By: Krystle Crossman
Joseph Rosa has proclaimed himself a sovereign citizen. He does not wish to abide by the rules of the government and so he has decided that he is his own estate. He lives in Marion County, FL and has been ordered to send his 8 year old daughter to school or else he will be sent to jail.
Hear part of his story in this video:
Rosa was arrested last Thursday, May 29th because he failed to appear at a truancy hearing that was set for him. He went to court before a judge on Monday, June 2nd where he kept repeating, “I do not consent or assent to anything being done here.”. He also continued to say, “I’m the executor of the state of Joseph Anthony Rosa. I demand immediate discharge of the state known as Joseph Anthony Rosa.”
The judge in the case asked Rosa why exactly he felt that his daughter did not belong in school. Judge Anthony Tatti said that he was depriving his child of an education that she deserves. He said that one of the things that the government does really well is make sure that all children have access to an education. Rosa’s daughter had gone to school at one point, she was in kindergarten and first grade, but after that she did not attend any classes. Rosa stood stone faced in front of the judge. He was shackled and handcuffed because during previous encounters with authority he became combative.
Judge Tatti ordered that Rosa send his daughter to school. He said that she could be in private school if that is what he wanted but she could not be home-schooled. He also said that she could not be absent or late to school. Should she not show up Rosa will be sentenced to 180 days in jail.