Dimitrios Karras, who runs a weapon kit firm called Ares Armor, sued William Gore, sheriff of San Diego County, the county itself, and unnamed administrators of the department’s Facebook page in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Ares’ dedicated website about the suit.
Sheriff Gore wisely has decided to settle the lawsuit.
Sheriff Gore was, in his previous career with the FBI, one of the principals on the scene during the Ruby Ridge standoff in 1993, which ended with the murder by the FBI of an unarmed woman, Vicki Weaver, who was at the time holding an infant child. (See Reason’s 1993 feature story by Alan Bock, “Ambush at Ruby Ridge.”) Gore’s role in Ruby Ridge has made him a target for many still outraged by the government’s behavior during the incident.
The following is a letter Mr. Karas sent to Sheriff Gore following Mr. Gores decision to settle.
TO: SHERIFF BILL GORE
FROM: DIMITRIOS KARRAS
SUBJ: THANK YOU FOR THE 20 DOLLARS
DATE: February 20, 2015
I want to congratulate you on your wise decision to settle our case before things
got too far out of hand and further damaged the taxpayers. Paying out approximately
twenty three thousand dollars to my lawyers was a good choice for you. It’s too bad that
it came to that. I gave you multiple opportunities to do the right thing prior to filing
against you. You refused and now the County must pay for your arrogance.
I will hang the twenty dollars I demanded that you pay me, on my wall. It will be
my trophy. I will not be cashing it.
I want you to know exactly why I only demanded twenty dollars for myself. This
case was not financially motivated. I did this to show you something. YOU ARE NOT
KING. You are filth, scum, a putrid embarrassing stain on this Country. You can be beaten
at your own game.
You may have not admitted wrong doing per the settlement BUT your actions and
your policies just made the County twenty three thousand dollars poorer. The facts
speak for themselves. I didn’t pay you, you paid me. I hope you have learned that
“Crime doesn’t pay.”
I wonder if you ever lay awake at night and see poor Vicki Weaver’s face. I
wonder if you have even the semblance of a moral conscience that haunts your dreams.
I wonder if there is any humanity left in that frail body of yours.
You pled the 5th due to your fear of being prosecuted for MURDER! You were the
Agent in Charge Mr. Gore. You presided over that poor woman being shot dead while
she held her infant child. If there is a God, I hope he has a warm place in hell with your
Do you want to know my favorite part about you paying out this money? Everyone
will get to see that standing up to thugs like yourself is acceptable.
The World, it is changing my friend. Murdering wannabe tyrants like yourself are
on your way out. Good Riddance.
“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want
freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.” -Aldous Huxley
The above letter was written and expresses the opinion of Dimitiri Karras, not the views and opinions of Ares Armor, Inc.