Electronic Mail – City of Newton, IA City Attorney Matthew Brick – Brick Gentry PC – 14 MAR 2023

Mr. Brick:

I will drop off the money orders for record requests I submitted to you and your client, the City of Newton, IA, over 45 days ago tomorrow. I expect that your client accepts and produces evidence of working on these requests. I can fully quote independent sections of the Iowa Code and the Iowa Rules of the Court Chapter 32 regarding why this is justified and required. At the same time, I believe that Mrs. Lamb and Mrs. Graff are as tired of being the city employees stuck in the middle of this situation as I am tired of attempting to acquire records the City of Newton, IA, produces evidence of providing so quickly to other parties.

I want to thank Mrs. Lamb and Mrs. Graff for their kindness, professionalism, and compassion while assisting me with my requests with the City of Newton, IA. I would also like to thank Mrs. Davis and the women in the City of Newton, IA, business office for always listening to my concerns and assisting me. Given this situation, I completely respect and appreciate that some questions must be redirected to the city attorney’s office. At the same time, the evidence indicates that the city attorney is failing to properly handle these requests in a timely manner in accordance with our laws, while the records provided produce evidence of a motive supporting the existence of this paradigm.

The City of Newton, IA, and City Attorney Matthew Brick of Brick Gentry P.C. have produced evidence of previously accusing me of executing behavior that has reached the level of harassment. At the same time, I have been accused of threatening city employees while no one has provided evidence supporting these accusations or arrested me for them. At the same time, the City of Newton, IA, has provided numerous reports of citizens arrested for producing evidence of violating this section of our laws.

I have two questions for the City of Newton, IA:

1. Has the City of Newton, IA, violated the rights of the citizens it has arrested that have produced evidence of violating Iowa Code Section 708.7? That are protected by Section 6 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Iowa and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. At the same time, the City of Newton, IA, has produced evidence of failing to arrest me for the same violation of our laws City Attorney Brick of Brick Gentry P.C. and the City of Newton, IA, articulated I have violated while the City of Newton, IA restricted my access to public accommodations provided to other citizens. At the same time, Section 9 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Iowa communicates: “Sec. 9. Right of trial by jury — due process of law. The right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate; but the general assembly may authorize trial by a jury of a less number than twelve men in inferior courts; but no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”, and the 5th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America communicates: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

CM-X2 Database – Newton Daily News – Iowa Code Section 708.7 Reported Arrests 2018 – Present

2. How do you provide evidence of gender-based discrimination? Logic would suggest you provide evidence of a municipality’s historical interpretation of Iowa Code Section 708.7 while evidence indicated a male was being victimized. Then you provided evidence of the same city referencing that section of the Iowa Code while accusing the same male victim of the same criminal act while denying that male victim access to public accommodations and public records during an active complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board (Case 22FC:0071). At the same time, that male citizen was requesting, in accordance with our laws, public records documenting these historical events and providing evidence to this city’s Chief of Police evidence of the assailant acknowledging violating a no-contact order this police department took inadequate action on in 2019.

The evidence indicates that numerous federal records exist showing that I served honorably with other men and women I had the privilege of standing the watch with while serving this country. Yet, at the same time, my Lord Jesus Christ and these honorable men and women made me the citizen I am.

While living in the City of Newton, IA, I have witnessed evidence indicating that the Newton, IA Police Department is a law enforcement agency consisting primarily of men. At the same time, whenever I have had questions regarding the public records documenting these men’s historical conduct. It was always the women of the City of Newton, IA, that had the courage to speak to me and provide me with requested records documenting the conduct of these men in accordance with our laws. At the same time, chest cam footage released by the City of Newton, IA, reveals that the leadership of the City of Newton, IA, Police Department (Chief of Police Robert Burdess, LT Ron Cook, LT Chris Wing, LT Wayne Winchell) will not speak to me because City Attorney Brick of Brick Gentry P.C. has advised them not to.

As citizens, of this republic we are all required to have equal rights in accordance with our laws. But, at the same time, the evidence of our conduct determines who we are and what we have the courage to accomplish in our lives.

Naturally, the only question that remains, in this case, is the following: If the leadership of a law enforcement department lacks the courage to stand and speak on their documented conduct while wearing a badge with the victims evidence indicates they have executed acts of injustice. What entitled right provides these law enforcement officers the foundation on which they stand that gives them the delusion they have the right to investigate and detain other citizens based on the evidence of their conduct?

Many citizens have asked me, “Merritt, are you not afraid that if you investigate and challenge a local police department that has provided evidence of being unethical that they are going to arrest you and throw you in prison.” I usually look at these citizens with a smile and remind them I was sentenced to life on a State of California Marriage License and I produced evidence of escaping that prison. At the same time, my stomach has produced evidence of adapting to government-issued meals during twenty years of honorable service with the United States Navy.

In my pursuit of a life commitment to defending the citizens of this country and the traditions of the world’s most powerful Navy that trained me:

“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead, Drayton! Hard a starboard! Ring four bells!”

– Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, Battle of Mobile Bay

Redactions conceal nothing.  They are a barbaric form of encryption that provides evidence of what a party sought to conceal when the Light reveals the truth.  At the same time, I would like to offer the City of Newton, IA, my respect and appreciation for providing evidence of actual public records as defined by Iowa Code Section 22.1(3.)(a.).  They are a breath of fresh air when compared with the City of Ames, IA Chief of Police Huff and the City of Ames, IA Attorney Mark Lambert’s Microsoft Word documents that are dated the day a response is released to a request for records in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 22.  At the same time, they acknowledge they are only providing a summary of information Iowa Code Section 22.7(5) articulates cannot be withheld.  I do not recall witnessing a government body so boldly confessing to the misrepresentation of a document being a public record in place of the actual public record requested on the document provided in response to a record request in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 22 (Ref: Iowa Public Information Board – Case:  22FC:0020)


Ames IA Police Department – Case – 20005016.pdf
Ames IA Police Department – Case – 20005368.pdf
Ames IA Police Department – Case – 21005052.pdf


(1.) “’Damn the Torpedoes’.” U.S. Naval Institute, 29 Aug. 2022, https://www.usni.org/magazines/naval-history-magazine/2014/july/damn-torpedoes#:~:text=Go%20on!%E2%80%9D%20John%20Crittenden%20Watson,Ring%20four%20bells!