Press Release
Office of the President
Republic of Texas

March 6, 2003

Longview, Republic of Texas -- Only days after Republic of Texas Consul General, Kenneth Townsend, awarded the Infamous Arthur Griesacker Traitor Award to former STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL Dan Morales for his unjust and unwarranted vendetta against Republic of Texas citizens in San Antonio at the Independence Day Rally, Dan Morales is indicted on charges of fraud by his own US Citizens.

Indicted on what would seem to be an act of 'legal' paper terrorism against the tobacco companies and his own people of Texas, Dan Morales now faces his own system for his illegal acts against Texas and Texians. Repeatedly, Republic of Texas leaders and citizens kept warning the media and other state officials of the unjust acts of Dan Morales against citizens of the Republic of Texas. No one back in 1996 would listen. Now Dan Morales should have to peer through those same bars of prison that he attempted to place every citizen of the Republic of Texas in.

Dan Morales used his so-called BAR CARD as a purported attorney to defraud the Texian people. He used his position as Attorney General of Texas to defraud the STATE OF TEXAS, THE UNITED STATES, & the tobacco companies. Republic of Texas leaders as far back as 1996 were crying out about the atrocities that Dan Morales was committing against the people of Texas and those cries and warnings fell on deaf ears. Never forget this same Dan Morales worked for then-Governor George W. Bush, not the people of Texas.

Morales violated his oath of office to the constitution of Texas. His bonding company should be held liable and responsible for all claims against him. Republic of Texas leaders filed a claim against Morales matching his purported claim of penalties against the Republic of Texas. The claims against Morales and the State of Texas would now be totaling trillions of dollars.

Richard Lance McLaren, Republic of Texas Consul General in 1996 filed charges against Dan Morales for attempted genocide. These charges should now be heard in all venues in which they were filed. This enemy of the People of Texas should have to pay for all these crimes.

Every case in which Republic of Texas citizens were penalized, incarcerated or fined should be brought forth for judicial review by courts, independent of Texas influence, since there can be no just trials where the Republic of Texas leaders and citizens were slandered and libeled day after day at the instruction of Dan Morales. His cohorts inside the attorney general's office and his superior, George W. Bush, should also be called to answer for their involvement in the attempted genocide. Perhaps Texas influence does not reach remote places on earth such as Iraq or Iran - and perhaps there can Republic of Texas citizens appeal for justice with an unbiased panel of judges or juries.

The Republic of Texas maintains, based upon a Supreme Court of Texas ruling, that NO state official, including that of former ATTORNEY GENERAL Dan Morales, has jurisdiction over any Texian declaring their status as a Republic of Texas citizen or Texian National. It is now time for the nations of the world to come forward and STOP the terrorist acts of the State of Texas and the United States against the Republic of Texas people. Dan Morales was one such terrorist sitting in a position of power to act against his own people.

Let this day go down in history with the cry of the Republic of Texas - "We Will Never Forget"

Daniel Miller
Republic of Texas


Former Attorney General Dan Morales indicted on fraud charges

By APRIL CASTRO and KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writers

March 6, 2003

AUSTIN- Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales and a onetime law associate were indicted Thursday on federal charges of trying to fraudulently obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in attorney fees from a state settlement with tobacco companies.

Morales, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, was also charged with trying to illegally convert campaign contributions to personal use.

Both Morales and Marc Murr, a former associate and personal friend, were expected to turn themselves in Friday, authorities said.

"This is a case of an elected official charged with abusing the public trust," U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton said during a news conference at the federal courthouse.

"As Texas attorney general, Dan Morales had an obligation to the people of this state to be honest, loyal and fair. This indictment alleges that he violated that trust by backdating contracts, forging government records and converting campaign contributions to personal use," Sutton said.

Morales denied any wrongdoing. The Austin American-Statesman reported that when asked if he did anything illegal in relation to the tobacco case or his campaign finances, Morales said, "I did not." He did not immediately return a call by The Associated Press.

The 12-count indictment stemmed from a long-running investigation into payment of legal fees from the state's $17.3 billion settlement with the tobacco industry in 1998.

Both men are accused of conspiracy and mail fraud, which can carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Morales also is accused of filing a false tax return and making a false application on a loan application. The loan application charge carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Morales hired five private attorneys who handled the state's case. The lawyers received $3.3 billion in fees from the state's settlement. Those fees soon became the subject of controversy.

Joe Jamail, a prominent Houston plaintiff's attorney who interviewed for the tobacco work but turned it down, claimed that Morales solicited $1 million in political contributions from lawyers he considered hiring for the lawsuit.

The indictment charges that Morales and Murr concealed documents and exaggerated Murr's role. Murr asked for $520 million for his role as an adviser to Morales, but other attorneys complained that he did little work on the case.

Michael Ramsey, an attorney for Murr, said he believes the scope of the indictment is unfair.

"I'm disappointed that if Marc has to be charged in such a lengthy indictment, that it involves other people," Ramsey said. "My initial take is that it's unfair."

The indictment also charged that Morales used $400,000 in campaign funds to buy a $775,000 house in Travis County in 1998, made false statements to get a $600,000 mortgage, and underreported his income on his federal tax return for 1998.

The private lawyers who handled the tobacco case included big names in Texas legal circles: John O'Quinn and John Eddie Williams of Houston, Walter Umphrey and Wayne Reaud of Beaumont, and Harold Nix of Daingerfield.

Morales and the five lawyers have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

In November, Morales wrote a letter to newly elected Republican state leaders urging them to pursue a case against the five private lawyers to recoup their legal fees, saying he had learned that their conduct "may constitute a breach of fiduciary duty to the state."

Michael Tigar, an attorney representing the five lawyers, disputed Morales' charge. He alleged that Morales was trying to use the matter to boost his own political fortunes.

Morales, 46, left office in January 1999 after two terms in office. His successor as attorney general, now-U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined federal officials in investigating the tobacco lawsuit legal fees. Morales accused Republicans of pursuing a politically motivated investigation.

Morales, a product of Harvard Law School, was a prosecutor in Bexar County and a state representative before being elected attorney general in 1990. He won re-election in 1994 but declined to run again in 1998.

Morales attempted a political comeback last year but lost to multimillionaire Tony Sanchez in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Morales later endorsed Republican Gov. Rick Perry shortly before the November general election. Perry has described Morales as a friend who was "a strong prosecutor and was a strong hand in the Legislature."

In a separate case, Morales' brother, musician Michael Morales, pleaded guilty in January to attempting to extort $280,000 from Sanchez during the fall campaign against Perry. Dan Morales has not been accused of wrongdoing in that case.


Republic of Texas

"Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people (the U.S.) designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand."

General Robert E. Lee to Governor Stockdale of Texas

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