Ray Adam 'Moto' Modisette was just arrested in the Oklahoma County govt building, while on his way to a county budget meeting. *
He is charged last summer with unlawfully transporting a loaded weapon in his vehicle. The statutory penalty is a $75 citation.
So why is Moto in the county jail?
He told me about this 'bench warrant' a month ago. He said his constitutional right to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed and the cops are guilty of a constitutional crime.
I didn't disagree with his constitutional points. But I did dispute his actions.
When a legislature makes a bad law, They are the enemy of the constitution and have violated their oath of office. That's who should be hauled before a judge.
But when a cop reads the unconstitutional statute and orders you to either pay a fine or make your argument to the court, You have an appointment with destiny. Embrace it.
Even the famed target of the Ruby Ridge massacre, Randy Weaver, was diligent to appear in court on an unconstitutional weapons charge. Why?
You can't win a court ruling if you don't show up. You might as well declare your open insurrection against the government if that's your mindset.
Moto essentially told me he doesn't feel he has to show up if he's innocent. Especially when the constitution is clearly on his side.
But a good judge doesn't know what your argument is until you make your argument. I wonder how many constitutional rights would be restored if folks would make their case with integrity?
But Moto's luck ran out, today. The sheriff's deputies identified him and immediately took him into custody. It's not likely he'll be released on his own recognisance when he shows a history of not showing up for court dates. At best he can hope for a speedy trial or get some help with what might be a significant bail fee.
I consider Moto a colleague and friend who's passionate about citizen journalism. I admire aspects of his character. But this was not unexpected. We can't snub the courts every time we get a bogus ticket. May God comfort & protect Moto, tonight. He's in the deadliest jail in the USA.
OK@A has rallied to Moto's cause and has flooded the jail with calls. That's heartening. But the bigger outpouring of support needs to be at his court date.