People who call themselves “sovereign citizens” and think that this somehow magically gets them out of the laws that apply to everyone else crack me up. They always lose in court but that does little to dissuade them. The latest is a guy in Ohio who moved into people’s houses while they were away, citing centuries-old European law to justify it.
An Ohio judge rejected arguments made Monday in court by a self-described “sovereign citizen” who admitted to illegally entering houses and laying claim to them…
He argued during the sentencing hearing that he’d only “tried to help out” by filing claims on properties he believed to be abandoned.
“A home or any property has been abandoned, you file claim for abandonment, and if the owner of record fails to show up, you move for a default judgment,” Carr said.
He has cited medieval British law and other obscure legal maneuvers to justify his claims to “quiet title,” saying that what he had done was no different than banks laying claim to property during the foreclosure process.
But Judge Charles Kubicki was not persuaded by Carr’s arguments and admonished him for improperly filing documents to ask for more than $234 million from the city of Forest Park, claiming officers had falsely arrested him.
The judge then sentenced Carr to seven months in prison and gave him credit for the 110 days he’s already served in jail.
More than 10 families said Carr had moved into their homes while they were away and changed the locks, but he’s been charged in only four cases.
Nice try. So sorry.