NH patriots refuse to recognize new charges

A couple convicted of tax evasion said Thursday that the federal government has no right to bring 11 new charges against them, including gun violations and obstruction of justice.

Ed and Elaine Brown and at least four co-conspirators stockpiled explosives and firearms at the couple’s home for possible use against law enforcement, according to the indictment.

Officials entered not guilty pleas on the Browns’ behalf at a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Concord.

They were convicted in January 2007 of failing to pay taxes on $1.9 million of income over eight years. The couple claims the federal income tax is not legitimate. Their argument — repeatedly rejected by courts — is that no law authorizes the federal income tax and that the 1913 constitutional amendment permitting it was never properly ratified.

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