Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Former National Alliance Chairman Shaun Walker Released On Personal Recognizance Today

U.S. Magistrate David Nuffer ordered former National Alliance Chairman Shaun Walker (pictured at left) released from jail on his own personal recognizance today (July 5th), after Walker showed his compliance with all the judge's conditions. This included securing a Utah residence until the trial is over and severing all ties with the white nationalist community. His resignation from the chairmanship of the National Alliance satisfied the latter condition. Click here for the original story from KUTV Channel 2 in Salt Lake City (which is incomplete and contains an error).

The Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to prosecute the case, Carlos Esquada, argued against release, claiming that Walker is a danger to the community because of the nature of the alleged offense. However, Judge Nuffer, noting Walker's otherwise clean criminal record, chose to release Walker. The fact that Walker is a white nationalist and Esquada is Latino is worth noting and may encourage the jury to monitor Esquada's behavior closely during the trial for signs of anti-white bias.

Shaun Walker and his two co-defendants, Travis Massey (the former Salt Lake City Unit Coordinator for the National Alliance) and Eric Egbert (a former member), were indicted by a grand jury earlier this year on hate crime charges stemming from a couple of bar fights against a Latino and an American Indian in December 2002 and January 2003 (the source I referenced erroneously stated "2000"). Despite the fact that the purported victims failed to press assault charges and the failure of the state to file assault charges over these incidences, the Feds, assisted by a possible informer (identified as an "unnamed other person" on the indictment), decided to pursue Federal hate crime charges. However, it has often been said that a halfway-eloquent prosecutor can convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and apparently both Federal magistrates involved so far are skeptical since they released all three defendants on personal recognizance after imposing some movement and association restrictions. The trial is scheduled to begin on August 21st.

Before becoming National Alliance Chairman, Shaun Walker preceded Travis Massey as the Salt Lake City Unit Coordinator. He initiated the local billboard awareness program in the Salt Lake area, and, in 2001, appeared before a Utah legislative committee arguing against a bill that would keep track of traffic tickets to see if police pick on minorities.

Also see Libertarian Socialist News editor Bill White's report on this development.

Related previous posts:

1). National Alliance Chairman Shaun Walker Arrested On "Hate Crimes" Charges, June 9th

2). More On The Federal Railroading Of The Shaun Walker Trio, June 12th

3). National Alliance Chairman Shaun Walker Pleads Not Guilty To Hate Crimes Charges, June 26th

4). Shaun Walker Offered Release On Conditional Personal Recognizance, June 29th

5). Shaun Walker Officially Resigns As National Alliance Chairman, July 2nd

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