Ms. Phillips has been awfully quiet recently, for whatever reason. I'd just thought that maybe, just maybe, the delay in her trial was enough to get her mind away from her courthouse troubles and onto more productive pursuits. In fact, it would appear that she spent the time taking a refresher course in genuine sovrun gibberish.
Back on October 11, she filed a Motion to Dismiss
(fn1) (her third or fourth, I think). This time, she's appearing as "River Bey, as Executor/Grantor to the CHERRON MARIE PHILLIPS TRUST by Inter-Vivos declaration, and," evidently, "the living will of Cherron Marie Phillips having revoked all prior wills and codicils moves this court to dismiss all claims against the CHERRON MARIE PHILLIPS TRUST." There isn't much new under this Motion, other than that she "rescinds any and all signatures and assumed powers of attorney placed on any forms, documents or the like" about November 9, 2012, claiming coercion.
For those of you playing along at home, November 9 was the day on which the indictment was filed against her, and also the day on which her bond was originally granted. She might want to think twice about that, but of course, as noted above, this isn't the first time she's asked to have her bond revoked. For what it's worth, in her Motion, she also asks for a rule to show cause why her home detention monitor shouldn't be removed immediately.
Curiously, she's made two subtle changes to the form of filing that are telling. The smaller one is that she prefixes her signature on the motion with the words, "It is hereby ordered." That seems a little presumptuous on her part. But given that she's made a habit of addressing the court as, "My honor," it's entirely possible that she's gone full bore sovrun, and decided that she's in charge and can grant her own motions. She did, after all, take it on herself (back on June 7) to let pretrial services know that she'd been granted leave to visit her child's graduation, much to the surprise of the presiding judge.
The larger one is that she's reversed the case caption, so that, rather than being, "United States of America, v. Cherron Marie Phillips," she's now rendering it as, "In the matter of Cherron Marie Phillips, Petitioner, v. United States of America, Respondent." A more forthright way of putting the prosecution on trial, I cannot conceive. It's an interesting way of twisting reality to meet her desires. Kind of like that one Twilight Zone
in which a desparate man keeps trying to get off the New Haven Railroad in Willoughby.
Attached to this missive are a mess of papers, the gist of which is that Ms. Phillips is a non-resident alien living in "Chicago Illinois Republic NonDomestic, DMM 122.32"—and a neat trick it is, referencing the Domestic Mail Manual to claim non-domestic status—and wishes to cash out her birth certificate to pay off a number of debts against the estate.
So much for relative sanity. Four days later, she filed a "Notice of Account Settlement."
Nothing particularly original here: she says that all documents and photographs in the case have been accepted for value and returned for settlement, and so on. But then it gets weird. For some reason, she drags in the Cook County Treasurer's Office, commanding her to settle up a laundry list of claims against the Cherron Mar—er, make that, the CHERRON MARIE PHILLIPS Trust/Estate. This includes what look like a couple of police reports, several Cook County court cases (not all of which appear to be real case numbers), a couple of USDC cases, a couple of FBI records, and an NCIC record. She appoints the Treasurer as the fiduciary for the trust, and sternly warns her that "IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOUR RECORDS ARE NOT ALTERED OR DESTROYED INCLUDING OFF-BALANCE SHEET ACCOUNTING." She also asks that the balance, after the trust assets are distributed to the creditors, be transferred to Obara Indigenous Enterprises for the account and estate of CHERRON MARIE PHILLIPS.
This is really a piece of work. She directs the Treasurer to pay off her creditors, order the courts to dismiss their cases against her, file several tax forms on behalf of her several personalities, and report all accounts as paid in full. Oh, and also to "squash all warrants, release all holds and expunge all prior offences [sic] on records, as well as, credit any invoices." Also to "release all bonds and sureties, notify all sureties of the release," squash all warrants (again). Also to "initiate all necessary process to immediately release and relieve all distress adverse to the juristic CHERRON MARIE PHILLIPS, CHERRON M. PHILLIPS, MARIE CHERRON and Secured Party interests and freedom." And here I thought all the Treasurer did was collect taxes; never realized they were a sort of omnibus sovrun roadside assistance service.
Obara Indigenous Enterprises (or Obara Indigenous Ministry) are all over this particular filing. No idea who or what that is, but her attached W-8 (which she requests that the Treasurer complete and send back to her) lists an EIN and a mailing address care of Minister River Bey, as Trustee, care of a Chicago P.O. box. (The IRS's tax exempt organization search comes up with no result for that EIN, for what that's worth.)
The court, faced with this impressive pile of papers, replied succcinctly:
The Court, sua sponte, finds that there is reasonable cause to believe that the defendant may presently be suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering her mentally incompetent to the extent that she is unable to understand the nature and consequence of the proceedings against her or to assist properly in her defense.
Competency evaluation due December 6, for a hearing December 16 (the same day as trial), and the DOJ pays.
Now, a question. I do believe that this is less a matter of mental incompetence and more one of obstinacy on the part of the defendant. Is there any good way to get a copy of Meads
into Judge Mihm's hands (assuming that he does not have one) without either being offensive or violating the rules against ex parte
filings? I suppose a cover letter along the lines of, "Hey, Judge, apropos of nothing, but get a load of this," might do the trick (assuming the mails get through to the courts at all in these sad times), but I'd rather not further annoy a judge who's about to have a hard enough time already.
(fn1) I apologize in advance if these don't come up particularly quickly. I've stashed them on my BBS at home, which is behind a DSL line that's currently tied up trying to re-install a load of software on the other computer, which crashed yesterday.