The Oath Keepers, the organization that sent armed members to the Bundy Ranch in Nevada to oppose U.S. Bureau of Land Management agents in 2014, is planning to protect Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis from a federal judge (video below).
Davis was taken into custody by U.S. marshals on Sept. 3 after a federal judge ordered her jailed for contempt of court because she refused to comply with the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The same judge released her on Sept. 8.
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes recently told Jackson County, Kentucky, Sheriff Denny Peyman, and members of the Oath Keepers on a conference call that the Rowan County sheriff should have prevented Davis from being jailed, notes RightWingWatch.org.
"And so now that she is out of jail, I mean, if she goes to re-assert her authority over her own office, her employees, she is liable to be grabbed up again by the same judge.
"So, you know, as far as we’re concerned, this is not over, and as you said, this judge needs to be put on notice that his behavior is not going to be accepted and, you know, we’ll be there to stop it and intercede ourselves if we have to.
"If the sheriff, who should be interceding, is not going to do his job and the governor is not going to do the governor’s job of interceding, then we’ll do it."
Peyman suggested that Rhodes meet with the Rowan County sheriff to “educate him," but the U.S. Marshals Service has legal jurisdiction to follow the orders of a federal judge.
Rhodes asked Peyman to "please do that," and added that Peyman could "lead" the Rowan County sheriff to "the right path."
“While we're at it, our guys are already there and more are coming, and once again, if we have to, we'll lead by example," Rhodes stated.
The Oath Keepers website states: "Stewart Rhodes reached out personally to Davis’ legal counsel to offer protection to Kim, to ensure that she will not be illegally detained again. We would like to stress in the strongest terms possible that we are doing this not because of her views on gay marriage, but because she is an elected public servant who has been illegally arrested and held without due process."
Judges do have the legal authority to imprison and/or fine people for contempt of court, notes Law.com.
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