A feisty homeowner in Southeastern Tennessee who has defied a court’s order to voluntarily allow a search of her house says she is standing for constitutional rights and the American way upheld by military veterans around the country.
Carol Gaddy, who has been in hiding for months outside Sequatchie County, is hoping for a break in her case — namely results of an engineering study of her disputed house that gives it a clean bill of health.
By David Tulis / Noogaradio 1240 AM 92.7 FM
However, Mrs. Gaddy, 69, faces the hard reality of a contempt finding by Tennessee chancery court judge.
In a rapid-fire interview in February just after she went into hiding, Mrs. Gaddy says she is fighting to ward off an “inspection” of her house by a small-town government. Because she won’t voluntarily agree to “an inspection,” Judge Thomas Graham plans to jail her until she voluntarily agrees. In civil contempt, the defendant holds the key of to release by yielding to the court’s demands.
Defending cause of sacred dead
She connects her resistance to civil prosecution by “big bad bullies” as upholding the honor and dignity of American service members whom she contends died in foreign U.S. wars defending American liberties.
“I have an oath before God. These men are not going to make me break it,” she declares. “Every woman that is in the American Legion ladies’ auxiliary, we have a preamble, and every meeting we say that, you speak that — you stand and you place your hand on your heart, and that is an oath before God that I will only support with my life 100 percent Americanism.
“And I’m telling you what is happening in Dunlap by these authority people is not Americanism. It is communism. It is socialism. It is total witchcraft control.”
Does she count lightly the dreary cell life ahead of her, the high costs, the uncertainty, the humiliation of manacle and bar?
“Yeah, my oath before God to keep my promise before God is more important to me — I have to lead these men [her accusers] to judgment. I have an oath to God to uphold 100 percent Americanism in everything I do in every decision.”
She has been in hiding because she doubts her health, and that of her husband, Thomas, 70, would survive jail.
‘Handful of mud & threw it’
To yield “would be like I picked up a handful of mud, on the ground, and threw it into the face of our veterans if I fail to try to hold on to and keep what they have suffered, what they have bled — what they have died for. I have worked for veterans causes for the past 20 years or more — actively.”
Mrs. Gaddy says a brother was a Vietnam veteran. “You look at these gold-star moms whose sons were never returned. And you know, they still wait 30 years, 35 years, just for word? I am saying, too, many brave American souls, men and women, have fought for our freedom in this country, that we can remain free, but unfortunately while our government sent them on foreign soil to fight communism, communism was seeping into American by the people who were not patriotic, who were not willing to go fight. These veterans had a pure dedication to what they were doing.”
For her not to stand tall, she repeats is “like throwing mud in the face of our American veterans.” For Mrs. Gaddy not to stand is shameful. “No sir, you’re not going to take and rip out of our hands what these veterans have paid such a high price to win for me. Sooner or later we’ve got to take a stand.”
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The Gaddy case is not based on law not even constitutional law.
In my opinion not even equity law.
It is a case based on “custom and usage.” Look it up in Black’s Law Dictionary. In a way it might be explained as being neighborly.
After a very, very long period of time the custom takes on the status of a LEGAL CUSTOM. This is the nature of this case.
Your neighbor is willing to subject his property to inspection to ensure that what they have done with their property in no way endangers or causes harm to a neighbor’s property. And he expects his neighbor to do likewise. (Then you have third party interest — insurance companies.)
Things can become complicated but this is in a nutshell. WHAT LAW? THERE IS NO LAW AND NO PROBABLE CAUSE.
I have some questions and more comments about the Gaddy case. The press articles about this case has quoted the judge …” if they do not VOLUNTEER too allow a inspection they (the Gaddys) will go to jail until they do VOLUNTEER for an inspection.”
Is the civil contempt because of the fact that the Gaddys would not VOLUNTEER to allow an inspection. Or is the civil contempt based on disobeying a court order?
What kind of law can cause someone to be in contempt of a court because they would not VOLUNTEER whatever? Folks, this is straight out of the old STAR CHAMBER COURT that was abolished way back in the 1600s.
If they must VOLUNTEER, then common sense will tell you it can’t be mandatory. What kind of law can cause someone to be in contrmpt of court for not VOLUNTEERING? Are you thrown in jail for not VOLUNTEERING or for disobeying a court order?
How do you separate not VOLUNTEERING from disobaying a court order?
Well you can’t. You disobey a court order because you would not VOLUNTEER. So the bottom line is: You go to jail for not VOLUNTEERING. Then you can get out of jail when you VOLUNTEER TOO HAVE THE INSPECTION.
I’m in the process of writing a book on the word LAW. The word LAW has never been defined other than A COMMAND OF THE SOVEREIGN. Actually there are many books written on the subject of WHAT IS LAW.
It would be comical if it wasn’t so sad how learned men of so-called jurisprudence make fools of themselves trying to define the word law. In modern day law and jurisprudence the law is based on a philosophy called POSITIVISM. This philosophy teaches there is no higher source of law than man. If the source of law is man then you are being ruled by man NOT LAW.
The source determines who or what rules. There is no higher source of law than the sovereign. Is this why man has separated his law from God’s law? No prayer in schools or other public areas, no Bible in schools, no ten commandants on public display. A total separation of God’s law from man”s law.
Man has made himself sovereign over man.
If God is sovereign over His creation then you must choose who you will obay. You can’t serve two sovereigns. Back to the word LAW. I’m not referring to; a law or the law or a hundred other kinds of law. I’m referring to the word itself. Man does not have a law that makes it mandatory for you to have your house inspected.
Then you have issues like mortgages and insurance companies and property appraisals. and inspections. Or you don’t get the insurance policy or mortgage. If the government has the lawful authority to lock you up in jail because you refuse to VOLUNTEER —
where can this lead to?
What is next for refusing to VOLUNTEER? Why don’t the government simply let these people alone? I thought bulling was against the law. If everybody else wants to volunteer that is their business. The Gaddys choose not to.