Below you will find a document procured from Mr. Dusty Ford regarding his legal battle with BLM which began in 2010.
Mr. Ford was harassed by BLM and eventually arrested for - wait for it - theft. Theft of GARBAGE from his claim.
Mr. Ford was cleaning up and removing garbage and debris left by (probably) tourists who used the claim to camp on, and was arrested for theft of BLM property.
The judge in this case was extremely stern with the BLM employees who wasted public funds by bringing this arbitrary and capricious case against Mr. Ford.
Although Mr. Ford won the case against him in court, the BLM retaliated against him for daring to question their authority. Since he proved in court the claim was his property, but producing his title in the form of a location notice, whereas BLM could produce zero paperwork proving lawful title to the tract of land, BLM attempted to force the removal of his historic cabin on said claim. Although
he was not occupying the claim, BLM accused him of doing so, and demanded he file a Plan of Operation for occupancy. Needless to say, he chose to not file a plan since he was not occupying, whereby BLM then sent him a legal notice stating that they were going to 'begin removal of the structures.'
Ford was not given a choice to appeal, nor was he issued a citation which would give him a day in court and his due process of law under the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution.
According to a complaint Ford lodged with then Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters, BLM employees informed him that they intended to burn the buildings. (from a Cease & Desist notice, 8th February, 2011, sent by certified mail.)
He also complained to then Sheriff Winters that a BLM employee, John Gerritsma, "intends to commit arson upon my cabin within the next couple days. He and his co-conspirators have invaded my property, and tank-trapped my access contrary to state and federal law." Ford requested the arrest of those who were violating his rights.
On 10th February, 2011 Ford sent a Cease & Desist notice to Gerritsma (Ashland Field Manager,) Dayne Barron (Medford District Manager,) and Ken Salazar (the then Secretary of the Interior,) commanding them to cease and desist their unlawful activity, which included their intention "...to destroy my mining incident cabin, agency personnel on the ground telling me it will be destroyed by arson, and the subsequent invasion by means of trespass, heavy equipment, mineral trespass and the like."
Ford also told them they were "fraudulently representing a lawful authority to further your criminal enterprise," and informed them of the complaint he had filed with then Sheriff Winters, and requested that they turn themselves in to the County Sheriff's custody.
Due to Ford's complaint to Sheriff Winters, and the threat to file civil suit in federal court, his cabin is still standing.
Despite this, Ford has not initiated any mining operations on his claim for fear of further attacks against him by BLM.