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updated: 6/18/2014 4:28 PM

'Sovereign citizen' guilty of filing bogus liens

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A self-proclaimed adherent of the "sovereign citizen" movement has been found guilty in Chicago of filing bogus liens against federal judges and law enforcement officials.

Cherron Phillips, 44, was accused of filing the $100 billion liens in revenge for her brother's drug conviction.

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She and others calling themselves "sovereign citizens" reject federal authority. Phillips rejected the court's authority to try her and refused to present a defense.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a federal jury convicted her Wednesday on 10 of 12 counts of harassing federal officials.

Those targeted included former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald, who testified in the case this week to formally deny that he owed a convicted drug dealer $100 billion.

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