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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Appellate Court Rejects "Sovereign Citizen" Defense to Speeding Ticket


After being cited for speeding by a police officer and convicted at a bench trial, the driver appealed to the Illinois Appellate Court. The driver raised a "sovereign citizen" defense and claimed that (1) the court and the municipality had no authority to impose a monetary fine because money ceased to exist in 1933; (2) the municipality and court conspired to deprive him of his civil rights, including his right to travel; (3) traffic tickets were nothing more than fraud, extortion, blackmail, intimidation, harassment, mail fraud; and (4) the citation capitalized his name, among other reasons. 

In Village of Frankfort v. Cantway, the Appellate Court upheld the speeding conviction, determined that the appeal was frivolous, and imposed sanctions on the driver for the appeal, including requiring the driver to pay the Village's legal fees incurred in defending the appeal in court. 

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