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Kevin Trudeau sentenced to ten years in prison

I believe this is a DailyPaul member if I am correct, here is the scoop....

CHICAGO (AP) — Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About."


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Jury should have nullified

This is pure fascism, the merger of state and corporate power.

We are to understand that the only cures for anything are ones that can be patented, copyrighted or licensed.

If they cannot be patented, copyrighted, or licensed, they are clearly a danger to corporate rent seekers society and we will put you in jail for suggesting them.

First Ammendment anyone???

Jurors convicted Trudeau of criminal contempt in November for defying a 2004 court order barring him from running false ads about the weight-loss book. Despite the order, he aired the infomercials at least 32,000 times, according to prosecutors.

...And in the meantime big pharma makes billions through direct to consumer ads that literally make up illnesses to recycle chemicals once their patent runs out.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

The real offence:

"But Guzman (the judge) showed little sympathy, appearing angry as he said that Trudeau had thumbed his nose at the justice system by violating multiple court orders since the 1990s.

"He has treated federal court orders as if they were mere suggestions ... or impediments to be side-stepped, out-maneuvered or just ignored," the judge said."

Whatever happened to the famous American adages from P.T. Barnum: "Never give a sucker an even break" and "There's one born every minute"?

Just think how many suckers have learned their lessons from Kevin Trudeau.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

Wow with this way of thinking Bill Gates will get life

and whats to become of politicians that lie do we send them to Guantanamo? Hmm interesting idea lol

Let the punishment fit the crime, for heaven's sake!

Uh, oh.

If KEVIN TRUDEAU is now in prison for TEN YEARS for EXAGGERATING DIET CLAIMS in his <$30 book... what will happen to PRESIDENT OBAMA for the OUTRIGHT LIES he told about the so-called AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ACT that (provided you're not in one of the exempted groups, such as unions) is likely costing the average American w-a-a-a-a-y more than $30, why MILLIONS OF AMERICANS prefer to pay the $95 non-participation penalty!

In case you missed it, the Obamacare Hitler parody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hxwot4sGTrM

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

credit where credit is due:

years ago, i read the book 'weight loss cure..' and i owe KT a huge THANK YOU for starting me down a healthier path: in, and, for, the rest of my life!

yes, he has a sales-pitchy and repetitive copy-filler writing style, but IT GOT ME going.

my FIRST step was to commit to eating ONE organic apple a day...

and ohhh how far i have come. above and beyond the seed THAT book planted into my mind.

IMO, not about 'weight loss' at all: pounds lost were just a BONUS side-effect of changing my previously mindless choices in food, health and life.

His information changed my life for the better.

I read Natural Cures and his weight loss book. Both essentially give the same message. Eat organic food and don't put toxins on your skin.
Also I believe he offends the establishment way of thinking by exposing the corrupt medical and FDA.

I read his Weight Loss Cure book and I can say it is not misleading. I followed as much of it as I could and I lost 30lbs of belly fat. I've kept off the weight for over 8 years now. Just by eating clean non-toxic food. And this includes foods like bacon, steak, organic pastries, and some fruits and veggies. I eat pretty much whatever I want so long as the food is not toxic(no processed, preservatives, pesticides etc).

This story is disturbing because it is meant to be a warning message to people that want to spread the truth.

Also surprise surprise he endorsed Ron Paul to all his readers and listeners. Not surprising that KT would.

Deep down everyone is Libertarian.
Live and Let Live, form of government.

Same here with his Natural

Same here with his Natural Cures book for me. It started me down the path of fixing my health. Yeah, he's a huckster, but the sentence seems a bit harsh.

oops, misspoke!

the book i read was NATURAL CURES..weight loss item was an add-on CD that came with the NATURAL CURES book order.

I see KT the same way I see AJ.

Sure there are things about him that are unsavory, but he does provide good info. Kind of have the take the bad with the good.

And when you think about it, are any of us perfect?


His book is excellent and I agree with almost every bit of it. In it, he criticized the gov harshly like any good person would and does.

Hey Archons', we are taking our planet back and there's nothing you can do about it!

"Weight Loss Cure" criticizes govt? No wonder he's a fraud

"The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About" criticizes the goverment harshly? No wonder he was convicted of fraud. I'd hate to buy a book on weight loss only to find it about bad government. That's false advertisement.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Ha ha

Bush lied about WMDs
Cost= many lost lives and wasted money

Obama lied about closing Gitmo
Cost= many tortured people that were found to be innocent

And they both get to live in luxury.

These books saved lives.

Deep down everyone is Libertarian.
Live and Let Live, form of government.

He's a crook.

Trudeau was always a shady character. He's got a long rap sheet for credit card fraud and running a pyramid scheme.


"The problem with trying to child-proof the world, is that it makes people neglect the far more important task of world-proofing the child." -- Hugh Daniel

He is 100% legit.

He exposes the corupt establishment medical system.

Deep down everyone is Libertarian.
Live and Let Live, form of government.

Yet another political prisoner sent to the gulag

for selling words.

Yet murderers walk free.

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant

The pot and kettle calling each other black...

A government that lies to people about EVERYTHING, who forces it's "customers" at gunpoint to deal with it, and their lies, inflicts a ten-year prison sentence on a private citizen who dealt with willing customers, on more-or-less honest terms, and who was, in all events more honest in his dealings with people than the monstrosity in DC which eventually ruined and jailed him.

Add to that, at least, even if KT stretched the truth a bit, nobody was killed or injured from the information provided in his books, and people had the option-NOT available with the FTC, FDA, or US Postal "Service", to refuse to deal with him if they were unhappy or dissatisfied!

Certainly, it is possible that KT was less than completely truthful in his dealings with his customers. But unlike the plaintiff in this notorious case, he was never one to LIE about EVERYTHING!

If KT deserved ten years in the American Gulag for his crimes, certainly his prosecutors, and the agencies on whose orders this Stalinist show trial was conducted, deserve at least twice the sentence upon conviction for the same crime(s). Fraud, Misrepresentation, and similar charges. These are committed by government far more viciously and frequently then KT, or other private citizens ever do-or even could do!

NO justice here!!


"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

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I don't think he is / was a member, but

This is definitely a tragedy... Like zooamerica said below.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Here's an interview Trudeau did w/ Alex Jones a few years



Don't feed the pandas. Ever.


has taken a big hit.




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10 years in prison for

10 years in prison for writing a book and suggesting an idea.

People convicted of manslaughter, rape, and selling hard narcotics serve less time behind bars.

The doctors that over prescribe pain killers and get their patients hooked on opiates never suffer the legal consequences, but when some guy suggests alternative ways to losing weight in a book, the government nails his ass to the wall.

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.


There are several well known cases where doctors, trying to treat pain compassionately, went to prison. Many more lost their practices. That may not be a legal consequence. But, it sure is devastating to someone, who pledges his life to helping people, just to have his livelihood taken away! Don't assume that you know it all. Not even doctors do! You are bearing false witness!

If it were not a problem that addicts, and other criminals, who would profit off selling their medicine, people in chronic pain would have a much easier time of getting their chronic intractable pain treated. Chronic pain remains one of the most under-treated problem in the country, today!

It is one of the practices were a 95% success rate is thrown out the door for 5% complications(addicts and illegal sales). If cancer treatment was that good, it would not be such a medical problem.

I remember discussing the

I remember discussing the case about Kevin Trudeau here at the DP a few months ago, but I did not know he was also a member of the DP. Are you sure about that?


Many folks use an alias online.

So he could have been a member. And I know many folks don't their real names.

He did publicly endorse Ron Paul.

Deep down everyone is Libertarian.
Live and Let Live, form of government.

I can find no trace of him being a member here...

...maybe Tog is thinking of Kevin Tuma, the DP member who draws all the awesome political cartoons?

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy


you nailed it, I was thinking didn't this guy draw cartoons, I could not think of his name, it has been driving me nuts for a day, guess the name does seem similar, I am not crazy afterall.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!


glad I could help. I hate when I just cant think of someones name and its right there on the tip of my tounge.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy