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‘Sovereign citizen’ gets 7 years for targeting judges, prosecutors with bogus $100B liens

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A federal judge sentenced a “sovereign citizen” who targeted court and law enforcement officials with bogus liens to seven years in prison – beyond what even prosecutors had recommended.

Cherron Phillips filed maritime liens, each worth $100 billion, against former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, former chief U.S. District Court Judge James Holderman, three other judges, and five other law enforcement officials.

The 44-year-old Chicago woman, who goes by the name River Tali Bey, became involved in the sovereign citizen movement after her older brother died in 2003 and a younger brother was arrested on drug charges in 2006.

Her parents were then charged with tax evasion, and all three relatives were sentenced to federal prison.

Phillips, who was the longtime girlfriend of former NBA star Nick Anderson and is the mother of his adult son, engaged in the sovereign citizen practice the judge described as “paper terrorism.”

She began filing the bogus liens after she was barred in 2011 from the federal courthouse in Chicago.

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Her attorney had asked the court for probation for her conviction on 10 counts of retaliation against a federal official.

But U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan imposed the seven-year term, six months longer than even prosecutors had recommended.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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