Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Moorish-Americans subject to personal jurisdiction of the United States

Caldwell v. Wood, No. 3:07cv41, 2010 WL 5441670 (W.D.N.C. Dec. 28, 2010):

Petitioner claims that the trial court lacked jurisdiction over him based upon his Moorish American nationality.  The suggestion that Petitioner is entitled to ignore the laws of the State of North Carolina by claiming membership in the “Moorish-American” nation is ludicrous. See, e.g., United States v. James, 328 F.3d 953, 954 (7th Cir.2003) (“Laws of the United States apply to all persons within its borders”); Allah El v. Dist. Att'y for Bronx County, No. 09 Civ. 8746, 2009 WL 3756331, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 4, 2009) (“Petitioner's purported status as a Moorish-American citizen does not enable him to violate state and federal laws without consequence”); cf. El-Bey v. United States, No. 1:08CV151, 2009 WL 1019999 (M.D.N.C. Jan. 26, 2009) (unpublished) (any claims or arguments raised by Plaintiff which are based on his membership in the Moorish American Nation are frivolous).

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