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LIMA — Dressed in an American flag shirt, Nicholas Kinstle accused a judge of treason and others of wrongdoing Monday while trying to defend himself on misdemeanor criminal charges.



Kinstle faces up to 210 days in jail on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing official business and criminal trespass. Instead of offering a coherent defense, Kinstle told Judge RicKard Workman of Lima Municipal Court he faced three life sentences of treason for failing to read and recognize documents he came up with that were well outside the scope of the proceedings.



“There are four charges of treason, three of which carries life in prison,” Kinstle told Workman. “You refuse to take the stand in your own defense therefore you are guilty of all four.”



In the end, Kinstle’s verion of the law did not prevail and Workman imposed the state’s law by finding him guilty of all charges and sentencing him to 90 days in jail.



Kinstle is charged for refusing to leave 3920 Running Oak Trail on Feb. 8 where he was with a friend who was illegally staying inside the home. Sheriff’s deputies had a court order to remove anyone illegally in the home. Kinstle refused to leave and was arrested.



Kinstle spent the entire day, which began with Workman holding him in contempt of court for refusing to step up to the defendant’s table, arguing in an incoherent manner.



Workman, showing a lot of patience, let Kinstle speak for extended periods while at times stopping him after he became repetitive or was so far off base it wasn’t clear what he was trying to say.



Kinstle has been on the radar of sheriff’s deputies for years for what they call his right-wing views, which were mixed with a felony case of severely assaulting a man.



The county tried to sell Kinstle’s own property at 3320 Swaney Road at a sheriff’s auction in October after he failed to pay $44,364 in back taxes. No one made a bid.



The county eventually acquired the property in November.



Kinstle tried to stop the sale of his home by giving the county Treasurer’s Office two promissory notes for $50,000 to cover his back taxes and fees.



He also appointed Judge Richard Warren of Allen County Common Pleas Court and county Prosecutor Juergen Waldick, assistant Prosecutor Tony Miller, and former Prosecutor, David Bowers, as trustees to the debt alleging they assume it and he no longer owes it.



Treasurer Jim Link refused to endorse the promissory notes. Kinstle said Link broke the law by not accepting the notes but Link said his office only takes cash or a certified check as payment for delinquent taxes.



Kinstle has liens on his property totaling $107,918, including back taxes, according to sheriff records. Link said Kinstle has been delinquent on property taxes for more than 10 years.






Man accuses judge of treason during his own criminal trial


Man accuses judge of treason during his own criminal trial


Man accuses judge of treason during his own criminal trial
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