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* More formally known as James Alan Springer


I ran across James on the Internet not so long ago.  He is one of those would-be activists of sorts who has made himself into a pubic nuisance by shoving his camera in peoples faces and filming his exploits with law enforcement officials and others.

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Link to James’ FaceBook Pages:

https://www.facebook.com/realjamesfreeman

https://www.facebook.com/pristineautocleanmobile

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Links to James’ Wife’s FaceBook Page (she participates in his performances):

https://www.facebook.com/alicia.springer.7505

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Link to James’ YouTube Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBKfo8q1NZTPPmcHAbaE7Hw/videos

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James is kinda proud of his confrontations with law enforcement and his various arrests and charges, but in recent months it appears he has upped his game a little by garnering the attention of the federal courts by, allegedly, illegally filming Fort Huachuca in Arizona.  There he was arrested and charged and is awaiting a trial before a magistrate judge, without a jury.  He is free, by agreement, pending disposition of the charges.

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Link to Wikipedia article on Fort Huachuca:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Huachuca

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Link to James’ video record of the Fort Huachuca event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PC8FHOKUiE

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Link to file containing charges against James:

James Springer Freeman Information

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18 U.S.C. 795 (Count I)

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Photographing and sketching defense installations

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(a) Whenever, in the interests of national defense, the President defines certain vital military and naval installations or equipment as requiring protection against the general dissemination of information relative thereto, it shall be unlawful to make any photograph, sketch, picture, drawing, map, or graphical representation of such vital military and naval installations or equipment without first obtaining permission of the commanding officer of the military or naval post, camp, or station, or naval vessels, military and naval aircraft, and any separate military or naval command concerned, or higher authority, and promptly submitting the product obtained to such commanding officer or higher authority for censorship or such other action as he may deem necessary.

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(b) Whoever violates this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

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18 U.S.C. 1382 (Count II)

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Entering military, naval, or Coast Guard property

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Whoever, within the jurisdiction of the United States, goes upon any military, naval, or Coast Guard reservation, post, fort, arsenal, yard, station, or installation, for any purpose prohibited by law or lawful regulation; or

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Whoever reenters or is found within any such reservation, post, fort, arsenal, yard, station, or installation, after having been removed therefrom or ordered not to reenter by any officer or person in command or charge thereof—

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Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

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Link to file containing James’ conditions of release:

James Springer revised release conditions 08102018

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Link to file containing James’ waivers (of jury and trial before district judge):

James Springer waivers 08102018 (1)

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News Report of Incident

https://www.myheraldreview.com/news/crime/man-filming-fort-huachuca-gate-arrested-charged/article_d2953b5c-2e65-11e8-973f-43cf6097a8e5.html

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Man filming Fort Huachuca gate arrested, charged

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FORT HUACHUCA — Fort Huachuca police arrested a man on several charges Tuesday afternoon after he refused to stop filming at the Buffalo Soldier Gate.

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James Springer, also known as James Freeman, was on fort property across the street from the gate, recording with a video camera, according to a press release.

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He was charged with unlawful photography of a military installation, entering a military installation for any purpose prohibited by law or lawful regulation, and failure to identify. He was also issued a letter denying him access to the post, the press release said.

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Springer was released on his own recognizance after being questioned and charged.

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A Fort Huachuca officer approached Springer at approximately 4:45 p.m. and asked him to identify himself and to stop filming. Springer repeatedly refused the officer’s requests or responded with silence.

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After 10 minutes, two officers placed Springer into custody.

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The incident has been widely viewed in numerous YouTube videos, including one that had received more than 35,000 views as of Thursday afternoon.

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The case will be adjudicated through the federal judicial system.

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Update August 16, 2018

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Document #28 in the case of James Alan Springer, text only entry entered 08/11/2018.  PTS = Pre Trial Services  PTSO = Pre Trial Services Officer

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Begin Text

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Full docket text for document 28:

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MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Bruce G Macdonald:

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Status Conference as to James Alan Springer held on 8/10/2018 at the request of PTS.

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Defendant not prepared for PTS interview; returned to speak with the Court.

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The Court hears from Mike Himelic, PTSO and confirms that the first home visit can be by appointment with defendant.

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The defendant confirms thereafter, he must abide by PTS conditions of release, or the Court will have no other option then to take him into custody.

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Defendant states he will comply and wishes to return to PTS office to complete the interview.

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Further, PTS will contact Texas PTS offices where the defendant lives and will be supervised to find out what they want to do about future home visits.
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Appearances: AUSA Rui Wang for the Government, retained attorney Tom Higgins for defendant. Defendant is present and released.

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(Recorded by COURTSMART.)

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Hearing held 4:00 pm to 4:10 pm.

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This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no PDF document associated with this entry. (BHA)

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End Text

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Update August 18, 2018

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I am thinking all the checkpoint guys know James and his freaky friends by now and it all just depends on how much time they have on their hands as far as giving them a hard time and letting them stop long enough for a video.

Link to video:

https://youtu.be/33DIaC8g-xI?t=4m9s

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Update August 20, 2018

 

James Springer (aka Freeman) outside the Tarrant County, Tx Courthouse live streaming while the trial proceedings of Bao Nguyen, his fellow public nuisance, takes place.

https://youtu.be/fo38-yPLujI?t=4m

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Update August 21, 2018

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Bao found guilty, and was sentenced to 180 days (he’ll probably serve a lot less) and a $2,000.00 fine.  See following video for discussion from his promoters.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyGw1M9eppw

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Update August 30, 2018

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Link to Government motion in James Springer (aka Freeman) case; filed 08/22/2018:

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James Springer Govt Motion 08222018

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Update October 5, 2018

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In substance, the Government’s motion that the Court take judicial notice of certain matters was Granted while the defendant was told he could not make certain defenses.

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The defendant has also taken on a private lawyer, Thomas Higgins, of Tucson, AZ.

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The trial has been rescheduled to late in November, by agreement.

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James Springer Trial Notice 10022018

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Update November 26, 2018

After a certain amount of posturing, the following docket entry advises us of the current status of the proceedings in the criminal charge against James Springer as it relates to his filming at Fort Huachuca, AZ.

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Full docket text for document 36:

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MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before 
Magistrate Judge Bruce G Macdonald:

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Status Conference as to James Alan Springer
held on 11/19/2018.

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The parties stipulate to a continuance of the
bench trial.

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The Court resets the bench trial to 4/23/19 at
9:00 a.m. for two days.

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Excludable delay under 18, United States Code,
Section 3161 (h)(7) is found to commence on
11/19/18 and to end on 4/23/19.

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The Court sets a Pretrial Status Conference for
4/8/19 at 9:30 a.m.

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The Court states the Defendant may appear
telephonically for the Pretrial Status Conference.

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Update December 29, 2018

James’ people had a big to-do in Texas today and James had a live-stream of the event.  After it was over, while walking to where ever they were walking to, James talked to a man about lawyer and cases.

James mentioned all the money he had paid lawyers only to be offered a plea deal where he pleads guilty to most charges and one gets dismissed.  James later admits he was talking about his Fort Huachuca case and goes on to discuss it briefly.

Time marked link to that discussion:

 https://youtu.be/3__qyKoP3_M?t=5190

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Update February 23, 2019

The last docket entry was a “text only” as shown below:

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Full docket text for document 36:
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MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Bruce G Macdonald: Status Conference as to James Alan Springer held on 11/19/2018. The parties stipulate to a continuance of the bench trial.

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The Court resets the bench trial to 4/23/19 at 9:00 a.m. for two days.

Excludable delay under 18, United States Code, Section 3161 (h)(7) is found to commence on 11/19/18 and to end on 4/23/19. The Court sets a Pretrial Status Conference for 4/8/19 at 9:30 a.m. The Court states the Defendant may appear telephonically for the Pretrial Status Conference.

Appearances:

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AUSA Bradley Baugher for the Government, retained attorney Thomas Higgins for defendant.

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Defendant is present (telephonically) and released. Bench Trial reset for 4/23/2019 & 4/24/19 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 3C, 405 West Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701 before Magistrate Judge Bruce G Macdonald. Pretrial Conference set for 4/8/2019 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 3C, 405 West Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701 before Magistrate Judge Bruce G Macdonald. (Recorded by COURTSMART.) Hearing held 1:42 pm to 1:46 pm. This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no PDF document associated with this entry. (CKS)

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Update March 28, 2019

Looks like James has deleted many of his videos, including the one recording the alleged criminal incident at the military base.  He also set up a new YouTube channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF7vSikMWThKp3Zhc2PdAmg

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Update June 4, 2019

James’ recent videos (2) complaining about his private lawyer in the Fort Huachuca case:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC113tuFX1o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C-eOWnhSv8

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James Alan Springer’s (aka James Freeman) lawyer filed a motion to withdraw and a hearing was scheduled for today, June 4, 2019, for that matter to be considered.  That last entry on the docket history was the scheduling of the hearing today.  We’ll have to wait to see what happened with that.

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Update June 5, 2019

James Springer accepted a court appointed lawyer, trial delayed, status conference scheduled for later this month, and Springer gagged.

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Update June 26, 2019

A conference was held earlier this month and the Court entered a “text only” order subsequent thereto:

Full docket text for document 46:

MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Bruce G Macdonald:

Status Conference as to James Alan Springer held on 6/19/2019.

Defense counsel requests defendant’s presence be waived for purposes of today’s hearing.

SO ORDERED.

Defendant to make arrangements BEFORE the next hearing as to whether he is appearing telephonically. The parties discuss setting a trial at the next hearing.

Defense counsel plans to file several motions before the deadline, now set for 8/1/2019.

Mr. Storts relays defendant’s request for copies of police reports and other discovery.

Counsel for the Government objects.

The Court refers counsel to the order entered at the hearing on 6/4/2019.

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