KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — A woman who claims she's a representative of the sovereign nation of Texas was convicted of issuing fraudulent court papers ordering a judge and lawyer to appear before an "international common law court."
A jury northwest of San Antonio found Susan Cammack guilty Wednesday of simulating a legal process, the San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/1PSW4fR ). She was fined and placed on probation. A co-defendant pleaded guilty in August and testified against her.
Cammack and other members of a group called the Republic of Texas believe Texas never legally became part of the U.S. and remains a separate nation.
The papers she issued had ordered a state district judge and a lawyer involved in foreclosure proceedings against her to appear before the group's court, held at a VFW hall in Bryan.
Authorities representing the local sheriff's office, FBI and other agencies interrupted the group's proceedings in February and seized computers, phones and other material from about 20 people participating in the meeting at the VFW.
Cammack's attorney, Deborah Perry, told the Express-News during the trial earlier this week that prosecutors were overreaching.
"They're after the Republic of Texas, and Suzie just is the pawn to get there," Perry said.
Republic of Texas President John Jarnecke testified that he supports the group's common law court and said Cammack is a member of his group's house of representatives.
"Like it or not, we're living in two different worlds," Jarnecke said. "The free and independent nation of Texas, where we want to be ... and the corporate world of Texas and the United States."
Cammack at one point during the trial was asked whether she is a citizen of Texas, and responded that she was born in Texas and calls herself a "Texian."
"I believe my good name has been besmirched . my inalienable rights have been trampled on by the system," Cammack said.
Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com