After Individual Objects to Unreasonable Attorney Fees, All of His Possessions Seized and He is Forced into Involuntary Servitude

Jeff Baron was one of the quiet and seldom heard of Internet pioneers. Like the gold miners of old who started out with nothing but a pan and a dream, Jeff mined gold from the Internet by developing an alternative backbone to the Internet’s domain name infrastructure. And like the miners who struck gold in the days of old, unscrupulous predators found Jeff's gold too tempting to resist.Jeff first fell prey to a convict with a string of felony indictments. After the convict convinced Jeff that he had a staff of programmers building the next Google search engine, Jeff soon found himself the defendant in a series of lawsuits brought by the convict, who now claimed ownership of all of Jeff's Internet assets.Naturally Jeff turned to attorneys to defend himself.

After paying out several million dollars in attorneys fees, Jeff finally gave up and settled, agreeing to give up half of the Internet assets to 'buy peace'.The approximately 60 Million in assets in a diabetes research trust that Jeff funded were supposedly protected, and Jeff was left with a couple million dollars to start on new investments—or so he thought.

What Jeff didn’t count on was the ethical standard prevalent in the Dallas legal community. That standard, combined with two unscrupulous lawyers who exploited the situation, lead to an unimaginable chain of events, unprecedented in the history of the American legal system.After Jeff settled all claims and disputes in the lawsuit, he found himself—without notice or hearing—stripped of all his assets and possessions (from his retirement account and home to his car and family photographs) and found those assets placed in the hands of an active judge on his case—a judicial 'special master' named Peter Vogel, who was now suddenly acting as a private "receiver" over Jeff, along with his law partners.

In addition, most of Jeff's constitutional rights were immediately suspended. Jeff is prohibited from owning anything, from spending any money, from entering into any transaction, acquiring ANY possessions, etc...Without any lawsuit filed against him, without a hearing or trial, Jeff was 'accused' in a secret proceeding (set up in advance by attorneys and Peter Vogel) of being a defrauder of lawyers and of supposedly setting up a scheme to get free legal services.

A fabricated accusation against Jeff was invented, claiming that Jeff would hire a lawyer, not pay him anything, and then when they quit, hire more lawyers for free. After being paid millions of dollars, a number of Dallas lawyers were “invited” to make additional claims against Jeff as described in the Claims article on this site. As part of the asset seizure, receiver Peter Vogel announced to Jeff that he was not only judge and "receiver", but was also now Jeff’s lawyer and forbid Jeff from hiring an independent lawyer.

As illogical as it seems, the stated reason for the receivership taking all of Jeff’s possessions was to prevent Jeff from being able to hire a lawyer to defend himself was that he supposidly wasn't paying his lawyer bills.

Excerpts from the Official Court Transcripts

THE COURT: You realize that order is an order of the Court. So any failure to comply with that order is contempt, punishable by lots of dollars, punishable by possible jail, death .
MR BELL: And death
(See Motion for Reconsideration )

THE COURT: They do and I have jurisdiction, too. So I'll tell you what.... You want to challenge the court order, I have the marshals behind me. I can come to your house, pick you up, put you in jail. I can seize your property, do anything I need to do to enforce my orders. I'm telling you don't screw with me. You are a fool, a fool, a fool, a fool to screw with a federal judge, and if you don't understand that, I can make you understand it. I have the force of the Navy, Army, Marines and Navy behind me.

(See Motion for Reconsideration )

THE COURT: We do have marshals that walk around here and people that can take control if a judge is unable to convince people of the judge's jurisdiction.

(See Motion for Reconsideration )

THE COURT:  This is going on and on and on until Mr. Baron has nothing. I mean actually everything is depleted.  I gather that Mr. Baron is worth lots of money. But it may be that we sell  all the domain names. We may sell all of his stock. We may cash in all of his CD's, and we may seize all of his bank accounts
(See Motion for Reconsideration )

Vogel Given Exclusive Control over Jeff

Unimaginably, the receivership gives the receiver, Mr. Peter Vogel, the "exclusive control" over Jeff, personally.The stated reason for this invasion of Jeff's freedom and rights (and this is not made up) was to prevent Jeff from having a lawyer to represent him. click here to view lawyer prohibition letter.

Jeff is a U.S. citizen, never been convicted of any crime, never lost at any trial and have no judgments against him.ALL of his property rights and most of his civil rights have been stripped from him(without any hearing).He is prohibited from managing his own affairs, from owning anything, from traveling outside of his local area, from engaging in any transaction, from owning ANY possessions, etc... His personal life savings has all been taken from him and 'redistributed' to two law firms that are on good terms with the US District Judge who entered the receivership order.Now these lawyers are attempting to strip the assets from the trust Jeff set up to fund diabetes research.

To do so, these lawyers are attempting a fire sale liquidation to sell the assets in the trust in private, secret sales in order to pay themselves more. Importantly, there is no judgment or lawsuit against the trust.It is hard to imagine that this is occurring in America.If this can happen to Jeff Baron, it can happen to any American.For background, downloadable copies of many of the court documents are available by clicking on the Court Documents Tab at the top of this site. In reading them, it is important to understand that Jeff did not violate any court order--there was not even a hearing accusing Jeff of doing so. The court order Jeff is alleged now to have violated was a supposed order entered prohibiting Jeff from hiring any lawyers. If that itself sounds odd, there is a full docket of the case available on-line (PACER), and everything written here can be confirmed.

Unprecedented in American History

The actions taken by this court are unusual and unprecedented in American History. Since Slavery was abolished in 1865, this is the first instance  in American history of an individual, himself, being given to the possession and control of a receiver(based on extensive research of U.S. case history). 
  • There are no reported cases in history in which a judge attempted to place an individual into receivership to stop them him from hiring lawyers.
  • There are no reported cases in history in which a judge attempted to order that an individual was under the possession and control of a receiver.
  • There are no reported cases in history in which a judge placed an individual in receivership to investigate potential claims against him.
Jeff’s Constitutional right to due process has been denied by the district judge. Not only was the receivership order, stripping Jeff of all of his possessions, signed without any hearing, evidence or warrant, the judge has since entered nearly 60 orders against Jeff’s interests without permitting Jeff time to respond .The judge has made it clear of his intention, on the record: Acccording to the judge, the receivership will go “on and on until Mr. Baron has nothing. I mean actually everything is depleted”.When Jeff tried to recuse the judge for bias, the judge struck Jeff’s motion to recuse him and then sealed Jeff’s affidavit that he filed to support the motion so the public could not view it.

In legal terms, The judge is using a “receivership” imposed upon Jeff as a vehicle to (1) extend the district court's jurisdiction to subject matters not authorized by Congress, (2) circumvent the Fourth Amendment prohibition of unreasonable seizures, and (3) bypass the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury . It is important to note that nobody has contested ownership of Jeff's assets, so the receivership has no legitimacy.