Dear Mr. President Elect,
This is Kevin Trudeau.
You may remember that I wrote you several letters when you first announced your run for President offering my support.
I have always been one of your biggest supporters and fans.
I am currently serving an egregious 10 year Federal prison sentence for “Contempt of Court” simply because I went on TV and talked about one of my NY Times bestselling books.
This is the longest prison sentence ever imposed for contempt.
“Contempt” is not a felony and not even a misdemeanor. “Contempt” is not an inherent “crime”.
I was held “in contempt” because I said the Dr. Simeons HCG weight loss protocol I describe in one of my books was “easy”.
I am serving 10 years in Federal prison because I said the word “easy” on TV when I promoted my book.
This is about a NY Times bestselling book, Free Speech, and government censorship.
-There is no dispute that people loved the book (the government said so at my sentencing)
-There is no dispute that the weight loss method described in the book works. The government agreed that it is extremely effective
-There is no dispute that everyone who bought the book received what they ordered (and more with free bonuses)
-There is no dispute that anyone who asked for a refund (less than 8%) received a refund as there was a 100% money back guarantee
The reason I am in prison is because one Judge did not think it was “easy”.
I was not charged with fraud, or any “crime”.
There is no dispute that there is no fraud here, otherwise I would have been charged with fraud.
There is not even one customer who “lost money” as everyone received what they ordered or received a refund if they asked for one.
I have already served over 3 years in Federal Prison Camp, Montgomery AL, and have exhausted all my appeal remedies.
This is why I am urgently writing you now, and asking you to please…..HELP.
What has happened here is unfair and unconscionable.
I am asking for you to pardon me or at least commute my sentence to “time served” and have me released.
My close friend, 2 time former US Congressman Ed Foreman, wrote you a letter advocating for my release.
As you may know, I am a #1 NY Times bestselling author of 6 books with almost 50 million sold worldwide.
My most successful book was “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About”, which was #1 on the NY Times bestseller list for 26 weeks.
I have been promoting self-empowering books, programs, and products on TV and radio worldwide since 1989 when I authored “Mega Memory” and founded the American Memory Institute (which at the time was the largest Memory Training School in the world.)
Over 50 million people from all over the world have bought various books, seminars, and products I promoted in my 30+ year career.
There have never been any customer complaints or class action suits. Very low return rates. The customers overwhelmingly loved the products I have promoted. I have never committed any consumer fraud, and never been found to misrepresent any products in advertising. I have a stellar reputation with customers.
Many of my customers buy whatever new product or book I offer, because they liked what they bought from me before and had a good buying experience.
You know this is how it works in business. Only if someone buys the book “The Art of the Deal” and LIKES it, will they then buy your next book “The Art of the Comeback”, and so on.
You are a brilliant business person and a marketing genius. You have dealt with state AG’s, government regulators, and lawsuits. You know what it is like to have false allegations and misleading statements made about you in the media, in court papers, and on the internet.
You were wrongfully attacked about Trump University, and had to deal with a “biased judge”, untrue media reports, and lies about you and Trump U. You will “get this” better than anyone.
In very brief general terms, here is what happened.
Years ago, while in Europe, I was introduced to a weight loss method invented by Dr. Simeons: the HCG protocol. I used the method and lost 45 pounds. I found the protocol easy to do and became very excited about it (I struggled with weight my whole life). I then wrote the book “The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About” which described the protocol. I produced 3 TV infomercials where I promoted the book. I virtually brought the “HCG weight loss” method to America.
In the shows I spoke passionately about the book with no script, no teleprompter and no rehearsals. I said that the weight loss method I describe in the book was “easy”. I said I personally found it “easy”, and others that actually did the protocol also found it “easy”.
A Federal Judge said that the weight loss method I described in the book could not be “easy”.
The Judge said I violated his previous court order that said I cannot “misrepresent the contents of a book on TV”. According to the Judge, I was “in civil contempt” because I used the word “easy” (the court order was from a baseless politically motivated previous civil suit that was settled with no finding or admission of any wrongdoing).
5 years LATER, after I was held in in civil contempt, and only AFTER I spoke negatively about the biased Judge on my radio show, he came back and out of nowhere charged me with “criminal contempt” for “WILLFULLY misrepresenting the book” when I said the word “easy”.
After 5 years he now deemed I “was willful” (knowingly and with criminal intent misrepresented the book) and therefore committed “criminal contempt” instead of just civil contempt.
This was obviously retaliation against me for what I said on my radio show, including bashing him for being biased in the civil case.
The Judge said if I pleaded guilty, he would sentence me to a maximum of 6 months in prison.
But, I was not guilty. I was innocent. I did not misrepresent the contents of the book.
It says right on the cover of the book that the method is easy. It says 37 times IN the book, that the method is easy. I did the weight loss protocol personally and I absolutely found it to be easy. I thought I had a First Amendment right to say my opinions.
Basically this Judge said, even if I read the whole book on the infomercial word for word, I STILL would have “misrepresented the contents of the book”, because he disagrees with what is IN the book! This is CENSORSHIP! This Judge is basically saying I can never talk about this book on TV (or any book HE disagrees with)!
All I did in the infomercials was express my opinions, quote the book verbatim, paraphrase the book, and share the personal experiences of myself and others. This is the same thing I did on dozens of other infomercials, for many other books. The Judge and FTC said that all those other infomercials did NOT misrepresent the contents of the books.
I did not have any criminal intent and absolutely did not intend to misrepresent the contents of the book. That would have been financial suicide and end my career. If people bought the book and felt misled, they would never buy anything from me ever again. There would have been massive refund requests and customer class action lawsuits. None of this happened.
The idea that I would “willfully” misrepresent the contents of the book, from a business standpoint, is simply insane. You as a business person who has sold and marketing things aggressively and with passion understand this.
The shows were reviewed by lawyers who said then, and still say today, that I did not misrepresent the contents of the book. The fact that I had all these infomercials reviewed by lawyers to make sure everything was 100% compliant with all regulations, is more proof that I had no “intent” to misrepresent the contents of a book and was not “willful” (therefore this should be at most a civil case with no prison time).
The facts show I was extremely diligent in making sure that everything I said in the infomercial accurately described the contents of the book. Not only because I wanted to be compliant with the “court order”, but more importantly, to make sure the customers would be happy.
As the saying goes, if you want to stay in business, deliver what you promise. If you want to prosper in business, deliver more than you promise. For 30+ years and thousands of infomercials I have followed this rule.
Being 100% innocent I fought. HUGE mistake!
The Judge would not allow me to use the First Amendment as a defense, or that fact that I had lawyers “clear” the shows in advance for complete compliance. He would not allow me to bring people to testify that they saw the show, bought the book, and did not feel misled (there were thousands ready to testify). He said a 100% money back guarantee and the fact that no customers complained or lost money was irrelevant.
Not one customer was produced that said they felt misled, or that they did not get a refund if they asked for one.
I was found guilty of criminal contempt of court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the longest prison sentenced ever imposed for contempt. I was not fined or ordered to pay any restitution.
Mr. President, this is a grave injustice and simply wrong.
Based on what the Judge said, opinions are no longer protected under the First Amendment.
If I went on TV and promoted your book “The Art of the Deal”, and said “Buy this book and you will learn the “easy” methods used by Donald Trump to make great deals”, a Judge could say “I read the book, and do not think that the methods are “easy”. I sentence you to 10 years in prison because in the process of selling the book, you misrepresented the contents of the book, and it does not matter that the people who bought the book loved the book.”
That is exactly what happened here.
Mr. President, I did not misrepresent the contents of the Weight Loss Cure book in my infomercials.
If I did:
-there would have been massive refunds. Less than 8% asked for a refund
-people would not have recommended it to others. But they did, making it a NY Times bestseller
-people would not have bought additional copies to give as gifts, but they did in massive numbers.
Mr. President I did not “willfully”, with intent, misrepresent the contents of the book (willful, doing it on purpose, makes it “criminal contempt” instead of just civil).
If you examine all my actions, they prove I was extremely diligent in making sure that I represented the contents of the book accurately.
-I certainly had no criminal intent
-I had the infomercials reviewed by lawyers who said I did not misrepresent the contents of the book as virtually every word I said in the infomercial IS IN THE BOOK and is protected by the First Amendment!
Misrepresenting the book would have ended my career and ruined my reputation with my loyal customers.
But even if I DID misrepresent the contents of the book and did so “willfully” (which I did not and makes no sense anyway),being sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for CONTEMPT is, obscene, too severe, and simply wrong.
Remember, I was not charged with any kind of fraud. There is no dispute that there was no fraud here.
Everyone who bought the book received the book. Everyone who wanted a refund received a refund.
Mr. President, please pardon me or at least commute my sentence to “time served” and have me released. This is a gross injustice.
As you can imagine, I am anxiously awaiting for your positive response.
You are my last hope.
Under the Constitution, one Judge has the power to sentence a person up to life in prison for contempt at their discretion.
Only one person, and one person alone, can reverse and lower that sentence: YOU, The President.
I have reread this letter 100 times praying that it conveys to you how unfair 10 years in prison is for “contempt”.
This letter could be 50 pages long with all the facts not allowed in court, that prove my innocence.
Please give me the honor and privilege of shaking your hand and thanking you in person. You will never know how thankful and grateful I will be.
I will never, ever, let you down. I promise I will always make you proud of your decision.
I love America and our Constitution.
Millions of my customers who bought the book and loved it will be cheering and thankful to you as well.
You are a genius with amazing perception and intuition. With you as President, America will once again have the highest standard of living in the world. America will be safe again, rich again, and greater than ever before.
Thank you from the bottom on my heart for your understanding and compassion. I await with great anticipation your positive and fast response.
I am in your service, indebted to you forever, and owe you my life.
Very Truly Yours,