The U.S. Department of Justice is claiming power and authority beyond even what the kings of England held in a case involving private “Liberty Dollar” coins that were offered to individuals who wanted them for investing or for exchanging for goods and services, according to a “friend-of-the-court” legal brief.

The case is against Bernard Von NotHaus, who was convicted on three counts of counterfeiting related to his work with the coins. The claim regarding the arrogation of power was made in a brief filed by members of the law firm of William J. Olson of Vienna, Va., and Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation of Ramona, Calif.

The brief was filed on behalf of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, which was set up in 1999 to educate and litigate against the illegal collusion to control the price and supply of gold and silver, and “protect the civil and constitutional rights of Americans in monetary matters.”

At the center of the dispute is von NotHaus and his Evansville, Ind., company which operated under the Liberty Dollar name and website. That site now reflects a statement that it has been “removed due to court order.”

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