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"Sovereign Citizens" Reject Government Authority

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:22:54 CST
By: Mike McCurdy

Adherents of the Sovereign Citizen Movement hold complex anti-government beliefs. They believe that they - not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials - get to decide which laws to obey or ignore. This might present a problem for 24-year-old Phillip Olschner of Michigan, stopped in DeWitt County for a traffic violation and later charged with resisting arrest. Olschner is an adherent of the movement and is protesting the arrest. Olschner is out on bail and has a court date January 30th. DeWitt County Sherriff Jared Shofner is warning county officials to be aware of unusual activity from those who share the beliefs of the Sovereign Citizen Movement. Mark Potok is a Senior Fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center and joins us by Skype. The SPLC is nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Mark, thanks for joining us on Sound Ideas.


You can learn more about the Sovereign Citizen Movement by visiting the Southern Poverty Law Center website.

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