Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Criminal defendants suing attorneys and judges for using their "copyrighted" names, force at least one into bankruptcy

Some South Jersey men have been billing for the use of their names. No one has been spared, including their own attorneys. So far they have forced at least one Judge into involuntary bankruptcy.

At first, the judges and lawyers involved scoffed. They ignored escalating bills - for $3 million, $228 million, even $923 million.

A year later, on the eve of their trial, no one is laughing.

To collect on these purported debts, the defendants, who belong to an antigovernment group called the Moors, have filed million-dollar liens and lawsuits against various public officials, and have threatened to throw them into involuntary bankruptcy.

These guys are an interesting bunch:

[The]defendants are members of an organization called the Al Moroccan Empire, or Moors, a group that does not believe it is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. They cite a 1790s treaty between the U.S. and Morocco to assert that U.S. laws do not apply to them.

Check out this article for more.


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