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For a cool million bucks – cash – Craig Cobb, the not-so-white white supremacist, can ring in the New Year without handcuffs or shackles.
Since his arrest on Nov. 16 for terrorizing the tiny North Dakota town of Leith that he hoped to turn into an all-Aryan enclave, Cobb has been locked up without bond in the Mercer County Jail in Stanton, N.D.
His only glimpses of freedom have been his trips to court or to a psych ward where he was sent for a few days after refusing to eat, the first step on what he described as a spiritual journey that would end in his death.
The journey didn’t last long. Cobb ended his hunger strike and was returned to jail, still without bond.
But on Friday, after the North Dakota Supreme Court issued a Christmas Eve order that the 62-year-old neo-Nazi was entitled to a “reasonable” bond, a North Dakota district court judge set the price of Cobb’s semi-freedom at $1 million cash. ( continue to full post… )
Four members of a white supremacist prison gang and a female accomplice were arraigned this afternoon in Tacoma, Wash., on charges related to the brutal stabbing death last month of a fellow gang member.
Derek Wagner was stabbed multiple times, including once in the heart, and bled to death after he was confronted with accusations of having a sexual relationship with one of the defendants’ wives and associating with a rival gang, authorities said.
“This is a case of white supremacists killing one of their own,” Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said at midday in announcing the charges. “The victim was murdered for violating the gang’s own code.”
Those charged were Jeffrey Allen Cooke, 32, Melissa Ann Bourgault, 33, Mark Michael Stredicke, 37, Eric Michael Elliser, 33, and Shanne Thomas McKrittrick, 32, all residents of the Tacoma area. They each were arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree.
Authorities say Bourgault is McKittrick’s girlfriend.
A member of the Hammerskins, a neo-Nazi skinhead gang, was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle with 1,200 rounds of ammunition and drugs when he was arrested this week in Minnesota, court documents say.
Samuel David Shoen, 35, of Hastings, Minn., told his associates that he wouldn’t be arrested without a gun battle. He shouted, “I’m not going to jail, I’m not going to jail,” after he saw police following them on Tuesday, court documents say.
He is being held under $1 million bail in the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul on state charges of felony possession of controlled substances and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person, records show.
A warrant was issued after authorities in Minnesota learned from an informant that Shoen reportedly was carrying a fully automatic Uzi submachine gun with a silencer and had dozens of grenades he was trying to sell for $375 apiece, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported in yesterday’s editions.
A criminal complaint says Shoen was affiliated with the Hammerskins and, when he previously was in prison, had close ties to a prison gang called the Native Mob. ( continue to full post… )
An Ohio neo-Nazi who amassed a huge illegal stockpile of weapons, along with an apparent hit list of Detroit-area Jewish and African-American leaders, was given a six-year sentence Thursday by a federal judge in Toledo, Ohio. Civil rights leaders in Detroit, including one on the man’s list, expressed their outrage at what they saw as a light sentence.
Richard Schmidt, a 48-year-old with an earlier felony manslaughter conviction to his credit (he was found guilty of murdering a Latino man outside a bar in 1989), pleaded guilty in July to a variety of federal weapons charges. Even though he was forbidden from owning firearms by virtue of his record as a felon, Schmidt had amassed a cache of 18 guns, 40,000 rounds of ammunition, and a full complement of body armor.
That wasn’t all police found. The most chilling piece of evidence was a detailed list of civil rights leaders in the Detroit area: their home addresses, as well as other personal information. Additionally, his personal writings indicated that he intended “to assassinate members of religious and cultural groups based only on their race, religion and ethnicity and to broadcast those murders to like-minded supporters,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Duncan Brown, the chief prosecutor in the case.
“This defendant, quite simply, was a well-funded, well-armed and focused one-man army of racial and religious hate,” Brown wrote in a sentencing memorandum. ( continue to full post… )
A recently concluded criminal case in Nevada details how a teenager and aspiring U.S. Marine amassed an arsenal of weapons, built bombs, talked about shooting school kids, disparaged women and formed a militia cell.
Steven Matthew Fernandes, 19, was sentenced yesterday in Las Vegas to 15 months in prison for possessing an illegal firearm – a homemade bomb – as part of a plea bargain that saw prosecutors dismiss two other charges. The teen avoided an “exceptional sentence” and what could have been several years in prison.
In entering his guilty plea two months ago, Fernandes confessed to transporting and exploding his homemade bombs in Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
His attorney, Crystal Eller, argued in court filings that Fernandes was “brainwashed” while attending a military preparedness school, D.O.A. Tactical, based in St. George, Utah, about 120 miles from Las Vegas.
But the owner of the business, Brent Roberts, told Hatewatch those arguments are “outrageous falsehoods.”
“This young man was heading down this road long before he and his mother enrolled in our courses,” Roberts said. “This kid’s problems rest in the family setting.” ( continue to full post… )
Citing First Amendment rights, a county in Maryland has given a Ku Klux Klan group permission to meet in a county government building tomorrow night to promote a petition drive to impeach President Obama.
“Barack Hussein Obama is an illegal president,” Richard Preston, imperial wizard of the Confederate White Knights, told the Cecil Whig. “He needs to be removed from office. We also want ‘Obamacare’ shut down. It’s against citizens’ rights.”
Raw Story reported that an impeachment petition would be passed around during the meeting.
Al Wein, Cecil County director of administration, insisted that the county had no choice but to allow the group to use the building. ( continue to full post… )
Do American colleges demonize men?
On the political right in recent years, most institutions of higher learning have come to be widely seen as militant proponents of “political correctness” that flies in the face of truth and morality. Rick Santorum, for example, told conspiracist Glenn Beck during the 2012 presidential campaign that U.S. colleges are “indoctrination mills” where students are taught to discard their religions.
Now, that accusation is spreading to encompass colleges’ increasing efforts to protect women from sexual assault and harassment. Last summer Harold Pease, a political scientist and Tea Party supporter, said as much at his Liberty Under Fire blog. The indoctrination begins with freshman orientation, he wrote, when students are taught about the evils of the “rape culture,” among other things. ( continue to full post… )
Forty-three years after it was integrated by court order, Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., will drop the name of the Confederate general who ran an infamous antebellum slaveyard, presided over the massacre of surrendering black Yankee troops, and was the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
It was a long time coming.
Initial efforts to change the name of the school, whose student body is now 61% black, were made in the early 1990s but failed. A second attempt, led by local sociology professor Lance Stoll and a few of his students, also failed in 2007, even though Stoll surveyed the local community and jumped through a series of hoops imposed by the school board. The board defied its own policies then, with members voting 5-2 along racial lines to keep the name of the infamous Confederate. ( continue to full post… )
With the families of his victims sitting and sobbing in the front row of a Tulsa, Okla., courtroom yesterday, the young killer apologized to them and the rest of the city’s black community for his role in the racially charged rampage known as the Good Friday Shootings.
“There are no words to express the sorrow and guilt of what I have done,” Jake England told the courtroom, his voice slightly cracking, according to the Associated Press. “There is no excuse for my actions. I must live with this in my heart until the end of my days.”
Just 21, England will spend the rest of those days in prison.
On Monday, England and Alvin Watts, 34, his accomplice in a shooting spree that left two black men and a black woman dead and two black men wounded on Good Friday 2012, were each sentenced to five consecutive life terms.
The sentences were handed down after the men pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. They had been charged with first-degree murder and five hate crimes. ( continue to full post… )
Legal problems for neo-Nazi Bill White keep piling up. Already in jail for one crime and awaiting sentencing for another, the 36-year-old racist was just indicted in Florida on six counts of using the Internet to make violent threats against investigators and a judge.
One of those threats, according to the indictment, was sent to this blog after Hatewatch on May 14, 2012, reported the arrest of members of the American Front, a militia-style white supremacist group.
White made the extortion threats, the indictments alleges, in an attempt to get charges dismissed against 14 American Front members.
The dates of the alleged offenses coincide with times when White, a former real estate developer, was living as a fugitive in Mexico. He fled to that country after being convicted of soliciting violence against the foreman of a jury that convicted Matthew Hale, leader of a neo-Nazi group then called the World Church of the Creator (now called the Creativity Movement). ( continue to full post… )