2005-07-01 19:40:13 UTC
Today's  Neosho Daily News continues its coverage of the comic
legal saga of militiaman Martin Lindstedt. His current ploy is to try
and remove Judge Kevin Selby from his case. Last week Judge Selby made
it clear to militiaman Lindstedt that his patriot/common law antics
would not be tolerated, found him in contempt of court 22 times, and
sentenced him to almost 2 years in jail for contempt alone. [And all of
this even before his trial on criminal charges has even begun!]
John Ford, `Lindstedt Asks Court to Reconsider 'Corrupt Regime Judge',`
Neosho Daily News [MO], 050701.
Acting as his own attorney, Martin Lindstedt has filed a motion asking
the court to reconsider assigning Judge Kevin Selby to hear his case.
Lindstedt, 47, is accused of first degree statutory sodomy. On
Wednesday, he filed a motion "for this corrupt regime court judge to
alter, amend, abolish and / or reconsider corrupt judgment to unlawfully
assign Division III Newton County Juvenile Judge Kevin Lee Selby to hear
Lindstedt is expected to appear at an indigency hearing at 1:30 p.m.
this afternoon. According to a probable cause statement, Lindstedt is
accused of inappropriately kissing a young family member on the child's
back, buttocks and groin area sometime between March and August 2003.
Lindstedt has called the probable cause statement "third rate hearsay."
Last Thursday, Lindstedt was sentenced to 660 days in the county jail
for 22 instances of contempt of court which took place that afternoon.
On that day, Lindstedt initially refused to enter Judge Selby's
courtroom and had to be escorted inside by members of the Newton County
Lindstedt stated several times that Selby had no jurisdiction in the
case, and demanded that Judge Timothy Perigo preside over the
proceedings. With each outburst, Selby assessed a 30-day sentence for
The Granby self-admitted bigot appeared before the judge last week to
ask that he be moved from solitary confinement into the general jail
population. Because of the repeated outbursts, the request was not heard.
Lindstedt remains in jail on $100,000 bond.
Since his arrest May 10, Lindstedt has had a history of vocal outbursts
in the courtroom. On three occasions before Stremel, Lindstedt refused
to answer questions about whether he was seeking private counsel or
wanted to have a public defender assigned his case. Instead, Lindstedt
spoke of his beliefs, calling those in the judicial system "regime
criminals" when asked if he was going to seek private counsel or wished
to have a court appointed attorney. And according to the Southern
Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, during his 1998 U.S. Senate
bid, Lindstedt touted a bill titled "The Extermination of Regime
Criminals Act." This measure recommended the death of corrupt
politicians and lawyers, as well as the elimination of public schools.
A perennial political candidate, Lindstedt has sought a number of
offices over the years as a Libertarian, a member of the Reform Party
and as a Republican. The latest of these are a 2004 bid for Missouri
governor and races in April for a seat on the East Newton R-6 School
Board and as Granby Municipal Judge.
This past summer, Lindstedt filed a lawsuit against former Secretary of
State Matt Blunt for refusing to print Lindstedt's nickname of "Mad Dog"
on the statewide ballot in 2002 and in 2004, during the Granby
resident's bids for U.S. Senate and Missouri governor, respectively. In
November, the Missouri Attorney General's office asked that the suit be
dismissed "with prejudice," which bars the right to bring or maintain an
action on the same claim or cause.
Lindstedt has tried to reinstate the lawsuit, but earlier this month,
U.S. District Court Judge Richard E. Dorr ruled against the attempt.
Lindstedt has filed, and lost, a number of lawsuits against a variety of
people and entities in the past. Among these are a 1996 suit against
Missouri Southern State College and the city of Joplin, in which
Lindstedt sought $1.3 million from the college and $5 million from the
city of Joplin for violation of his civil rights. Also during the
mid-1990s, he sued the city of Granby alleging violations of his civil
rights in connection with a defective equipment charge.
Lindstedt also sued the Missouri Libertarian Party in both state and
federal courts for kicking the Granby resident out of the organization,
and sued Newton County Clerk Kay Baum over his bid for sheriff in 1996.
He has also sued Jasper County Judge Joe Shoeberl for alleged
constitutional rights violations.