Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tax Protester: "God Wants Me to Destroy the Judge"

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog and Minneapolis Star Tribune report on the indictment handed up on Tuesday against Robert Beale, who is currently in jail awaiting sentencing on his tax evasion conviction. The indictment charges Beale with attempting to prevent Judge Ann Montgomery from presiding over his trial through force, intimidation, and threats.  Some excerpts from the news accounts:

In an interview with the Star Tribune last year, Bond said: "We're just a small group trying to wake up the masses. The IRS is not a member of the U.S. government. It is a private collection agency for the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund."

Beale made a call from jail to a friend who shared his dislike of the U.S. tax system. “God wants me to destroy the judge,” Beale told his friend. “That judge is evil. He wants me to get rid of her.”

The defendants allegedly held a “common law court” to issue false liens and “arrest warrants” against Judge Montgomery. They were also planning to disrupt court proceedings in the belief that only Jesus Christ has jurisdiction over people, according to the indictment. Beale allegedly instructed the group to bring 30 to 40 people to his trial to disrupt it if Montgomery failed to dismiss the charges.

For more, see Joe Kristan and Russ Fox.

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