Two years ago, Jared Fogle (better known as the Subway guy) entered a guilty plea to distributing or receiving child pornography and traveling to engage in illicit conduct with a minor. The court sentenced him to 15 1/2 years in prison.
Fogle was charged with obtaining and looking at the illegal material to “fuel his fantasies involving children,” the Justice Department said at the time of sentencing, and he knew that the victims were under 18.
Prosecutors proved that Fogle had traveled to New York to have sex with a 17-year-old girl and then returned two more times to the city to pay for sex with two other underage girls.
This week, Fogle tried to emulate people like the Bundy clan and the “Three Percenters” and declared himself a “sovereign citizen.” Such a declaration is meant to declare the person immune from any jurisdiction or authority.
Unfortunately for Fogle, the Bundy family and the rest of them — no one acknowledges such a declaration, except them themselves.
That didn’t stop Fogle from using the tactic to try to avoid further incarceration. Just like other attempts by folks, it didn’t go anywhere in his court appearance either.
According to Courthouse News:
In a two-page ruling on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Pratt rejected Fogle’s challenge.
“If Fogle is now claiming to be ‘sovereign,’ the Seventh Circuit has rejected theories of individual sovereignty, immunity from prosecution, and their ilk,” Pratt wrote. “Regardless of his theory, Fogle’s challenge of this court’s jurisdiction is rejected.”
The challenge was put in by a fellow inmate and jailhouse lawyer, Frank Pate.
To date, no declaration of being a sovereign citizen has worked in any United States court. More often than not, the folks declaring their sovereignty are found guilty of other crimes like check and other types of fraud — Or in this case, having relations with underage girls.
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