The Republic of Texas is a group of extremist right wingers who operate like most sovereign citizen groups operate. They form their own courts, issue summonses, file property liens against judges, prosecutors or law enforcement, and basically act as if they run the show when it comes to going after those that come after them. In this case, a meeting was held over a summons they issued to a State District Judge and a Bank employee over a home foreclosure on one of their members, Susan Cammack, and was signed by a Judge from the Republic of Texas, David Kroupa, a Harris county Chiropractor. They were ordered by the Republic of Texas group to appear in their Kangaroo court at the VFW hall in Bryan Texas. However, instead of them appearing, the place was raided by a posse of Federal agents along with the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Agents of the Texas District Attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.
According to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Republic of Texas lost her Kerr County home to foreclosure. That did not sit well with the militia group. So, the International Common Law Court for the Republic of Texas issued a subpoena to the district judge who signed the foreclosure.
The document ordered Melvin Rex Emerson, Jr, judge for 198th District Court, to appear before the court at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall.
Everyone who was in attendance in the VFW hall was then fingerprinted and identified, however, no arrests were made.
In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.
The raid was a response to legal summons sent by Republic of Texas members to a Kerr County judge and bank employee, demanding they appear in the Republic’s court at the Veterans and Foreign Wars building in Bryan the day the officers stormed in. Jarnecke’s group, the subject of a half-hour YouTube documentary, maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress, and courts.
“You can’t just let people go around filing false documents to judges trying to make them appear in front of courts that aren’t even real courts,” said Kerr County sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, who led the operation.
He acknowledged he used a “show of force,” grouping officers from city, county state and federal law enforcement to serve a search warrant for suspicions of a misdemeanor crime. He said he had worries that some extremists in the group could become violent, citing a 1997 incident when 300 state troopers surrounded an armed Republic leader for a weeklong standoff.
The Republic of Texas group has tried to distance themselves from the original members of the group in 1997 where a standoff with the group in Fort Davis Texas resulted in a shootout with Law Enforcement officers where one man was killed and the remainder of the group was convicted and sentenced to life terms in prison.
These days those who are a part of the so-called new group, claim ‘we are not those people.’
“We’ve had years of bad press, but we’re not those people,” said Jarnecke of the ’97 incident. “But yes, we are still making every attempt to get independence for Texas and we’re doing it in a lawful international manner.”
Of course, “lawful manner” doesn’t include forming your own court and issuing liens or arrest warrants for people to appear at your Kangaroo court. This is exactly why this group got into trouble in the first place. So in fact they are pretty much the same as the other group, and no matter how hard they try to mask it with that old school Texas charm they show to the public, it’s still business as usual for the Republic of Texas.