Fairbanks militia leader challenges court's authority

FAIRBANKS -- A 26-year-old leader of an Alaska militia defiantly told a judge Friday that he will not attend another court hearing until the court system explains its authority over him.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Schaeffer Cox is facing misdemeanor weapons charges. He's the leader of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, which believes all individuals are sovereign citizens, meaning the government has no authority over them.

About 30 of Cox's supporters attended the hearing.

Cox argues that the court system is a corporation, and thus has no authority over him.

Deputy Assistant District Attorney Scott Mattern told Cox the court system may engage in some business dealings, but that does not take away from the state's sovereign immunity.