UNBELIEVABLE: ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Imprisoned For Harassing Mayor Of Kirkland, Wash., Files Lawsuit Against Federal Prosecutors; Complaint By David Russell Myrland Apparently Alleges ‘Grammar’ Conspiracy By Public Officials

UPDATED 3:38 P.M. ET (U.S.A.)

David Russell Myrland, the Washington state “sovereign citizen” ordered in December 2011 to spend 40 months in federal prison for threatening the mayor of Kirkland and other public officials, has filed a lawsuit against federal prosecutors in Seattle that alleges (apparently) that law enforcement engaged in a grammar conspiracy against him.

The story first was reported today by Seattle Weekly.

Myrland’s 28-page complaint (including purported exhibits) formally was filed Jan. 23. Information within the complaint suggests Myrland began working on the document only days after his prison sentence was handed down Dec. 2. He is listed as an inmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago.

MCC houses prisoners of all security levels, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

While apparently alleging a grammar conspiracy by government officials contributed to his legal problems in a threats case, David Russell Myrland may be demonstrating his own lack of command over language skills.

“Sovereign citizens” are known to file all sorts of wild documents, but  Myrland’s grammar lawsuit may set a new standard for the absurd. The document appears to parse virtually every word of a criminal complaint filed against him in the threats case by a special agent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

It does the same thing with Myrland’s plea agreement in the case.

Both documents purport to break down individual words into their individual parts of speech, but the complaint suggests Myrland himself may suffer from grammar confusion. The word “mayor,” for instance, is declared an adjective under the interpretation “key” Myrland included in the complaint.

“Mayor” is actually a noun.

Myrland also declares the word “the” an adverb under his numbering system. “The” is actually a definite article. Mistakes involving other words pepper the complaint.

Seattle Weekly reported that the office of U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan declined comment on Myrland’s complaint, “except to say he could face civil sanctions for filing a frivolous lawsuit. “

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5 Responses to “UNBELIEVABLE: ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Imprisoned For Harassing Mayor Of Kirkland, Wash., Files Lawsuit Against Federal Prosecutors; Complaint By David Russell Myrland Apparently Alleges ‘Grammar’ Conspiracy By Public Officials”

  1. Gives new meaning to the phrase ‘grammar police’.

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  2. This would be funny except for the consequences. Judge Beistline in Alaska ordered sovereign citizens in a tax case to file their pleadings in plain English. They responded by allegedly threatening to kill him.

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  3. This guy is mental!!

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  4. At least he wrote his notes, pleas, and “key” in English (of sorts). Imagine if he’d written it in badly mangled Ithkuil instead.

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