Bighorn County Sheriff Dave Mattis spoke at a press conference following a recent U.S. District Court
decision (Case No. 2:96-cv-099-J (2006)) and announced that all federal officials are forbidden to enter his county without his prior approval
In my book, this guy is a hero. Not only did he maintain his oath of office when so many others did not, he took the extra step to uphold Constitutional law in his county. Sheriff Mattis distinguished himself, and his County, by maintaining his call to duty to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. He did this willingly at risk to himself without regard for his own safety. My hat comes off to him and all other law enforcement officials who have done the same.
He did this without judicial assistance.
Federal Judge William F. Downs said:
After the settlement conference, Big Horn County Sheriff, David M. Mattis, issued a “Policy.” In the “Policy,” the Sheriff purports to impose conditions upon federal law enforcement operations in the County.
Federal officials still have to report to Sheriff Mattis in order to do business in his county. He has yet to turn one away but he still maintains the law.
Although the article was initially mis-written stating that he had won a court case, the end result is still the same in Big Horn County. There have been other cases such as a supreme court ruling where Justice Antonin Scalia states :
The “supremacy clause” is dealt with in Mack/Printz, in which the U.S. Supreme Court stated once and for all, that the only thing “supreme” is the Constitution itself. Where by the powers, the Sheriff reigns supreme above the president.
Read the whole article and find updates toward the end. This is beginning to happen more often. The times they are a change’n.