Marceaux rehearses career insisting on rights, defying cops, taunting courts

Cop watch activist Basil Marceaux is 66 years old and in ailing health. He has been arrested 27 times and attributes his courage in defying lawless public servants to his Marine Corps background and to a desire to preserve American liberties. Mr. Marceaux is the bane of Tennessee judges and clerks for his dogged dealings […]

Marceaux says court loss really a win; ‘criminal’ case heard in civil court

Basil Marceaux, defendant provocateur, and town attorney Sam Elliott in Hamilton County circuit court. (Photo David Tulis)   CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 22, 2017) — Court reform activist Basil Marceaux’ offers a mix of high-flying, historical and quirky arguments in a court that would have instantly booted him if his attack on the legal status quo […]

Marceaux cases would stymie ‘police state’ enforcement in all TN cities

Basil Marceaux of Soddy-Daisy is raising explosive questions about Tennessee courts and the state’s use of inferior civil courts to process criminal complaints. (Photo David Tulis) Former gubernatorial candidate and free-range motorist Basil Marceaux will appear before a Hamilton County circuit court to argue in one of a series of criminal cases whose defense is […]

Commoners take licks, hope for best as Marceaux argues before Judge Lasley

Basil Marceaux, the night’s most noted defendant, argues a point in Soddy-Daisy sessions court Tuesday as Judge Marty Lasley waits to fire back. (Photo David Tulis) Sessions court meets every Tuesday in the north Hamilton County town of Soddy-Daisy, its judge mild mannered but coming to the bench with a list of minimum expectations. (Photo […]

Marceaux, ‘illegals,’ libertarians slip past mysterious gap in driver license law

The senior Basil Marceaux is a perennial Tennessee candidate who argues for a constitutional and anti-state framework that beats back traffic stops and other claws of the administrative state. Basil John Marceaux By David Tulis The arrest last week of Basil John Marceaux sets up a case against the police enforcement of driver license laws […]

Police rape case strains council decorum; citizens demand ‘oversight’

City council member Darrin Ledford talks with a city resident Tuesday while, background, council member Ken Smith speaks with Basil Marceaux. (Photos David Tulis) Demetrus Coonrod is the only city council member to have expressed opposition to police violence. Basil Marceaux of Soddy-Daisy gives a five-minute chat regarding his high theories of law and justice […]

Go to hell, judges tell Hispanics, others seeking to use TN roads freely

Basil Marceaux of Soddy-Daisy, right, and Jay Hirsch of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., discuss the Hirsch gun and travel case after oral arguments in Nashville. Like Mr. Hirsch, Mr. Marceaux has been in court dozens of times, asserting constitutional rights to travel and to be free of state roadblocks. (Photo David Tulis) An impoverished independent businessman vows […]