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The "I'm-my-own-country" defence

As we reported earlier on the so-called “Homer defence“, here is another peculiar defence strategy: according to the AP, a man accused of driving drunk said Pennsylvania courts have no jurisdiction over him because he’s his own country. The defendant stated that he believes police lack jurisdiction to pull him over. As he said in court: “I live inside myself, not in Pennsylvania.” He went on: “Don’t all our souls live within ourselves? Isn’t this where you really live?”  He said he was challenging the traffic stop that led to his arrest and that he believes in certain laws, not all of them. The strategy – strangely enough – wasn’t able to convince the presiding judge in the case who replied by saying: “Your metaphysical properties aren’t on trial here”. The defendant ended up backing away from his defence strategy a day later and pleaded guilty, saying “I did not mean to waste the court’s time or any of that stuff … but I felt I had the right to see what the Constitution has to offer.” I wonder what international law “has to offer”…

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