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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The trial of "sovereign citizen" Cherron Phillips begins today in Chicago federal court on charges she slapped huge liens on then-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, then-Chief Judge James Holderman and other top federal court officials. Phillips, 44, who also goes by the name of River Tali El Bey, allegedly filed bogus liens in court on the officials' homes in 2011 that sought tens of billions of dollars. Phillips has professed in court that she doesn't recognize the federal system and has refused to cooperate with her court-appointed counsel.


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A previous story describes how Phillips responded when asked in court whether she was entering an innocent plea:

Cherron Marie Phillips, who sources said is affiliated with the "sovereign citizen" movement, refused to have an attorney appointed on her behalf and stood in silence when the judge asked how she pleaded to the charges.

After several pauses, Phillips, 42, declared, "I accept for value and return for value for settlement and closure of this matter."

U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur told her that "didn't cut it" and that he didn't understand what she was trying to say. "And I'm pretty good at this stuff," the longtime judge said.


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Another right wing extremist group trying to prove that the government does not work by attempting to disrupt it.

#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-17 07:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not right wing, they don't respect private property.

Definitely anti-government, but you'll find that on the extreme left too.

Combining "anti-government" and a "disrespect for private property" implies extreme left, but these 'sovereign citizen' types are all over the board on what they follow.

Only common denominator on what they follow seems to be anything that allows them to steal and not pay taxes, while claiming every possible benefit, and claiming victim status to boot.

They are what I think of as "Law Trolls". No hell to deep for em.

#2 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-17 08:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"she slapped huge liens on then-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, then-Chief Judge James Holderman"

It would be funny if she wasn't ruining her life and others.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-17 08:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

After she moves into federal prison, she can file a lien on the place. She is about to learn that federal judges do NOT like to hassled...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2014-06-18 08:17 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Any of you ever dealt with a "sovereign citizen" in a courtroom? I have. Self righteous assholes. I love it though. They inevitably walk face first right into the fist of reality.

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-06-18 12:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Two weeks ago one of these "sovereign citizens" decided to put his money where his mouth was and fight to the death rather than face trial.

#6 | Posted by cbob at 2014-06-18 12:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

"She is about to learn that federal judges do NOT like to hassled"

When you kick a bear's balls you have to expect to get clawed.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-18 02:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

I will get the popcorn.

#8 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-06-19 08:14 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

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