Paul Jacob, one-time prisoner of conscience for his efforts against draft registration, long-time proponent of term limits and, more recently, a well-known libertarian activist, has been indicted in Oklahoma as part of what appears to be an official effort to discourage citizen efforts to bypass legislators. Specifically, Jacob has been charged with a felony for allegedly hiring out-of-state residents to gather signatures to place a government-spending-cap initiative on the ballot.
The law in question is currently traveling its own tedious path through the judicial system on the way to a determination of its constitutionality, but prosecutors aren't waiting for the courts--they're going after prominent activists now.
Paul Jacob tells the whole tale in his own words at his Website
Labels: civil liberties, government out of bounds