A federal court ordered former Morgan Crucible chief executive Ian Norris to serve 18 months in prison yesterday, the result of an elaborate Department of Justice scheme to subvert the US Constitution and international law. As previously reported, Norris was convicted in July by a Philadelphia jury of “conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice,” a nonsensical charge that made little sense as the same jury acquitted Norris of the underlying “obstruction of justice” charge.
The obstruction case itself was an unconstitutional ruse designed to punish Norris after he successfully resisted the DOJ’s first attempt to kidnap him from his native United Kingdom under the false pretense of a “price fixing” charge. Norris’s former company, Morgan Crucible, had yielded years earlier to US and European Union demands for a ransom in exchange for dropping “price fixing” charges against the company. The DOJ decided to separately persecute Norris, primarily because his age, foreign citizenship, poor health, and the poor health of his wife made him an easy target for vengeful US prosecutors.
The DOJ exploited a not-legally ratified post-9/11 extradition treaty — and the UK’s willingness to put its relationship with the US ahead of the rights of its own citizens — to demand Norris’s kidnapping even though prosecutors possessed no credible evidence of criminal activity that was subject to extradition. “Price fixing” was not a criminal offense in the UK at the time, and despite such knowledge, DOJ attorneys falsely argued — in contravention of centuries of English common law — that “price fixing” was akin to fraud. The British courts ultimately rejected this argument.
In retaliation, prosecutors concocted false “obstruction” charges related to the original “price fixing” investigation, and this time the British courts acquiesced in the illegal kidnapping of Norris. He will now spend the next year-and-a-half in prison for “conspiring” to “obstruct” an investigation of a crime for which he was never legally tried (and for which he was acquitted of the actual obstruction of).