Jul 15 (9 days ago)
The following is a paste from a recent exchange with the Office of general Counsel for the USMS in Washington. Contained within, the OGC responds to an offer that is about a year old. You will note from my response that this wasted year has changed what I am prepared to accept as compensation for my unconstitutional arrest, extradition, subjection to the many abuses of the "mental health gulag", and finally with my being thrown into the street more than 7,000 miles from where I was illegally arrested in the first place.
To be perfectly clear: It is going to take a LOT more than the cost of a plane ticket to compensate me for what all of you people are (to one degree or another) responsible for.
I also wish to remind you that, regardless of whether or not I am personally compensated for all the abuses against me, there remains the matter that is at the heart of all this: Dr. Charles Elliott murdered his 4th wife; his brother ("Judge" Robert W. Elliott) helped (along with my deceased father) to cover this crime up and; I have been punished ever since for opening my mouth in 1991 to the New York Times about what my dying father said in 1991.
No amount of money you may or may not pay to me will ever bring this dead woman back to life. Further, to allow people like Robert and Charles Elliott to continue to walk around free makes all the law enforcement and judiciary people on this mailing list look like nothing more than collective Mafioso with badges, robes and other titles.
The truth is that the Elliotts are behind all of what you did to me and ALL of you got played by them. For YOUR behavior, TAKEN ON THEIR BEHALF, you, and each of you now must answer for your behavior against me.
The smart thing would have been to leave me alone in the first place. The next best would have been to recognize IN 2012 what you did and do your level best to make it right, IMMEDIATELY. Well, we're long past that, now. Hopefully, you people will have a "come to Jesus moment" and actually DO SOMETHING about the Elliotts.
I need for you people to do right by me and clean all this up with respect to me. Of course, there is more than a plane ticket involved here. For your part, you have to know that at least in part because of the "red notice" that was issued about me, my Social Security Disability was cancelled in 2009. The list of other damages to me is included in the Federal Tort Claim, filed by me from Butner FMC, in 2012.
LAST YEAR, I would have taken reimbursement for my return travel. THAT WAS LAST YEAR. NOW, YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN THAT. OTHERWISE, I WILL NEVER SHUT UP ABOUT WHAT YOU PEOPLE DID TO ME.
I cannot make you do anything about the Elliotts and I am not offering to shut my mouth about a murder or a cover-up in exchange for money. Y'all are just going to have to learn to live with that being "out there". I am ONLY offering to shut up ABOUT WHAT YOU, AND EACH OF YOU, DID TO ME.
HERE IS THE PASTE:
On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 5:27 PM, Patterson, John (USMS) <John.Patterson@usdoj.gov> wrote:
Good morning Mr. Ketchum,Included in the administrative tort claim you filed with the Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch, in the amount of $5,000,000.00, is a claim for costs associated with your return to the place of your arrest, in the amount of $7,000.00. You are seeking reimbursement of the payment for the airline ticket, meals, and hotel fees, among the other claimed travel costs, covering “the date of my release on 12 December, 2012, to the date of my arrival in Romania on 27 December 2012.”The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) will separately consider this claimed cost pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 4282 and USMS policy. In order to substantiate your loss, this office requires proofs of payment of all specific costs associated with your claimed return travel to Romania. You can scan and e-mail the requested documents to me, or mail the documents through the U.S. Postal System to my attention at the following address:
U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters Office of General Counsel2604 Jefferson Davis Highway Alexandria, VA 22301-1025Sincerely,John A. PattersonTort Claim Administrator (Paralegal)Office of the General CounselU.S. Marshals Service Headquarters============================== ===================From: Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. [mailto:thomasl.ketchumjr@ gmail.com] Sent: Saturday, June 08, 2013 01:09 PM Central Standard TimeTo: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; ASKDOJ (JMD); Roberts, Paul (USAMSN); petrescu elena <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; Paula Farese <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Brady_McCord@cacp.uscourts.gov <Brady_McCord@cacp.uscourts. gov>; Andre Araujo <email@example.com. gov>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com. gov>; RUTH_ROMERO@casp.uscourts.gov <RUTH_ROMERO@casp.uscourts.gov >; Trisha_Yamauchi@casp.uscourts. gov <Trisha_Yamauchi@casp. uscourts.gov>; firstname.lastname@example.org. gov <patrick_rodgers@casp. uscourts.gov>; Searight, Timothy (USACAC); Ford, Donna (USACAC); email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Adams, Felicia (USAMSN) Cc: email@example.com <patsy.brumfield@journalinc. com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; stephanie.rebman@journalinc. com <stephanie.rebman@journalinc. com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>Subject: Where we go from here From: Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.Dear Mr. Attorney General Holder,Your staff will confirm my Federal Tort claim, filed with your office on or about 25 June 2012, the text of which follows this letter. . .As you are probably aware, I have pending before the Justice Department in Washington, DC, a Federal Tort Claim for $5,000,000.00 for damages to me resulting from events (1) through (5), listed above. To date, that claim remains unresolved and I am prepared to file a formal complaint which explains, fully, the reasons for my unlawful treatment by your staff and the connection of these events to the expressed wishes of Mississippi District 3 Judge Robert Elliot and the Farese family of Ashland.I proposed to offer that your Office settle a claim with me for the period of my recognized unlawful incarceration, together with the costs expended by me in securing a new passport, 2 weeks of hotel and a plane ticket to Romania at Christmas time.From the date of my release on 12 December, 2012, to the date of my arrival in Romania on 27 December, 2012, I spent $7,000.00 on securing a passport in a hurry, on hotel, meals, transportation, communications, clothing, medicine, and a very expensive, last-minute, one-way air ticket to Romania. . . .RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,______________________________ ___THOMAS LOWELL KETCHUM, JR, PRO SE
Here is a paste of my response to OGC at USMS:
Jul 10 (5 days ago)
Dear Mr. Patterson,
As you know, although I remain a U.S. citizen and a registered voter in Mississippi, I am also a legal resident of Buzau, Romania and was at the time of my illegal arrest and fraudulent extradition to the United States based on an indictment (since dismissed in 2013) which was not even in my name. As one consequence of living in a very rural location, we experience frequent interruptions in both our commercial electricity and internet services, among other things. I start with this just to let you know that I only got your e-mail late yesterday (Wednesday here) and to not let you think I simply "dissed" your e-mail.
Having said that, however, I must go on to remind you, as you might expect ( after 19 months of actually being back home and after more than 2 years since the original filing of the tort claim in question) I do NOT retain ALL the receipts for items such as the clothing I had to buy (since I had none..DOJ having stolen whatever I had.. about $500.00 at Belk in Oxford) or luggage (I had none when I was thrown out into the street on the evening of 12 December 2012...another $100 or so at Walmart in Oxford) or prescription medicines, or a phone or phone card with which to communicate with my wife in Romania. Most of these things, I managed to acquire over the next two (2) days simply because the Lafayette County Detention Center had withheld my OPM disability checks from me until the day I was thrown out. THIS IS THE ONLY REASON I HAD ABOUT $7,000.00 TO SPEND IN THE FIRST PLACE..BUT SPEND IT I DID..AND EVERY DIME OF IT JUST TO GET HOME.
I do have a few remaining items that I can show you that prove a couple of points: (1) first, the two scanned receipts indicate an address where I was staying at "University Inn" in Oxford, Mississippi from the hour of my release until Christmas Day of 2012, when I paid a taxi driver $150.00 to drive me to the Memphis International Airport (when have you ever gotten a receipt from a taxi driver? I paid this same guy nearly $1,000 over a space of 13 days to take me all over the place..never got the first receipt from him "Angel Taxi, by the way); (2) I have a receipt for the e-ticket I used to fly to Bucharest, where I was driven to Buzau thereafter, arriving very early on the morning of 27 December, 2012; finally (3) I can produce a receipt for the express handling fee (which does not include the separately paid State Department passport fees for execution and application, totaling $135.00).
Together, these two (2) remaining pieces of paper directly substantiate that I spent a minimum of $1,364.79, NOT including clothing, luggage, medicine, costs of producing a renewed MS driver License ($48.00 paid to MS Department of Public Safety) or the ACTUAL PRICES of both hotel and meal expenses.
Because the two (2) remaining documents substantiate that I at least got two packages delivered to me at a room at University Inn, it is fair to conclude that this is where I stayed, even though Rocky Patel failed to give me a receipt for the cash I paid him to stay in his rather empty hotel in the off-season. Accordingly, since your MS Policy is probably like that for the rest of the government, you are probably only authorized to reimburse me at the "GSA Per Diem Rate" in effect in Oxford, MS (Lafayette County) during December 2012 (FY 2013). The table for these rates is found at the following link: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/
Based on the table, the per diem rate for lodging was $96.00 per day, with meals and incidentals at $51.00 per day, with first and last day meals and incidentals calculated at $38.25 for each of those two days.
Using this math and the GSA guidelines, December 12, 2012 and December 27, 2012 each get $38.25 for meals and incidentals. December12, 2012, through and including December 25, 2012 get $96.00 per day for lodging. There is no lodging for December 25 or 26, 2012 because I was on a plane or in an airport someplace those days. Finally, December 13, 2012, through and including December 26, 2012, GSA allows $51.00 per day for meals and incidentals.
Adding up, we get: $76.50 for first and last day meals and incidentals, $1,248.00 for 13 days of per diem lodging, and $714.00 for 14 days of per diem meals and incidentals, based on the GSA table for FY 2013.
$1,229.79 in direct receipts
$135.00 in State Department fees that had to be paid in order to travel
$48.00 to MS DMV for a photo ID to get all this done
$2,038.00 in GSA Per diem for travel dates 12 December 2012 (Oxford, MS ) through 27 December 2012 (arrival in Buzau Romania (place of arrest/home of record))
Total documented claim amount: $3,451.29
So, based on the above math and attached receipts, and your own statement about what the Marshals Service is prepared to "consider", I look forward to your remittance of $3,451.29 which you may deposit by electronic means to my OPM bank account of record (USAA Federal Savings Bank in San Antonia, TX) at the following:
account number 46965181, routing number 314074269.
DO NOT ISSUE A PHYSICAL CHECK..THEY WON'T HANDLE IT HERE IN ROMANIA.
I stand by my earlier claims as to expenses and other damages and, if you pay this particular claim, the ONLY matter resolved is the specific issue of my RETURN to Romania as an "arrested but unconvicted person", within the meaning of 18 USC Section 4282, et. seq.
ALL OTHER RIGHTS, PRIVILEDGES AND CLAIMS REMAIN RESERVED.
IF YOU ARE EITHER AUTHORIZED OR PREPARED TO DISCUSS "SETTLEMENT" OF THE REMAINING ISSUES, THEN I AM PERFECTLY WILLING TO BE REASONABLE AS TO COSTS TO THE GOVERNMENT.
Let me know if we have anything else to discuss.
Thank you, again, for your correspondence.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.