York supporters file common-law claims
seeking $1 billion
Macon Telegraph/October 23, 2003
By Rob Peecher
Eatonton -- Supporters of Nuwaubian leader Malachi York filed
documents Wednesday with the Putnam County Clerk of Superior
Court, demanding that state and local prosecutors, judges and law
officers pay York more than $1 billion.
York, who is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge
Ashley Royal for a status hearing Friday, faces numerous state and
federal charges of molesting children.
The documents, which appear to be based on what is known as
"common law" and frequently utilized by anti-government militias
to harass public officials, also were filed in two child support
actions against York.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who is named among those
owing York $1.069 billion, described the documents as
"It's hard to explain what they are," Sills said. "Once again,
it's more of the same common law, (Uniform Commercial Code)
filings that we've seen before. There's been a plethora of this
about. There were recent incidents in DeKalb County involving
fraud in housing purchases up there, and I'm aware of other
similar filings by Nuwaubians in Bibb County recently."
York is the leader of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a
quasi-religious sect that moved from New York to Putnam County in
1993. The group established its base at a 476-acre compound west
of Eatonton where it erected pyramids, a sphinx and other
York was arrested in May 2002 and charged with more than 200
counts of molesting children. He pleaded guilty in January, but
this summer U.S. District Court Judge Hugh Lawson rejected the
15-year negotiated sentence. Lawson later recused himself from the
case, and now the case is before Royal.
York has not withdrawn his guilty plea, but he is scheduled to
go to trial in January on the federal charges.
Officials in the Bibb County Superior Court clerk's office
confirmed there had been a number of recent UCC filings, but
declined to comment. Clerk of Court Dianne Brannen was unavailable
for comment Wednesday.
The documents filed in Putnam County each exceed 30 pages.
Among those named in the document demanding public officials to
pay York more than $1 billion are: Sills; Ocmulgee Judicial
Circuit Chief Judge William A. Prior and District Attorney Fred
Bright; U.S. Attorney Max Wood and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard
Moultrie; U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson; one of York's own
attorneys, Manny Arora; and the Holy Roman Empire.
Most of the documents bear the signature of "David R. Williams"
or "David Paul Williams."
The documents contain virtually nonsensical language, such as:
"The purpose for notary is verification and identification only
and not for entrance into any foreign U.S. jurisdiction, a benefit
for the pagans and heathens so they whom I pray may become
knowledgeable in the truth for matters in law by the creator Anu
the Most High Heavenly one and repent, so they will no longer be
alienated from their true creator, Anu the Creator of Heaven and
Mike Smith, the communications director for the Georgia
Superior Court Clerk's Authority, said his office only keeps track
of UCC filings and does not determine the legitimacy of the
filings. But Smith said he is aware that "nuisance filings" are a
problem in other states such as Oregon, where clerks are
attempting to get legislation passed to address the problem.
Legitimate UCC filings are filed by financial institutions or
others lending money.
Sills said the documents were delivered by the same courier who
delivered similar documents to the clerk of court in July. Among
those was a document purporting to be signed by the governor, and
Sills said at the time there might be charges pending against the
person responsible for the forged document.
While the courier claims to have no knowledge of the contents
of the documents, Sills said he admitted being a Nuwaubian.
Sills noted that York's followers have filed similar documents
numerous times just before a hearing was scheduled. In July, two
of York's followers met with and hand-delivered similar documents
to Judge Lawson about two hours before a scheduled hearing.
York's attorneys Arora and Ed Garland did not immediately
return calls seeking comment.