By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Disrupting court proceedings during a civil foreclosure case has cost a man 30 days in the county jail. At his sentencing for contempt of court Friday morning, he continued to disregard court etiquette.
Steven Bryan Miller, 34, appeared before Judge Philip Corley in an orange jumpsuit from the county jail.
The courtroom was nearly empty except for Miller, his mother and two small children. Eleven deputies surrounded the courtroom. Two K-9 units were posted in the courthouse as well.
During Miller’s sentencing, he cited court cases and the constitution. He claimed his constitutional rights were being violated and refused to answer to his name. He asked the judge who the injured party was in the contempt of court case and said he did not consent to these matters.
He also accused the court of terrorizing him, as well as stealing his identification, fingerprints and belongings.
Miller looked directly at the court stenographer during his statements as she dictated his words.
“You guys have deprived me of my rights,” Miller said in conclusion, asking for access to materials to take legal action while in jail, to which Corley agreed.
After letting Miller speak, Corley sentenced him to 30 days in jail on a $20,000 bond. He told Miller that he needs to follow the rules, procedures and etiquette when in court.
A day earlier, Miller appeared in a suit and tie. He interrupted the judge, refused to let the other attorney speak and would not answer the judge when his name was said. He instead referred to himself as Steven Ryan of the family of Millers.
Miller and his wife, Christina, were in court Thursday for a foreclosure hearing. Bank of America is claiming the Millers have not made mortgage payments and want to foreclose on their home.
According to the Sheriff’s department, Miller is believed to be affiliated with a movement called sovereign citizens. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the sovereign citizens movement is a group of people who believe various conspiracy theories about the government but at their core do not recognize federal, state or local laws, policies or regulations.
According to the FBI, lone-offender sovereign citizen extremists have killed six law enforcement officers since 2000.
Miller’s many court filings in the foreclosure case show many hallmarks of the movement and are a maze of jargon. Miller and his wife declared themselves to be “a Natural Person” exempt from identifications, laws, codes or statutes, court records show.
Miller’s filings demand Bank of America’s attorneys prove they are in fact attorneys and actually represent the bank.
They also cite numerous court cases and the U.S. Constitution.
According to documents filed by Bank of America, the Millers allegedly wrote a $72,000 check to pay off their mortgage but the account did not have the funds and the check contained a restrictive endorsement.
“The contentions in the Millers’ multiple filings do not make their assertions true, no matter how complicated they appear to be,” a response by Bank of America reads. “The court should not indulge the Millers’ baseless filings.” The response went on to ask for protection from further needlessly “vexatious” filings.