Judge James Radda, of the 9th Circuit Court, has recused himself from Bradly Watsabaugh’s traffic case after Watsabaugh filed a brief that includes some wild accusations.
Watsabaugh, who is a self-proclaimed “private national,” was supposed to go on trial today for various traffic infractions, but the trial has been delayed and a new judge appointed.
Watsabaugh filed what he titled a “bill of exceptions,” in which he refers to himself as “the affiant” and the court as the defendant.
“All actions brought forth by the public trustees in this matter are fraudulent, unlawful and at the very least in violation of due process,” Watsabaugh wrote in the “bill of exceptions” filed in Teton County Circuit Court. “Therefore your cases are void and must be vacated and remedy provided.”
Watsabaugh was pulled over in Teton County in July 2016 for driving with a homemade license plate. When he refused the citations he was arrested.
Watsabaugh appealed his citations to the Wyoming Supreme Court, but justices denied his request to dismiss the infractions and said it was appropriate for the case to be resolved in Radda’s courtroom.
After Watasabaugh skipped a court date, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was picked up in Sublette County in April for failing to appear.
Since then he has appeared before Radda twice and each time he has argued about the state of Wyoming’s authority.
“You are wasting the money of the people of this state, and you are wasting my time and energy,” Watsabaugh told Radda.
Radda refused to dismiss the traffic charges against Watsabaugh, which include driving without insurance, driving under suspension and driving without valid registration, and set the case for jury trial.
Watsabaugh, a Jackson native who now lists an address in Daniel, renounced his Wyoming driver’s license years ago “for spiritual, religious and personal reasons.” However, he doesn’t claim to be a sovereign citizen.
“Affiant does not allege to not be subject to the laws of Wyoming,” Watsabaugh wrote in his bill of exceptions. “Affiant makes no claims to be a sovereign citizen and any use of such against affiant is treason to Wyoming and the United States of America.”
Watsabaugh said he removed himself from the government system in 2014 after officials took away the house he built on Budge Drive. He sent notice, he said, to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Department of Motor Vehicles alerting them to his canceled license.
Watsabaugh said Radda is discriminating against him.
“When James Radda, the prosecution, and the state of Wyoming discriminate against affiant for my political choice of being a de jure citizen of Wyoming, where is your allegiance to, and how are you not committing treason?” Watsabaugh wrote.
Watsabaugh said his role as a “private civilian on the land of Wyoming” is being overlooked in favor of “Radda’s preference, assumption, and personal determination, without any evidence of such, that I am a de facto citizen subject to his whims, rather than protected by the constitutions which he swore an oath to defend.”
On July 16 Radda filed an order vacating the trial.
“The defendant, under oath, accuses the court of discrimination against him for his alleged political choice of being a de jure citizen of Wyoming; partiality against the defendant; prejudice against the defendant; and collusion with the state,” Radda wrote. “The matter is hereby assigned to the Honorable Robert B. Denhardt, 9th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge in Fremont County, for the limited purpose of ruling on the motion.”