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Fugitive Idaho ‘sovereign citizen’ leader ‘I am: Sam’ arrested in North Dakota

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that fugitive “sovereign citizen” movement leader Samuel Davis of Council, Idaho, who calls himself “I am: Sam” in court documents to symbolize his refusal to recognize the establishment, has been arrested in North Dakota. Davis, 57, faces nearly five years in prison for his role in a $1.3 million money laundering scheme in Las Vegas; he pled guilty, but went on the lam in June rather than surrender to serve his prison time. Davis' co-defendant, Shawn Rice, a self-proclaimed attorney and rabbi from Arizona, was convicted last month. Adherents of the “sovereign citizen” movement declare themselves above the government's jurisdiction and claim they're not obligated to pay taxes or comply with various other laws; you can read the Review-Journal's full report here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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