Jared Fogle tried to get out of jail by claiming he’s a ‘sovereign citizen’

Jared Fogle’s time behind bars may have gotten to him. The former Subway spokesperson/admitted child rapist tried to get his conviction for traveling to engage in sex with a minor overturned this week, claiming the court lacked jurisdiction over him because he was a “sovereign citizen” not governed by the laws of any land or government.

It didn’t work. U.S. District Judge Tanya Pratt rejected Fogle’s argument on the grounds that it isn’t a thing.

“If Fogle is now claiming to be ‘sovereign,’ the Seventh Circuit has rejected theories of individual sovereignty, immunity from prosecution, and their ilk,” Pratt wrote. “Regardless of his theory, Fogle’s challenge of this court’s jurisdiction is rejected.”

It may surprise you to hear that Fogle did not actually come up with his appeal on his own. He had help from his buddy Frank Pate (also in prison). Pate, a former Scientologist (makes sense), developed a Ponzi scheme targeting other Scientologists for fake investments, and is currently serving 17 years for two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. In any case, it’s nice to see Fogle’s making friends!

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