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February 20, 2014 6

Sovereign Citizen Group Forms Vigilante “Grand Juries”

Mem­bers of a grow­ing anti-government extrem­ist group are form­ing their own “grand juries” around the United States.  Some bogus “juries” have already issued demands against local gov­ern­ment officials. sovereign-citizen-vigilante-grand-juries

The National Lib­erty Alliance (NLA) is a rel­a­tively new sov­er­eign cit­i­zen group formed in 2011 as the New York Lib­erty Alliance by sov­er­eign cit­i­zen guru John Darash of Pough­keep­sie.  In April 2013, Darash changed the group’s name and began efforts to spread nation­wide, recruit­ing sov­er­eign cit­i­zens to its ban­ner.   The sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment is an extreme anti-government move­ment whose adher­ents believe that they can ignore vir­tu­ally all laws and reg­u­la­tions because the gov­ern­ment is the prod­uct of a malev­o­lent conspiracy.

Darash and his fol­low­ers have spent most of their time cre­at­ing so-called “Com­mon Law Grand Juries” (CLGJ) in coun­ties across the coun­try.  Accord­ing to the NLA, these bogus grand juries have the author­ity to con­duct inves­ti­ga­tions, issue indict­ments, and remove offi­cials from office.  

The sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment has his­tor­i­cally cre­ated fic­ti­tious judi­cial or gov­ern­men­tal enti­ties, hav­ing formed var­i­ous “cit­i­zens’ grand juries” or “people’s grand juries” in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as hun­dreds of “com­mon law courts” in the 1990s.  The CLGJs are the lat­est vari­a­tions of this long-running theme.  The NLA claims to have formed more than 100 CLGJs in the past year, although many are still basi­cally notional.

Nev­er­the­less, those CLGJs that have formed have already begun harass­ing local gov­ern­ment offi­cials.  In Jan­u­ary 2014, CLGJs in Mar­ion and St. Johns coun­ties in Florida sent a “Writ of Man­damus” to county offi­cials demand­ing a bud­get of $1.5 mil­lion, office space and equip­ment, and a meet­ing room with a con­fer­ence table and com­fort­able chairs.  On Feb­ru­ary 4, the Mar­ion County CLGJ sent a “Notice of Demand” warn­ing county com­mis­sion­ers that the Jan­u­ary demands were not optional.

In New York, Darash’s CLGJs claim to have signed a “True Bill” charg­ing the chief court clerk in Greene County with numer­ous “crimes” related to her alleged fail­ure to file CLGJ paper­work.  They have also “fined” a Greene County judge the amount of 100 ounces of sil­ver, cit­ing 23 sep­a­rate “vio­la­tions” for fail­ing to pro­vide doc­u­ments to the CLGJ and for refus­ing to speak with a CLGJ “Board of Review.”  They have also pur­port­edly sent harass­ing doc­u­ments to a num­ber of judges.

How the CLGJ will enforce their alleged power remains murky.  Dur­ing an Inter­net radio inter­view, Darash said the NLA would con­tact county sher­iffs about mak­ing arrests; if a sher­iff refused to make an arrest, they would indict him and go to the under­sh­er­iff.  Darash con­cluded with a veiled threat: “Now there is another thing to do, if that doesn’t work.  I’m not ready to speak about that until we are ready to do it.  But it is an atomic bomb, it’s very strong.”

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August 23, 2013 1

Plot To Kidnap, Kill Police Officers Uncovered in Las Vegas

Offi­cers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Depart­ment have arrested David Allan Brutsche, 42, and Devon Camp­bell New­man, 67, for allegedly plot­ting to kid­nap and kill police offi­cers in Las Vegas.david-allan-brutsche-sovereign-citizen

Accord­ing to police, the two sus­pects were adher­ents of the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment who sought to abduct a police offi­cer while the offi­cer made a traf­fic stop, then later kill him or her.    The two allegedly video­taped a police traf­fic stop in prepa­ra­tion and mod­i­fied a bed­room in a vacant home to cre­ate a makeshift cell in which a kid­napped offi­cer could be detained.  After “try­ing” the offi­cer in a court of their own mak­ing, they allegedly planned to kill the offi­cer and dis­pose of the body.  Both Brutche and New­man report­edly made state­ments in which they said they would be will­ing to shoot law enforce­ment officers.

How­ever, Brutsche and New­man were unaware that some of the peo­ple whom they thought were accom­plices were actu­ally police offi­cers con­duct­ing an under­cover inves­ti­ga­tion.  Police have charged them with con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, con­spir­acy to com­mit kid­nap­ping, and attempted first-degree kid­nap­ping with use of a deadly weapon. The sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment is extremely anti-government in nature and adher­ents of the move­ment have been involved in a num­ber of police killings and plots against police and gov­ern­ment offi­cials in recent years.

After her arrest, New­man, who for sev­eral years has been the local pub­lic rela­tions direc­tor for the Church of Sci­en­tol­ogy in Las Vegas, gave jail­house inter­views with local tele­vi­sion reporters in which she denied involve­ment in any plot to kid­nap or kill offi­cers, say­ing she only intended to video them.  The Sci­en­tol­ogy move­ment as a whole does not have any sig­nif­i­cant asso­ci­a­tion with the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen movement.

New­man told reporters that she met Brutsche while he was giv­ing out water bot­tles on the Las Vegas strip in exchange for dona­tions.  Police have, in fact, arrested Brutsche more than once for obstruc­tive use of a pub­lic side­walk and oper­at­ing with­out a busi­ness license.  On a more seri­ous note, Brutsche is a reg­is­tered sex offender with felony con­vic­tions in Cal­i­for­nia for inde­cent expo­sure and las­civ­i­ous acts with a three-year-old child.

In Octo­ber 2012, Brutsche filed a sov­er­eign cit­i­zen “Affi­davit of Sta­tus” with the Clark County Recorder’s Office in which he declared him­self as “one of the peo­ple of these united [sic] States of Amer­ica” and a “liv­ing, breath­ing sen­tient human being on the land” exempt from “any and all iden­ti­fi­ca­tions, treat­ments, and require­ments as any ARTIFICIAL PERSON pur­suant to any process, law, code, reg­u­la­tion, ordi­nance, statute or any color thereof.”  In the doc­u­ment Brutsche also declared that “pub­lic ser­vants” who vio­late their oaths of office “com­mit a Treason.”

Two months later, Brutsche filed a sec­ond doc­u­ment that seemed to antic­i­pate future encoun­ters with law enforce­ment.  The doc­u­ment, titled “Sched­ule of Fees for David Allen Brutsche,” listed fees Brutsche would appar­ently attempt to charge police for any inter­ac­tion with him.  For exam­ple, the fee for “speak­ing to a cop” was “20 min­utes for free” then $200 per hour.  If some­one impounded his vehi­cle, the fee was “$2000 or 1 troy ounce of gold plus cost of recov­ery and any damages.”

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March 15, 2013 0

Police Shoot Florida Sovereign Citizen During Standoff

A four-hour stand­off between police and an anti-government extrem­ist ended with the fatal shoot­ing of the extrem­ist in Navarre, Florida, on March 9.  Mem­bers of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Depart­ment SWAT team killed Jef­fery Allen Wright, 55, while attempt­ing to serve felony arrest war­rants on mul­ti­ple charges related to counterfeiting.

After deputies first arrived at Wright’s home, Wright fled to the garage, then up the stairs to the sec­ond story of the garage, where he bar­ri­caded the stair­well and fired a shot from a hand­gun.  Refus­ing com­mands to sur­ren­der, Wright allegedly repeat­edly dared police to “come and get him” and warned deputies that if they came upstairs they would “not come back down.”   The offi­cers called the SWAT team to the scene.  Wright report­edly did not respond to the over­tures of inves­ti­ga­tors and an attempt by the police to use tear gas was unsuccessful.

Later, Wright allegedly moved some of the items bar­ri­cad­ing the stairs and sat down at the top of the stair­well, hold­ing a gun.  Accord­ing to police, Wright pointed the hand­gun at SWAT offi­cers at the bot­tom of the stairs, caus­ing sev­eral of them to fire at Wright, killing him.  

The arrest war­rants against Wright stemmed from a traf­fic stop inci­dent in Sep­tem­ber 2012 when a deputy pulled Wright over for speed­ing.  Wright, an adher­ent of the anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, did not believe that the gov­ern­ment had any author­ity over him.  He was report­edly bel­liger­ent dur­ing the traf­fic stop, refus­ing to pro­vide a driver’s license or get out of his vehi­cle.  He pro­vided the arrest­ing offi­cer with an “Affi­davit of Reser­va­tion of Rights,” a phony sov­er­eign cit­i­zen doc­u­ment designed to warn offi­cers that actions against them are a vio­la­tion of the Uni­form Com­mer­cial Code (UCC) .  Wright was ulti­mately charged with resist­ing an offi­cer and obstruc­tion of jus­tice, and cited for not hav­ing a valid tag or vehi­cle reg­is­tra­tion.  He later attempted to use fraud­u­lent money orders (a com­mon sov­er­eign cit­i­zen tac­tic) to pay the Santa Rosa County Clerk’s office for the cita­tions he received dur­ing the traf­fic stop; this resulted in the coun­ter­feit­ing charges.

In 2010 and again in 2012, Wright filed UCC doc­u­ments  as part of a sov­er­eign cit­i­zen tac­tic known as “redemp­tion,” a com­pli­cated set of con­spir­acy the­o­ries that allege the gov­ern­ment cre­ated fic­ti­tious dupli­cates of all Amer­i­can cit­i­zens to use as col­lat­eral for its inter­na­tional debt.  In the 2012 doc­u­ment, Wright uses typ­i­cal sov­er­eign cit­i­zen phrase­ol­ogy and sym­bol­ogy, such as declar­ing that his address is “with­out the U.S.” and putting brack­ets around the zip code (sov­er­eign cit­i­zens have spe­cific con­spir­acy the­o­ries about zip codes).

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