Suspect claims laws do not apply

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EASTON, Pa., March 11 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man accused of driving drunk and other offenses claimed in court that he can't be prosecuted because he is a "sovereign man."

Scott Witmer, 44, told Northampton County Judge Leonard Zito that he cannot be tried on charges including drunken driving, driving without insurance and driving with a revoked license because he is a "sovereign man," the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call reported Wednesday.


"It means I live inside myself," Witmer told the judge. "I don't live in the state of Pennsylvania."

Witmer, who was arrested Aug. 24, filed a 20-page motion in December that claimed the charges against him are unconstitutional. The filing claims prosecution would be a "blatant act of tyranny."

Zito ordered Witmer to undergo a psychiatric examination and altered the suspect's bail from unsecured to $25,000, with $2,500 needed for release.

"I'm alarmed that you may be a danger to yourself or our community," Zito said.

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