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Memphis squatter claims sovereignty from federal, state laws

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A woman charged with squatting at a $3 million Memphis-area home has told a judge that she belongs to a sovereign group that does not obey federal or state laws.

The Commercial Appeal reports that 32-year-old Tabitha Gentry appeared before General Sessions Judge Louis Montesi by video from the Shelby County Jail for her arraignment Monday.

Gentry is being held on $2 million bond on charges of aggravated burglary, criminal trespassing and theft over $60,000 after police said she took over a house that was foreclosed on in 2011. She was arrested Friday.

Gentry twice yelled "objection" at the judge Monday before declaring her membership in the Moorish American National Republic. The group does not recognize federal or state laws.

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