Bradly Watsabaugh

In body camera footage from July 2016, Brad Watsabaugh refuses to take a citation from Teton County sheriff’s Deputy Kirsten Larsen.

On Monday morning in Teton County Circuit Court, Bradly Watsabaugh asked Judge James Radda to dismiss the case against him so he can get on with his life.

“You are wasting the money of the people of this state and you are wasting my time and energy,” Watsabaugh told Radda. “This case is void.”

Radda refused to dismiss the traffic charges against Watsabaugh, which include driving without insurance, driving under suspension and driving without valid registration. Watsabaugh contended he’s a “private American national” and told Radda he does “not consent to your proceedings.”

“I have been forced with deadly threats to be the defendant,” he said.

The Jackson native renounced his Wyoming driver’s license years ago “for spiritual, religious and personal reasons.” However, he is not claiming to be a sovereign citizen.

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, who is representing himself in the case, claimed the prosecutors are the ones failing to follow the law because they haven’t replied to his motions for discovery.

“The record clearly shows the plaintiff refuses to fill my request for discovery,” Watsabaugh said. “I have tried to call the state and go into their office. It results in direct fraud — if there is no response, that is fraud. If you are being impartial you need to dismiss this case.”

Watsabaugh also argued the state of Wyoming can’t proceed with the charges filed against him because there is no victim.

“In order for a crime to exist there needs to be an injured party,” Watsabaugh said. “Do you have a victim?”

“I am not going to argue with you, Mr. Watsabaugh,” Radda said.

Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Brian Hultman, representing the state, did not interrupt.

“I have been drug in handcuffs into this court and other jail,” Watsabaugh said. “It’s wrong.”

Watsabaugh was arrested in Sublette County in April on a failure to appear warrant that stemmed from the old Teton County traffic infractions.

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.

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

Watsabaugh appealed his citations to the Wyoming Supreme Court but justices denied his request to overrule the infractions.

“I have a lot of constitutional rights that appear to be violated here,” Watsabaugh said Monday in court.

A jury trial has been set for July 24, in which Watsabaugh will represent himself.

“I talked about why that may not be a good choice,” Radda said. “But that is your choice.”

The jury trial is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. July 24 in Teton County Circuit Court.

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.

(10) comments

TERRENCE MILAN

His constitutional rights are being violated? Must have written is own constitution. Time to return to home planet.

Chad guenter

Mr. Milan: Basic human rights based on Natural Law, are supposed to be protected by the Constitution, that would include the right to travel/movement. Slowly but surely, Freedom and Liberty that this nation is supposed to be have been legislated away, and the Constitution has almost become meaningless. That however does not mean our Rights no longer exist, just that the Government has no interest in protecting them and to the contrary they look to now infringe upon them at every opportunity.

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Chad guenter

I have insurance that covers me in the event I am hit by someone that doesn't have insurance, and cant give me adequate restitution. That is MY choice as it should be for anyone. He isn't getting a "free ride" unless he is refining his own fuel and pays no gas tax. If he is.... Good for him!

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Chad guenter

EVERYTHING in the Constitution, used to protect FREEdom. Paying your "fair share"/no "free ride" in today's Amerika boils down to submitting to theft. Wouldn't you agree Mr. Milan?

TERRENCE MILAN

If you ever file a claim when hit by an uninsured driver, yes the insurance company will pay the claim. They will also raise your premiums for filing the claim.

Chad guenter

The person at fault, will be pursued for restitution. This is really a moot point as no accident occurred in this case. I could have driven for the last 30 years with no insurance and no other person would have ever suffered because of it.

Chad guenter

"The right of the Citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, in the ordinary course of life and business, is a common right which he has under the right to enjoy life and liberty, to acquire and possess property, and to pursue happiness and safety. It includes the right, in so doing, to use the ordinary and usual conveyances of the day, and under the existing modes of travel, includes the right to drive a horse drawn carriage or wagon thereon or to operate an automobile thereon, for the usual and ordinary purpose of life and business." II Am.Jur. (1st) Constitutional Law, Sect.329, p.1135

Chad guenter

Has the body cam footage been made public? Or just the still shot taken from it that is used in this story.

Chad guenter

So many basic Human RIGHTS are ignored and trampled by AmeriKan Federal, State, and Local governments. Natural Law that this nations founding were based on, have been buried under corrupt "laws" of men. Freedom of movement/travel is one of the most basic of human rights, and SO MANY are brainwashed into repeating ad nauseam "driving is a privilege". I truly hope Mr. Watsabaugh, gets a jury capable of INDEPENDENT thought, and realize that they should identify a victim(person) in the case before any guilt can be attached. Jury Nullification!

steve stenger

Yeah...maybe if getting a driver's license and car registration didn't also require that you rent or own property people would be less resistant.

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