‘Sovereign citizen’ pays fines with 70,000 pennies


Gannet News Service
Sept. 17, 2013

"As far as I'm concerned, they are stealing this money from me," Sanders said. "If they want it, this is how they are going to get it."

“As far as I’m concerned, they are stealing this money from me,” Sanders said. “If they want it, this is how they are going to get it.” / via Wikimedia Commons

Fourteen months and about 70,000 pennies later, James Sanders has finally paid off a pair of citations he received last summer in Clinton County.

After more than a year of unsuccessfully fighting the charges filed against him on Aug. 10, 2012, for speeding and refusing to identify himself to police, Sanders made the trip from his Mulberry home to the Clinton County Courthouse to pay his $702 fine.

But the most difficult part of paying the fine wasn’t coping with the impact it might have on his budget. It was figuring out how to carry it from the car to the courthouse.

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