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‘Sovereign citizen’ gets 40-year sentence

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A self-identified sovereign citizen was sentenced last week to 40 years in prison for felony convictions of kidnapping and intimidation of a witness.

Martin Jonassen, 57, of Elwood, Kansas, was arrested by Portage Police after he tried to physically drag his 21-year-old daughter from a liquor store where she had fled, nude, from a hotel room Jonassen had rented.

Jonassen had taken his daughter from Missouri with the intent to take her to Michigan. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Indiana said after Jonassen was arrested he engaged in “a relentless campaign of calls and letters in which he employed manipulation and persuasion to try to get (his daughter) to retract her statements to law enforcement.” A jury convicted Jonassen last year.

During 15 months in custody prior to sentencing, Jonassen used a common tactic of people who identify themselves as sovereign citizens, flooding the court with more than 180 frivolous, sometimes harassing pro se motions

Senior District Judge James Moody imposed the 480-month sentence to be followed by five years of supervised release.








 

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  1. A sad end to a prolific gadfly. Indiana has suffered a great loss in the journalistic realm.

  2. Good riddance to this dangerous activist judge

  3. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  4. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

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