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Nothing came of the tactic, but today’s adherents contend that as a result of the 2001 move, laws and courts of the Commonwealth don’t apply to them.

Graesser’s ruling revolves around a hard-fought custody battle between parents referred to as AVI, the father, and MHVB, the mother. MHVB faces abduction charges after unlawfully keeping their daughter in the U.S.

I can only guess at the scope and kind of misconduct and self-injury that results from (the Magna Carta) belief

In a letter to the judge in June, Robinson — who is not a lawyer — tells him that she now represents the mother. If he does not order the return of the daughter — referred to as the mother’s “property” — within seven days, he will be guilty of high treason and subject to the gallows, she says.

Graesser said the woman has no right to represent the mother, and then dismantles the Magna Carta movement itself.

He notes that article 61 was removed from the document by 1216, and that only three, unrelated clauses remain part of the British constitution today. Meanwhile, Canada repatriated its constitution in 1982, meaning no part of the British supreme law applies here.

As for Lord Craigmyle, he said in a 2018 interview with Operation Beacon, a British-based group that also promotes various conspiracy theories, he had received “tens of thousands” of oaths of allegiance. He suggests gathering all the names in one place, creating an “army” of article 61 rebels.

Pseudo law consists of bogus ideas that only sound like real law, and is often adopted by “rebels or revolutionaries” who pursue their goals through odd legal theories rather than by force, says a recent article in the Alberta Law Review.

Lawyer Richard Warman and Donald Netolitzky, a legal adviser to the Court of Queen’s Bench, identified 51 cases where adherents tried to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. In every one, the top court refused to even hear the case, a clear signal that “pseudolaw is not the law of Canada,” they wrote in the paper.

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