Judge bounces alleged squatter from courtroom

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in Memphis ordered a woman accused of squatting in a vacant $3 million dollar mansion removed from the courtroom after she accused the jurist of treason and demanded her case be dismissed.

The Commercial Appeal reported Judge James Lammey held Tabitha Gentry in contempt because of her behavior in court Wednesday.

Gentry is accused of striking two officers with her car as she drove away during a traffic stop in October. She is also charged with aggravated burglary.

Gentry says she is a citizen of the Moorish American National Republic and does not acknowledge the authority of the court nor the state.

Lammey said he was considering having Gentry bound and gagged or using a shock bracelet to keep her from interrupting proceedings at future proceedings.


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