Previous threads here have referred to two citations about tax protestors, “patriot” movement adherents, and assorted nutjobs.* These are Bernard J. Sussman’s Idiot Legal Arguments and Daniel Evans’ The Tax Protester FAQ.
These are fascinating documents. The arguments made are sometimes entertaining, sometimes baffling. Unfortunately, there is little context in these documents for the arguments or the ideology that underpins them (especially in Sussman’s doc.). If I had access to Lexis, I suppose I could find the actual case documents to answer that, but I don’t
One of these arguments that baffles me is one about refusing legal documents mailed with the Zip code. In a number of actions, people have refused to accept any document mailed to them that uses the ZIP code or that refuses to use their own self-imposed address format. For example:
Now, I get that these “patriots” believe that they are not subject to the jurisdiction of the US federal government, and that part of this particular address attempts to convey that. But using Zip codes I don’t get. Do they think of Zip codes as analogous to the shrink-wrap licenses on software? Are there organizations that say by accepting mail with a Zip code you are agreeing to a contract with the “guv’mint”?
Anyone know the context or argument behind refusing Zip codes?
*These categories neither wholly overlap nor are wholly exclusive to each other.