February 9, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

SALINA, [KS]--The marijuana found in the pickup truck he had been driving on Interstate Highway 70 was to be smoked in sacred pipes during ceremonies in which native people meditate, pray and seek answers in the spirit world, a man who says he is a sovereign citizen of the free and independent Lakota nation told a Saline County District Court jury Thursday. Ni’i’ Ne’e’, 43, whose previous name was Emerson Joe, told the eight-woman, four-man jury he has chosen to return to his full identity as a native person and is a member of the Water Clan under tribal law. He represented himself at trial, with some input from standby counsel Mark Dinkel. He said he had been traveling from Califor  

February 5, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

WILKES-BARRE, [PA]--Accused killer Roberto Battle refused to take part in his own arraignment Monday in Luzerne County Court. Battle, one of two men facing charges in connection with a local DJ’s shooting death four years ago, wouldn’t raise his hand when instructed. Battle, who is facing charges of criminal homicide and conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, wouldn’t swear an oath to tell the truth. Instead, the Brooklyn, N.Y. man, who stands accused of firing multiple rounds into a crowd outside a South Main Street bar, merely stared at the court clerk. One of the bullets allegedly fired by Battle on Oct. 13, 2013 struck and killed Michael Onley, 34, popularly known as DJ Mo. The W  

January 29, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

ESSEX COUNTY, [NJ]--A 30-year-old Irvington man who attempted to claim he was immune from state law was convicted Friday of carjacking three vehicles and robbing a gas station in a two-day crime spree, prosecutors announced. Gaymon declared himself a "sovereign citizen" and refused to follow the instructions of the judge, who had him removed from the courtroom. George Gaymon was found guilty of a 20-count indictment for crimes three years ago, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said. In separate statements, assistant prosecutors William Neafesy and Joseph Perez said Gaymon "systematically stalked" defenseless people to rob and carjack them, using fear "as his weapon." Prosecutors said the   

January 25, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

TEMPE, [AZ]--Cameras captured a dramatic police chase in Arizona that began in Phoenix and ended in a head-on crash in Tempe Wednesday morning. The pursuit started along I-10 when a man in a red Jeep drove through downtown Phoenix around 10 a.m. evading law enforcement. Troopers considered using stop sticks at several points during the pursuit, but there was too much traffic on the freeway to do so safely. Then around 10:50 a.m. the suspect exited the freeway and headed toward Arizona State University." When the suspect was stopped at a red light, law enforcement rammed his Jeep but he managed to get away. The suspect then picked up speed while weaving in and out of traffic. The suspect, who  

January 25, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

PIQUA, [OH]--An assault reported Monday morning resulted in a search warrant being served and a response from the Piqua-Sidney Tactical Response Team due to the suspect’s past run-ins with police and refusal to cooperate with the investigation. At approximately 8 a.m. on Monday, Piqua police officers were dispatched to an apartment on the 1000 block of Park Avenue on a report of a neighbor breaking into the apartment and assaulting the male resident with nun chucks. The victim of this assault and his girlfriend were engaged in an argument when the neighbor with the nun chucks reportedly broke through their door, according to a press release from the Piqua Police Department. The victim sust  

January 24, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

KNOXVILLE, [TN]--A one-time prosecutor turned prominent member of the Sovereign Citizens movement was arrested on a federal indictment handed up by a Knoxville grand jury as she sought to get into a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump, testimony Tuesday showed. At a trial this week in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf is representing herself on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Standing trial alongside her – and also representing himself – is Randall Keith Beane, 50, of Knoxville, who faces charges of wire and mail fraud as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering. Both are affiliated with the Sovereign Citizens movement,   

January 24, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

MEMPHIS, [TN]--The man who barricaded himself inside a Birdwood Drive home Wednesday night has been arrested. Joseph Johnson, 38, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Shelby County SWAT teams were called to the standoff. Earle Farrell, PIO for SCSO, said Johnson is a self-identified "sovereign citizen" and refused to leave the home for a few hours. The standoff ended without any injuries. View More>>  

January 15, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

PANAMA CITY, [FL]--A man with 110 Xanax bars, numerous oxycodone and hydrocodone pulls, two bags of powder cocaine and a loaded handgun in his car explained to a Walton County deputy that he didn't need a driver's license or tag because he was a "sovereign" citizen, deputies wrote in a news release. The incident happened Friday night at the intersection of West Violet Lane and Girl Scout Road. The argument made by 23-year-old Dekian Clinch, that he had rejected federal law and taxation as illegitimate did not dissuade the deputy from moving forward with an arrest. Deputies say Clinch began fighting with the deputy during the arrest. A good Samaritan spotted the fight and called 911. View Mor  

January 15, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, [FL]--The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is calling one woman a good Samaritan for calling 911 after seeing a deputy struggle with an arrest Friday. The arrest began at 9:30 a.m. after a deputy saw Dekian Rashawn Clinch, 23, driving across the intersection of West Violet Lane and Girl Scout Road with no license plate, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. The deputy pulled Clinch over for the violation, but Clinch told him he did not need a license plate or a driver’s license to travel. Clinch made other statements indicating he was in line with being a sovereign citizen, the release said.  The deputy attempted to arrest Clinch, but he resisted. The  

January 15, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

INDIANAPOLIS, [IN]--The Court of Appeals of Indiana ruled Friday that an Indianapolis man cannot use the state's religious freedom law as a defense for evading taxes. Rodney Tyms-Bey faces three counts of tax evasion. Prosecutors say Tyms-Bey fraudulently used tax credits and owes more than $1000. Tyms-Bey argued that he is a "sovereign citizen" and that paying taxes is a burden of his free exercise of religion. At a hearing on the appeal last week, the court noted that Tyms-Bey "refused to identify what religious practice or belief was burdened by the State’s actions and stated that he believed he was entitled to present his defense to a jury and would provide all evidence at trial." The