LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A north-central Indiana man wants to challenge the authority of law enforcement officials to pull over vehicles for speeding.
The Journal & Courier reports that Jim Sanders of Mulberry, near Lafayette, considers himself a "sovereign man" or a "freeman," part of a growing movement that questions the authority of government.
Sovereign citizen followers rely largely on common law to justify why they're exempt from certain rules and regulations, such as speed limits. The growing popularity of the sovereign citizen movement and other anti-government movements prompted the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana to hold a training course recently for prosecutors across the state.
U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Tim Horty says the sovereign citizen movement poses problems for prosecutors because they frequently file voluminous, convoluted pleadings.
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