Andy man poses as lawyer

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, December 7, 2011

An Andalusia man, who described himself as a “sovereign citizen,” has been arrested for acting as a lawyer in Houston County and filing requests on behalf of his girlfriend.

Capt. Antonio Gonzales of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office said investigators arrested Travis Lee Lambert, 61, on Friday and charged him with misdemeanor unlawful practice of serving as a lawyer in Houston County.


“From what it looks like, Mr. Lambert was filing motions or requests on behalf of his girlfriend who’d been convicted of third-degree burglary in August,” Gonzalez said. “He was pretending to be her lawyer, even though he wasn’t a real lawyer.”

The girlfriend, identified as Janet Tharpe Hancock, 60, also of Andalusia, has two pending felony forgery charges in Houston County.

Records indicate that Hancock was convicted of burglarizing a residence in Dothan, and she also contended she, too, was a sovereign, and that the laws of the United States did not apply to her. She is set for sentencing in the case next week.

Gonzalez said court records indicated Lambert was released after posting a $300 bond.