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Sovereign citizen gets 20 years for assaulting officer

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By LEO Affairs staff

The saying goes, “if you choose to represent yourself in court, you have an idiot for a lawyer.”  It’s also common knowledge that not everything you read on the internet is true.  If 30-year-old Harvey Leelane Searcy of Red Oak, Texas had known these things, his life may have turned out much different.

Instead, Searcy will be spending the next 20 years in prison for assaulting an Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy and choosing to represent himself during his court appearance on the charges, according to The Dallas Morning News.

It all started last year when Searcy fled from Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies who were executing multiple arrest warrants on him. His escape plan involved driving to an elementary school during the peak drop-off time, soon causing the school to go on lockdown.  As an officer attempted to remove him from the car, Searcy slammed the door on his hand, causing injuries.  Deputies eventually broke the drivers side window and arrested Searcy, according to reports.

Fast forward to his court date this week and Searcy not only chose to represent himself, but claimed to be a ‘sovereign citizen.”  The idea of sovereign citizenship, a movement based on ridiculous assumptions, is basically that they are not subject to the laws and jurisdictions of municipalities, states, and the federal government.

This strategy did not work out well for Searcy, as he was looking at 2 – 20 years, and ended up with the maximum 20 years in prison.

Searcy stressed his intent to appeal the case, but without a different lawyer, his prospects look dim.

 

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