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Richard Mack

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By: Tim Starks

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) has called for the resignation of Greene County, Illinois Sheriff Rob McMillen after he personally initiated an unsubstantiated felony charge against Luke Lamb, who is his opponent in the upcoming election. Lamb is campaigning as a “constitutional sheriff’s candidate” and is a member of CSPOA. The case, which involved alleged jury tampering, was resolved in court on October 24th, with a unanimous jury verdict of acquittal.

The charge of jury tampering involved Lamb’s Facebook chat with a close friend who had been called to jury duty earlier that morning. This discussion took place before the juror was assigned to a particular case, so he knew nothing about the specific type of trial that would take place later in the day. Lamb referred his friend to the website of the Fully Informed Jury Association (, which educates citizens about the recognized right of a juror to judge both the law and the facts of the case. According to recognized legal authorities, including US Supreme Court justices, the juror has the power to acquit if he or she believes that the law under which the defendant is charged is itself unjust. And any citizen has a First Amendment right to express his views about this topic, which is often called “jury nullification”.

Sheriff McMillen apparently was contacted by one of his deputies and informed of the Facebook conversation, whereupon McMillen personally obtained copies of that conversation from a friend who was a chief of police. McMillen then, without any investigation at all, and without assigning someone else to investigate, personally wrote a departmental report and sent the information to the state’s attorney’s office, under his signature. The state’s attorney then assigned it to a special prosecutor. To date, CSPOA is unable to find any report on an investigation by the special prosecutor.

Eventually the charge, a class 4 felony under Illinois law, was filed. According to Lamb, after the depositions and case preparation for trial, the prosecution offered several plea deals, the last of which amounted to something akin to texting while driving, a misdemeanor of negligible import. Lamb refused them all and took his case to trial.

According to Sheriff Richard Mack (Ret.), Founder and President of CSPOA, “This case has all the markings of a political hit. If it wasn’t so serious it would be hilarious.” Said Mack, “Sheriff McMillen, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, could have, and should have recused himself, referring the information to an outside agency from the very start, if he thought there was any basis for charges. Looking at the Facebook posts, I don’t think any investigator who didn’t have a political motive, would have brought charges against Luke Lamb.”

After reviewing the facts, documents and published reports in this case, including Sheriff McMillen’s testimony and media interviews after the verdict, it’s clear that this is an example of Unconstitutional misconduct by an official who has sworn an oath to protect citizen’s rights, according to Sheriff Mack. “Sheriff McMillen has violated his oath, his constituent’s rights, and tarnished the badge of a peace officer. We therefore call for Sheriff McMillen to resign his position immediately. Further, if he does not, we urge the voters of Greene County to remove him from office at the ballot box in the upcoming election.”





  1. It is good to see a strong Constitutional Organization supporting the rule of law, specially when it concerns one of their members.

    Thank You Richard Mack for Supporting The Constitution.


  2. Sheriff Mack: “Yes, this is the first time we have ever called for a current sheriff to resign!”

    Well Mr. Mack then all I can say is that CSPOA has been negligent in it’s duty to hold sheriff’s feet to the fire when it comes to following the Constitution.

    Literally hundreds should be called to resign. Any Sheriff that enforces any gun law should be called to resign as any gun law is unconstitutional, and you know it. The same goes for any sheriff that is fighting the so called war on drugs. The same could be said of any sheriff that let’s any of the unconstitutional alphabet-soup agencies operate in his county.

    I tire of the hypocrisy Mr. Mack — when are we going to get serious about holding people accountable to their oath to uphold the Constitution? As things stand I think it would be hard to find a sheriff that CSPOA should not be calling on to resign. It’s a sad state of affairs sir, and CSPOA is not helping for the most part.

  3. Tens of thousands, nay hundreds of thousands of citizens took the Oath. Some gave limbs, and some gave all, but all gave some. NOT ONE of those good patriots (military, law enforcement officers, legislators and many others) ever swore an oath to defend this country, or it’s people.

    The Oath, once taken, is a lifelong obligation, and it has no expiration date. The oath, in part, is an oath to support (preserve) and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. Never forget!

    When hundreds of us stood on the Capitol steps in Atlanta, several years ago, a good Senator spoke. He said that the way to take this country back is to support our Sheriff’s. With that support, he said we’d win this country back, …… one county at a time. I believe the man was right.

    Dump this maggot, and put a man in office who understands his oath, and our Constitution!

  4. I am extremely pleased to have Sheriff Mack call for this Oath breaker to resign. I am even more pleased that he chose Illinois to start with. Keep up the excellent work!

  5. It is clear this was politically motivated. I do not know if there is a recall procedure for Sheriffs in IL, but it is worth examination, as well as a writ of QUO WARRANTO. The latter is a very powerful action that can and has in the past dissolved the county charter, effectively shutting down commerce in the respective county. I don’t know the finances of this particular county, but I would imagine it contains several zeros in it regarding the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly budgeted allocations to run said county. I see this as a very effective means of keeping those who have been placed in positions of honour and authority and granted authority to act on behalf of the vicinage to keep an ultimate check and balance on the offices held, so those who occupy them cannot willfully, or ignorantly act beyond the scope of their office, be it appointed, or elected. Something to consider . I hope members of Oath Keepers and CSPOA as well as the citizenry, peerage, vicinage of all of the counties in all of the various states in the union of states will take the time to consider well the potential power they actually possess and what is more, to learn how to implement the power they have allowed the elected/appointed to hold in THEIR NAMES. After all it is in your name that they do these things and if we allow it to continue then we are to blame, not the actor/office holder who is to blame. While we have abdicated our role and therefore the power politically that comes by being one of the people we still have enormous commercial power, I suggest we use it. It is said that money talks and BS walks. Never a more truthful cliche’.
    Pax aut bellum, omnis moriar,

  6. I agree with inailiable rights sheriff Mack needs to resign also the people can call or write to their governor and demand that he remove sheriff McMillan as the governor has the power to fire the sheriff I watched this happen in FL a few years ago so people contact your governor and put the pressure on him to act on this and do his job as he has a duty to the people

    [Editor’s Note: The case you refer to was the very recent case where Sheriff Finch, of Liberty County, Florida, was “fired” by the Governor. In truth, a Governor has no power to remove an elected County Sheriff, for it was the vote of the people which empowered that Sheriff into office — the will of the people. In the case of Sheriff Finch, who was fired because he released a man from jail who had been arrested for carrying a gun, (Sheriff Finch said that in his County the Second Amendment is any citizen’s right to carry a gun), the jury voted Sheriff Finch not guilty and the Governor had to reinstate Sheriff Finch. You can read about it here:

    Elias Alias, editor]

  7. Just as a detainee must be read his or her rights, I think that a judge should make aware and explain in short, “juror nullification” to the selected jury. I think it’s the right thing to do. Keep up the good work Oath Keepers.

    [Editor’s Note: You’ll be glad to know that New Hampshire is the first State to make it a State law that judges in criminal trials are required now to explain to the jury about the jury’s duty to judge the law as well as the facts before the court in that respective case. Way to go, New Hampshire!

    Elias Alias, editor]

  8. One of the individuals who commented said something about the unconstituionality of ‘gun laws’. It is my understanding that the Second Amendment only prohibits the Federal government from infringing. The States can infringe as much as they want depending on the the particular State’s Constitution.

    (Associate Editor’s Note: No, state governments are also restrained by the Constitution, like the Federal Government. For instance, a state government cannot one day suddenly restrict your right to free speech and redress of grievances (even though they sometimes try), so why would it be any different for the 2nd Amendment? This is the whole point of checks and balances; the Federal government is supposed to keep states from violating our civil liberties, and the states are supposed to keep the Federal government small and controlled as well. The Constitution outlines individual freedoms which cannot be impeded by ANYONE. Period. The fact that governments get away with eroding liberties on occasion does not ultimately make it right.)

  9. This is truly, a very sad article. When ANY Peace Officer uses their position to nullify a citizen their God given rights, it disgusts me… When a SHERIFF does so (especially when understanding it was a Political hit), it makes my blood boil. While there are the proverbial “Good Cops & Bad Cops” everywhere (as there are also “Good PEOPLE & Bad PEOPLE”), the very LAST hope any Citizen has for fairness – to me – lies under an Elected position (as opposed to an Appointed position – as within a Police Department). In my own eyes, one is much better off dealing with a Sheriff or Deputy, when it comes to charges being filed against their behalf.

    This disgusting, blatant attack upon someone (much less over a Facebook post), shows just how tempting a political position can be. To see the abuse of power being waged against an opponent not only repulses me, it also shows the character of the abuser to their true core.

    Personally, I fully support ANY actions taken to remove this man from his current office. There is NO place for either him OR his unethical morals amongst such a fine group of dedicated and honest men and women. I would like to think that ANY Sheriff or Deputy would be embarrassed to have Illinois Sheriff Rob McMillen as one of theirs.

    It’s with sadness that any organization would succumb to the temptations of political office – yet daily we read of how such power is abused. Morally, Ethically and Professionally – this man should be removed from the office which he has obviously bastardized – and I would rest well knowing Sheriff Richard Mack would do all that he can to revoke any privileges to CSPOA. Additionally, I would hope the citizens of Greene County, Illinois remove him from office. Mr. Lamb should also think seriously upon filing any charges against McMillen. There is ZERO room for McMillen amongst the ranks of such good people. He is a cancer, and left un-removed, will continue to grow and spread.

  10. @ Dan Wild, “The States can infringe as much as they want depending on the the particular State’s Constitution”

    Article VI: “… This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in EVERY STATE shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and THE MEMBERS OF THE SEVERAL STATE LEGISLATURES, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States AND OF THE SEVERAL STATES, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

  11. I met Sheriff Mack last Saturday at the PrepperFest in Scottsdale. I have followed his work for a few years now and have been meaning to join SCPOA. After talking to him for a short while, I reached deep into my pocket and paid for a life membership. This goes nicely with my life membership in Oath Keepers.

    Those of us that truly support and defend the Constitution must rally and demand that our elected, as well as appointed, public officials are held to their oath.

  12. This is a clear abuse of power and shows that the sheriff is willing to unlawfully violate law as well as ethics to cause harm to an individual. His credibility is questionable and he needs to step down. To falsely use your power, in a way the is questionable, to attack a political opponent is unconscionable. Resign or be removed from your position!

  13. There are many situations of abuse of power and those who have violated their oath of office. The CSPOA can only respond and take action when they have the facts and supporting documentation. This all takes money and more bodies. So I encourage all to join and be apart of a movement that is trying to defend the constitution from the county up. We need to stand with those sheriffs who defend and uphold the constitution. Courage will spread as we unite for what we stand for and don’t let our difference divide us. Sheriff Mack has inspired many, now let us all help keep the lamp of liberty burning bright.

  14. I feel being apart of the CSPOA and oath keepers is our duty as Americans. I have seen Sheriff Mack spend many hours to get sheriffs not worthy out of office, by campaigning for good constitutional sheriffs. Traveling to every state and helping hundreds of good candidates. As soon as the CSPOA is aware of abuse of power or an oath violation, we are working tirelessly to defend the constitution through good sheriffs, peace officers,elected officials and the boots on the ground citizen members. But the elephant in the room reality is there just isn’t enough of us to address all of the unconstitutional actions by rogue officials. We need more eyes to watch and courageous individuals to stand with those who defend the constitution. So contact the today and be apart of the solution.
    The CSPOA is organizing leaders in every state . Please let them know if you are interested in being apart of your state leadership.

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