Controversial Risenhoover Files Case for Indigenous Group

April 6, 2010

Dr. Paul Risenhoover of Robin Hood International Human Rights Legal Defense Fund filed a 200-page lawsuit against the federal government on behalf the National Chamorro Association of the Mariana Islands according to the Saipan Tribune. The National Chamorro Association of the Mariana Islands president is former alleged labor abuser Glenn H. Manglona. (Domestic helpers on Saipan and on Rota filed labor cases against the former Rota Director of Labor.)

From the Tribune:
The Legal Defense Fund also filed a draft pleading with the International Court of Justice on behalf of the “native Chamorro and Carolinian Indian nationals and Formosans,” concerning the U.S. and Japan's violations of duties and responsibilities to protect Chamorros and Carolinians under a Treaty of Peace between the two countries.

“What this lawsuit tries to accomplish is to invoke Chamorro and Carolinian rights as tribal people. We have certain rights that are not being provided by the U.S. government. In a nutshell, we can make the Covenant better. It's not perfect but we can make it better for us,” said Manglona.

The Legal Defense Fund said that while U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Paul L. Friedman has upheld the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's issuance of the rules to be acceptable to the statutory and Covenant authority of Congress, he has not ruled on whether the Constitution gives Congress the authority to enter into the Covenant.
I downloaded some of the "legal" documents filed in this case, and seriously could not make sense of them. They did not look like legal documents, but like drafts cut and pasted by someone outside of the legal profession. Here are some of the legal (?) documents filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court.

I find it extremely ironic that the leader of a so-called “human rights organization” was involved with promoting the violation of human rights. Dr. Risenhoover promoted the recruitment of innocent Palauans and Micronesians to work in the filthy and abusive Agriprocessor Plant in Postville Iowa. (See this post: Baloney)

In an August 2008 news article Dr. Paul Risenhoover called for workers from the Marshalls, Palau and other Micronesian Islands to work in the non-union, abusive meat packing plant.

The article stated: “The factory owners are Orthodox Jews who produce Kosher religious meat for Jewish families and many Seventh Day Adventists, purchase their Kosher meats.” I guess they cared how their meat was prepared, but were not concerned that workers were abused and their human rights were denied. A Marianas Variety article also covered the news saying that Dr. Risenhoover told Palauans of the “opportunity” during an Austronesian Forum in 2008.

His recruitment of workers took place after the well-publicized outrage and exposure of illegalities and abuses at the plant. In May 2008 the plant was the site of an immigration raid that led to the arrest of 389 illegal workers and eventual charges against former executive Sholom Rubashkin and several managers.

In April 2009 Elizabeth Billmeyer, personnel manager, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit and one count of knowingly accepting false resident alien cards. In September 2009 the chief financial officer of Agriprocessor Plant, Mitchell Meltzer, pleaded guilty to conspiracy for making false statements to a bank.

Risenhoover is a board member of the Free China Movement. He has quite the controversial past. In 2007 he was deported from Taiwan, blacklisted, and denied reentry for six months. He filed a court case challenging passport denial for being behind in child support payments. A Wikepedia article states:
"The Court characterized Risenhoover's complaint as "a scrambled collection of conspiracy allegations and unexplained citations to federal statutes." Risenhoover maintained that he was subject to certain cognitive disorders and should not be discriminated against on this basis. Risenhoover argued he was effectively in custody, wherever he was, because he was unable to travel internationally without a passport.

Due to the unstructured nature of Risenhoover's pleadings it is difficult to ascertain what ultimately happened but it is clear from the exhibits that he flew from Kaohsiung to Tokyo on February 26, 2006. Further he complained of ill-treatment by the authorities at or about that time.
He lost the case.

Dr. Risenhoover is apparently well-known in courtrooms. In 1999 The New York Times reported that a judge threw out out a lawsuit concerning selling human organs. The judge called Risenhoover a “fraudulent opportunist.”

From the article:
Federal charges against two men accused of conspiring to sell human organs taken from Chinese prisoners were dismissed yesterday by a judge who sharply criticized the Government for building its case around an informant she denounced as ''a fraudulent opportunist.''
Judge Deborah A. Batts of United States District Court in Manhattan said the informant, Paul Risenhoover, had been seeking to overthrow the Chinese Government and might have entrapped the two defendants. She said Mr. Risenhoover was now refusing to return from abroad to appear at trial, which denied the defendants their Constitutional right to cross-examine him.
The The NY Daily News had this to say about the case:
In a caustic, 155-page decision, the judge attacked the government's case, zeroing in on the use of informant Paul Risenhoover, who admits to opposing the Communist government of China "by any means necessary."
Risenhoover has "his own political, personal and possibly financial agendas, and he seems to operate on the premise that his desired ends justify any means," Batts wrote.
You can get an idea of Risenhoover's political views by reading this 2005 letter to the editor he wrote concerning Taiwan’s independence.

I wouldn't worry about this case going anywhere.


Anonymous said...


This guy likes to spam every member of the CNMI bar with his prolix theories and rantings. His primary would-be "client" seems to be the Government of Taiwan.

He might be intelligent in an academic sense, but he sure doesn't understand the law.

Under the American legal system, a U.S. Court of Appeals is not a court of original jurisdiction where one can "file a lawsuit."

You have to go to district court (or an administrative agency) first!

Anonymous said...

Wonder how much this cost?

Anonymous said...

I would guess this is another Fitial $hit!!

Anonymous said...


Chinese military hospitals have been executing political prisoners by the tens of thousands for their organs. Many such prisoners are forced to become vegetarians and to maintain good health. Why? Good healthy Chinese body means good healthy Chinese organ for wealthy Europeans and Chinese.

Wake up.

Angelo Villagomez said...

Americans buy chinese prisoner organs, too. We have a family friend who bought a kidney for $10,000.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 9:47

Perhaps you need to wake up, read this again and get some manners! Did I comment on organ selling? Did I condone this disgusting practice? NO! (In fact, I have written about it previously on this site.) The point is that maybe there was a legitimate and important case, but it was dismissed because of this "fraudulent opportunist" who was not credible.

Wendy Doromal said...

Hi Angelo:
If someone wants to sell their organ that is one thing, but thousands of Chinese are being killed so their organs can be harvested for profit.

Anonymous said...

Angelo & Noni 9:47:

My right kidney is kind of malafunctioning. You wanna buy it?

Anonymous said...

Angelo - Only 10k, not much room for a broker.

Captain said...

This organ "sales" are rampant in the Phil. also.
Mostly children are kidnapped, their organs taken out, most times money is put into the body cavity (5K-10K peso) the body cavity is sewn up and then the body is "dumped" close to where the child was last seen so they are found.
This is also a "Chinese Connection" doing this.
It is now against the law for foreigners to buy organs in the Phil.

Anonymous said...

The same researchers claim that the newest trend on menus in high end restaurants is human fetus soup.

China is poised to becoming a new superpower? I don't think so.

Angelo Villagomez said...

I know they were killing chinese prisoners. They didn't find out until later; they didn't look into where the organs were coming from.

How did this become and issue of organs anyway?

So can I file a friend of the court brief or something saying that this guy is full of it?

the teacher said...

Risenhoover is a fruit cake.

The new legislation being talked in Congress could have merit though. Do you know much about the plan Wendy? Kilili says it will give residence, but not permenent residence, to parents of US citizens until they can patition? I think that is an improved situation but my understanding is that those effected workers will not be allowed to travel within the US. If that is the case, then the US will have frozen thousands of unemployed persons here and a supply/demand job market will not exist. This would make the poorest place in America get alot worse. If people can travel, supply and demand will dictate where workers (and locals and citizens) live.

Wendy Doromal said...

Hi Angelo

Exactly! How did this get about organ harvesting? :(

There is a lot of garbage going on here with this ridiculous lawsuit. Does anyone get it?

Wendy Doromal said...

Hi Ron

I don't support the bill unless it is amended. I wrote about it in September last year. I will update it. You are correct. People will be tied to a place with no jobs! It's also discriminatory.

Anonymous said...

Hey Wendy -The Tribune stole your story on Risenhioover: