NEW YORK TIMES: Jailed Filers Of False Liens Against Minnesota Sheriff Listened To ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Guru Strategy Of ‘Death By A Thousand Paper Cuts’
UPDATED 2:31 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) A story on bogus liens filed against a Minnesota sheriff and others received prominent treatment in the New York Times today, appearing on Page A1 (the cover page) — and above the fold in the New York edition.
The story touches on the cases of Thomas and Lisa Eilertson, both of whom are jailed in Minnesota in part because they filed bogus liens totaling at least $25 million against Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek. Over time, the Times reports, the Eilertsons filed “more than $250 billion in liens, demands for compensatory damages and other claims against more than a dozen people, including the sheriff, county attorneys, the Hennepin County registrar of titles and other court officials.”
The Eilertsons paid attention to a “sovereign citizen guru” who pitched a lien-filing strategy described as “death by a thousand paper cuts,” the Times reports.
In June, the Eilertsons were sentenced to 23 months in state prison — and the Times sent a reporter to talk to Thomas Eilertson.