining a solid support base and raising funds for her appeals, only because SJ wants to be the sole voice and arm of Jodi Arias. Well, he’s not.

SJ is the emperor with no clothes. SJ is the little tiny man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. He’s a blowhard with emphysema.

If he truly wanted to help Jodi Arias’ cause, rather than generate website hits, which he can’t do either, SJ and JAII would take the high road.

caution AThat means hands off the victim, the victim’s family and the jurors. That means fighting ignorance, misunderstandings and hatred with patience, intelligence, humaneness, and integrity. Stick to logic and the facts of the case. That’s how to generate a following that can actually assist Jodi Arias and her family.

SJ is a warrior, but the war is over now, he should just fade away like MacArthur. This is a time to heal and to build, for everyone involved on all sides of this case. SJ thinks he has Jodi in his back pocket. But even she will eventually abandon him and follow her rational and humane base of supporters.

pray for deathSJ is a supporter-repellant plain and simple. The jury had an important individual moral choice to make. Now, most fair-minded supporters have made their choice to abandon SJ and JAII. Now Jodi Arias herself has an important moral choice to make. You are known by the company you keep, and there’s no getting away from that. SJ can go gear up for his next Constitution bashing, mean-spirited fight with a new, hopefully foreign, defendant.

Another General Douglas MacArthur, he’s not, He’s more like another General Custer, or a General Nuisance.

MACARTHUR LUZON“We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.”

“A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.”

“The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.”

– Douglas MacArthur

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/douglas_macarthur.html#okw4S1yGVYteApkb.99

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16 thoughts on “Simon Johannson violates our U.S. Constitution”

  1. Fantastic article Rob! As you know, we did try to warn Arias and her family, but to no avail. Justice4jodiarias.com still has many supporters and we are gaining new ones every day, even now that we no longer market the site or campaign for Jodi, other than a blog here and there. We wish Jodi the best of luck in her appeals and she and her family are welcome to contact us anytime.

    1. Thanks, Lisa. You have a very positive site and it’s too bad JA doesn’t see the value of that. I do understand how she owes SJ for assisting her so much, but she shouldn’t allow the denigration of the victim or the victim’s family. That is never going to help to gain supporters or donations. I’m sure JA thinks that JAII is some big juggernaut, but the truth is that most of his site hits are coming from curious people who do not support JA and never will.

    2. What exactly happened with the money issue though? There seems to be some big fight about finances between the two Jodi support groups. Rather puzzling…

      As for SJ, what exactly was he charged with in the UK?

      1. SJ may have been charged with bank fraud, I don’t have anything concrete on Simon Johannson or Simon J Hill. Here is a link to some info https://geebee2.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/information-about-veteran-conman-simon-john-hill-also-known-as-simon-johansson-sj/

        I’m not really interested in any criminal or fraudulent activity. I’m certain that SJ is very honest in his fund-raising for the Appellate Trust Fund, and he’s very devoted to the Jodi Arias case. In fact, any donations go directly to the trust fund, they do not go through SJ. My problem is his vile comments and combative attitude scares away potential donors.

        And that’s what it was about. Jason Weber and Lisa Schilling started their own website, but they wanted Jodi Arias to divest from her support of SJ. Jodi Arias has been helped by SJ, so she did not want to disassociate from him, and she called for unity. The donation site is an independent site Justice4Jodi.com, so another solution was that both JAII and Jason and Lisa’s site could both link to the donation site.

        Jason and Lisa didn’t like that idea, so they set up a non-profit for helping defendants. People can donate funds there requesting that the donations go specifically to Jodi Arias. Those donations are tax-deductible and everything is subject to US law. The difference is that the members of the board, rather than the Arias family, decides what expenses to fund for the appeals process of Jodi Arias. All money donated specifically for her will be spent on her defense, but the board decides what expenses to release the money to. That’s my understanding anyway.

  2. I can’t believe I actually agree with this article. You left out that Simon Hill, which is his real name is a wanted criminal. He’s wanted here & in the UK. That’s why the coward ran off to Sweden. Simon should be extradited to the US a.s.a.p. He’s a scammer and her parents were that stupid to align themselves with him in the first place. Jodi is not the blame for that. Do these people not have control over their own lives? Well now that Jodi her JAII cult violated every rule at the jail. They are now cut off for life. There will be some heads rolling in to jail since most of the cult following are convicted felons. Big, no, no to have contact with the killer.

    1. Switzerland won’t ever extradite anyone to the US. Most European countries are very reluctant to do so due to America’s death penalty and other human rights violations.

  3. I just wanted to comment on your bravery rob. I do not agree with your viewpoints since i believe the case was charged correctly. However i appreciate your opinions and realize you come from a good place. Its too bad jodi cuts off nose to spite her face. Its that narcissism i believe that prohibits jodi from aligning completely with others since rational people do not believe her 100%, unlike SJ does. it appears she cannot deal with reality despite that her fairytale thinking will hurt her now and in the future. Her mentality will not suit her in general population with women who couldn’t have experts because it was too costly ect. I don’t think they’ll find her $3 million dollar defense very sympathetic. I do think jodi would do better with you and other realistic supporters to get her through the next lifetime.

      1. Dr DeMarte would have diagnosed Jodi with Evil Whore Syndrome if she could have. In fact, that’s exactly what she tried to do on the stand by blatantly communicating her disgust and contempt for the patient.

        Actually, I think DeMarte was successful because, on the whole, her “audience” (let’s not forget this trial was witch-burning entertainment) was receptive to woman-hating disguised as objective medical practice.

        The BPD diagnosis itself has come under fire for years for its misogynist slant since it is applied mostly to young (and often, it seems, “sexy”) women whose emotional problems and dysfunctional personalities usually have their roots in childhood invalidation, neglect and abuse (physical, emotional, sexual). There are mental health activists who want the sexist and stigmatizing “borderline” term ditched in favour of terminology that refers to emotional dysregulation and complex stress/trauma.

        If there’s anyone in this tragic tale who gave off a whiff of NPD, that would be Travis Alexander. In some ways, this case can be understood as the violent outcome of two traumatized, grown children playing dangerous games with degrading sex and religious dogma. And they weren’t equal partners in this game. Far from it: Travis was the leader.

        Murder wasn’t inevitable, of course; that could have been prevented, had either of them had the ability to reach out and confide in sane, sensible and trustworthy people. But psychological/physical violence probably WAS guaranteed once their bond was formed. I think that happened in about 10 minutes? Yes, Jodi’s romantic yearnings and woo-woo-Secret ideas are pretty fucked up. Not more so than Travis’ ideas about women and his conflating ego with spirituality, though. How terrifyingly complementary. What a disaster.

      2. My point is that Dr Demarte is Dr Death, as Nurmi said. So if Jodi really did have NPD (as anon suggested), then Dr Death would have jumped at the chance to diagnose her with that.

      3. “Dr Death” — oh, yes, that’s what she was! Like I said, the trial had an atmosphere of a modern-day witch trial. I agree with you that DeMarte would have loved to come through for Martinez and diagnose Jodi with NPD or anti-social personality. Or with my made-up and satirical “Evil Whore Syndrome.”

        My point is that killing a man wasn’t Jodi’s only crime. Her other “crime” was being the type of woman that people — including the public, prosecutors, and jurors — love to hate. In that sense, DeMarte didn’t have to work too hard to present Arias as contemptible and unworthy of life. She only had to make faces and spit out certain words, such as “liar,” with a special emphasis. People wanted to see Jodi dehumanized, so they willingly met the inexperienced and insensitive DeMarte half-way.

      4. Odd. I read and re-read my original comment and while i never labelled Jodi as having NPD and i certainly no definitely never once even typed DR.Demarte. I will go a step up and label you L.D.

    1. You said that JA has narcissism that “prohibits [her] from aligning completely with others since rational people do not believe her 100%”. If one believes that someone continually acts in a narcissistic way, then one can infer that they have NPD. It’s not much of a leap. I have no idea what LD is, anon.

  4. Rob, You rely on George for information on Simon? Seriously? He’s a factless bafoon. That’s a lazy route to take. Do you not know how to find information that I have saved on my computer all about Simon Hall. There is a whole world out there. Might you venture into it instead of relying on gossip hens like Sandra Webbber & George Barwood? Geesh. FACTLESS and LAZY Reporting should be the new name of this dying blog.

    1. My information comes from an array of sources, many first hand. I do not rely on George for any of my information and i don’t know how you get these kinds of ideas? If you would like to share information that would be great. Factless, lazy reporting? Dying blog? Getting information from George and Sandra? Sister, you are completely and totally wrong – about Everything you just commented about.

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