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Man Gets 8 Years for Liening Property of 3 Federal Judges


The already-imprisoned founder of a the Montana Freeman militia group has been sentenced to an additional eight years for liening the property of three federal judges after winning a default judgment from a “court” of his own creation.

Daniel Petersen, now 67, is the first individual ever convicted under a 2008 federal law that makes it a felony for an individual to retaliate against a judge by filing a false lien, reports the Seattle 911 blog of the Post-Intelligencer. He was sentenced yesterday in federal district court in St. Paul, Minn.

His Common Law Court of Justus Township issued the liens after then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright didn’t answer Petersen’s 10-page, handwritten demand for $100 trillion for his alleged unlawful confinement, the newspaper recounts, relying on information from prosecutors.

The article doesn’t include any comment from Petersen or his counsel.

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