Member of Freeman-on-the-Land movement voices objections

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Woman convicted of obstruction after refusing to take part in her trial

It was a bizarre court case in which a woman vehemently refused to participate in her trial, continuously shouted objections during proceedings and insisted that the judge call her “My Lady.”

Amy Collins voices her objection to court proceedings as she is led out of provincial court in St. John’s after being found in contempt of court by the judge in her trial Friday. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Her name is Amy Collins, but she refused to answer to it when her case was called in provincial court in St. John’s Friday.

“I do not have a name,” she told Judge Mike Madden. “I have a calling.”

The woman is a reportedly acting as a member of Freeman-on-the-Land, a fairly new movement in North America whose members believe all statute law is contractual. They refuse to heed rules on the basis that statute laws are voluntary, and anyone declaring themselves a sovereign citizen doesn’t have to adhere to government rules.

The 36-year-old was charged with obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and two counts of breaching court orders, stemming from an incident in September 2012.

Her trial was set in July to be held Friday. Crown prosecutor Mike Murray indicated the Crown was ready, but Collins protested.

When Madden asked her, “Are you prepared to proceed, Miss Collins?” The woman replied, “Are you addressing me?”

“Yes,” Madden answered.

“You can address me as My Lady.”

Collins repeated that each time the judge said her name.

When Madden asked what was on her birth certificate, she spelled A-M-Y C-O-L-L-I-N-S, but insisted she be known as “woman.”

Collins told the judge that her agent, Debra Thistle, was not available Friday due to health conditions and, as a result, the trial should be postponed.

Murray told the judge Thistle is not a lawyer and would be of no benefit to the process anyway.

Madden agreed and opted to go ahead with the trial.

“I object!” Collins said adamantly.

“Your objection is overruled,” Madden said.

But Collins continued to voice her displeasure.

“I reserve all rights. I’m not prepared to proceed,” she said. “I do not understand the nature of these proceedings. I do not consent to proceedings.”

She constantly interrupted the judge, prompting him to find her in contempt of court. Sheriff’s officers were called and Collins was led to the holding cells.

When she was brought back 10 minutes later, she appeared calm, but as the first witness, RNC Const. Mitchell Ryall, was called to the stand, she again started to shout objections.

“Crown! I revoked your rights, as I am the only person standing in this matter,” Collins said.

Her objections were ignored and Murray continued, although at times he had to shout his questions to be heard over Collins’ rants.

Ryall, as well as Const. Jason Nixon, who also testified, had to raise their voices to be heard.

Since Collins refused to call witnesses, or participate at all, Madden found her guilty.

“I wish this case to be dismissed!” Collins said loudly.

To the judge, she said, “Mr. Supernumerary, why are you still speaking? I’m the only one with standing in this courtroom and have the rights.”

Again ignoring her tirade, Madden said he wanted Collins to have legal representation put in place for sentencing.

When he addressed her as Miss Collins, she again said, “Are you addressing me? You may address me as My Lady.”

To which Madden replied, “I don’t really think that’s going to happen.”

A sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 22.

Following proceedings, Collins, who is not in custody, asked reporters when the story would be made public.

While such cases may be new to this province, the Freeman-on-the-Land movement has been growing in other parts of Canada.

Freemen believe they can avoid taxes, mortgages, utility bills and more. They state they have an unfettered right to travel, and thus do not need driver’s licences, insurance or licence plates.

The Law Society of British Columbia has issued warnings about Freemen, saying they may number up to 30,000 in Canada and in the hundreds of thousands in the United States.

Freemen-on-the-Land is listed on the FBI’s domestic terror watch list. Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, have been linked to the movement.

According to various media reports, violence is not advocated in the Freemen movement in Canada, but there have been several confrontations with police in Western provinces in recent years.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: RNC Const., FBI

Geographic location: North America, Canada, British Columbia United States.Freemen Oklahoma City

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  • Miller
    January 11, 2014 - 00:22

    Section 32. of the Constitutional Act 1982 is VERY CLEAR that the administrative jurisdiction (statutes) of government only applies to members / employees and functions of the government; as defined by sections 91 and 92 of the Consolidation of Constitutional Acts 1867 - 1982 (B.N.A. Act, sections 91 -92). Additionally; The Consolidation of Constitutional Act 1867-1982, is VERY CLEAR that your "Supreme Law" only recognizes "classes of persons", "subjects of the Crown / Queen" and artificial persons. The terms - "Classes of Persons" and “Subject of the Crown” / “Queen” clearly indicate social inequality; this is a blatant violation of human rights as dictated by both Canadian legislation and international treaties; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - 1976, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 1948 ALL HUMANS ARE EQUAL. And finally; I am not an artificial person, and I do not perform under a government title; I do not perform as a C.Q.V. trustee. Canadian’s must read the laws and legislation. We must all stand against this Matrix of lies; and reclaim our Common Law Jurisdiction (evidence - sections 8., 15., 126., and 794. Criminal Code of Canada).

    • Bob Loblaw
      April 26, 2014 - 00:59

      You are a nutter.

    • whatname
      May 18, 2014 - 10:58

      @Bob Loblaw In the land of the insane, the sane man is a nutter. or only in legal-land, can what is lawful be held to be illegal or what proof is there that the lawfullness of statutes exists anywhere outside the imaginations of the clinically deluded?

  • morgan pypher
    December 19, 2013 - 08:47

    love the way that the judge and crown agreed to deprive the lady of representation of her choice. though your story is not exactly slanted, i don't see much impartiality in it. the bombing in oklahoma was not related to the freeman movement and as well there is controversy surrounding that case. the mainstream media is too willing to demonize free thought and reinforce misperceptions of an uninformed public. i want to thank you for standing behind the establishment and ensuring bias against freedom.

  • morgan pypher
    December 19, 2013 - 08:12

    love the way that the judge and crown agreed to deprive the lady of representation of her choice. though your story is not exactly slanted, i don't see much impartiality in it. the bombing in oklahoma was not related to the freeman movement and as well there is controversy surrounding that case. the mainstream media is too willing to demonize free thought and reinforce misperceptions of an uninformed public. i want to thank you for standing behind the establishment and ensuring bias against freedom.

  • Spencer Chalmers
    November 05, 2013 - 19:41

    This article was terrible. Completely biased, and obviously not researched. I am not even part of the movement and I can say that there is more too it than "they believe". Two words describing things like avoiding taxes and having no vehicle insurance. You make it sound like some group of ignorant, unintelligent morons trying to get out of doing wrong. When this is completely false.

  • Daniel Robinson
    October 24, 2013 - 09:18

    As soon as the judge said contempt of court she should of asked if it was civil or criminal contempt. If criminal there must be an injured party and civil would require a contract. She wins. And all laws are made by the law society. Are you a member of that society? The freeman movement is true. And only GODs law applies.

  • Cashin Delaney
    October 22, 2013 - 14:38

    Does the The Telegram care to expound on the Freemen of Britian, the original Guilds that predated the rule of Kings and established common law. I could also enjoy mocking and demonizing this woman for avoiding taxes and mortgages, but first I'd like a little background information.

  • Stuart pearce
    October 17, 2013 - 15:01

    Rosie, Your story about Amy being a Freeman on the Land, is a total fabrication. She is a human rights defender, like tens of thousands like her, including my self. The Polices Services here in Canada , are claiming the Freeman movement is of concern to them, so by virtue that 30.000 people claim to be Free, then the rest of us must be Slaves and Political Prisoners, and I assure you and your readers, this is true!. Human Rights Defenders, for which Amy is a part of, are working to free ALL of us, and we are launching a Class Action very shortly to address the Violations of Human Rights, which most Laws and Statutes are. Like most forms of Media, you try to discredit any movement that is looking for Freedom Government. I suggest you visit our site and learn the TRUTH, HumanRightsDefenders.ca, as well as your readers. Anyone can sign up to become a Litigant . Be all were Born Free, but the Government thinks otherwise, for now, cause I assure this will change in the Very Near Future!!! Stuart Pearce, Human Rights Defender

    • Spencer Chalmers
      November 05, 2013 - 19:44

      Amen

  • Ford Elms
    October 13, 2013 - 08:24

    She doesn't want to be a part of Canada? Fine. Prevent her from using the roads, make her dig her own well, charge her for her health care. She doesn't get to enjoy the benefits paid for by our tax dollars if she doesn't want to contribute.

  • Anon
    October 12, 2013 - 14:53

    Freeman on the land is about getting the government out of your life where they don't belong. As long as you don't break the peace you don't actually violate any law. You may violate acts or statutes but they only apply to agents of government. Not free individuals living on the land under common law. It's all perfectly lawful. Shame on the courts. Glorified Tax Collectors. They (police, gov and judges) all work for the banks, not the people. Wake up and research. This movement isn't as nuts as the telgram and local media make it out to believe.

  • just me
    October 12, 2013 - 13:19

    You can expect more and more of this as peoples rights get taken away from them, soon people will not be able to do anything without a permit or license. Everyone who is active and on the go will be caught up in some form of law breaking because of the millions of laws.

  • MallRat
    October 12, 2013 - 07:25

    Very interesting and well written story. Another bunch of Organized Losers to worry about in our once Great Province. Ah, the trial and tribulations of prosperity....

  • Mistrial
    October 12, 2013 - 07:01

    I think the Judge made may have made a big mistake by not allowing her agent (not a lawyer) time to represent her ins court. Anyone can appoint anyone to be their legal counsel in court or represent. Often times they appoint a lawyer of do it themselves. But, they can still appoint a non-lawyer. This could be a vaild reason for a mistrial.

  • Freeman
    October 12, 2013 - 06:52

    The "Freemen of the Land" movement have an intresting concept. They say that government is nothing more than a business or legal entity under common law like any individual. If one does not pay taxes, use the welfare system, or avail of government assistace, they have no legal contract with the governmnet. Therefore, they owe the government nothing and the government owes then nothing, including submission to their contract enforcement (ie laws). In this regard, they reject the name that government or other people puts on them through birth certificates. However, they do ackowledge contracts with the general public and will be orderly citizens. It is sort of like "living off the grid." The movement is growing and have attempted challenges in court all over North America. They are fairly good and getting around laws and loopholes. If this woman is well versed, it will be an intresting case.