• Man who used ‘sovereign citizen' defense found guilty of child rape

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    ATLANTA - An Atlanta man accused of raping a young girl has been sentenced to four consecutive life sentences, plus 60 years in prison without parole following his conviction.
     
    After deliberating for less than 30 minutes Wednesday, jurors returned guilty verdicts against 40-year-old Chadrus Brown on charges of rape and child molestation in connection with the sexual assault against a 9-year-old girl in his care.
     
    The charges against Brown stem from an incident on December 22, 2012. According to the investigation, Brown raped the child after forcing her to sleep in a bed alone with him. The victim told relatives about the attack and was taken to the hospital for care. Brown was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to the attack.
     
    Brown served as his own attorney. He claimed the victim was lying and that he had done nothing wrong, despite the evidence against him.
     
    In pre-trial motions, Brown argued he was immune from prosecution and that all charges against him should be dropped because he is a “Sovereign Citizen” and is not bound by any form of government or constitution.
     
    Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua, who presided over the case, denied Defendant Brown’s motion and proceeded to trial.


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