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Spring 1996




Taylor & Francis




Within the United States in 1996, there is a community scattered among us with its own law, its own courts and its own well-armed militias. While the existence of these militias has prompted some debate in the legal literature, the community's law and its courts have been ignored. That law rejects the power of the courts of the federal government and those of the states over the "Sovereign Citizens" of this separate community. On the other hand, this community claims jurisdiction over us - should we interfere with its citizens in some way proscribed by its law - and over those we recognize as our judges and government officials. They call their law, Common.

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