The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Nation & World

April 8, 2013

Indiana man seeks to challenge ticket in high court



The growing popularity of the sovereign citizen movement and other anti-government movements prompted the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana to hold a training course recently for prosecutors across the state. Some Tippecanoe County deputy prosecutors attended.

"Sovereign citizens seem to be popping up quite frequently in central Indiana," said Tim Horty, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman. "They pose problems for us with voluminous pleadings, convoluted pleadings that are problematic and sometimes overwhelming to prosecutors."

In federal court, most of the cases have been for people who created false documents such as vehicle registrations and paperwork alleging to be valid mortgage payments.

Sanders said he is not part of any larger sovereign citizen movement or group. He said he does not support acts of violence that have been committed by some sovereign citizens.

The FBI considers sovereign-citizen extremists to be domestic terrorists who may turn violent if their ideology is threatened.

The sovereign citizen movement is perhaps most visible within the court system, as its proponents use the ideology to challenge criminal charges or traffic tickets.

"They file this gibberish, paperwork with things in them that make no sense whatsoever and try to make them legal documents," Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said.

Coffey said Sanders signs all his paperwork "without prejudice and under duress," meaning that the government is forcing him to do something against his will.

Sanders said he began looking into sovereign citizens a few years ago, when his son, Thomas, received a speeding ticket. Sanders believes law enforcement cannot pull over vehicles simply for speeding. He further alleges that being stopped constitutes a false emergency and that being held for more than a minute is considered an arrest.

Sanders said he has a valid driver's license and registers his vehicle with the state. But he admits to purposely trying to get pulled over by police, to try to use the sovereign man ideology to challenge traffic tickets in court.


Text Only
Nation & World
  • County doctor arrested on drug charges

    A Fishers doctor with ties to Pendleton was arrested Friday in a Drug Enforcement Administration raid of numerous doctor’s office in central Indiana.

    July 25, 2014

  • Doctor: Patient killed caseworker before gunfight

    A doctor told police that a patient fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night.

    July 25, 2014

  • Alaska vintage tourist train to resume Friday

    A vintage rail company that transports hundreds of thousands of tourists a year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that left 23 people with minor injuries, officials said.

    July 25, 2014

  • Social Security spent $300 million on 'IT boondoggle'

    Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.

    July 24, 2014

  • Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead

    A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

    July 23, 2014

  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

     Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state reported progress in efforts to broker a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

    Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets as fighting flared in the region.

    July 23, 2014

  • Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a nationally significant general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

    July 22, 2014

  • New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

    A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

    A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

    July 22, 2014

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate