Illegal Federal Courts

This is to raise the question for any of my crime, mystery, thriller, conspiracy writer friends. Are there illegal federal courts?

A fellow was in a Federal court hearing once.  The judge read the charges. The fellow answered by telling the judge a certain federal law U.S. CODE number and section. The judge immediately released the man and stated that he had no jurisdiction in the matter and then left the court immediately.

As a writer, I am surprised that there isn’t more fiction, screenplays, or articles written on this subject. In another case, there was a fellow in Montana who was involved in a shootout with authorities at his home. I don’t remember the charges, but when he was arraigned in the court hearing, he refused to cooperate and pointed to the American flag with the gold fringe and stated, “the gold fringe on the flag means it is a military court and an illegal court.”

Back in the 80s and 90s I read about this sort of thing, and there was the talk about the “gold fringe flag courts.” See: For more questions see: and perhaps:

Supposedly, ever since President Lincoln declared martial law during the Civil War, that declaration had never been rescinded after his death nor after the end of the war later.  Apparently, that is the reason for the jurisdiction issues and “legality issue over civilians.” Article III courts and Foreign Intelligence Security Act [FISA] courts aside, it was clear that most of the so-called “illegal court” references had to do with tax issues.  Google: “IRS Hoax.”

Related to the tax issues is the supposed viewpoint that the state of Kentucky never ratified the nearly eighty or ninety year old original IRS Act, according to anti-tax proponents. And that may be a reason that some authors have avoided the issue like the plague.

The gold fringe flag thing has a certain kooky history, which according to some is completely false. See: Amongst other sites there is argument as states at: But the federal jurisdiction cases are real, and may be so because of the increased federalization of a number of crimes. These crimes in the past were the sole jurisdiction of states.

Still, the question persists for me. Even if there is a legal gray area, what is the truth about illegal federal courts? Any of you writers heard of this stuff?  Are any of you crime writers out there, up on the laws with this?

Timothy J. Desmond
THE DOC, ebook conspiracy thriller novel at

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