Gray v. N.D. Game and Fish Dept.

20050103 David B. Gray, Plaintiff and Appellant
North Dakota Game and Fish
Dept., Defendant and Appellee

Appeal from: District Court, South Central Judicial District, Burleigh County
Judge Bruce A. Romanick
Nature of Action: Administrative Proceeding
Appellant: Pro se
Appellee: Dean J. Haas , Att. General Office
Term: 09/2005   Argument: 09/09/2005
ND cite: 2005 ND 204
NW cite: 706 N.W.2d 614

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1. Appellant contends NDG&F violates the Constitution of the United States Art I sec 10 clause 3 by entering a wildlife violators compact with other states without first obtaining congressional approval. Usurpation of power.
2. Appellant contends that NDG&F having entered a compact does not have authority under Title 4 Sec. 112 to impose reciprocal punishments or judgements on citizens. Usurpation of power.
3. Does ND in fact enter a Confederation of Game and Fish Departments which is flat out forbidden by US Constitution Art 1 Sec 10 clause 1 which congress is not even allowed to approve of.
4. Should the NDG&F be allowed to violate the constitutional rights of the appellant by suspending his hunting privileges and depriving appellant his property with out due process of law. Why at least hasn't licence money been refunded?
5. Should the NDG&F be allowed to violate the constitutional rights of the appellant by requiring appellant to answer for a crime for which he already answered. i.e. commit double jeopardy on appellant.
6. Appellant contends he was outside the jurisdiction of ND when the event occurred and was not subject to any ND statues at that time. Ex po facto law.
7. Does NDG&F use an unconstitutional law as it abridges the privileges and immunities of the appellant as a citizen of the United States.
8. Should the NDG&F be allowed to interpret and applied a law unconstitutionally as it is unequal in protection and is arbitrary and capricious.
9. Does the NDG&F use an unconstitutional law as there is no presumption of innocence.
10. Does the NDG&F use an unconstitutional law as the appellant is denied a vigorous defense.
11. Does the NDG&F uses an unconstitutional law as it is unfair and unclear(charge) as to what the criminal behavior is. Overbroad and vague.
12. Does NDG&F abuse it's discretion to suspend under NDCC 20.1-16 as a conviction is required and by definition NDG&F does not have one.
13. Does NDG&F abuse it's discretion to suspend under NDCC 20.1-16 as the laws in Wyoming and North Dakota are dissimilar, making the action not in accordance with the law.
14. Dropped no merit
15. Appellant contends NDG&F imposes another punishment. The Wyoming suspension only punishes appellant for two years. NDG&F suspension punishes appellant for over twenty years. And punishes appellant's minor children and adult family members for 2yrs. NDG&F imposes another judgement on top of the Wyoming crime, double jeopardy. Multiple punishments.
16. The evidence submitted by the NDG&F unwittingly shows the Wyoming conviction was obtained illegally i.e. a bait and switch. Therefore the conviction is not entitled to full faith and credit. Interestingly this is evidence and a defense that appellant was not allowed to submit and argue at the hearing . If not for the NDG&F it would not be part of the record.
17. The NDG&F has a hearing with the OAH (office of administrative hearings) and where at severely restricts appellant's evidence and arguments. The rules of the agency in conjunction with the law did not afford appellant a fair hearing.
18. Appellant contends NDG&F has no court order and usurps judicial power of the courts in suspending licences.
19. Appellant contends that the law contains the word (may). As in "may suspend" therefore the NDG&F abuses discretion in suspending licences in this case. NDG&F is not in accordance with legislative intent or the law.
20. Appellant contends NDG&F should not be allowed to suspend as that is contrary to NDCC 20.1-0 1-26.

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I. Whether the Director's factual findings that Gray trespassed on lands in Wyoming posted with "No Trespassing" and "No Hunting" signs are supported by a preponderance of evidence, therefore supporting the Department's decision to suspend Gray's North Dakota hunting privilege pursuant to the Interstate Violators Compact, N.D.C.C. chapter 20.1-16.
II. Whether the conviction of trespass to hunt in Wyoming is sufficient to suspend Gray's North Dakota hunting privilege under N.D.C.C. chapter 20.1-16 although the precise elements of trespass to hunt in Wyoming and North Dakota differ.
III. Whether Gray has stated a constitutional claim for relief.

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Docket entries:
103/24/2005 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 03/23/2005
405/02/2005 DISK NONCOMPLIANCE (ATB) (scanned)
505/04/2005 RECORD ON APPEAL & Game & Fish Dept.'s Certificate of Record to the District Court
605/09/2005 DISK (e-mailed) TRA dated 10-27-04
705/31/2005 APPELLEE BRIEF
805/31/2005 DISK (e-mailed) - AEB
1009/02/2005 Request for Radio/TV Coverage (ND Public Radio) (Authorized)
1109/09/2005 APPEARANCES: David B. Gray; Dean J. Haas
1209/09/2005 ARGUED: Gray; Haas
1511/29/2005 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Sandstrom, Dale V.
1611/29/2005 (CONCURRING SPECIALLY): VandeWalle, Gerald W.: CONCUR
1711/29/2005 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of appellee
1811/30/2005 Judgment Mailed to Parties
2012/13/2005 Appendix to Pet/Rehearing
2112/13/2005 DISK NONCOMPLIANCE (per)(see DNC entry for ATB) (scanned)
2212/20/2005 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (Pet/Rehearing). Denied
2301/05/2006 MANDATE
2511/01/2012 EXPUNGED - Nonpermanent record items destroyed

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