A former Florida prosecutor who is now a prominent anti-federal government activist is in Burns, Oregon this week giving lectures on the Constitution.

More than 300 people turned out Monday night to listen to KrisAnne Hall’s first presentation.

People from as far as the Willamette Valley came to hear Hall speak, but most in the audience were Harney County residents.

Hall is a proponent of what’s called compact theory. It’s an interpretation of the Constitution that holds states have the right to nullify federal laws they deem unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected that idea.

Hall urged her audience to turn down forms of federal funding, including farm subsidies. Her message of limiting government power resonated with the audience, including rancher Mitch Baker.  

“It was outstanding. She was a powerful lady,” Baker said after the meeting.
 
When asked if she supported the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Hall said the federal government had broken the law by claiming to own the land.

Hall planned to speak again Tuesday evening on immigration, gun control and federal land.