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To exonerate Doreen Hendrickson

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Doreen Hendrickson is a mild-mannered and demure mother of two. In spite of posing a threat to nobody, she may be incarcerated very soon thanks to the dirty tricks and heavy hands of the authoritarian federal government. Denied her basic rights in the court of law, Doreen Hendrickson was convicted of contempt of court on July 25, 2014.

This is her story:

Doreen Hendrickson, along with her husband Pete, are libertarian activists who file tax returns in an unconventional way and encourage others to do the same. Because of this, Doreen was charged by the federal government with defying two court orders.

“One commanded Doreen to repudiate her previously-filed, sworn tax returns and replace them with new ones containing testimony dictated by the government,” her husband Pete Hendrickson said. “Doreen was ordered to swear to her personal belief in the testimony she was ordered to make and to conceal the fact that the returns she was ordered to make would be coerced and false.”

 In short, Doreen was faced with an ultimatum.

She could obey the court order and say she falsified a tax return (a felony), or she could stand by her word and her conscience by refusing to obey the court order that would force her to perjure herself. Doreen did what was right and chose the noble option.

Now she may pay a huge price for such integrity.

“I am accused by the government of having committed a crime for refusing to obey an order to swear to facts I do not believe are true. I agreed to obey the order if I could also simply add to my signature that I had been ordered by a judge to swear to the facts. That didn’t suit the government however. Not only must I obey an order to swear to something I do not believe, but I am not allowed to indicate that I’ve been ordered to swear under threat of imprisonment.”Doreen Hendrickson

When you take a closer look at Doreen and Pete’s activism and the ramifications it could have if widely adopted, it becomes clear as to why the federal government feels so threatened. They are desperate to make an example out of them.

Whereas many complain about federal government corruption and do nothing about it, Doreen’s husband Pete developed a plan to help people protect their economic freedom while chipping away at federal power. He outlined it in his book, Cracking the Code, which in 2003 released the incredible information he compiled about the income tax and the 16th Amendment.

Hendrickson estimates that at least $2.3 billion has been forced out of federal coffers and back into the rightful hands of hard-working Americans.

“All of these refunds have been thoroughly vetted by the government before being issued, and all have issued even while the government has striven mightily to suppress the knowledge of the law by which these claims are made,” Pete Hendrickson said. “Cracking the Code invokes the mechanism provided by the Founders for keeping the State restrained and obedient to the law.”

However, this success has come at a price for Pete Hendrickson. Ever since Cracking the Code was released, the feds have been trying to destroy the Hendrickson family. Pete has already had to serve jail-time, and now his wife may be forced to do the same.

Doreen was not allowed to reference any Supreme Court cases that would have demonstrated her innocence to the jury.

She was not allowed to reference the thousands of stories from Americans who received refunds because they filed tax returns based off of information obtained from Pete’s book.Government attorneys lied about a relevant statute and tried to prevent giving the text of the statute from going to the jury.

Mrs. Hendrickson was not even allowed to get through her opening and closing statements. She was taunted by the arrogant judge and not given the proper time to make her case.

To add insult to injury, the jury was instructed NOT to consider the Constitution of the United States while considering the verdict. They were told, “It is not a defense to the crime of contempt that the court order was unlawful or unconstitutional.

To put it quite simply:

This case was a miscarriage of justice. This was a kangaroo court. This was a railroading. This was a dog and pony show. It was a disgrace to everything that America was founded upon.



If anything, our country needs more people like Doreen Hendrickson who stand up for their beliefs against power-lusting bureaucrats. Our society should not punish courage! We must take a stand for this brave lady, and show up to her court date:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

12:00 Noon

231 W Lafayette Ave

Detroit, MI 48226-2702

2nd floor, Judge Victoria Roberts

If we can pack enough people into the court house, we can make sure the judge knows the importance of this case. This is not something that can be swept under the rug. Doreen's story is being heard, and will continue being heard. And if Judge Roberts does not do the right thing, there will be immense public outrage.

Sign this petition, and spread it around far and wide. An innocent woman's life truly hangs in the balance!


We, the undersigned citizens of America, are concerned for the security of our rights, seeing them threatened by the attack on those of our sister, Doreen Hendrickson. Doreen is plainly being punished by the United States for exercising her rights of speech and conscience, and her right to due process of law in any legal contest between herself and the United States, whether that contest concerns tax matters or otherwise.

We call upon our public servant, federal district court judge Victoria Roberts, to abandon this violation of Doreen's rights and to exercise her authority under the federal rules to arrest this judgment, dismiss the indictment under which Doreen was tried, or otherwise vacate and dispose of the lawless charges and proceedings against Doreen.

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