Freeman convicted in court when judge decides laws do indeed apply to him

A provincial court judge has convicted a Freeman for obstruction of a police officer, rejecting his defence that the law doesn't apply to him.

Dale Martin Jacobi -- who in court identified himself as Dale Martin of the family Jacobi -- was charged following an incident in Merritt on Dec. 10, 2015, when he refused to get out of his vehicle after it was pulled over at a checkstop for missing a front plate.

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Jacobi questioned the RCMP's authority to stop him.

"The accused is wrong that bylaws, statutory laws and regulations are not laws," judge Stella Frame wrote in her judgement.

"They are laws and they bind the accused, as well as they bind every other person who enjoys the privileges of living in this province."

Freemen on the Land is a loose group of adherents who believe they are bound only by natural law and that Canada's statutes do not apply to them, unless they sign on.

Frame found the arresting officer determined Jacobi was obstructing a Motor Vehicle Act investigation when he refused to open his vehicle.

Throughout the arrest, Jacobi espoused what Frame called "nonsensical" statements that he was not bound by law and had not opted in by way of a contract and that he was not driving, but was "travelling."

"The facts are not largely in dispute except that the accused endeavoured to justify his responses in accordance with the doctrines embraced by Freemen on the Land. This is folly," Frame wrote.

Former Kamloops mayoral candidate Brian Alexander, who once identified himself as a Freeman leader, was convicted of obstruction of a police officer under similar circumstances.

The arresting officer in the Jacobi trial testified RCMP bulletins claim Freemen are often armed and willing to use armed force against police.

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