March 31, 2010
A federal court in Texas has ruled in favor of Darrel Rundus and the Great News Network in the “Million Dollar Bills” case.
Darrel Rundus is a self-made Christian millionaire in the marketing field and founder of the Great News Network.
Rundus brought suit against the U.S. government and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after the Counterfeit Division of the Secret Service illegally confiscated gospel tracts made to resemble one million dollar bills from the Great News Network office in Denton, Texas, on June 2, 2006.
Mr. Rundus had informed Secret Service agents they did not have authority to confiscate the tracts without a search warrant. Secret Service agents threatened to arrest a Great News Network employee if he did not allow the agents to confiscate the tracts which they characterized as “contraband.” Rundus was not present at the office when Secret Service agents arrived and demanded they be allowed to take the tracts.
Rundus’ lawsuit argued that Secret Service agents conspired to cover up the illegal seizure of the religious tracts. The Secret Service continued its effort to cover-up the illegal confiscation in court when two agents took the stand on September 3, 2009, and committed perjury, according to a copy of the legal judgment sent to Infowars.com by Mr. Rundus.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued that since the tract does not resemble actual U.S. currency they did not engage in counterfeit. During the case, the government went to great lengths to demonstrate the difficulty of distinguishing the Million Dollar Bill from genuine U.S. currency.
“First and foremost, is the fact that the Million Dollar Bill purports to be worth a million dollars. There is no genuine currency in this amount. More importantly, the amount the bill purports to be worth would lead any unsuspecting, honest, and reasonable person to become suspicious of the the bill’s genuineness,” the plaintiffs argued.
On March 30, 2010, the court ruled that the One Million Dollar Bill does not violate federal statute and Secret Service agents had violated the Fourth Amendment. The Secret Service was ordered it immediately return all the tracts seized from Great News Network offices in Texas.
The court dismissed the claim made by the plaintiffs that the illegal confiscation violated the First Amendment.
The ruling can be viewed here in PDF format.
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