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Despite Testimony on Past Misuse, Klan Boss Solicits More Funds

Posted in Klan,Lawsuits by David Holthouse on December 2, 2008

Eight days after a Meade County, Ky., civil jury delivered a potentially crippling verdict against the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), including $1 million in punitive damages against IKA leader Ron Edwards, the unrepentant imperial wizard had this to say to “IKA Members and Supporters”: I quit. Oh, and please send money. In an open […]

Trial Day 3 Update: SPLC Wins $2.5 Million Verdict for Teen in Klan Case

Posted in Klan,Lawsuits,Trial Updates by Sonia Scherr on November 15, 2008

BRANDENBURG, Ky. — In a blow to one of the nation’s largest Klan groups, jurors yesterday awarded more than $2.5 million to a teenager who was assaulted by Klansmen at a county fair in rural Kentucky. The verdict is expected to shut down the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), which has 16 chapters in eight […]

Trial Day 3: Teen Describes Klan Beating in Final Day of Testimony

Posted in Klan,Lawsuits,Trial Updates by Sonia Scherr on November 14, 2008

BRANDENBURG, Ky. — A teenager gave an emotional account of his assault by Klansmen during the final day of testimony in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s trial against the Imperial Klans of America. Jordan Gruver, who was 16 when he was attacked by IKA members at the Meade County Fair, told the jury that he […]

Trial Day 2: Witness Details Edwards’ Plot to Kill Dees

Posted in Klan,Lawsuits,Trial Updates by Sonia Scherr on November 13, 2008

BRANDENBURG, Ky. — In dramatic testimony today, a former white supremacist told the court that the head of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) instructed him to assassinate Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees (below). “[IKA leader] Mr. [Ron] Edwards is a very dangerous man to me,” said Kale Kelly, who was once a […]

Kentucky Klan Trial Day 2: Bulletin

Posted in Klan,Lawsuits,Trial Updates by Mark Potok on November 13, 2008

A former member of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) testified today that the group’s leader led a plot to kill the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to The Associated Press. The AP said that Kale Kelly, who is testifying for the SPLC in a lawsuit against the Kentucky-based IKA, testified […]

Trial Day 1: Steel-Toed Boots Help SPLC Make Case Against Klan

Posted in Klan,Lawsuits,Trial Updates by Sonia Scherr on November 12, 2008

BRANDENBURG, Ky. — A jury got a look today at the weapon that was used in a Ku Klux Klan assault on a 16-year-old boy: a pair of steel-toed black boots with bright red laces. The boots played a key role in testimony during the first day of the civil trial against the leader of […]

Klan Trial to Begin Tomorrow in Kentucky

Posted in Klan,Lawsuits,Trial Updates by Sonia Scherr on November 11, 2008

Brandenburg, Ky. — Trial is scheduled to start tomorrow in the case of a teenager who was beaten by Klansmen at a county fair in rural Kentucky. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the head of one of the nation’s largest Klan groups, the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), alleging that members of the group […]

Alleged Plotter Against Obama Was Member of Supreme White Alliance

Posted in White Supremacist by Mark Potok on October 28, 2008

Daniel Cowart, one of the two men arrested Friday in an alleged plot to assassinate Barack Obama and murder more than 100 people, was a member of a racist skinhead group formed earlier this year. The group, the Supreme White Alliance (SWA), posted a note after the arrests saying that a “probate” member — clearly […]

Plot to Murder SPLC Founder Disclosed

Posted in Hate Groups,Klan,Lawsuits,Neo-Nazi,Podcasts by Mark Potok on July 14, 2008

A new book details a formerly undisclosed 1999 plot to assassinate Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and possibly also to blow up the center. Written by FBI agent Tym Burkey and informant Dave Hall, Into the Devil’s Den describes how Hall, after penetrating the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations group in Ohio […]

Taking on the Klan

Posted in Hate Groups,Klan,Lawsuits by Mark Potok on July 25, 2007

This morning, the Southern Poverty Law Center followed up an earlier lawsuit against two Klansmen by filing a complaint against their organization, the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), and three additional individuals (full story here). Both legal actions are based on the savage July 2006 beating by several IKA members of a 16-year-old boy at […]