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Judges overseeing cases involving so-called “sovereign citizens” put up with a lot of guff.
In this month’s Sovereign Files, a man shoots at numerous law enforcement personnel and shuts down a highway over a dispute about his driveway, a fake psychic skips his own sentencing hearing to watch the eclipse, and a New Hampshire politician who refused to pay his traffic ticket calls a judge a “private profit making corporation” and says her court has no authority over him.
A judge in Alabama—tired of the blather and repeated interruptions from a man police say is an antigovernment “sovereign citizen”—found an answer to silence courtroom outbursts from the antigovernment activist: threatening to tape the man's mouth closed.
What a busy sovereign season it has been.
A sovereign citizen who engaged in “paper terrorism” by filing bogus commercial liens and attempting to extort millions from his former employers and government officials has been found guilty in New Orleans of 30 counts of mail fraud.
Of all the sovereign citizens in all the towns in all the world, Joseph Banks is the most likely to have a movie made about him.
A retired carpenter from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., by way of the Bronx, longs to be the Johnny Appleseed of the so-called “common-law grand juries” movement — a crusade by extreme-right “sovereign citizens” to create a judicial alternate universe.