Emory Law Journal


Patrick H. Hill


In an era of boundless access to information, a group of rogue citizens is waging an antigovernment war of attrition. Trading firearms for securities documents, the Sovereign Citizens are wreaking havoc on a system designed to foster justice for all. By manipulating the infirm process of securing credit, these domestic terrorists threaten to topple the American legal and economic systems. Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code facilitates the creation of security interests in personal property. The American Law Institute and the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws on occasion revisit and amend the Uniform Commercial Code to ensure its continued effectiveness. The drafters must turn their attention to the infirmities of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. While Article 9 allows creditors to perfect their interests in personal property with ease, its prescribed methods have proven vulnerable to abuse. This Comment argues that the drafters should borrow from real property traditions to lend validity to the process of perfecting an interest in personal property.