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Malheur Defendant Sues|’Devil’ USA for Billions

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupier-defendant Shawna Cox filed a "crimminal counter suite" (sic) accusing Oregon's governor, police, and federal judges of conspiring to execute fellow protester, LaVoy Finicum, trying to "communize" the nation and consolidating power in the hands of the Oregon State Bar.

Cox, the lone female leader in the armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, is on house arrest in Kanab, Utah, pending her federal trial on a charge of conspiring to keep federal employees from doing their jobs.

She is represented in her criminal case by Portland lawyer Tiffany Harris, but filed a countersuit to her criminal case pro se on behalf of herself, the other protesters arrested in the armed takeover of the refuge and 10 billion of her next friends. It should be noted that the population of the entire earth is about 7.4 billion, and Cox's suit doesn't mention where the remaining 2.6 billion next friends reside.

Cox says she wants $666,666,666,666.66 for "works of the devil." The number 666 is called the mark of the devil in the Book of Revelation.

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown directed the court to file Cox's lawsuit for the record, but said she would not consider a civil filing in the context of the criminal proceedings against Cox and her co-defendants.

"To the extent defendant's pro se assertions are in the nature of civil claims for damages or other civil remedies they are not cognizable in this criminal proceeding and, therefore, will not be addressed in this case. To the extent defendant's assertions form the basis of any defense to the criminal charge against her, the court directs defendant to work with her counsel, Tiffany Harris, for the purpose of pleading and presenting them in a proper form and at the proper time," Brown wrote.

Cox's filing accuses the government of trying to silence her up to keep her from pulling the curtain on a grand scheme to consolidate power.

"The state and federal employees who organized together to attempt to execute me and my co-witnesses and co-informants did so to terrorize the people of the United States of America so they could continue to socialize and communize the United States of America, and continue to use their state and federal bar licenses to steal the lives, liberties and properties of economically vulnerable individuals," Cox claims.

Cox has particular vehemence for members of the Oregon State Bar. She says its members are trying to "create nobility for themselves, their prosperity and an oligarchy."

"Evidence will also show that Oregon State Bar members including S. Amanda Marshall, Gov. Kate Brown, Judge Grasity, Oregon state Sen. Cliff Bentz, and others within the Oregon State Bar Association organized together to take complete control of the Oregon state government so they could execute their personal objectives, agendas and the objectives and agendas of the predatory Oregon State Bar Association," Cox claims.

She defends the takeover of the refuge as a legal attempt to seize ownership of the refuge by adverse possession.

"In an effort to expose the 'intent to defraud' the people of the lands involved in the states derived from the Northwest Territories, we took hostile adverse possession of the Mahler Wildlife Refuge, which is akin to a trespass," Cox says in the suit. "'Hostile adverse possession' is a legal way to challenge 'clouded land titles' and un-cloud them. In order to prove the trespass charges against us, the federal government will have to rationally explain before a jury of my peers why the federal government refused to allow the states of the Northwest Territories to come in on the equal-footing doctrine of the original 13 states. It needs to be documented here that in order to make a similar living on what is considered a homestead in most of the arid regions in the original Northwest Territories, it takes several thousands of acres instead of the 160 acres."

But adverse possession requires a person who honestly believes they have ownership rights over the land to live there for 10 years. And it doesn't work on land owned by the government.

Cox also asserts an early demand voiced by fellow militant Ammon Bundy: that any citizen can call up a grand jury to hear evidence of government corruption.

"The evidence will show that these individuals had every opportunity to call forth a Harney County grand jury to resolve the situation in a civil manner but ignored it, to protect their predatory judicial industry that has been attacking all of our society's domestic tranquility," Cox claims.

John Lamborn, a lawyer in Burns, Ore., who closely watched the unfolding of the armed standoff at Malheur, said Cox's filing comes from the same school of thought as the early demands the militants had presented to Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward.

Claiming that sheriffs are the supreme authority within their county, Ammon Bundy and his supporters presented Ward with a "redress of grievance" in November demanding that he take local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond into protective custody in county jail to thwart the federal government's plan to imprison the father and son duo for starting two fires on the public land where they grazed their cattle.

"This is consistent with the simulated legal process that they started at the very beginning of their whole intercession in Harney County with redress of grievance," Lamborn said. "It's just the same kind of wanna-be lawyer, legal mumbo jumbo that they like to mutter amongst themselves, thinking that it has a legal effect. But it has no legal effect."

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