Batshittery Domestic Terrorism

Bundy Militia Leader Says He’s an Authentic Idiot Who’s Immune to Law

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

You read that right.

Even as far as the batshittery of the Sovereign Citizen ideology (to the extent that they even have ideas) is concerned, this is extraordinary. Ryan Bundy, brother of Ammon and son of Cliven, has stated to the court that his idiocy places him outside the jurisdiction of the law.

“I, ryan c, man, am an idiot of the ‘Legal Society’; and; am an idiot (layman, outsider) of the ‘Bar Association’; and; i am incompetent; and; am not required by any law to be competent,” Bundy wrote in a motion filed to U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown. [...]

Bundy also told the court in the filings that any past signatures by him are now invalid and that U.S. marshals and other law enforcement are illegally holding him in jail. He wrote that he should be paid $1 million to fill the “role” of defendant in the case.

Maybe we're looking at this all wrong. Maybe he's simply making the case that he should be committed.

In either case, I'm sure no one doubts his idiocy.

  • mnpollio

    The faster these people are committed and out of the public eye, the better. And if this bunch of gibberish regurgitated by this wacko does the trick, so much the better. Hopefully, it will discourage conservatives from using the Bundys and their militia brethren as examples.

    On a side note, has anyone caught the previews for The J. L. Ranch movie that Hallmark has been pushing with uber-wacko Jon Voight and conservative James Caan. Am I the only one who sees them trying to parallel the Bundy Ranch standoff and positing the big bad government as the enemy with the cinematic Bundy surrogates as the poor downtrodden victims? Seriously, Hallmark Channel needs to stick with sappy holiday treacle, Murder She Wrote marathons, and laughable mystery movies positing Candace Cameron Bure as someone with a modicum of intelligence rather than ham-handedly pushing right-wing agendas.

  • muselet

    Typical sovereign citizen codswallop. Ryan Bundy can’t even be stupid creatively.


  • What is it with these guys and grammar? Did a semi-colon save somebody from drowning?

  • gescove

    As I understand it, there are some simple qualifiers. Can you count to twenty? Do you know your father’s name or your mother’s name? Do you know how old you are? If so, that is strong evidence that you are not legally an idiot. But, maybe arguing before the Court that you are in idiot is evidence enough that you are a fucking idiot. If you are legally an idiot, that would prevent you from entering into a contract, so you cannot be paid (pinkie to corner of your Dr. Evil mouth) ONE MILLION DOLLARS to play a role. Jesus H. Christ.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    If you are, legally, an idiot, you cannot have committed a crime. Period. Full stop.

    Crimes require what is called mens rea meaning criminal intent. If you are not legally competent, you cannot have intent, so you cannot have criminal intent, so you cannot be guilty.

    It’s why, for example, when a toddler shoots his parents with a gun that the parent left laying around, the child is never legally responsible. It makes sense. The same argument would hold for someone who is truly mentally disabled – how can they do evil if they cannot choose to do evil?

    It’s a high bar. The way it was taught to me is that you shouldn’t be able to recognize your own name (I’m sure this is more complicated). He’s pretty stupid, but I don’t think he’ll qualify.

    The thing is, if his excuse works by some miracle, he’s incompetent and an acknowledged threat to society. So he can get locked in an insane asylum for the rest of his life. Even if he wins, he loses.