Sexton asks sheriff to charge senators with perjury

Jim Sexton (right) presents a petition to Washington County Sheriff Sam Hill calling for 16 senators to be removed from the State House and charged with perjury for violating their oath of office to support the Vermont Constitution.

by Guy Page

Second Amendment Rights activist Jim Sexton of Essex Junction today presented a written petition to Washington County Sheriff Sam Hill to remove from the State House and charge 16 Vermont senators who – Sexton says – “have committed perjury by violating their oaths of office” by supporting gun control legislation.

Sporting a t-shirt saying “Ban Idiots, Not Guns,” Sexton met Hill outside the sheriff’s office in Montpelier, with 2020 legislative candidates Brock Coderre of Waterbury and Charles Wilson as witnesses. Vermont Daily was the only press in attendance. Hill said charging and removing lawmakers is not his decision, but he did say he would forward the petition to Attorney General TJ Donovan. Sexton respectfully disagreed, saying his research shows that the county sheriff is responsible for law enforcement in Washington County. He made a similar request last year to Capitol police and the State House Sergeant-at-Arms, and was told it wasn’t their responsibility, either.

Sexton’s petition reads in part:

“We demand the following people be removed from the State House and charged with the crime of perjury as specifically outlined in Vermont S 56, the Oath of Allegiance; Oath of Office” – and names Senators Baruth, Balint, Bray, Campion, Chittenden, Clarkson, Cummings, Hardy, Hooker, Lyons, McCormack, Pearson, Perchlik, Ram, Sirotkin, and White.

By their legislative votes these senators have violated the Vermont Constitution’s Article 11 on warrantless searches and seizures, and Article 16, which provides for the right to bear arms, the petition says. “They have also violated the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution which provides the right to bear arms will not be infringed,” he said.

Last fall, Sexton launched a write-in for governor, due to his dissatisfaction with Gov. Phil Scott’s support of legalized abortion and gun control legislation, he said. Earlier this year Sexton helped start a petition drive to unseat Scott as a member of the Vermont Republican Party, for the reasons listed above and for advocating for the resignation of then-Pres. Donald Trump. The petition gathered more than 2000 signatures, despite almost universal non-support from party leaders.

Sexton hosts a pro-gun rights Facebook page called “Jim’s AR-14,” a reference to then candidate Joe Biden’s March, 2020 misnaming of the popular AR-15 firearm.

If Sexton’s one-person campaign to have the senators removed and charged fails, it raises the question: how can citizens discipline or remove legislators for failing their oath?

Lawsuit? The Legislature last year gave third-party organizations the right to sue the State if it fails to meet carbon emissions mandates. Many lawmakers have been seeking legislation to limit the legal immunity of police from lawsuits. However, the Legislature has shown no interest in infringing on its own, Constitutionally-protected immunity.

Censure/removal by other lawmakers? Former Franklin County Sen. Norm McAllister (R) was booted from the Legislature in 2016 after being arrested at the State House in 2015 for soliciting prostitution – although he was ultimately not found guilty in criminal court.

Ballot box? At present the only guaranteed remedy seems to be voter choice at the polls. However, critics of election reform fear the “For The People” bill before Congress and supported by Secretary of State Jim Condos could actually reduce election integrity.

Categories: Gunrights

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  1. Thank you, Mr. Sexton! Makes me sad to hear our sheriff’s are afraid to do their sworn duty to uphold our Constitution. And to ask TJ Donovan to do it instead?!? What a joke- like asking the alligator to watch the kids instead of the boa constrictors!

    • can we add to that their deriliction of their duties by appointing a 23 member panel to decide for us how to handle the global warming. These people they appointed are not elected by us and therefore cannot add taxes or whatever they will choose to call it They cannot decide which towns will not get state services because we are well distanced from the rest of the state.My dear Lord where is the common sense

  2. As a “come-here” to Vermont, I’m frequently delighted by the fundamental good sense of my new neighbors. When they come up against absurdity from their representatives…like; …Montpelier buys into pretend-think narratives like …“guns are bad things, let’s, you know, stop those bad guns from killing folks” and our reaction is predictably an apoplectic “SAYWHAT?” . …Montpellier buys into the vision that they need to “protect reproductive freedom” by killing off the issue from the exercise of that freedom. Again we are ??? speechless? NOOOO – we can depend on Vermont’s delightful, brave eccentrics to jump up and say – wait-a-min. who are you people? who are you representing? you’re overreaching here…you’re off the rails. THANK YOU Jim Sexton and all you other fire alarms voices out there in the mountains.

  3. It makes sense that legislators who have sworn to uphold the constitution are committing perjury (among other crimes) when their actions are overtly anti-constitutional.

    We know that the constitution doesn’t grant natural, inalienable rights anymore than government does – the constitution protects us from governmental attempts to infringe upon our natural, inalienable rights.

    Whether they’re elected “representatives” or government bureaucrats, when they fail to abide by and obey the restrictions placed on them by these foundational laws they must be held accountable.

  4. Our Constitution is perfectly clear.

    It does NOT say you can keep and bear arms; if and if and if and if and if……………

    State and national says you can, can, keep and bear arms.

    What it does not allow is crime with arms!!

    Crime with arms is treated worse than unarmed crimes. That is all l!!

  5. Thank you, Jim, for holding our elected officials responsible for their votes and their oath. Attorney TJ Donovan will do NOTHING to protect the people of VT, only those of the wild ideas of Chittenden County. We are grossly misrepresented and virtually have no VT AG for the rest of the state. I surely hope the Sheriff and/or police does act on the people’s behalf. I also hope legislators will do the right thing and not have to be sued to get them to follow their oath. The Constitution matters!

  6. In Vermont, the oath of office to protect and not harm the constitution under the pains and penalties of perjury is worthless unless enforced. I have written about this numerous times. Who is responsible for enforcing the pain and penalties under perjury part pf the oath? Each and every office holder who takes that oath knows at heart that they will honor and be true to it or they are just swearing to a lye. The lyres know they can lye without fear of ever being charged for working to infringe on peoples rights. As George Carlin famously said, “it’s a club and you ain’t in it”. That unfortunately, is a poor excuse for not holding our representatives to their oath. So as it stands, the Sheriff is afraid of recriminations and the the AG won’t enforce it. The supreme court of Vermont just violated their oath with the gun control decision so who does that leave? Certainly not the voters because we can’t even believe in elections now either. Apparently, justice is only blind to those who are members of the club and we do not belong.

  7. In response to Gun Owners of Vermont testimony to the VT Senate Judiciary Committee: Good Job Bobby ! This is all well and good going up to the capitol and testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee and giving them the statistics and facts, getting it on the record and trying to get them to listen to reason. The only thing is it’s a waste of time and energy because they don’t care. No matter how right you are, no matter how true your statistics and information is, they don’t care. No matter how unconstitutional the law(s) they are passing are, they don’t care. The statistics and information on guns and gun control have been piling up for years in gun owners favor yet they have been incrementally been chipping away at out 2nd Amendment rights, getting what they can every year for years. They are going to pass what ever laws they feel like with total disregard of the Vermont Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Their minds are made up. You are not going to change them. The gun control agenda will be pushed thru by them no matter what because it’s the last plank of “The Agenda” of Total Control.

    It is time to take a different tact. Go On Offense! We are not going to stop the Gun Control agenda thru political means at Montpelier, we don’t have the votes or the right Governor to do so. Gun Owners of Vermont, of which I am a member should be going directly to the citizens of Vermont and encouraging them not to obey unconstitutional laws. To circumvent them at every opportunity they can. Defiance and Civil Disobedience is one of the answers. When they pass laws that are unconstitutional and we obey them we are legitimizing them by our compliance and voluntarily surrendering our rights. Start a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary movement in every county in Vermont. This could be done by getting petitions started as was being done before Covid lockdowns started. If we as a state do not do this we will have to fight more and more laws that they will be passing.

    Members of the Vermont House and Senate should be charged with perjury, with charges being filed with the the Sargent of Arms of both houses under Section 56 of the Vermont Constitution for every politician violating their Oath of Office for drafting or voting for laws in direct conflict with the Vermont and U.S. Constitution Constitution.

    Section 56:
    Oaths of Allegiance and Office
    Every officer, whether judicial, executive, or military, in authority under this State, before entering upon the execution of office, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation of allegiance to this State, (unless the officer shall produce evidence that the officer has before taken the same) and also the following oath or affirmation of office, except military officers, and such as shall be exempted by the Legislature.

    The Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance
    You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will be true and faithful to the State of Vermont and that you will not, directly or indirectly, do any act or thing injurious to the Constitution or Government thereof. (If an affirmation) Under the pains and penalties of perjury.

    The Oath or Affirmation of Office

    You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will faithfully execute the office of ____ for the ____ of ____ and will therein do equal right and justice to all persons, to the best of your judgment and ability, according to law. (If an oath) So help you God. (If an affirmation) Under the pains and penalties of perjury.[1]

    All county sheriffs should be on record as to whether or not they will enforce unconstitutional laws as they are elected by the people. Stop playing defense and go on offense. We should make them feel as uncomfortable as they make us feel.

    “When so ever the general government assumes undelegated powers, it’s acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force”. Thomas Jefferson


    Rush Limbaugh, God Rest His Soul, often said, “Words mean things”. We have criminals making laws that make us criminals. Notice in the article the Sheriff, the Sgt. At Arms and the State Police all claim it is not their responsibility to charge the lawmakers with perjury. Then why have them take an oath under penalty of perjury in the first place. I do not agree with the author of this piece. We are talking about a blatant violation of our constitution not a general welfare clause. If I could not get away with perjuring myself in a court of law or my military oath why should they. Like I said criminals passing laws to make us criminals.

  9. People need to wake up if they want to save their Constitutional Right’s. So many people move from other states that have unconstitutional gun laws that they allowed to get passed. If you don’t like VT gun laws move. There is no logical reason to create any gun laws in one of the safest states in the Country. If you want to be safe move to Chicago which has some of the strictest gun laws in the Country, and the highest murder and shooting incidents in the Country.

    • YES — The core folly is that gun laws have to do with safety.

      • “The core folly is that gun laws have to do with safety.”
        and/or that criminals will not walk right through new paper laws. 30 round magazines ? Someone bent on destruction will find hundred round drum magazines if they feel the need to. All these new laws are meant to keep the, honest, law abiding, little people you know, “citizens” under the heal of their boot. Just remember that in the late 1700s in this country the only gun laws were the 2nd Amendment, and whatever the State constitutions enumerated as human rights. Anything since then has been an effort to, limit, regulate, “infringe” on those human rights. How do we break this cycle of legislative losses ? We need more Jim Sextons, we need people willing to brave the political manure tide of the left, in a State that evidently thinks Beanie Sanders, and people like him are part of the answer. We need to quit the backstabbing, and infighting that labels those who do not toe an ambiguous party line as RINOs. The fact is that those that may be a little left of a hard nosed conservative are still better than the woke, liberal, lefty wanna be Vermonters that populate under the “Golden Dumb” at the present. I’m sure that we all know a person in our neck of the woods that would be at least a step in the right direction as compared to what we have. Rome was not built in a day. But please, in the mean time, where we already have a Republican representative, even though he or she may not be perfect, don’t give the left a talking point, or a crack to pick at. We need better candidates, and we need unity. JMO