A man named Johnathan Pinney is in prison in Dixon, Illinois, for aggravated battery, but he says he has been harassed by law enforcement and is suing to get something strange - land to start his own country.
The lawsuit was filed in Illinois courts on Tuesday. Pinney, 26, filed the 18 page lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Chicago. In it, he accuses law enforcement of repeated violations of his civil rights including arresting him under false pretenses.
According to local media coverage, Pinney is currently in prison for 4 ½ years on a charge of aggravated battery. In the lawsuit he says that he is not satisfied with being released from prison to go back into the general population of the United States. He also does not want to live in any other country. Instead, he is demanding that the United States government give him land somewhere so he can start his own country.
The lawsuit is demanding that he be given enough “arable land to sustain 5,00 people” that he says would join him and become part of his country at a later date after his release. He also added that land somewhere in Alaska would be the most acceptable and likely place to find this land.
The lawsuit appears to be official and not some kind of joke. The suit also names the state of Illinois, various federal agencies and others in law enforcement as defendants. The lawsuit was filed electronically on Tuesday and appears to have an official seal from the clerk-of-the-court.
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