Announcement: 2011-02-18 Julian Heicklen arrested by Teaneck, NJ and federal officers

7:20AM:

Just spoke with Julian Heicklen’s wife, Susan Heicklen. This is all likely the result of a bench warrant issued after Julian failed to appear at an arraignment after being charged for jury tampering. For more on the charge read previous progress reports.

  • At approximately 6AM a Teaneak, NJ officer knocked on the Heicklen’s front door.
  • At the time only one of the Heicklen’s daughter’s was awake and in the shower. Her children nor Julian or Susan heard the knocking. The officer knocked sufficiently loud and got the attention of their daughter who put on a robe and went downstairs to answer the door.
  • She asked what the reason for the police’s visit and she was told that their car had been broken into.
  • 4 federal officers (probably working for the FPS) entered the home. Three men and one woman.
  • They instructed Julian’s daughter to stay downstairs and leave the door open. She requested that she be allowed to change given she was still wet from getting out of the shower and standing in front of an open door but was refused.
  • She requested they do what they were going to do quietly so as to not wake her children.
  • They went to Susan and Julian’s room and woke them and then placed Julian under arrest.
  • Julian was generally compliant at first. They allowed him to go to the bathroom and put clothes on.
  • Julian then asked for their names and badge numbers to which they generally seemed to comply with but when Julian requested a pen and paper to get it in writing they refused.
  • The female officer’s first name is Jennifer.
  • When they refused Julian went to the floor and became unresponsive in protest.
  • As a result of him being unresponsive they called for an ambulance.
  • He was taken to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneak, NJ.
  • When he is released he is expected to be taken to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York at 500 Pearl Street, NY, NY.
  • Susan gave the EMTs (I’m assuming) Julian’s medications.
  • When Susan told the officers that if they just provide their names and badge numbers in writing he wouldn’t be disobedient. Their response: “We are in charge ma’am.”

Remember, never let officers into your home. Try not to talk to them too.

9:00AM:

Judy Heicklen, Julian’s daughter, sent this to the Tyranny Fighters’ mailinglist.

This morning the Teaneck Police knocked on the door about 6:15. They told me that someone had broken into our car parked on the street (a lie) so I opened the door. Five agents from the Federal Protective Service (DHS markings on their coats) barged in and demanded to see Julian Heicklen. They had a warrant (which they did not show me, but they did show him) and they went up to his bedroom to wake him.

Special Agent Badge 27 and the four Teaneck Police officers (Detective Hayes, Officer Caruso, Officer Ortiz, and Detective Fisco) detained me downstairs so I don’t know exactly what happened upstairs, but my understanding is that he was cooperative (e.g. got dressed, etc…) until they refused to tell him their names and badges, at which point he fell to the floor. They called the ambulance and four medical attendants carted him off about 6:55.

The warrant was for jury tampering and was issued by the Southern District of NY. I believe he was taken to Holy Name hospital in Teaneck, to be transferred to 500 Pearl Street in Manhattan when ready.

Thought you’d want to know.

1:35PM:

From Pete Eyre:

just spoke w/ holy name again – initially they told me no records of him but the ER then said that he was released earlier. i asked if it was under his own or if he was being escorted out. the person with whom i spoke didn’t know and the nurse who signed him out is on lunch break until 2pm. i’ll call back.

2:30PM:

According to Susan Heicklen, Julian is now in pre-trial at the courthouse at 500 Pearl St.

9:30PM:

Julian got home around 8PM. He said he will post a report about what happened in a day or two but gave me the following details.

  • He said nothing until he was taken into the courtroom.
  • In the hospital gave him a real exam. Not the “torture” that he’s received in the past at other hospitals. Julian said it showed the inefficiency of the federal government. They’ve been unable to get the “torture” message across to small town hospitals.
  • From the hospital to the court at 500 Pearl Street they traveled in a four car caravan. Julian was in the front car laying down and handcuffed.
  • Once in the court he was taken to a holding area where he had photos and fingerprints taken and was put in a cell. After taking a nap he was taken out again and they took photos and fingerprints again.
  • Initially said nothing in court.
  • Eventually agreed to let someone be a standby counsel.
  • At one point he got worked up and accused the court of violating several of the US Constitutional amendments. The standby counsel calmed him down.
  • The prosecutor asked for $10k bond. Standby counsel asked for $1k bond. Settled on $2.5k bond with the condition that he show up to court in Newark, NJ and 500 Pearl St next Thursday and Friday respectively.
  • Was told that his trial for jury tampering will not be a jury trial because the penalty is 6 months or less. Julian notes it seems contrary to Article III, Section 2 of the US Constitution.
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14 Comments.

  1. I can’t help but wonder about the timing of his arrest. It comes the day before we were going to do FIJA outreach at:
    New York Conference: FBI & Grand Jury Repression – Building Resistance
    http://www.stopfbi.net/events/committee-stop-fbi-repression/2-19-11/new-york-conference-fbi-grand-jury-repression-building-

    I really don’t know it could just be a coincidence, but one has to ask the question, why arrest him now?

  2. I guess it’s possible but seems unlikely. The warrant has been out for a few weeks. He was hiding from them for a time. They don’t seem to act on these things particularly fast normally.

  3. The important question now is how we react?

    • Not sure there is much we can do ATM besides get the word out. A lot depends on what Julian agrees to do. People could try calling the FPS and inquire about his were-abouts. Call the AUSA maybe… they likely won’t listen to anyone but his family though.

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  5. OK, I’m confused. I’ll set aside the failure of the cop to announce he has a warrant for the arrest of JH (if he did) as a pretext for opening up the door. And I have to wonder how dumb his daughter is at this point not to know with her father’s activism that cops lie. This is also why you have a locked security screen. You still would have to let them in, but you can force them to either tear your door off or slide the warrant through the screen.

    But my real confusion is why JH didn’t appear in court? He wanted to dance and has received his invitation. WTF?! Also he was released, so did he or did he not agree as part of his release to appear in court. If he didn’t and was released anyway–well that is a sweet situation. If he did then he is foolish. And dude, demand business cards.

    Lastly, when they said they were in charge she should have said apparently not, you are getting an ambulance crew to do your job for you.

    Based upon his daughter’s email I would guess this is a new charge. Or a reinstatement of the original charge. Otherwise the warrant should have stated failure to appear.

    • I’ve not read it all but it appears that is related to contempt of court. Not jury tampering. § 401 not § 1504.

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  7. Thanks for compiling and sharing this info bile.

    Looking forward to collaborating to assist/support Julian.

  8. Only 6 months maximum for jury tampering?

    Jeesh, I would have thought that was a much more serious crime.

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