Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Free Man challenges court jurisdiction over him

Free Man challenges court jurisdiction over him

By Tony Allen
November 13, 2012

An activist claiming to be a 'Freeman' was briefly jailed on 12 November at the Auckland District Court for refusing to accept the Courts' legal jurisdiction over him when being charged for allegedly breaking the law when he took part in political protests.

Malcolm Daniel France, 48, of Auckland, faced one charge of obstructing a police officer on 11 October when he tried to prevent police arresting the Member of Parliament and Mana Movement leader, Hone Harawira, whom with six other arrested people and about 25 others had been stopping a house removal company's truck and trailer transport a house to an unknown destination from where it may be sold after earlier being taken from Glen Innes, as part of the Government's reduction of State housing there.France also faced one charge of obstructing police and one of resisting arrest when he and three others on 3 November tried holding a banner across Karangahape Road so that a street party could take place to protest against the sale of State assets.

Magistrate J. Sihnu ordered France (whom acted for himself rather than allow a lawyer to do so) into the defendant's box but when he refused she ordered three police officers to jail him. Like a dead carcass, France, whom was not violent but offered 'passive resistance', was carried by the hands and feet by the three huge police officers into the dock and through to the court cells. Patricia Claridge, who was supporting France, described the police as "disgusting" for forcibly taking France and as acting like a "gang" without patches. She claimed to have been assaulted by a security officer. Sihu then described the event as "chaos" and adjourned the court for at least ten minutes. About an hour later, France appeared before Judge Alison Sinclair in another court room where a duty lawyer offered an apology on his behalf to anyone whom was offended by his opposition to the court's purported jurisdiction.

Sinclair said France, whom she freed on bail, can enter a plea at a hearing on 26 November when the charges will be heard.after he has had two weeks to consider what plea he will make if he wants to make if he chooses to make one.. But France told this reporter he wants to challenge the legal system's jurisdiction over him and, instead, assert that he is a "Freeman'.

France said on 13 November that he was going to the Accident an Emergency Service at Auckland Hospital to have his knee examined by a doctor, as it was injured when the police manhandled him. At the time, in court, France was heard yelling, "You're all assaulting me!"

France is due to appear in court on 14 November on a separate charge of willful damage but he said he was unsure what protest this arises from. At this hearing, France said he plans to take another opportunity to oppose the jurisdiction of the court as part of his campaign to prove that he is 'Freeman'.

*************

Tony Allen is the editor of 'The People and Independent Free Press' (under construction). He has previously worked for NZPA, Radio Pacific, and South Waikato News, and freelanced for the Listener, NBR, Truth, the Dominion, and NZ Herald.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Crisis In Greece

Greece, as the cradle of democracy, is getting no brownie points for actually practicing it. The decision by the Greek government to go back to the people for a mandate for the bailout terms being proposed by the Eurozone seems entirely appropriate. More>>

ALSO:

Stories Of Scoop: Alastair Thompson, Scoop Media & The Cost Of Free Journalism

How does a news organization that cares about authentic journalism and has a mission to effect “positive change” continue to operate in these times of derivative storytelling when advertising dollars are no longer determined by the quality of editorial content? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Pope’s Encyclical On Climate Change

The spread of market mechanisms into every facet of life – as health, education and the environment get treated as mere commodities – has seen economic efficiency worshipped in its own right as a totem, and as a substitute for morality. The Laudato Si encyclical issued today by Pope Francis on climate change and the environment goes some away to restoring a sane balance. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Turns Sixteen: How Scoop's “Ethical Paywall” Model Has Changed Everything

As of this month, a broad range of professional organisations, including constitutional institutions, government agencies & departments, NGOs, Unions, CRIs, law firms, PR agencies, accountancy firms, media organisations, libraries and businesses - all of which make regular use of Scoop in their daily work and for professional research - have joined Scoop’s new “Ethical Paywall” copyright licensing scheme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Sepp Blatter Resignation

Any initial elation at Sepp Blatter’s resignation as the overlord of FIFA will be tempered by his declared intention to stay on until at least December and possibly March 2016, to enable his successor to be elected. Has FIFA got no existing succession plan that could kick in before this? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The FIFA Scandal, And Similar Dirty Deal

With the US now investigating FIFA’s racketeering and money-laundering activities and the Swiss also looking at the bribes that went into the choice of Russia and Qatar as upcoming FIFA venues, the capos at FIFA are taking the fall for the boss of all bosses, Sepp Blatter - who has somehow been blissfully unaware of the dirty payoffs and extortion rackets conducted on his watch ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news