August 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

DELAFIELD, [WI]--U.S. marshals on July 24 arrested Delafield resident James Stuart Jr. for failure to appear at his scheduled probation revocation hearing in federal court, an agency spokesman confirmed. Stuart, 72, who considers himself a "sovereign citizen" not bound by U.S. tax law, was indicted and convicted in 2012 of tax evasion in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison, $6,000 in fines and three years of probation. He was arrested, with the assistance of the Delafield Police Department, at his home in the 2400 block of Hirschman Lane.  Federal court records indicate that a magistrate judge issued an order July 25 committing Stuart to the mars  

July 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

YORK, [SC]--A Fort Mill man who led police on a chase while throwing marijuana out the window of his SUV claimed York County deputies had no right to arrest him because he was a “sovereign citizen,” according to police reports. Vencenzo Green II, 28, led deputies on the pursuit from outside York to near Rock Hill shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, states an incident report from the York County Sheriff’s Office. Green told officers that he may be a “sovereign citizen” so “no one” has the authority to arrest him, the report says. Green was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, driving with a suspended license and failure to return a su  

July 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

NEW ORLEANS, [LA]--A Marrero man who subscribes to the obscure and legally futile concept of “sovereign citizenship” was sentenced this week by a Jefferson Parish judge to 17 years in prison after being convicted in June on drug and weapons charges. Larell Sonnier, 28, claimed to be immune to U.S. law as a so-called sovereign citizen. He and his girlfriend, Rana Badie, were found in contempt of court twice last year for either skipping court dates or showing up late and creating a spectacle by refusing to be handcuffed and protesting that the court had no authority over them. The doctrine of sovereign citizenship emerged from American separatist movements and claims the U.S. government h  

July 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

WASHINGTON, [DC]--Law enforcement agencies nationwide are investigating a fast-rising number of "paper terrorism" cases, in which government leaders are hit with frivolous, but costly, legal challenges. A review of federal court records from all 50 states and the District of Columbia by the News4 I-Team shows the tactic is increasingly common among people who call themselves "sovereign citizens." These people, estimated to number tens of thousands of Americans, don’t believe they are subject to – or must follow – American law. Paper terrorism is legally and financially painful to the government officials targeted, according to a Southern Poverty Law Center report. "Sovereign (citizens)  

June 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

MACOMB, [IL]--A man claiming to be a sovereign citizen was placed into custody Tuesday down state in McDonough County following a standoff. Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said the man barricaded himself inside of his car with a knife near the intersection of Highway 136 and Highway 41, east of Macomb. He said they tried to negotiate with the man, but eventually deputies broke the window and the man surrendered. VanBrooker didn't reveal the man's identity yet but said more information would be released Wednesday. A dispatcher at the sheriff's office said a press release on the incident would be released Wednesday morning. The suspect faces charges of resisting arrest, obstructing justice and several  

June 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

LONG BEACH, [CA]--The unconventional religious and political beliefs of a man charged with assaulting a Long Beach police officer have become an integral part of his trial this week. Solomon Brooks, 31, is facing up to life in prison if he’s convicted of throwing his bicycle at an officer and then repeatedly trying to fight the police who pulled him over for riding without a bike light on the evening of June 3, 2016. Brooks contends he was the victim of overzealous officers who beat him with a baton, pepper sprayed him and Tasered him while he fled from their unprovoked attack. But as trial began Monday, prosecutors turned the focus to Brooks himself, alleging he ascribes to a philosophy   

May 30, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

SPRINGFIELD, [MA]--Akwon Salaam, reputed gang member and professed sovereign citizen, is being held on $5,000 bail after being ruled competent to stand trial in a motor vehicle theft case. Salaam, 31, of Springfield, proclaimed his freedom from the nation's laws during his arraignment last week on five charges, including receiving a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failing to stop for police. Speaking from the defendant's dock, Salaam identified himself as a member of the sovereign citizens' movement, which considers the nation's government to be illegitimate and refuses to be bound by its laws. Salaam failed to mention his alleged membership in secon  

May 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

JACKSON, [TN]--Authorities in Tennessee say a 15-year-old boy who was missing for a week has been found and his father has been arrested. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 15-year-old Aden Hammond of Jackson was located and his father, Brian Hammond, was arrested in Henderson County, Tennessee. Details about the arrest weren't immediately released. Hammond was charged with custodial interference. He was being held Sunday on $75,000 bond at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex. Aden Hammond had been missing since May 20. TBI says Brian Hammond has a protective order against him. He claimed he's a sovereign citizen and doesn't believe the custody order was valid. Sovereign cit  

May 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--Tamika Pledger killed 16-year-old Tierra Smith on Jan. 30, 2015, when her Mercedes-Benz crested a steep hill at a minimum of 55 mph and drove into a crowd of young people at 13th Street and Troup Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. The speed limit there is 20 mph. Mark Britt, Brandy Glover and Essense Robinson all suffered broken bones. Both of Britt’s legs were broken, and he had to learn to walk again. A bone in Glover’s wrist protruded through the skin. Robinson cannot dance anymore. All three still feel pain from their injuries. Pledger was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of aggravated battery. She could get a maximum of 68 months, or 5 1/2 years,  

May 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

BOCA RATON, [FL]--According to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office (PBSO), Daniel Lee was speeding at 112 mph Monday night on Palmetto Park Road just west of 441. He was allegedly engaged in a drag race. When PBSO finally stopped Lee, well, just read this from the police report: “I identified the driver as Daniel Lee by his Florida driver’s license and informed him on the reason for the stop. Daniel stated he was not ‘driving’ but was ‘traveling.” Daniel identities himself to me as a sovereign citizen stating that I could not use his license, registration or insurance for any legal purpose and that I would have to sign a contract with him in order for him to provide it. Based on the