Mountain Man’s Defense of Individual Sovereignty Leaves Judge Speechless

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Ernie Tertelgte says he’s being wrongly prosecuted against “natural law” and the right to life for trying to feed himself. He was arrested on Monday and is accused of fishing without a license and resisting arrest. His defense of sovereignty is pretty epic.

Natural Living Man goes back . . . way back – to a time that demanded strict adherence to justice. He won’t kiss the robe, he won’t bow the knee. Ernie Wayne Tertelgte is a 52-year-old Manhattan, Montana man living under natural law.

This video shows the heated exchange between himself, acting as his own defender, and Three Forks City Judge, Wanda Drusch, from earlier this month. You will need to turn up the volume:

At one moment, he pointed to the courtroom flag and said:

That is the Jolly Roger, that thing you call the American flag with the gold fringe around it is the Jolly Roger, and you are acting as one of its privateers!

He was referencing the courtroom flag with gold fringe, a symbol of maritime law, meaning the practice of law outside the United States – arguably, the much bigger obstruction of justice. He schools the courtroom on Constitutional-bound law.

He told the judge “Do not tell me to shut-up!” The officer does not comply with her request to remove him from the court. When she finally needs to leave out of frustration – signaling an abrupt end to the hearing – he calls out:

No way – get back here and finish this! Hey, hey! Get back here and finish this!

Family and friends packed his court hearings to support him and the Constitution. Extra law enforcement were called into subsequent hearings for Tertelgte. Another judge has set his bond to $500 and another hearing is scheduled for January.

If you think, well, it’s just a fishing license, what’s the big deal? Watch the documentary America: Freedom to Fascism. This is just one example of hundreds of things we need to beg permission for – to be bridge tolled taxed, fined and charged in order to step forward. A life such as Tertelgte’s would demand a lot of integrity, and you can see that it left the judge flustered.

His arrest and appearance in court show how severe the punishment is for ever attempting to live outside the confines of government rule . . .  over fishing. Some might argue, what good are you sitting in jail over a fishing license?

But then what does it mean if you are not entitled to feed yourself?

Last year, the Amish in Kentucky decided that they would not pay exorbitant tickets over bright orange buggy signs that violated their deeply held religious beliefs. Also concerned about safety, they had initially asked for grey reflectors. Paying the fines would mean admitting wrongdoing, a lie. After so many of them wound up in the courts and in jail, it became absurd – lawmakers got the hint.

What do you think of Ernie Tertelgte’s approach to justice?


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Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at and Like at Facebook.

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