Packed courtroom for Manhattan man accused of fishing without a license

 Packed courtroom for Manhattan man accused of fishing without a licenseKBCK 7 News – by Beth Saboe

MANHATTAN – It was a packed courtroom on Tuesday for the hearing of Ernie Tertelgte, a Manhattan man who says he’s being wrongly prosecuted for trying to feed himself.

Tertelgte, 52 years old, was arrested on Monday and is accused of fishing without a license and then resisting arrest.

He appeared before the judge via video from the Gallatin County Detention Center, and it was standing room only more than a dozen friends and family members filled the small courtroom.  

Tertelgte appeared subdued and respectful before the Justice of the Peace during Tuesday’s court session, which went very differently than his court appearance earlier this month, where Tertelgte and Three Forks City Judge Wanda Drusch got into a heated exchange.

Terteltge argued that the court did not have the authority to charge him, citing “natural law.”

He told the judge, “You are trying to create a fictitious, fraudulent action.” He continued, “I am the living man, protected by natural law.”

He then yelled, “Do not tell me to shut up! I am the living, natural man, and my voice will be heard!”

Terteltge then pointed at the flag and said, “That is the Jolly Roger, that thing you call the American flag with the golf fringe around it is the Jolly Roger, and you are acting as one of its privateers!”

When the judge noted that he had pleaded not guilty, Terteltge countered, “I never plead, animals plead, sounds like baaaa, oink oink.”

The back and forth exchange continued for a few more moments, and the hearing ended after both the judge and the defendant walked out.

This time, extra law enforcement officers were in court Tuesday and the proceedings happened without any outbursts.

A friend of Tertelgte’s told us that he and the others came to court to enforce the Constitution.

William Wolf said, “It’s we the people that run this and rule this country, not we the courts, not we the government, and if the people don’t start standing up for themselves and for each other, we are going to continue being subjects of this government.”

Justice Adams set Tertelgte’s bond at $500 and his next court hearing is scheduled for January.!prettyPhotogallery/2/

Thanks to Slug Diamond

7 thoughts on “Packed courtroom for Manhattan man accused of fishing without a license

  1. This guy seems to know a little about the real law of the land and because of that he will most likely be rail roaded by the fraudulent courts. The courts never like to be proven wrong. I hope that I am wrong but I think the court will find him guilty.

  2. Oh yep. I get it. They went and arrested this guy again…”He appeared before the judge via video from the Gallatin County Detention Center…”
    Notice in the video that whenever he was speaking it was dubbed out by the dumb bitch reporter, cause apparently her two fuking cents worth of shit is more important than anything he might be saying.
    They won’t let this guy have access to a public forum like they did last time.
    Censorship in action.
    And hey, wait a minute….isn’t this guy from Montana? If so, what the hell is he doing in Manhattan?

  3. I have always wondered why you can make it illegal for someone to fish or why anyone in their right mind would make it a law to require someone to have a license to FISH or in this guy’s case “to put food in my mouth” WTF??? This guy is basically expressing the absurdity that I also feel about it all. My hats off to this guy. Why the hell would you even want a license to fish or even need it other than for the government to try and control us and using nature and environmental groups to create and enforce regulations in order to prevent us from doing something so natural, that it is as natural as breathing (in which carbon tax takes care of that one). When will people wake the hell up?

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