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The Ku Klux Klan, which in recent years has been a shadow of its once monolithic self, has been trying to make a comeback. From handing out candy to children, appearing in robes on the U.S.-Mexican border to protest President Obama’s executive action on immigration—even raising money for Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.—it seems Klansman are everywhere.
Is the Klan growing?
This week, Vice published a video report on the Klan experiencing a rise in members, in part fueled by a strategy that targets veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In it, host Rocco Castoro talks with the SPLC’s Mark Potok about hate group recruitment often being tied to military conflict.
“There is a very high degree of interest on the part of Klan groups in returning military veterans with high end military skills that they think will be useful to them one day,” Potok said. “A lot of these men are coming back traumatized with serious PTSD and other problems. The economy is not good. They’re not getting jobs, so they come home to find a situation that is not very good for them. … What some veterans find in these groups is family.”
Watch the videos.
Editor’s Note: This story will be published in the forthcoming issue of the Intelligence Report magazine, which is scheduled for release in February.
At an age when most men and women choose to retire, 67-year-old William W. Williams went out and got a new job in one of the world’s oldest professions – hate.
He is now the HNIC – Head Nazi in Charge.
Known throughout the white nationalist movement as “White Will” – the fictional hero of a notorious 1990s racist comic book he helped write and draw – Williams is the new chairman of what’s left of the old neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA), once America’s leading hate group. Crafty and smart, the self-described “biological racist” recently out-maneuvered and hustled his bitter rivals in the neo-Nazi movement for the tarnished title, a state of affairs duly registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission.
Williams won by stealth and ambush, skills he picked up as a young U.S. Army Special Forces officer during two combat tours in Vietnam. But this time, he did not have to fire a shot to get the job done. He sat back and watched his foes – a band of disgruntled former NA members calling themselves the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group, or NARRG – do the heavy lifting. As NARRG was spending tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to seize control of the Alliance with a $2 million civil lawsuit against Erich Josef Gliebe, the much maligned chairman who presided over the last 12 years of the NA’s decline, Williams was secretly negotiating with Gliebe to resign and hand over to him the keys to the crumbling kingdom.
“We managed to keep it pretty close to our chest,” Williams told the Intelligence Report in a recent interview. “We didn’t go out there, bragging and boasting and all that. We just kind of slowly maneuvered around.”
Williams’ power grab clearly caught NARRG off guard. It was a stiff Roman salute to the jaw and NARRG did not take it well, calling Williams, among other things, a “superficial” “racial gadfly” who blends “various reactionary white nationalist ideologies” and is “bent on a path of religious tyranny.”
Herr Kettle, meet Herr Pot.
Needless to say, NARRG rejects Williams as chairman. “The lawsuit,” NARRG announced on its website, “continues to go on, even though the purported wrinkle of Williams may be in the mix.” ( continue to full post… )
Stormfront’s sociopathic obsession with mixed-race relationships presented itself with particular cruelty this week as posters commented on the horrific death of a Mississippi teenager.
Jessica Chambers, 19, was found walking away from her burning car in rural Panola County, Miss., on Saturday. With burns to over 98 percent of her body, she was barely able to speak and was airlifted to a Memphis hospital. She died hours later.
No arrests have been made. Although the U.S. Marshal’s service have added $10,000 to a reward for information leading to a suspect in the case, the creepier corners of the Internet’s white supremisphere have been buzzing all week with claims the murder victim was killed by her boyfriend, who is black.
And, they say, she deserved it.
In the last few days, some of the comments about Chambers on Stormfront, the Internet’s largest racist website, have been so horrible that moderators have had to delete entire threads on the forum. Perhaps even former Klansman and Stormfront founder Don Black can become a little image conscious when his members celebrate the burning death of a beautiful young white girl.
Nonetheless, Stormfront members have called the 19-year-old victim a “groid lover,” a “mud shark” and a “race traitor” who “suffered for her treason and died a horrible death.” But perhaps the ugliest pubic utterance on the racist forum came this morning from a poster going by the name “Reaper6Romeo,” who claims he was discharged from the US Army at Fort Hood in July. He wrote, “I wish I could have been there when this went down. I would have loved to of [sic] roasted some marshmallows over her boon loving carcass.”
Another poster, using the name “Karl Stolz,” wrote, “The only disgusting part is from the losers who waste tears and sadness on a piece of trash that defiled itself with groids and deserved what it got; No, its not a bad thing and its not a concern, get over your feeble emotional christling like tenderness and accept the facts, when such scum dies its better that way.”
The term “Boon,” is skinhead street-slang for baboon, a common neo-Nazi pejorative for black people.
It should come as little surprise that the self-described former infantryman, “Reaper6Romeo,” may have trouble getting a date. In June, he wrote about being alone at a movie theater one afternoon and getting angry at a white woman who was at the matinee with a black man. He recalls: “After the movie I walked out into the corridor and saw them looking at some movie posters. I walked up to her and said in my most casual voice ‘excuse me miss, I hope your monkey gives you AIDS.’”
Earlier this week, the home addresses and telephone numbers of two reporters for The New York Times and a CNN correspondent appeared across a spectrum a racist websites—an apparent response to the Times publishing the personal information of Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.
Known as “doxing,” Michael Carothers, the username for Michael Weaver, who has been affiliated with several neo-Nazi groups and a long criminal history, posted the journalists’ personal information on Stormfront, the Internet’s largest racist message board. But very soon afterward, the information appeared elsewhere, on Occidental Dissent, in a piece written by a contributor pseudonymously known as “Jack Ryan.”
“A new low in anti-White gutter journalism was reached this week,” Ryan wrote. “The New York Times published the home address of Officer Darren Wilson with the clear intent of aiding and abetting black lynch mobs to make good on their threat to attack and possibly murder Wilson and his new wife.”
In truth, the Times did not include the home address of Wilson, only the neighborhood and street name of Wilson’s home—information that was widely circulated in other media outlets including Yahoo News, USA Today, The Washington Post and others.
Still, “Jack Ryan” went ahead and “doxed” the three journalists who publish using genuine bylines, while hiding behind the name he has used for years to publish racist commentary across a wide swath of the white supremacist web.
“Of course it would be wrong to threaten or harrass [sic] these folks,” Ryan wrote. “[B]ut there’s nothing that says you can’t drop them a card or phone them to wish them happy holidays, or simply to let their neighbors and local law enforcement know how displeased you are with their unprofessional actions.”
It was a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer, surely. As far as racist web portals go, Stormfront remains among the worst. As the Southern Poverty Law Center noted in a special report earlier this year, Stormfront users have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most lethal hate crimes and mass killings since the site was put up in 1995. In the past five years alone, Stormfront members have murdered close to 100 people. It’s not the kind of place one wants personal information posted.
So who is this Jack Ryan?
A Hatewatch investigation under way at the time of the doxing—including examining his extensive posting history on white nationalist sites like VDARE, American Renaissance, Alternative Right, and Occidental Dissent—found that “Jack Ryan” is actually John V. Ellis of Hyde Park, Chicago. An active supporter of the League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate hate group, Ellis first came to our attention after appearing at a demonstration in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last year. His vicious comments online almost immediately caught the attention of Hatewatch.
“Blacks are fairly predictable once you get to know the breed. Here are some tips: Never show fear, indecision. Blacks can smell this, same as dogs,” Ellis wrote on the American Renaissance website. “Always have some weapon that isn’t a gun. I highly recommend canemaster [sic] canes, $12 Target T Ball bat—carry in a gym bag along with ball and glove.”
In another article from Alternative Right, Ellis made some ugly statements about Muslims. “These Arab Muslim mobs are savage, barbarians. … I have a beautiful 23 year old White Daughter, I don’t want any of these filthy, urine colored Arab Muslim savages anywhere near my daughter.”
Ellis, who could not be reached for comment, claims to have have attended Vanderbilt University before completing an MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Interestingly, however, he says he works for a painting company in Chicago. He also claims to have frequented many white nationalist conferences, including the 2013 American Renaissance national conference and most recently the VDARE Christmas party in New York City .
Most recently, Ellis says he attended the VDARE Christmas party in New York City where he and featured guest Ann Coulter apparently didn’t get along. “Mean, disrespectful, didn’t recognize Occidental Dissent,” wrote Ellis after the event. “I was very, very close to stripping off her clothes and spanking her bare ass right there.” (Hatewatch could not confirm Ellis’, nor Coulter’s attendance. A telephone message left with Coulters’ publicist today was not returned, and Peter Brimelow, who runs VDARE, would not comment. )
Although Coulter didn’t recognize Ellis and the bigotry he spews at Occidental Dissent, hopefully others will now. He’s been long due for a real byline.
Rare is the day that I am shocked by something I read online. After all, I spend hours each day immersed in vile racist and anti-Semitic material. That’s my job. But a recent, particularly twisted article by Colin Flaherty on the website American Thinker was really just too much.
Flaherty’s piece, “Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime,”published yesterday, reveled in the tragic death of David Ruenzel, who was fatally shot in late November in a botanical park in Oakland Hills. News reports say robbery may have been the motive.
Ruenzel, an English teacher, wrote a few posts on white privilege and other topics for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s esteemed Teaching Tolerance project back in the late 1990s. He was much better known for his expertise in education, which was demonstrated through the many articles he wrote for education publications. According to one obituary, Ruenzel was most interested in “the mission of developing students’ intellectual curiosity.” ( continue to full post… )
The reaction on the radical right to the frustration and flames of Ferguson following the announcement last night that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the Aug. 9 slaying of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was as predictable, petty and racially charged as you’d expect.
On the white nationalist web forums Vanguard News Network (VNN) and Stormfront (SF) African-American protesters were called “apes” and “niggers,” who should have never been “allowed [out] of the Cotton fields of the south.”
But it was the sight of white protesters on the streets of Ferguson, New York and other cities across the country that seemed to inflame the VNN and SF commentators almost as much.
“Many of the protesters involved are white college students from surrounding areas,” “Hurin Thalion,” wrote on Stormfront today, just hours after Ferguson erupted into violence, looting and arson. “A bunch of anarchist Marxists. To me they are worse than any thug or gang banger.”
It was the multiracial protest on the streets of New York City that riled up “Peace Through Stormfront.”
“Granted lots of stupid whites there, but I also see a lot of jewfros, beaky noses and slope-backed ‘white’ foreheads.
“It isn’t called Jew York City for nothing.”
Over on VNN, “Patrick Bateman” wrote that the photographs of the protesters from across the country were “the usual mix of human garbage i.e.: non-whites, faggots, jews, marxists.”
But Stormfront commentator “TSFH14” had an existential question for his racist kin.
“If you were surrounded and you had one bullet left, would you save it for a Negro thug or white ARA [Anti-Racist Action]?”
Even though the protests in Ferguson and elsewhere were multiracial, there was also plenty of almost giddy talk on the extremist web forums of preparing for race war and white genocide prevention.
“I’m glad there aren’t many niggers where I live (but quite a few spics),” “Ray Allan” wrote on VNN. “I hope all the White folks in Ferguson, St. Louis and elsewhere are locked and loaded if the apes start straying into White areas.”
On Stormfront, “Sons of Vengeance” sounded a similar theme. “I’m thinking white areas need to burn in order for the sleeping and scared whites to finally stand their ground.
“It will take massive amounts of whites,” “Vengeance” continued, “to stand up to our genocide.”
“UnmarkedGrave” seemed to be happy about the violent reaction Monday night in the streets of Ferguson.
“America is anti-white and its destruction is inevitable. The sooner it burns the better it will be for our people.”
Of course, no right-wing prejudice parade would be complete without hearing from Ted Nugent, the crusty rock musician and National Rifle Association board member with a history of making racially charged remarks at the drop of his cowboy hat. Media Matters reports that Nugent reacted to the decision not to indict the police officer by attacking “black klansmen” and claiming “millions” of African Americans “slaughter” each other “every day.”
Media Matters said that in a post on Facebook Nugent says the lessons of Ferguson are “Don’t preach your racist bullshit ‘no justice no peace’ as blabbered by Obama’s racist Czar Al Not So Sharpton & their black klansmen.”
“And don’t claim that ‘black lives matter,’” he adds, “when you ignore the millions you abort & slaughter each & every day by other blacks.”
“…So quit killin each other you fuckin idiots,” he concludes his latest rant. “Drive safely.”
The speaker-designate of Nevada’s State Assembly is declining the position just days after reports surfaced detailing his controversial views on blacks, women, gays, Israel and fellow Republicans.
The views of Republican legislator Ira Hansen – considered racist by many – received extensive attention in Nevada and elsewhere, including the Washington Post, after they were first reported Thursday by Dennis Myers, a columnist and news editor for the Reno News & Review.
Hansen has written that women should only have limited roles in the military and that “homosexuals downplay the grossly disproportionate numbers of child molesters” in their ranks. He has opined that the “relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship,” said that “Negro leaders” should own up to “the lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in relation to eliminating slavery” and that the Clinton Administration was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
Hansen expressed his views between 1994 and 2010 while writing a weekly column in the Sparks Tribune. Another of that paper’s columnists, Andrew Barbano, wrote last week that Hansen “is an overt bigot, racist and homophobe who also tortures little animals for days in his animal traps.”
Hansen, who is Mormon, opposed the presidential candidacy of fellow Mormon and Republican Mitt Romney, who he called too liberal. Hansen wrote that he has a Confederate battle flag on the wall while writing his columns. “I fly it proudly in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause.”
While he didn’t show up for the stand-off earlier this year between the Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy (who is also Mormon), Hansen has been critical of the BLM.
He frequently used the term “Negro” without capitalization. In a 2009 column Hansen wrote that there was a myth-making “cult of negro worship” surrounding the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who Hansen called “a hypocrite, a liar, a phony, and a fraud.”
Myers reviewed those approximately 650 past columns of Hansen by spending six days reading past editions of the Sparks Tribune on Microfilm at a local library.
The reaction to his piece on Hansen has been overwhelming, Myers told Hatewatch today. “It goes both ways. There have been a lot of people who have thanked us.”
Hansen obviously also received reaction before announcing his decision over the weekend to not become the next speaker of the larger of the two houses of the Nevada Legislature.
“For the greater good of the State of Nevada and the cause I support it is necessary for me to withdraw as Speaker Designee,” Hansen said in a statement obtained by Myers and posted on his newsview blog.
Hansen said he was the victim of a “carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government.”
“The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record,” said Hansen, elected to his third two-year term in this month’s general election.
If you ask the Ku Klux Klan, a gut wrenching racially charged American tragedy should never go to waste.
Since the beginning, in early August, at least two factions of the hooded Klansmen have repeatedly tried to exploit and inject themselves into the middle of the sad saga of the death of Michael Brown, the black, unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police officer Darren Wilson.
Since then, the Klan has raised money for Wilson, who is white, joined rallies for him with other supporters and vowed to come to the Ferguson area to protect “white businesses” with guns.
And most recently, as Ferguson and the rest of the country anxiously await the decision by a grand jury on whether Wilson will be charged in the case – a decision expected to be announced any day now – the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan last week threatened to use “lethal force” against protesters in the St. Louis suburb.
“We will not sit by and allow you to harm our families, communities, property nor disrupt our daily lives,” the group declared in a flier.
For months now, protesters – black and white – have filled the streets of Ferguson, demanding Wilson be arrested and charged with the 18-year-old’s slaying. While most of the protests have been nonviolent, some have included looting, clashes with heavily armed police and dozens of arrests.
That fact didn’t stop the Klan from issuing its threats, veiled in the talk of self-defense.
“You have been warned by the Ku Klux Klan,” the flier stated. “There will be consequences of your actions against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri.”
But it is the Missouri-based Klan group that has had to face the consequences of its actions. Shortly after the Klan threat, the hacker collective Anonymous launched a campaign to target the group, publicly identifying its members through social media, as well as taking over its Twitter account.
“Due to your actions we started Operation KKK,” Anonymous said in a video. “The aim of our operation is nothing more than Cyber Warfare. Anything you upload will be taken down, anything you use to promote KKK will be shut down.”
The Missouri KKK group was not the first band of Klansmen trying to throw gasoline on the tensions in Ferguson.
Just days after Brown was killed, the South Carolina-based New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan announced its Missouri chapter was raising money for the then still unnamed officer, who the Klan group hailed as a hero for shooting Brown at least six times in the middle of the street in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.
“We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug,” the Klan said in an email. “He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place.”
A few days later, as black and white protesters filled the streets of Ferguson, demanding the officer’s arrest, the Empire Knights issued another chilling message. They said they were coming to the Ferguson area from three different states to guard “white businesses,” but it is unclear if any of ever showed up.
So far, it appears the two groups are filled with not much more than keyboard Klansmen, who throw verbal Molotov cocktails and then hide behind their sheets.
That is, before Anonymous got ahold of their Twitter account and ripped off their hoods.
GLOUCESTER, Va. – Neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe, a former boxer who billed himself in the ring as “The Aryan Barbarian,” took a dive today, publicly forfeiting his title as chairman of the National Alliance (NA), once America’s leading hate group.
After being pummeled for nearly a year by a band of disgruntled former NA members seeking to knock him out of power with a $2 million civil lawsuit, accusing him of “a myriad of instances of malfeasance, misfeasance, illegalities and irregularities,” Gliebe essentially told the Gloucester County Circuit Court judge presiding at a status hearing for the case “no mas” and announced he had quit the neo-Nazi group he has led for 12 years.
“I have resigned all my positions with the National Alliance,” Gliebe told the court, standing at the defense table in a black suit and blue shirt. “I am no longer director or chairman.”
It was, however, a split decision for Gliebe’s bitter courtroom opponents, a gang of six who call themselves the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group, or NARRG.
While Gliebe stepped down as NARRG had desperately wanted, he handed over control of the West Virginia-based NA not to them but to William (Will) W. Williams, a gray-haired, retired Army Special Forces operator and a former NA official. Williams and Kevin Strom, a broadcast engineer and convicted child porn enthusiast with a long history on the racist right, had been competing with the NARRG Nazis for the keys to what’s left of the evil empire founded by William Pierce, a one-time physics professor and author of The Turner Diaries, the novel that inspired the Oklahoma City bombing. Gliebe took over as the anointed successor to Pierce when he died unexpectedly in 2002.
Gliebe’s announcement and the 66-year-old Williams’ ascension to the tarnished throne seemed to catch NARRG by surprise.
“This is the first time I’ve heard Mr. Gliebe is no longer the chairman,” NARRG’s lawyer, Daniel A. Harvill, told the court.
At one point during the 30-minute hearing, the judge asked Harvill, “What is the nature of this business” the two sides were fighting over?
“It’s a European-centric political organization,” Harvill said, adding, “I wouldn’t call it a white supremacist organization.”
After the hearing in which Gliebe was ordered to produce membership information and other documents to NARRG, Harvill declined to comment about the lawsuit or Gliebe’s announcement. NARRG’s most prominent members — Jim Ring, a longtime NA unit leader from California who resigned from the group in 2012, and Sanders Pierce, the brother of the founder — were not in the courtroom. The only member of NARRG to appear today was Brian Wilson. He left without comment or any indication whether or not NARGG intended to continue its lawsuit.
But as the two sides filed out of the courtroom, Williams introduced himself to Harvill and Wilson as “Will Williams, the new chairman.”
Gliebe’s announcement ended a tumultuous dozen years since he took the reins of the organization that then had some 1,400 members, 17 full-time salaried national staff members and an income of close to $1 million a year in dues and earnings from its neo-Nazi music label, Resistance Records. Gliebe’s lack of charisma, his authoritarian and ham-handed management style, his fondness for strippers (including his wife, who has since left him), and his financial bungling led to a series of splits, resignations and public attacks on Gliebe by his ostensible followers. The group went from being highly respected by the radical right in the United States and Europe to being something of a joke, with Resistance Records virtually out of business and NA membership down to fewer than 100 people.
The latest blow to Gliebe’s NA came this June, when a Canadian judge struck down a bequest worth an estimated $220,000 that was left to it by a Canadian NA member. That money might have helped put the NA under Gliebe back on track, but the judge ruled that allowing it to go to a neo-Nazi group was a violation of Canadian law and public policy. Gliebe’s lawyer in that case filed an appeal of the verdict that is still pending.
Gliebe resisted calls for his resignation for years, and engaged in a series of maneuvers to keep his enemies from power. But the number of people loyal to him or even willing to abide him as leader kept shrinking. Ring and the others who comprised NARRG, on the other hand, were respected by a great many former NA members, with many seeing Ring as the best candidate for leader. But Williams, known as a hard-liner even on the neo-Nazi scene, was also highly respected among many NA members and others on the radical right.
Outside of the red brick courthouse today, Gliebe told Hatewatch that he resigned to spend more time with his young son. “The best way to care for him is to be out of the Alliance,” he said, adding that he had been thinking about resigning for some time.
Gliebe said he turned over the chairmanship of the Alliance to Williams at the group’s last board meeting but declined to provide any details of the meeting. “I handed the Alliance over to Mr. Williams because I thought he was the best man for the job,” Gliebe said. “I think he’s the most knowledgeable. He’s not a cultist.”
Williams, who was dressed in jeans and a gray shirt, stood next to Gliebe in the Virginia sunshine and told Hatewatch that there was no need for the lawsuit to continue. “Their demand was for Erich Gliebe to step down and put the Alliance under new leadership,” Williams said. “That’s what we’ve done. We’ve met their demands.”
Despite his sister’s and ex-girlfriend’s dramatic testimony against him, Ross Hack, the alleged neo-Nazi mastermind behind the ambush murders of two anti-racist skinheads 16 years ago, was found not guilty today by a federal jury in Las Vegas.
Hack’s co-defendant, Leland Jones, was also acquitted after the two week trial that included testimony from an unlikely parade of white supremacists and meth addicts and at least one apparent Holocaust denier, who testified as a character witness for the defense.
The racially diverse jury deliberated for more than a day and a half before announcing its verdict around 9:30 a.m. local time.
The verdicts bring to a close a cold case revealing a hot war. For decades, racist and anti-racist skinheads have battled in the streets and music venues, often violently. Rarely, though, has the conflict resulted in murder, let alone a double murder as it did in a remote patch of sand and rocky dirt in the desert about 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, sometime between the last minutes of July 3 and the first minutes of July 4, 1998.
That’s when the anti-racist activists, Lin “Spit” Newborn and Daniel Shersty, were ambushed and shot to death, prosecutors say, by six neo-Nazi skinheads, including two women who lured the victims to the desert with the promise of a night of partying.
Also testifying against Hack and Jones was John “Polar Bear” Butler, the only one of the skinhead conspirators to be tried and convicted of the slayings. Butler, like the two women, said the ambush was Hack’s idea and Hack and Jones had in fact fired the first shots.
But there was no physical evidence, no fingerprints or DNA or CSI television show science to tie the defendants to the 16-year-old crime scene.
The not-guilty verdict was a blow to the government, which has a conviction rate in federal court of more than 90%. The verdict was a moment of pure elation for “the entire Hack family,” Hack’s lawyer, William Kennedy, a federal public defender, told Hatewatch today. “This has been hanging over Ross’ head for 16 years,” Kennedy said. “He didn’t plan it. He didn’t participate in it. He wasn’t there. He didn’t do it. And he’s always been not guilty.”
Jones’ lawyer, James Hartsell, told Hatewatch that the jurors obviously took the case “very seriously in how long it took them to deliberate.”
“They didn’t rush to judgment,” Hartsell said. “They considered all the evidence and or lack of evidence before rendering a verdict.”
During the trial, Kennedy repeatedly attacked the veracity of the government’s star witnesses, branding them a trio of liars and meth addicts, willing to say anything to reduce their time behind bars. Butler, with an extensive criminal record and a longtime addiction to meth, was convicted in state court of the murders in 2000. Now 44, he is serving two life sentences. ( continue to full post… )