A former Kerrville woman, who is also a member of the Republic of Texas separatist group, was upset about losing her home to foreclosure, so she requested a subpoena to be sent to 198th Judicial District Judge Rex Emerson summoning him to appear before the International Common Law Court for the Republic of Texas at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 at a VFW Post in Bryan, Texas.
Instead of appearing before this court, which is not recognized by the State of Texas, Kerr County Sheriff’s deputies, Texas Rangers, FBI, U.S. Marshals and a host of local law enforcement officers from Bryan showed up and served a warrant on the Republic of Texas meeting.
“We retrieved evidence from that location and are currently looking into those documents,” Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said. “We do intend on filing Class A Misdemeanor charges once we complete our investigation.”
According to Hierholzer, charges will be filed based on the fact that the Republic of Texas does not have the legal authority to issue subpoenas.
“This is a group that does not believe that they are a part of the state. They consider themselves sovereign,” Hierholzer said. “They call themselves ‘Texians,’ not Texans,” Hierholzer said.
The concept of separatists groups is not new, and activity among the group seems to ebb and flow.
However, as a group they are very organized. They have created a court system, an insignia and a “constitution.”
“These people do not believe they are required to follow state and federal laws, including basic traffic laws,” Hierholzer said.
According to Hierholzer, law enforcement officers are constantly trained in how to recognize and deal with suspected separatist offenders.
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