JUNEAU COUNTY STAR TIMES: Judge Tells Purported ‘Sovereign Citizen’ That ‘Fidelity To Nonsense Is No Virtue’

recommendedreading1UPDATED 8:55 P.M. ET (JAN. 6) TO CORRECT GEOGRAPHY ERROR . . . In a plea deal, a purported Wisconsin “sovereign citizen” and father of 11 children was ordered to spend 90 days in the Juneau County Jail for illegally transferring the ownership of property in a case that started as a bank-fraud prosecution.

John A. Glavin, 42, must also pay restitution of $44,737 to Necedah Bank “and refrain from filing more ‘sovereign citizen’ paperwork in any court as a condition of three-years of probation,” the Juneau County Star Times reported.

“Sovereign citizens” may have an irrational belief that laws do not apply to them and that courts have no authority over them. Cases involving “sovereigns” typically involve bizarre court pleadings. Some “sovereigns” have been known to file bogus liens against public officials, including judges, prosecutors and investigators. Public officials in Alaska have been targeted in murder plots. Banks and other financial institutions sometimes are targeted in “sovereign” schemes. From the Star Times (italics added):

[Juneau County Circuit Judge Paul] Curran pointed to a series of civil suits and small claims cases filed against Glavin in recent years by other institutions in which Glavin had also advanced sovereign citizen claims, including several suits ultimately rejected as “nonsense” by a federal judge.

“And yet you pursued it again in this case,” Curran said, adding that fidelity to a cause is often a good thing. “But fidelity to nonsense is no virtue.”

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8 Responses to “JUNEAU COUNTY STAR TIMES: Judge Tells Purported ‘Sovereign Citizen’ That ‘Fidelity To Nonsense Is No Virtue’”

  1. From 2010: John Glavin
    http://www.quatloos.com/Q-Forum/viewtopic.php?t=5941
    I guess it’s the same person.

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  2. Tony H:
    From 2010: John Glavin
    http://www.quatloos.com/Q-Forum/viewtopic.php?t=5941
    I guess it’s the same person.

    Thanks for the link, Tony.

    Patrick

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  3. This is not an Alaska case. Alaska doesn’t have Counties. We have Boroughs.

    The individual sovereign citizens who tired to kill Judge Beistline and others will be sentenced this week.

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  4. DL: This is not an Alaska case. Alaska doesn’t have Counties. We have Boroughs.

    Thanks, DL. I made the correction above.

    Patrick

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  5. o Patrick,

    Lonnie Vernon, the tax protesting sovereign citizen who was in the plot to kill Federal Judge Beistline was sentenced to 26 years. Since there is no parole in the Federal system, it is essentially a life sentence for a person in his mid fifties. According to the Anchorage Times, Vernon again denied the court’s authority over him.

    His wife gets sentenced this afternoon.

    The mastermind of the Alaska Militia, Schaeffer Cox gets sentenced latter this week.

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  6. DL: Lonnie Vernon, the tax protesting sovereign citizen who was in the plot to kill Federal Judge Beistline was sentenced to 26 years. Since there is no parole in the Federal system, it is essentially a life sentence for a person in his mid fifties. According to the Anchorage Times, Vernon again denied the court’s authority over him.

    His wife gets sentenced this afternoon.

    The mastermind of the Alaska Militia, Schaeffer Cox gets sentenced latter this week.

    Thanks for this, DL.

    Patrick

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  7. Schaeffer Cox the sovereign citizen leader of the Fairbanks, Alaska militia was sentenced to 26 years for conspiracy to commit murder and gun violations. He now claims paranoia. His lawyer claims schizophrenia. The judge said that he needed to go away for a long time for mental health reasons.

    A minor figure Karen Vernon received 12 for weapons charges and concealing a fugitive. She also pled guilty to conspiracy to kill a federal judge.

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