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Three Members of Anti-Government Group Appear Again In DC Court

The three men arrested on Friday by Indiana State Police and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center appeared for a second time in front of Judge Mark McConnell on Tuesday.

The Dubois County Free Press reports that the three returned to court and continued to refuse to cooperate with the court’s inquiries regarding their identities.

The three were once again remanded back into custody of the Sheriff’s Department.

No new court date has been scheduled and they were advised to inform the court when they were ready to cooperate.

The three have been identified as 32-year-old Matthew Hill, 30-year-old Clarence Holmes and 27-year-old Zoe Shalom Newsom, all of St. Louis.  They refused to comply with police after being stopped for speeding on I-64.

The three claim to be members of the 12 Tribes of Yisrael.  Nothing is known about the group, other than the fact that they claim to be exempt from all Federal, State and Municipal Laws.

According to Troopers with ISP, the 3 would not exit their vehicle and refused to identify themselves when they were stopped on Friday. Troopers resorted to breaking a window of the vehicle to extricate the men after about 30 minutes.

Police found the men to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a Schedule II controlled substance.

All three were charged initially with a Class D felony Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and with Misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia, Interference with Law Enforcement, Refusal to Aid an Officer and Refusal to Identify Oneself while stopped for an infraction.

Their identities were discovered by fingerprint analysis through comparison with FBI records.

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