Mansion Squatter's Defense: I'm a Moor and I Own It
His jury, however, disagrees
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
Lamont Butler's booking photo.   (Prince George's County Police Department)

(Newser) – The Washington Post calls it the "one of the most bizarre burglary cases in the region in years," and it's tough to argue: A 29-year-old man moved into a vacant $6 million mansion and claimed rightful ownership as a Moorish American National. In fact, Lamont Butler argued—literally so, because he defended himself in court—that all of the US really belongs to him and his Moor peers because the continent is still part of a Moroccan empire and thus our modern leases are meaningless. Unfortunately for him and his girlfriend, the jury didn't agree and convicted both on charges including burglary and identity fraud. See the Post for the full story, which gets into how Butler's case fits into the "sovereign citizen" movement. Indeed, "it seemed like they were making up their own laws,” says one juror.

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Ukiyoe
Sep 23, 2013 7:19 AM CDT
Well we just missed it and not by much . instead of Jamestown ,it should have been Rick JamesTown :) Bun-buna-don-bada-bada she a very freaky girl....
America_2016
Sep 22, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
This will happen many more (moor) times since we have a stock pile of foreclosed homes. Why the banks don't care is astounding. The only way many find out is when these squatters cause trouble or gets a neighbor to complain.
America_2016
Sep 22, 2013 8:47 AM CDT
This is quite common today due to the large amount of forclosures. These banks are not securing and doing follow up work on the places they so hurridly "Take Back" from the consumer.