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Schenectady DWI defendant claims court has no jurisdiction

Judge rejects ‘Moorish Republic’ challenge

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An arraignment Wednesday in a drunken-driving case turned unusually contentious as the defendant essentially argued the court had no jurisdiction in his case based on a filing referencing a “Moorish National Republic.” The proceedings ultimately led to the defendant interrupting the judge, who admonished him that he wasn’t in control of the courtroom — she was. The case involved Michael W. Lewis of Schenectady. He is accused of driving drunk in Rotterdam on March 19 ...


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