Judge Cuts Bail For Sovereign Citizen Who Dragged Cop With Car, Challenged Court

Common Pleas Court Senior Judge Robert Shenkin raised concerns about two letters Smith wrote to the court.

Malvern, PA – A Pennsylvania judge has lowered the bond of a self-declared sovereign citizen accused of dragging a Malvern police officer with her vehicle during a traffic stop.

Janay Rebecca Smith, 27, has been charged with multiple offenses, including resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude, recklessly endangering another person, and aggravated assault of a police officer, the Daily Local News reported.

The incident began on Dec. 20, 2018, when Malvern Police Officer Tyler Bury spotted a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo as it ran through a stop sign near the Raintree Apartment complex.

Officer Bury pulled in behind the driver – later identified as Smith – and watched as the vehicle blew through three more stop signs on King Street.

A moment later, Smith pulled into a shopping center parking lot.

Officer Bury walked over to her car and knocked on the window to speak with her, but Smith just cracked the window and told him to wait.

The officer asked her for her driver’s license, so Smith handed him a homemade identification card bearing the name "Jahnay Rebekkah Bey,” and told him she was an “American National,” the Daily Local News reported.

Officer Bury was unable to find a record of a valid driver’s license for Smith, so Officer Patrick Dougherty responded to the scene to assist.

Officer Dougherty informed Smith that she was being detained until they could positively identify her, at which point she refused to get out of her vehicle.

As the officers attempted to remove her from the car, Smith fought with them, stomped on the accelerator, and threw the car into drive.

Officer Dougherty was dragged by the vehicle for 10 to 15 feet before he tumbled onto the ground.

Smith fled the scene, but was located by Tredyffrin police on Route 30 about a half hour later.

She was placed under arrest, and has remained in jail since that time.

Officer Dougherty was transported to Paoli Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. He was able to return to work about a week later.

During her bond hearing on Friday, Common Pleas Court Senior Judge Robert Shenkin raised concerns about two letters Smith penned to the court from her jail cell.

Smith wrote that she “is not an American citizen,” and said that she is a member of the “Moorish American” movement, Shenkin said during the hearing.

Moors are an offshoot of the sovereign citizen movement who believe that black people have special rights because of a 1780s treaty with Morocco and that black people are indigenous to the Americas.

The terrorist who ambushed and shot six Baton Rouge law enforcement officers in 2016 was involved with the Moorish sovereign movement.

Smith also wrote that she takes issue with “the jurisdiction of the courts of Pennsylvania,” Shenkin said.

“i am jahnay rebekkah bey moorish american aboriginal and indiginous to the land,” one letter read, according to the Daily Local News. “i am in propria persona as my self for my self free white person at law…i am not a 14th amendment construct or artificial person i am declared national i am an african descendant not us citizens as us citizen ship is unlawful pursuant to the constitution article 13.”

Shenkin said that Smith’s beliefs that she is a sovereign citizen “plays into her incentive to flee,” and “[raises] serious doubts that Ms. Smith recognizes the authority of the courts.”

“Why shouldn’t I take that into consideration?” the judge asked.

Smith’s attorney, Peter Jurs, seemed surprised to learn of his client’s beliefs, but insisted that she should be given a reduced bail because she was on the dean’s list at her college and had no prior criminal history, the Daily Local News reported.

"She assures me she will comply in every way with her bail restrictions,” Jurs told Shenkin.

Deputy District Attorney Michelle Frei adamantly argued against lowering Smith’s bail, and pointed out that she allegedly dragged a law enforcement officer with a motor vehicle.

“She is a danger to the community,” Frei declared.

Despite the concerns he raised throughout the hearing, Shenkin inexplicably opted to give Smith an opportunity to walk out of jail.

“If you are released, will you comply with [the bail] conditions?” Shenkin asked Smith at one point during the bond hearing.

“Yes, I will,” she answered.

And so, Shenkin dropped her bail to $3,500.

“If you continue to rely on such statements [like those in the letters,] you are risking serious potential problems in addition to the serious problems you are already facing,” the judge told Smith. “You have to seriously consider your best interests in the real world.”

Comments (30)
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JBo
JBo

And the check is in the mail and I'll love you tomorrow. Trust me...is this the face that would lie?

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

The judge is an idiot and scared of the black lady.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Officer Dougherty should not have held onto the vehicle. Bad police work. He is lucky he wasn't killed by his bad decision.

J10107
J10107

When she kills, or injures anybody else, Robert Shenkin should be held personally responsible, because this so called judge, is a political dumbass!!!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I'll have to write down word for word what she wrote to this judge so when I maime or kill an officer I can use this as a free pass to get out of jail! Are you freakin' kidding me? She nearly killed an officer of the law! She should be held for attempted murder of a law enforcement officer! If she's claiming she's aboriginal Moroccan because of a treaty, deport her then don't punish her by giving her the benefits of living in America!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I doubt she will show up for court and will most likely resist in some fashion the next time a police officer tries to take her into custody. There are so many stories of dumb ass judges making these type of idiotic decisions. It's SMH time!

RPG156
RPG156

The judge is overthinking it.

Jones24
Jones24

Well if she is not a US citizen deport her butt to Africa.

Marine1958
Marine1958

What a crock. This judge needs to be censored. Asshat.

186
186

The Judge needs to do a little homework on the 1787 treaty

  1. It expired in 1816, 2. There is no language in it bestowing any rights to "Moorish Americans" 3. The movement has been linked to al qaeda. 4 Movement members have tried to bomb the Sears tower, World trade Center, and other landmarks. Bottom line It's a terrorist organization. So treat her as such
MarineDoc
MarineDoc

“If you are released, will you comply with [the bail] conditions?” Shenkin asked Smith at one point during the bond hearing.

“Yes, I will,” she answered. Why wasn't ICE called to deport this Moroccan citizen? Does she have a valid Green Card? How did she get a driver's license? Isn't it illegal to give a LEO a false name? Sum it, JUDGE IS AN IDIOT and should be disbarred.

Chiefy
Chiefy

This deluded woman has already stated she does not recognize the authority of PA courts and/or law, so how can this judge, in good faith, believe this woman will adhere to the requirements of her bond release.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

She doesn't recognize the jurisdiction of the court, doesn't recognize that laws should apply to her, but the judge is going to take her word that she will show up?

IF she shows up, then the judge was right in his actions.... if she skips (and I suspect she will), does that mean the judge will personally sign the arrest warrant to throw her in jail and deny bail when the cops pick her up?

I also wonder if the college will expel her because of the crimes that she committed.

The express
The express

They should put the judge in jail for being stupid

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Fact: this woman dragged officer with her car. Everything else is smoke. If the judge can't see that, he is either an idiot or suffering from liberal dementia.

Achmsons
Achmsons

She doesn't recognize the courts jurisdiction or laws of land but will obey bail restrictions Yeah right

LPD133
LPD133

She will skip....and go on to harm another LEO. This "judge" is a fool.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Another libnut judge..

LynnSB
LynnSB

Another POS Judge == Get his WORTHLESS ASS off the Bench !! This was Attempted MURDER of a POLICE OFFICER and he just lets the POS go -- REALLY ??

kdgahr
kdgahr

The judge needs to go . Clearly he is a lunatic.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another police hating, bleeding heart, hug-a-thug, liberal judge. This bitch is a nut job who should be locked up for a very long time.