iGolder Criminal Procedure Rules

This page is not about a dispute resolution.  If you wish to file a dispute against another iGolder member, please visit our dispute procedure rules.  This page describes our policy regarding the rules to file a criminal complaint against an iGolder member.  We have zero tolerance for crime, and iGolder will assist law enforcement agencies dealing with criminal activities.  iGolder will cooperate, provided the search warrant is of proper jurisdiction regarding a crime, however iGolder will not respond to fishing expeditions, where a government agency may ask for account information without probable cause and a court order of proper jurisdiction.

 

To further protect our members, iGolder will disclose private information about a specific account only if the following rules are guaranteed to be respected:

 

  • The individual has the right to know what he/she is being accused of.
  • The individual has the right of a hearing to confront his accusers.
  • The individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
  • The individual shall not be a witness against himself.
  • The individual shall not be accused twice for the same crime.
  • The individual has the right of a trial by jury of his peer.
  • The court must fully instruct jurors about Jury Nullification.
  • Each juror has the right to refuse serving on the jury.
  • Each juror is guaranteed a minimum compensation of 1 gr of gold per hour (see below for details).

Fees

The plaintiff (government) must provide a minimum of 1,000 gr of gold as a Dispute Reserve.  This reserve will be used to pay the jurors at the rate of 1 gr per hour, and in the case the individual is innocent, 100 gr of gold will transferred to the innocent as compensation for stress and time spent in court.  If there is no trial by jury, iGolder will consider the case without merit and the entire gold will go towards the defendant.

 

Procedure

In the case the individual is proven guilty by the jury, the gold belonging to the criminal will be sent to the victim(s) as restitution. The victim must be an individual or a group of individual where their property had been violated.  There is no such thing as "Society" or "The People" as a victim of a crime.  You need to understand what private property is to understand what a crime is.  In no case the gold will be transferred to finance the bureaucrats.  Each year, the taxpayers are forced to fork billions of dollars to the government promising to deliver "justice".  If you believe in justice, then it follows the compensation must go towards the victim(s); not the bureaucrat who get paid by the coerced taxpayers. Rewarding the bureaucrats with crime proceeds is a moral hazard.

 

Why Pay the Jurors?

We believe forced labor is a form of slavery, which is a crime.  Suppose that a private employer, offering low wages for long hours of unpleasant work, failed to find enough workers and solve the problem by picking men at random and treating to imprison them if they refused to work for him.  He he would be indicted on charges of kidnapping and extortion.  This is exactly how the government hires people to fight war or sit on a jury.

 

Such a situation of forcing people to work without compensation is unacceptable - even in the name of "justice".  One cannot pursue justice by causing injustice to someone else.  After all, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution says:

 

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

 

The 13th Amendment protects against involuntary servitude; it offers no exception for jury duty. The 14th Amendment, among other things, guarantees "equal protection of the laws".  We argue that demands for service on a jury impose a burden on individual which is far greater than on those whose financial situations are far less precarious.

Because government has a monopoly on the justice apparatus and the jury is our last line of defense against tyranny, we have no choice to include a trial by jury for our members.  We live a dilemma: if we let the government rule on a crime, then our members are at the whim of the bureaucrats.  On the other hand, forcing people to serve on a jury is nothing more than involuntary servitude.  This is why we require the court to give the option to the jurors to serve voluntary, and require the court to pay the jurors a fair compensation.

 

We believe a trial by jury of our peers is our best option to ensure a fair trial.  A trial by jury does not mean that the jurors shall be forced to work without compensation however.  This is why, our rules entitles each juror 1 gram of gold per hour, with a minimum of 4 grams per day.  After all, most state laws require an employer to pay a minimum of 4 hours at normal wages, so we require the same - a minimum compensation of four hours of work regardless if the juror only spent a few minutes on the case for the entire day.  The juror shall be paid for every hour spent on the case, including time spent in traffic, time waiting at the court, time on the telephone or reading documentation.  The juror's compensation shall not be taxed in anyway.

 

This may sound expensive, however this is nothing if you compare with other expenses regarding a criminal trial.  On a criminal case, the government can easily spend one million dollars to gather evidences of crime, yet there is nothing for the jurors.  Some of the top lawyers are making more per hour (at the taxpayer expenses), than the twelve-jury members are making combined.  The US Department of Justice spent $43.5 billions in 2007, and nowhere in the budget is mentioned anything compensating the jurors - the most important individuals delivering justice.  By paying the jurors, justice will be honored - a new paradigm for a change.

 

 

 

Since August 1st, 2013 iGolder is no longer accepting new accounts and balances can only be redeemed. During the past years, we have been recommending Bitcoin more than our own payment system. We believe in physical gold ownership, and developed iGolder as a mechanism for people to acquire physical gold by trading with one another.

Since iGolder has a central point of failure (our server may be raided by thugs wearing some kind of uniform), we feet it is safer for us to cease operations. The iGolder experiment has been personally rewarding as we met many gold enthusiasts and also learned about Bitcoin in the process. For those who have no idea what Bitcoin is, we recommend doing your own research. Bitcoin is far superior to iGolder in every way, both in privacy and security as our server is always vulnerable to confiscation. Bitcoin is a communication protocol with a built-in "escrow service" capable of protecting both the buyer and the seller, rendering our Safetransit completely redundant. To learn more about the Bitcoin protocol and its feature, please watch "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4L7xDNCmA (Bitcoin 2012 London: Mike Hearn).

For those having gold in their iGolder account, we will ship the physical metal to anyone having more than 1 ounce of gold, assuming the owner is willing to assume the shipping costs. For smaller quantities, we offer to settle in Bitcoin, however we will also settle with any other reasonable payment system. We will give everyone at least two full years (until 2016) to contact us to claim their gold. After that period, any unclaimed gold will go to fund an economic development project in Honduras helping local people to become entrepreneurs.

We sincerely wish you the best in life and hope to keep in contact with you.

Yours in liberty,
The iGolder Team.


Update 2014: Since we announced we no longer accept gold transfers, we have received countless emails asking to keep the free gold charts and the PGP encryption tools. We plan to keep running the domain iGolder.com for both the gold charts and the encryption tools. Better, we are developing state of the art open-source software for a secure decentralized social network with a built-in wallet. We will announce when we have a product ready for use. Stay tuned!