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The Livingstone Enterprise is reporting on the bizarre incident involving former GOP legislator Joel Boniek (pictured), R-Livingston, that led to Rep. Boniek's arrest.  

Police allege that Boniek ran a road block  and then

"allegedly argued with the officers and eventually 'dropped his left hand near what looked like a holster' before a deputy brought him to the ground."
The only defense Boniek offered to the reporter who asked him about the incident seems to be that Boniek "was on a private road in a private vehicle."

Boniek is the Montana Republican famous for defending his comparison of President Obama with Hitler by saying that "Hitler should be remembered for more than being a mass murderer." He's also known for showing up for work at the state capitol riding on a mule.

A video of Boniek can be found on Youtube that shows him attempting to visit a jailed anti-government activist named Eric Newhouse.  According to the Bozeman Chronicle article linked to, Newhouse compared his group, the "Sovereign Church of Christ," with the Montana Freeman.  The group's website said its members  "stand above the United States Government and ... its constitutions declarations, orders, rules, regulations and statutes." The site threatened that "lost [sic] of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will follow all those who trespass upon Sovereign Church of Christ citizens['] unalienable rights," the Chronicle reported.

This diary is cross-posted at the Montana Cowgirl Blog. The Livingstone Enterprise article on the incident can by found here.

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