Four Maryland men have been able to delay trial on 2005 federal charges of racketeering, weapons possession, drug dealing, and murder, based on arguing something called the “flesh and blood defense,” says the Washington Monthly. One of the accused told the judge that the court “lacks territorial jurisdiction over me,” citing decades-old acts of Congress involving the abandonment of the gold standard and the creation of the Federal Reserve. The Monthly says the flesh and blood defense is this: As officers of the court, all defense lawyers are really on the government's side, having sworn an oath to uphold a vast, century-old conspiracy to conceal the fact that most aspects of the federal government are illegitimate, including the courts, which have no constitutional authority to bring people to trial.
Although the defendants’ legal arguments have been rejected, they have succeeded in avoiding death penalty charges and in having the trial delayed several times. The current projected date is September. The Monthly concludes that, “They won't face the death penalty, even though they probably deserve it if anyone does. But they will probably be convicted and spend the rest of their lives in federal prison, never to be heard from again, because in the end, the flesh-and-blood defense is no defense at all.”