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Dormant, not dead; like 31 years dormant.

September 14, 2014

Dear Freemasons and friends,

Word has it that certain circles are supposedly seeking support for thrice convicted violent felon James Anderson “Jimmy” Foster’s attempts to restore his civil rights and regain Masonic good graces.  However, one wonders, are the alleged supporters aware that Foster isn’t eligible for restoration of civil rights?

As repeatedly addressed within this blog, Felon James Anderson “Jimmy” Foster’s convictions for aggravated battery and aggravated assault, counts 12 and 18 on the violent crimes list and both of which he was convicted of on February 3, 1983,  preclude restoration of civil rights.

http://www.restorerights.org/restore_rights/

Further, by entering the below information in the accompanying link (provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement), you will see that Foster-after 31 years-still lacks civil rights:

Name:  James Anderson Foster

Date of Birth:  12/17/1960

Florida Department of Corrections Identification Number:  0144204

https://fpcweb.fpc.state.fl.us/default.aspx

Many have heard of an alleged movement, supposedly spearheaded by Foster, to flood the Clemency Board with letters and signatures supporting his pursuit of civil rights.  This, by design, is merely an attempt to feather the Masonic nest in anticipation of his potential return.

Now, just as he allegedly encourages the misguided to follow the below instructions to contact the Clemency Board, opponents may follow suit.   Those who endured Foster’s fraudulent foray into Masonry and subsequent abuses can contact the Clemency Board, spelling out his failure to disclose his criminal history when petitioning for membership and denying it when confronted with its lengthy documentation a decade later (because, of course, nothing says “I’m a changed person” like perpetuating decades of deceit).

Per http://www.restorerights.org/restore_rights/ :

In addition to sending the letter to the Clemency Board Coordinator, you should also send the letter to the members of the Board of Executive Clemency and to their Clemency Aides.

Step 7: Where should I send my application and supporting documents?

Mail all documents to: Coordinator
                                   Office of Executive Clemency
                                   2601 Blair Stone Road , Building C
Room 244
Tallahassee , Florida 32399-2450

If you are in Level I, you only need to submit your updated contact information.

If you are in Level II or Level III, your complete package should include:

  • Cover letter to Clemency Board Coordinator
  • Personal Letter, including a Statement of the relief you are requesting (restoration of civil rights)
  • Letters of Support in the order of importance
  • You can always send in additional materials while your application is pending.

BE SURE TO KEEP A COPY OF EVERY DOCUMENT THAT YOU SEND TO THE OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY.

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No rest(oration of civil rights) for the weary

August 5, 2013

Dear James Anderson “Jimmy” felon Foster,

Word has it that certain circles have circulated a petition allegedly seeking clemency for you and/or restoration of your civil rights, ostensibly to facilitate re-entry into Masonic good graces.  However, should such a document with actual signatures exist, are said signees aware that you are ineligble for restoration of civil rights?

Please, allow Felon-free Masonry to clarify.

As previously addressed, Felon Foster’s convictions for aggravated battery and aggravated assault, counts 12 and 18 on the violent crimes list and both of which he was convicted of on February 3, 1983,  preclude restoration of civil rights.

http://www.restorerights.org/restore_rights/

Eligibility

  • No violent offenses (see Level I list; please click on the above link to view Levels I and II, Rule 9- Rules of Executive Clemency)
  • Not declared a habitual violent felony offender, a 3-time violent felony offender, violent career criminal, prison releasee reoffender, sexual predator

Enter the following information (provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement) into the below link for proof that Foster lacks restoration of civil rights:

Name:  James Anderson Foster

Date of Birth:  12/17/1960

Florida Department of Corrections Identification Number:  0144204

https://fpcweb.fpc.state.fl.us/default.aspx

Always happy to help,

Felon-free Masonry

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Fan Mail

March 30, 2013

On March 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm, Will Rogers Lodge No. 53 (@ClaremoreMasons) said:

I think the author of this site needs to reevaluate the 4 cardinal virtues, the landmarks, tenets and his obligation as this site is unmasonic in it’s purest form.  Consider this “good council”.

Felon-free Masonry replied:

Thank you for good counsel and for visiting Felonfreemasonry.wordpress.com.  Should you desire more information on the unmasonic, kindly refer to A) Walter Schoepf’s federal criminal record coupled with the fact that his actions, specifically post conviction, directly violate the rules and regulations set forth in the Masonic digest of Florida; and B) the nonmasonic history of thrice convicted felon James Anderson “Jimmy” Foster’s fraudulent foray into Freemasonry.

Regarding the four cardinal virtues, perhaps all should remember the ten commandments which, among other things, frown upon stealing (are monies earned from the sale of mislabeled shrimp ill-gotten gains?), lying (including Schoepf’s purposeful mislabeling, to which he pleaded guilty, and felon Foster’s failure to disclose a lengthy criminal history when petitioning for membership coupled with his denial of it a decade later), and adultery (Felon-free Masonry is bustin’ at the seams on this one). 

Again, thanks for visiting Felon-free Masonry and please register for instant email notifications.

Sincerely,

Felon-free Masonry

 

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The name game (or are more than shrimp mislabeled?)

February 20, 2013

Dear Walter Schoepf Schopf and now Schoetf,

http://www.manta.com/c/mmnnq1n/culinary-specialties

Walter Schoetf Owner

Walter Schoepf President

Could it be:

  • Misspelling?
  • Distance between yourself and your criminal history?
  • Mistaken Identity?
  • More mislabeling (including but not limited to purposely altering a name)?

Feel free to clarify (before you allegedly log in to change it, of course).

Sincerely,

Felon-free Masonry

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Be Here Now

February 19, 2013

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Un vs. Non

February 19, 2013

An answer is needed to an age old question; not why did the chicken cross the road but rather:  Why does a currently suspended thrice convicted violent felon with a lengthy criminal history (including but not limited to 2 separate incarcerations with one in a Department of Corrections mental health facility, a fifteen year term of probation, and a probation violation https://felonfreemasonry.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/it-aint-no-copy-and-paste-and-it-wasnt-one-small-youthful-indiscretion/ ) continually attend Masonic functions (including but not limited to an officer installation and a multi-lodge President’s Day picnic)?

James Anderson “Jimmy” Foster is in the middle of a five year definite suspension.  Re-entry into the fraternity is contingent upon restoration of civil rights which, as demonstrated by the United States government, will not happen without divine or federal intervention ( https://felonfreemasonry.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/no-restoration-of-civil-rights-for-the-weary/ ).

Further, in consideration of Foster’s failure to disclose his criminal history when petitioning for membership coupled with his denial of it nearly a decade later, Felon-free Masonry does not recognize him as a Mason or brother in any respect.

Simply, he is nonmasonic.

There’s been plenty of talk regarding unmasonic conduct though little addresses nonmasonic behavior.  To delineate:  Unmasonic conduct is traditionally interpreted as a bad thing done by an otherwise decent mason in good standing; Walter Schoepf’s crimes and actions reasonably represent this.  Accordingly, Felon-free Masonry accepts him as a Mason and brother (albeit unmasonic) mainly because he has not defrauded the fraternity.

However, nonmasonic conduct is exemplified by Jimmy Foster’s initial fraud and subsequent decade of deceit.

Simply, he has no place or standing in the world of Freemasonry.

Sadly, some may overlook the actions of these men and thereby fail to appreciate the need for Masonic rules, regulations, and punishment.  Felon-free Masonry  understands this as such things are often selectively overlooked and/or unenforced by officers on local and/or Grand Lodge levels.  Still, to those good standing brothers allegedly meeting with Foster and Schoepf for weekly Hillsborough Lodge Past Masters dinners:  Really?  Gentlemen, are you aware that your actions could be considered unmasonic conduct in its purest form?

Again, Felon-free Masonry understands because of the oft employed Masonic way:  Subjectivity at its finest followed by heaping doses of do as I say, not as I do.

But back to non vs. unmasonic, shall we consider what constitutes poor judgment, outright stupidity, or clearly unsuitable behavior?

1.     Some might say a thrice convicted violent’s felon’s fraudulent entry into Freemasonry is NONMASONIC.

       Felon-free Masonry agrees.

2.     Some might say Shrimp Meister Schoepf’s actions are unmasonic and worthy of masonic punishment.

        Felon-free Masonry agrees.

3.     Some might say that having Table Lodge prepared by a brand new federal convict is extremely poor judgment.

        Felon-free Masonry agrees.

4.     Some might say that fence sitting and duplicity are unsuitable behaviors.

        Felon-free Masonry agrees.

5.  Some might say that caring more about the author of Felon-free Masonry than the actual written content is outright stupidity.

      Again, Felon-free Masonry agrees.

And by the way, why are some seemingly more concerned with this blog’s author rather than the actual written content?  Do people really want to know who’s written what?  Well, here you go:  Foster’s felonious history was written by his actions and documented by The Hillsborough County Clerk of Court’s office and the Florida Department of Corrections.  Schoepf dictated his own criminal history which has been generously outlined by the United States federal government.

Further, despite multiple claims of masonic and legal actions against Felon-free Masonry, no such are pending.  Should  any Masonic, non, un, or other individuals feel slighted by Felon-free Masonry’s inclusion of public records and legal documentation, perhaps they should focus more on paying their bills, obeying the law, not refusing BAC testing (hey, that almost spells joke), avoiding foreclosure, and upholding Masonic obligations.

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Sometimes, even federally convicted Shrimp Meisters catch a break.

November 24, 2012

Dear Walter,

It’s okay; stop googling “Walter Schoepf mugshot.”   As much as Felon-free Masonry would like to publish it, there’s this:

http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/article.asp?articleid=94644&rss=14

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), Luis Giro is a person of interest to law enforcement, which certainly made him an interesting person to South Florida journalists. However, these interests were not enough to warrant release of his booking photos under a federal judge’s ruling.

Giro, a former Miami-based investment manager, fled the United States in 2003 after he was indicted for misappropriating client funds. Federal officials circulated his driver’s license photograph through INTERPOL, and Venezuelan authorities arrested him in 2009. The U.S. Marshals Service, following its standard procedure, took “booking photos” of Giro when placing him in custody. Giro ultimately pled guilty to securities fraud and now faces up to 10 years in prison.

An Internet journalist brought a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after the U.S. government denied a request for Giro’s booking photos. In its decision denying access, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, in Karantsalis v. U.S. Department of Justice, ruled that Giro retains a privacy interest in his mug shots that trumps any public interest in their dissemination.

This result seems counterintuitive given the public interest in Giro’s crimes, but it is not altogether unusual when FOIA cases involve law enforcement records. Under FOIA, federal agencies must make their records available to the public unless an exemption applies. FOIA Exemption 7, cited by the court in this case, applies to law enforcement records where disclosure “could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy.” 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(7)(C).

In applying FOIA’s balancing test of the public and private interest, the district court in Karantsalis describes the privacy interest in strong terms:

A booking photograph is a vivid symbol of criminal accusation, which, when released to the public, intimates, and is often equated with guilty. Further, a booking photograph captures the subject in the vulnerable and embarrassing moments immediately after being accused, taken into custody, and deprived of most liberties … it raises a unique privacy interest because it captures an embarrassing moment that is not exposed to the public eye.

The privacy interest described in Karantsalis seems disconnected from the facts: Giro’s criminal activities, his flight from law enforcement, the worldwide circulation of his driver’s license photograph tied to an indictment, more than five years as a fugitive, his admission of guilt, a looming prison sentence, and a DOJ press release describing all of these events. Whatever additional embarrassment Mr. Giro may sustain by the release of his mug shots, it surely pales in comparison to what he has already experienced.

The Florida court’s ruling also conflicts with a federal appeal court’s on-point ruling in a 1996 case granting the Detroit Free Press access to mug shots. In this case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit determined that there is no privacy interest in a mug shot that triggers an exemption under FOIA:

We have previously determined, however, that the personal privacy of an individual is not necessarily invaded simply because that person suffers ridicule or embarrassment from the disclosure of information in the possession of government agencies….Furthermore, the need or desire to suppress the fact that the individual depicted in a mug shot has been booked on criminal charges is drastically lessened in an ongoing criminal proceeding such as the one precipitating the dispute presently before us.

The difference in these courts’ approaches shows that the issue of access to photos in law enforcement’s hands is far from settled under FOIA.

However, feel free to provide the shot should you so desire.  Oh, what a glorious Christmas card photo that would be; you and felon Foster could be the Sigfried and Roy of mugshots.

Sincerely,

Felon-free Masonry