Sovereign citizen defense rejected in traffic violation

September 11, 2010

The Texas Court of Appeals has rejected an argument made by a defendant in a traffic violation case who said that he was exempt from the law because he was a sovereign citizen. As we’ve discussed on this program before, sovereign citizens claim that most of the laws in the United States and the 50 states therein apply only to the corporate legal fictions that are created by corporate governments.

In this worldview, both the US government and each of the 50 states are not legitimate political sovereigns, but merely for-profit, privately-owned corporate entities. When citizens are given social security cards and birth certificates, their names are spelled in all capital letters on each. Sovereign citizens believe that this amounts to the state creating a “straw man,” a corporate entity that stands in the place of each individual, and which is owned, as a subsidiary company, by the corporate state.

The way sovereign citizens see it, the laws of these corporate governments apply only to this fictional figure. Therefore, if you “redeem your straw man” and divorce yourself from it, the law, which is really just Universal Commercial Code based on international trade agreements, no longer applies to you.

The Texas Appeals Court rejected this argument from Justin Wayne Gray, and convicted him of driving with a suspended license, as well as going 44 MPH in a school zone. However, it is important to note that they did acknowledge his claim that writing his name in all capital letters constituted a misidentification. Justice Bob Pemberton stated:

“The record reflects that at the beginning of the proceedings, the state misspelled Gray’s middle and last names in the manner indicated above. However, Gray brought the misspelling to the attention of the trial court and the misspelling was subsequently corrected. The amended information, jury charge, and judgment of conviction all reflect the correct spelling of Gray’s name…”

3 Responses to Sovereign citizen defense rejected in traffic violation

  1. Jeff Anderson on September 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    What and how were his complete procedures
    and statements to address the jurisdiction issues
    of the court ?? Maybe he acted without complete
    knowledge or complete process.! Could you
    provide his whole account, and case title for
    research.?? He might have froze-up and
    allowed the district attorney to trip him into
    a trap.!

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