A 21-year-old Massachusetts man who considers himself a “sovereign citizen” recently tried to get out of a traffic ticket with an unusual defense — even for a sovereign citizen. Rather than claim that the laws don’t exist, Christopher Noone claimed that he doesn’t exist, and therefore no one has the right to fine him for anything. He is disputing the state’s definition of personhood by claiming he  “wasn’t a person as defined by the commonwealth of Massachusetts, [and therefore] he wasn’t bound by its laws.”

“I, Christopher Patrick Noone, do not consent to being a person, because I am not according to the legal definition of a person that being a fiction. I, Christopher Patrick Noone, am a living breathing free man, not a legal fiction. Nor do I have any contracts or obligations to or with any legal fictions,” Noone wrote in a motion he presented to the court pro-se.

Salem News explains his defense:

Later, Noone asked another prosecution witness, Registry of Motor Vehicles employee Patricia Kelly, what requirements were necessary to obtain a driver’s license. When told that a person had to be 16 years of age and provide proof of identification such as a birth certificate or Social Security number, Noone said he had none of those documents.

“So, you have no evidence I am a person,” Noone said, adding that according to his beliefs, a person is a corporation as far as the commonwealth is concerned.

Trepanier was recalled to the witness stand, where he told prosecutor Nathaniel Sears that Noone told him his full name and his date of birth. Noone quickly objected, saying he did no such thing.

“I don’t have a date of birth,” Noone said.

After Noone argued the same points as part of his defense, Sears tried to catch Noone admitting he was a person by asking him his birth date, his last name and his address. Noone said none of the questions applied to him.

“My mom never gave birth to me,” Noone said.

Earlier this year, the Noonan family sued the State of Massachusetts to contest a foreclosure on their property — claiming that the state lacked jurisdiction to tax their land.  They claimed that government officials had committed a conspiracy” against rights to property” and that the liens against the property were an “act of extortion.”

Their complaint alleged that Deborah Patterson, the State of Massachusetts Land Court’s Recorder, and other state employees had committed “treason against the U.S. Constitution” and “breach of trust as a public official” by requiring them to register and pay taxes on their property.

As far as the charges; Noonan was initially arrested for driving without a license and fined $500. He paid that fine and an additional $407 in court fees, and resumed driving in July 2013. The prosecutors even tried to cut him a break and offered to reduce the charges to a civil fine of $50, and the requirement that Noone get a driver’s license.  Noone made the unusual decision to take the case to trial.

The judge was not amused with Noone’s defense — he fined him for the full $1000.

Noone said he plans to appeal the ruling.

Why do I have the feeling that the courts of Massachusetts will be seeing a lot more of this guy?

  • >>> They claimed that government officials had committed a conspiracy” against rights to property” and that the liens against the property were an “act of extortion.”

    Sounds like Ronpaulites discussing the federal government, doesn’t it? See how that works?

  • LittleButterfly

    Well aren’t they an interesting bunch? “My mom never gave birth to me.” I think that even his mother might bet to differ with that statement. Trust me kid; she gave birth to you.

    • stormkite

      She very well might not admit to it, though. Put yourself in her shoes. Would YOU?

  • Briar

    I think this guy will eventually go away when he gets fined enough and winds up in jail for not paying said fines. He’ll end up as a “local loony” who spouts his “I was never born” nonsense on street corners.

  • Cuppycake

    Wow, this is just all kinds of strange. He is a weird guy, haha. If no one gave birth to him, how does he think he is alive?

  • libswetthebed

    Sounds like a typical DEMOCRAT LIBERAL LOON —–defense

    • Aron

      And then you wake up.

      Screw off, troll.

  • justphilip

    I bet he thinks he was dropped down the chimney by a stork! Hope somebody asks him that when he goes to appeal.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    —————————————————————————————————-
    A 21-year-old Massachusetts man who considers himself a “sovereign
    citizen” recently tried to get out of a traffic ticket with an unusual
    defense — even for a sovereign citizen. Rather than claim that the laws
    don’t exist, Christopher Noone claimed that he doesn’t exist,
    and therefore no one has the right to fine him for anything. He is
    disputing the state’s definition of personhood by claiming he “wasn’t a
    person as defined by the commonwealth of Massachusetts, [and
    therefore]he wasn’t bound by its laws.”
    —————————————————————————————————-

    Someone should tell Christopher Noone that if he’s not a person under the law, he doesn’t have any rights under the law either.

    —————————————————————————————————-
    “I, Christopher Patrick Noone, do not consent to being a person, because I
    am not according to the legal definition of a person that being a
    fiction. I, Christopher Patrick Noone, am a living breathing free man,
    not a legal fiction. Nor do I have any contracts or obligations to or
    with any legal fictions,” Noone wrote in a motion he presented to the
    court pro-se.
    —————————————————————————————————-

    Um, if you don’t consent to being a person, than you don’t consent to
    having rights either. Sorry that’s just the way it is. Does he have
    any idea how people have been treated, when they’re not regarded as
    People? I’ll point out just a couple of examples, slavery in the
    antebellum south, and the Holocaust. What an idiot.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Hypatia Livingston,

    Thanks for writing this. By the way, I created a post over at LGF on this, where I expanded on what I wrote in my previous comment about Christopher Noone’s ridiculous legal defense.

    Ultra Dumb “Sovereign Citizen” Moron Denies His Own Personhood
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/312127_Ultra_Dumb_Sovereign_Citizen_M

    • Alan

      Based on Mr. Noone’s statements, I get the feeling that he would feel right at home among the denizens of Lewis Carrol’s Throught the Looking Glass land.

      • CriticalDragon1177

        Cheshire Noone! 😉

  • Then if he isn’t a citizen, can we deport him? Because he’s embarrassing my state.

  • SelenaJ25

    Wow, unbelievable what some people will do to make themselves stand out. I’m not quite sure how he has made it this far in life not having any identification or even a birth date. Does he even have a job since he doesn’t have proper ID? I’m sure the courts will be seeing lots more of this guy, and I bet their not looking forward to it.