LETHBRIDGE: An Arizona man has a trial date set for March in
our city, but he's not happy about it.
Glenn Winningham Fearn was arrested following a search of his vehicle at the
Coutts border crossing on October 11th, 2013. The 57-year old was referred to
further examination, at which point border officers located a blowgun, one push
dagger, a can of pepper spray and 10 over-capacity magazines.
While he was released from custody, Fearn was ordered to remain in Alberta
while the case moves through the system.
Tuesday morning in provincial court Fearn, who considers himself a
sovereign-citizen, started things off by refusing to come all the way to the
front of the room when his name was called. He explained that he did not want to
admit jurisdiction by stepping up to the podium, and while the judge stated that
no such rule exists, he allowed Fearn to stand back.
When asked to enter a plea on five counts under the Customs Act and four
under the Criminal Code, Fearn again refused, saying he would not admit
jurisdiction to, "an inferior court with limited jurisdiction." Fearn stated
that he currently has an application that will go before a Court of Queen's
Bench judge next month, arguing against the provincial court jurisdiction and
that he would not enter a plea.
The Crown asked that Fearn still enter a plea so a trial date could be set,
and if the Queen's Bench judge ruled in his favour, then the matter would simply
Fearn continued to say he would not enter a plea and that the judge did not
have the authority to enter one for him without his permission.
Judge T. Hironaka disagreed, entered pleas of not guilty to all charges and
set the matter for trial.