Ishaq Ibrahim was on trial on charges of armed bank robbery in June 2013. Ibrahim’s alleged accomplices James Byrd (convicted, facing thirty years) and Wesley Davis Jr. (pleaded guilty, sentenced to four to eight years in state prison) have already worked their way through the justice system.
Mr. Ibrahim however decided to step up the crazy by claiming to be a sovereign citizen and that law enforcement has no jurisdiction over him during the trial. Here are a few of Ishaq’s sovereign gems:
- Accused the District Attorney of fraud when he was identified by “Ibrahim” in the arrest records.
- “My name is sonstar, for the record. I’m the sovereign man, the living man.”
- “I don’t consent to the proceedings. This court has no jurisdiction over me.”
- “Your honor, you’re not above me. You’re a public servant. I’m the sovereign.”
- “I’m being persecuted, not prosecuted.”
- “What makes him a judge? Because he has a robe on?”
- “I do not consent to these proceedings. I am the living man and the system has no authority or jurisdiction over me. I have not delegated my sovereignty or sovereign power to any government,” Ibrahim repeated as the witnesses testified during his non-jury trial on robbery-related charges. “I am a living man, possessed in a sovereign soul. I will continue to exercise my rights until you kill me or blow my head off.”