Maryanne Godboldo Triumphant: Another Victory for the Right to Resist

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Four years ago, Maryanne Godboldo held off an attempt by police and “child protection” bureaucrats to abduct her teenage daughter, Ariana, so that she could be forcibly drugged with a powerful anti-psychotic drug called Risperidone.

Godboldo, a college dance instructor, had attempted to school her daughter at home, but eventually decided to place the youngster in a local government school. As a result, the girl underwent the government-dictated suite of vaccinations.Shortly after receiving the injections, the girl experienced severe side-effects, including behavioral problems she hadn’t previously experienced. Following the standard government approach — summarized by Bastiat as creating the poison and antidote in the same laboratory — government functionaries prescribed Risperidone as a “remedy” for the vaccinations they had inflicted on the victim. This led to a new set of symptoms, including suicidal impulses.

Maryanne did the sensible thing: She emancipated her child from the school and took care of her at home. The CPS, decreeing that this capable and concerned mother was “in denial,” authorized itself to kidnap the child and finish the job of destroying her mind. When the child snatchers came for her daughter, Maryanne — exercising the natural and plenary authority of a mother defending her child — denied them entrance to their home. Rather than obeying her lawful order to leave, the CPS contacted a SWAT team — complete with automatic weapons, armored personnel carriers, and helicopters — that laid siege to her home for ten hours.

Maryanne, who took up arms against the invaders, eventually surrendered and was charged with several felonies. All of those charges were dismissed a few months later when the Wayne County District Court ruled that the search of her home was illegal.

Driven by the frustration of its unconsummated desire to make an example of Godboldo, the DA tried to revive those charges earlier this year. Last Friday they were finally, and definitively, dismissed.

“In the end, it is a basic human right for parents to choose if they want to medicate their children,” observes Godboldo’s attorney, Allison Folmar. “When the state steps in and says `hey, mom and dad, we know what’s better for your child,’ that’s wrong.”

Significantly, an appeals court that heard Godboldo’s case acknowledged that citizens in “imminent danger” as a result of illegal police action have the right to use lethal force in protection of their homes. For some reason, most likely one rooted in collectivist politics, this heroic black single mother was not vilified by the Southern Poverty Law Center and similar groups as a dangerous “anti-government extremist.”

2:16 pm on July 15, 2014