David Wynn Miller

David Wynn Miller

David Wynn Miller (born September 17[1], 1949),[2] also styled :David-Wynn: Miller, is a former tool and die welder[3] and current American activist in a tax protest group affiliated with the Sovereign Citizen Movement.[4] Defendants in court cases have unsuccessfully attempted to use Miller's language or ideas in courts of the United States and Canada.

Reports appearing after the 2011 Tucson shooting noted similarities between the writing of suspected gunman Jared Lee Loughner and Miller's views.[5] Miller stated that he did not know Loughner, agreed with his video postings on government mind control and grammar,[6] but was appalled by his alleged actions.[3] Miller states the idea that his work could have inspired the mass shooting was "ridiculous",[7] and “I expect he’s been on my website... He’s just repeating things I’ve had up on my site the past 11 years.”[8]


Miller's description of his work and views

Miller lived in Ohio before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and he describes himself as a "Plenipotentiary-Judge", an ambassador, banker, postmaster,[9] King of Hawaii, and a genius.[10][11][12]

On April 6, 1988, Miller invented what he calls the Mathematical Interface for Language or Quantum-Math-Communications and Language[13] or Correct-Language.[14] According to Miller, his language is "for the stopping-claims of the Theft, Cheating, Fraud, Slavery and War."[13] Miller's language uses sentences that begin with prepositional phrases, using the word For, are at least thirteen words long, and have many more nouns than verbs. According to Miller, only nouns have legal authority. The language has an abundance of punctuation. Miller explains:


According to Miller's teaching, the addition of hyphens and colons to one's name turns one from an ordinary, taxable human into a non-taxable “prepositional phrase.” They are distinguished from the names listed at birth in all capital letters (as on a birth certificate), which he claims turns one into a taxable Person (Corporation). (e.g., DAVID WYNN MILLER as opposed to :David-Wynn: Miller.).”[15]

Description by Miller's critics

The Los Angeles Times characterized Miller's political views as "far-right."[16] The Anti-Defamation League described Miller in an article on the Redemption movement: "This Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based sovereign citizen is one of the most unusual of the 'common law gurus' who travel the country holding seminars and offering legal advice. Miller has created his own unique version of English grammar, one that even many sovereign citizens find hard to understand or accept." [17] An article published by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2003 referred to Miller as a "Professional Conspiracist" and stated that Miller claimed Bill Clinton and the entire Supreme Court of the United States were students of his. The Southern Poverty Law Center listed a wide variety of conspiracy theories associated with Miller.[10][18]

Selected cases

Defendants have attempted to use Miller's language or ideas in courts of the United States and Canada. These attempts have been unsuccessful.

In 1998 Miller assisted Ingleside, Illinois resident George Johnson in his legal defense against child molestation charges.[19] Johnson was convicted and returned to prison in 1999.[20]

In June 1998 Prescott, Arizona resident James McCreary filed a federal lawsuit after being arrested in February for aggravated assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. In his filing, "McCreary mentions the name of his apparent mentor. David Wynn Miller of Ohio is an advocate of the restoration of Constitutional rights through 'correct' language and procedure."[21] Despite McCreary's actions in court, his conviction was reduced by the judge to three misdemeanors, and he was sentenced to three concurrent 60-day sentences in jail.[21]

In August 2001, Paul and Myrna Schuck unsuccessfully used Miller's language during a tax-evasion trial in Calgary, Alberta. They were later sentenced to jail after claiming postage affixed to their clothing and signed by them made them legally equivalent to royalty.[2][15]

In October 2001, Andrew William Sereda, a naturopath, went to jail in Calgary, Alberta, for contempt of court when he addressed a judge in Miller's language during his tax evasion trial.[2]

In September 2002, Miller was profiled when Milwaukee-based accountant Steven Allen Magritz was jailed after engaging what authorities called "paper terrorism," or filing large numbers of legal claims against perceived enemies, as part of the sovereign citizen anti-government movement. The article calls Miller "the movement's linguist" and outlines his belief that people don't need to pay taxes if they can "prove that money is a verb."[22] Magritz was convicted in 2003 on seven counts of criminal slander of title and sentenced to five years in prison.[23]

In December 2002, Wisconsin juries convicted Oconomowoc, Wisconsin residents Janice K. Logan and Jason Zellmer (Miller's cousin[22]) of "simulating legal process" by filing documents which purported to be legal documents from the jurisdiction of the "Unity States of the World," a concept originated by Miller.[24][25] Zellmer had been previously convicted of resisting an officer.[22] Miller testified at the trial. The defendants were found guilty. Miller remarked that the genesis of Truth-language was when he "turned Hawaii into a verb" and showed "how a preposition is needed to certify a noun."[11][26]

In 2002 and 2003, Ed Dick stood trial in Vernon, British Columbia for unlawfully failing to provide income tax returns for the taxation years 1997 and 1998. Dick succeeded in having the style of cause amended to include his name with a colon, namely, Edward: Dick. Among other tactics, he challenged the jurisdiction of the court. Dick was found guilty.[27]

In 2005, Montclair, New Jersey resident Brenda Rickard was arrested and charged with orchestrating a $30 million mortgage scam: "Rickard, who claimed her name is :Brenda :Rickard, is a follower of :Judge: David-Wynn: Miller, who gives seminars around the country and advocates speaking in the 'true language,' which features odd punctuation and syntax. 'I have no problem with the complaint against me as long as it’s in the truthful language,' Rickard told the judge." Her lawyer requested a psychological evaluation following Rickard's behavior in court.[28] Rickard and co-defendant Jamila Davis were convicted of conspiracy and six counts of bank fraud in 2008.[29]

In 2006, Hemet, California physician Jerome Mueller was jailed for tax evasion: "Part of a loose-knit group calling themselves 'freemen' and 'patriots,' Mueller is an adherent of 'truth language.' Developed by self-professed genius David Wynn Miller, of Milwaukee, truth language is based on mathematics and purports to be the only correct way of interpreting English. A major tenet, according to interviews with Miller published on the Internet, is that maritime law is the only worldwide governing authority because the Earth is a vessel in a sea of space. The U.S. government, however, contends in everyday English that Mueller owes income taxes back to 1993."[30]

On 7 July 2008, La Crosse, Wisconsin dentist Frederick G. Kriemelmeyer complained about his conviction for falsifying federal income tax returns. In the United States Court of Appeals, he asserted that he had not been permitted to use Miller as his counsel during the trial. The magistrate judge had refused to allow Miller to act as counsel because Miller was not licensed as an attorney. The Court of Appeals ruled that the magistrate judge's refusal was correct, and that Kriemelmeyer's argument that he was not subject to the tax laws was frivolous.[31]

In 2008, Wai'anae, Hawaii resident Rita Makekau was convicted of eight counts of assault and one count of domestic abuse for injuring five children in her care with hammers and knives.[32] In 2009, Makekau challenged her child abuse conviction by claiming her sovereignty group, Hawaiian Kingdom Government, declared her innocent. Miller said he is the group's spokesperson and is a "plenipotentiary judge, ambassador and postmaster."[33] Makekau was ordered to prison in 2009.

In 2010, David Kevin Lindsay asked Mr Justice Frits Verhoeven of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, who was acting as a court of appeal, to quash a conviction resulting from Lindsay's failure to file income tax returns for 1996 and thereafter. Lindsay, who presented himself as David-Kevin: Lindsay, argued that he was not a "person" as defined by Canada's Income Tax Act. He said he had ceased to be a person in 1996. The judge refused to let Lindsay opt out of personhood. The judge said the sentence of a $5000 fine would remain but jail time would be reduced to 30 days from the original 150.[34][35]

See also


  1. ^ Miller, David Wynn (2011). Quantum Language via YouTube, birth date stated at at 15:50
  2. ^ a b c Hagan, Susan (14 October 2001). "Canadian tax dodgers confuse courts". The Canadian Press. http://www.cyberclass.net/miller2.htm. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Jones, Meg (January 9, 2011). Milwaukee man's website mirrors suspect's conspiracy statements. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  4. ^ U.S. v. KRIEMELMEYER (W.D.Wis. 7-26-2007) 07-CR-052-C-01.
  5. ^ Johnson, Kirk; Kovaleski, Serge F.; Frosch, Dan; Lipton, Eric (January 9, 2011). Suspect’s Odd Behavior Caused Growing Alarm. New York Times
  6. ^ Brown, Carrie Budoff (January 9, 2011). Jared Lee Loughner's statements tied to conspiracy theory. Politico.com
  7. ^ Walker, Peter (January 10, 2010). Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Gunman linked to grammar 'judge.' The Guardian
  8. ^ Jared Lee Loughner's Mental State Newsweek, January 10 2011
  9. ^ Miller, David Wynn. OVERVIEW-SITE via dwmlc.com
  10. ^ a b Potok, Mark (Spring 2003). "'Full Colon Miller'". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center. http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=29. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Miller, Mike (5 March 2004). "Parents want to take jailed, 'brainwashed' son home". The Capital Times. http://www.rickross.com/reference/general/general642.html. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  12. ^ Miller, David Wynn. HAWAII~23~MAR~09 via dwmlc.com
  13. ^ a b c Miller, David Wynn. :Communication-Methods via dwmlc.com
  14. ^ Miller, David Wynn. Oath In the Truth via dwmlc.com
  15. ^ a b "Screw the Taxman: The Weird Ideas of Tax Cheaters". DigitalJournal.com. 24 April 2006. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/36197. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  16. ^ Quinones, Sam and Scott Kraft (January 10, 2011). Jared Loughner charged in Tucson shooting rampage. Los Angeles Times
  17. ^ Anti-Defamation League (2005). Sovereign Citizen Movement. via adl.com
  18. ^ Allen, Nick (January 10, 2011). Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Jared Loughner may have been influenced by occult. The Telegraph
  19. ^ Staff report (August 14, 1998). Ally of molestation suspect a 'huckster,' historian says. Right-winger: militia watchdog web site mentions Milwaukeean. Waukegan News-Sun
  20. ^ Staff report (June 11, 1999). Ingleside man deemed sexually dangerous. To prison: will be held until safe for release. Waukegan News-Sun
  21. ^ a b Duncan, Mark (June 23, 1998). McCreary files federal lawsuit. Prescott Daily Courier
  22. ^ a b c Maller, Peter; Lynch-German, Lauria (September 3, 2002). 'Paper terrorism' gaining adherents. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  23. ^ Cole, Jeff (January 28, 2003). "Paper terrorist" gets five years in prison. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  24. ^ State of Wisconsin vs. Janice K Logan (Dane County Case Number 2002CF001110)
  25. ^ State of Wisconsin vs. Jason Zellmer (Dane County Case Number 2002CF001112)
  26. ^ Shepherd, Chuck (9 January 2003). "News of the Weird: The Truth won't set you free". Orlando Weekly. http://www.orlandoweekly.com/util/printready.asp?id=2937. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  27. ^ R. v. Dick [2003] BCPC 0013
  28. ^ Klein, Amy (June 30, 2005). New Jersey Woman Held in $30M Mortgage Scheme. The Record (Bergen County)
  29. ^ Whelan, Jeff S. (July 16, 2008). Two women sentenced for defrauding banks of $14M. New Jersey On-Line
  30. ^ Fetbrandt, Steve (August 9, 2006). Jailed surgeon stands ground. The Press-Enterprise (California)
  31. ^ Nos. 07-3904, 07-3905 United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit
  32. ^ Sugimoto, Minna (November 21, 2008). Woman who tortured, starved children gets 5-year prison term. KGMB
  33. ^ Dooley, Jim (January 22, 2009) Child abuser sent to prison to await Hawaii sovereignty appeal. Honolulu Advertiser
  34. ^ R. v. Lindsay 2010 BCSC 831
  35. ^ Staff report (June 21, 2010). B.C. man claims he isn't a person, so shouldn't have to pay tax. Vancouver Sun

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