May 18, 2018
On May 16, 2018, a South Lake Tahoe jury convicted Michael Rene Franklin for delaying a peace officer in the performance of his duties, driving without a valid license, and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.
The conviction stems from an incident on February 11, 2016. On that date, Franklin was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol for speeding. When asked for his license, Franklin provided the officer with several pages of 'constitutionalist' paperwork but refused to give his name or provide a license. Additional officers from the California Highway Patrol and the El Dorado Sheriff's Office responded to the scene but were also unable to get a name or driver's license from Franklin. Ultimately Franklin was placed under arrest after 40 minutes of refusing to provide the requested information. Further investigation revealed that Franklin's driver's license was expired since 2010 and the vehicle last registered in 2001.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Casey Mandrell and presided over by Judge Jane York Punneo. After the trial Franklin told the judge that he is now willing to get a license.