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ROBERT BEALE EXPLORES THE LIMITS OF CONSENT

September 11, 2008

20071231-2.jpgRobert Beale put the judge in her place:

"I do not consent to incarceration, fine or supervised release," he said. "I have not committed a crime."

Unfortunately for Mr. Beale, Judge Ann Montgomery doesn't care whether he consents. Nor does the nice federal marshal who was behind Mr. Beale at his sentencing. Nor does the warden at the federal prison Mr. Beale where Mr. Beale will serve out the 134-month non-consensual sentence he received this morning.

Mr. Beale was convicted in April of five tax evasion counts. The Minnesotan was convicted of charges that he diverted income from his business offshore, partly based on testimony of employees who blew the whistle on him. He failed to show up when his trial was first scheduled, spending 15 months on the run before he was arrested in Florida.

He may have gotten off on the wrong foot with Judge Montgomery when prison officials monitored his prison phone calls in which he allegedly plotted to have her "arrested" by a "common law court" of his friends to stop the trial. He awaits another trial on charges arising out of that.

Related:

BUSINESS PLANS OF THE ALMIGHTY, VIA ROBERT BEALE

I MEANT THAT GOD WANTS ME TO BUY YOU DINNER AND DRINKS, YOUR HONOR

Update: U.S. Attorney press release

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