By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A self-proclaimed adherent of the “sovereign citizen” movement who was convicted in June of filing bogus liens against federal judges and others in response to her brother’s drug conviction has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Chicago Sun-Times ( ) reports that 44-year-old Cherron Phillips was sentenced in Chicago on Tuesday by U.S. district Judge Michael Reagan. Reagan has called the mother of two a “paper terrorist” and said her goal was to “‘create havoc.”

During the trial, prosecutors alleged Phillips targeted four judges, former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald and five other law enforcement officials.

Phillips and others who call themselves “sovereign citizens” reject federal authority. During her trial, Phillips rejected the court’s authority to try her and refused to present a defense.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times,

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