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Philly ‘sovereign citizen’ claims ‘common law’ immunity from prosecution for bank robbery

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A self-described sovereign citizen charged in an armed bank robbery near Philadelphia wants to represent himself and tried separately from his two alleged conspirators.

Ishaq Ibrahim, 28, is charged along with 26-year-old James Byrd and 22-year-old Wesley Davis in the June 19, 2013, holdup of a National Penn Bank branch in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Pennsylvania.

“I wish to defend me and my own person,” Ibrahim told a judge Monday. “I wish to contract with no attorney or anything like that.”

Judge William Furber Jr. allowed Ibrahim to be tried separately, reported The Mercury News, but he appointed an assistant public defender as “standby counsel.”

The judge also allowed Ibrahim access to the library at the jail where he’s being held on $1 million bond.

Ibrahim – who has suggested that he is not subject to U.S. laws or government proceedings — has repeatedly claimed that prosecutors have no authority to try him and has also interrupted the judge and challenged his jurisdiction over the case.

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“My ruling is I do have the jurisdiction and that ends it,” Furber said.

Ibrahim has challenged a search warrant issued during the investigation and questions whether the charges are criminal or civil.

“I’m a sovereign citizen of a sovereign state and my common law rights have been withheld and denied,” Ibrahim said.

Sovereign citizens argue the state cannot be a claimant under common law – which is based on custom and judicial precedent, rather than statutes – and so believe that prosecutors illegally pursue criminal cases.

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Ibrahim is accused of robbing the bank with Davis while Byrd acted as the getaway driver.

Police said Ibrahim jumped over a teller counter, shoved a gun into the teller’s side, and ordered her to take out cash and place the money in his bag.

All three suspects were arrested a short time later after a pursuit, and police recovered more than $11,000 stolen in the heist.

Another self-described sovereign citizen from Philadelphia was convicted last week in connection with a home invasion robbery.

Kevin Green, who has gang ties and a lengthy criminal record, will be sentenced in September in connection with that case.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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