Bradly Watsabaugh

Watsabaugh

Bradly Watsabaugh was back in court Tuesday answering to unresolved traffic citations, one year after the Wyoming Supreme Court denied his request to overrule the infractions.

“I am here under threat and duress,” Watsabaugh told Teton County Circuit Court Judge James Radda. “I do not consent to this matter.”

Watsabaugh was arrested April 13 in Sublette County on a failure to appear warrant that stemmed from old Teton County charges of driving without insurance, driving under suspension and driving without valid registration.

The Jackson native renounced his Wyoming driver’s license years ago “for spiritual, religious and personal reasons” and claims he’s a “private American national,” which he says is different from a sovereign citizen.

Watsabaugh was pulled over in Teton County in July 2016 for driving with a homemade license plate, and when he refused the citations he was arrested.

A not guilty plea was entered, but Watsabaugh skipped his next court date and an arrest warrant was issued.

In court on Tuesday, Watsabaugh started reciting a 10-page document he filed with the court.

“I’m a little nervous,” Watsabaugh said. “We’ve been through a lot in here. You took my house without due process.”

“I took your house?” Radda responded.

“I’m challenging personal jurisdiction,” Watsabaugh said.

Watsabaugh previously said he removed himself from the government system in 2014 after officials took away the house he built on Budge Drive.

He said he sent notice to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Department of Motor Vehicles when he canceled his driver’s license.

Radda asked Watsabaugh if he wanted to change his plea to the traffic charges or proceed to trial.

“I just want to make sure nothing I say here today is taken as my consent for jurisdiction,” Watsabaugh said.

Radda set the case for trial with a pretrial date of July 8.

“You have to personally appear,” he told Watsabaugh, warning that he runs the risk of having a bench warrant issued if he doesn’t show up.

Watsabaugh said he would represent himself at trial.

“I am who I am,” he said. “I’m going to stand for my rights on my own.”

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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