Thursday, October 18, 2007

Having your cake and eating it too

One of the few natives arrested in Caledonia is now claiming Canadian laws do not apply to him because he is a member of a "sovereign nation" that follows its own rules. So, if I rob a few people on a reserve and beat up a few residents, it's okay because I don't recognize the authority of the Haudenosaunee.

Irwin Gibson, 38, who faces robbery and assault charges in an attack on two television cameramen, is the only person so far to file a formal constitutional challenge.

[..] "The authority of the court to exercise jurisdiction over any Haudenosaunee person or Haudenosaunee land is currently being challenged with the governments of Ontario and Canada," he stated.

"I want to be clear," he told the justice of the peace, "nothing that I may say or do . . . should be taken to mean I'm submitting to the jurisdiction of the Canadian courts.

He was charged with assaulting police and mischief in the Stirling Woods raid.

He also faces separate counts of robbery and assault in an attack on two television cameramen at the Canada Tire parking lot in Caledonia on June 9, 2006.
cp: The Broom