A judge in Florida has ordered a self-described “sovereign citizen” to send his daughter to public school or face going to jail.
On Thursday Joseph Rosa was arrested for failure to appear at a truancy hearing for his daughter then was brought before the judge on Monday.
Throughout the hearing Rosa, who claims to only be bound by common law and that the government has no jurisdiction over him, kept proclaiming “I do not consent or assent to anything being done here.”
“I’m the executor of the state of Joseph Anthony Rosa. I demand immediate discharge of the state known as Joseph Anthony Rosa.”
Rosa is a regular poster to YouTube, uploading videos of his many altercations with police and other authorities. He appeared in court shackled at the wrists and ankles while escorted by five sheriff’s deputies.
Rosa has also previously been charged with driving without a license, obstruction of justice, and resisting arrest. Circuit Court Judge Anthony Tatti asked him why he refused to send his 8-year-old daughter to school when he appeared in court.
She had attended kindergarten and first grade at the local elementary school, but Rosa hasn’t enrolled her since.
37-year-old Rosa accused deputies of trespassing and demanded they cite the laws he has broken during a videoed confrontation at his house.
The judge ended up ordering Rosa to send his daughter to school and she’s not allow to be late or have any unexcused absences. She’s also not allowed to be home schooled, she must attend a private school or public school. If he fails to abide by the orders, Rosa could end up with 180 days in jail.
“I do not take this matter lightly,” Tatti said. “You have deprived your child of the one thing that our government has been fairly good at doing, and that is offering an education to the children of this nation. It is her right, as far as I am concerned, to have an education, and you don’t have the right to deprive her of that. She will be in school.”
The judge asked Rosa if he understood the court’s order, to which Rosa again replied with his sovereign citizen pledge and said that “I don’t understand nothing.”
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