Sunday, November 27, 2011

Schaeffer Cox And His Three Co-Defendants Moved From Fairbanks Correctional Center To Several Facilities In South Central Alaska

In anticipation of the November 28th arraignment of the Schaeffer Cox Four and their eventual federal trial to begin on February 6th, 2012 (trial date since changed to May 7th), the four have been moved from the Fairbanks Correctional Center to various facilities in South Central Alaska.

-- Schaeffer Cox: Now housed at Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility.
-- Lonnie Vernon: Now housed at the Anchorage Correctional Complex
-- Coleman Barney: Now housed at the Anchorage Correctional Complex
-- Karen Vernon: Now housed at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.

The distinction between the Anchorage Jail and Cook Inlet Pretrial is academic; they are located adjacent to one another. Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt unified the two facilities. The UAA Justice Forum presents some interesting background about the Anchorage Correctional Complex. Note that the information about the prisoners' transfer was not released by the Department of Justice, but by a Fairbanks jail staffer; the feds are normally quite close-mouthed about prisoner transfers, ostensibly to "protect" them against revenge, but also making it more difficult for supporters to write them.

Supporters of the Schaeffer Cox Four may want to hold off on sending them cards or letters until after the arraignment, as there is a good chance they could be moved again. The StandBySchaefferCox website still exists but has not been updated in a while. The most current list of federal charges is available HERE.

Update November 28th: Schaeffer Cox, Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon appeared for their arraignment and all three pleaded not guilty to the new charges. Cox faces up to 70 years in prison if found guilty on the eight counts against him; Barney, who is accused in four counts, faces up to 30 years; and Vernon, who is accused of only one count of conspiracy to possess unregistered silencers and grenades, faces up to 5 years. In a separate case in which he and his wife are accused of plotting to kill a federal judge, he faces a significantly harsher sentence. Combined, the men face 10 counts of conspiracy to possess unregistered silencers and destructive devices; possessing unregistered destructive devices, an unregistered machine gun and a machine gun; making a silencer; and carrying a firearm during a violent crime.

In Case You Missed It: Significant recent stories about the Schaeffer Cox Four.

-- "Attorney: Militia leader Schaeffer Cox was not trying to bring down the government", Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, November 15th 2011: Cox’s attorney, Nelson Traverso, said that not only was Schaeffer Cox not plotting to overthrow the federal government, he reported on others who tried to instigate a conflict. The two snitches, Gerald Olson and William Fulton, were the ones trying to instigate conflict. Includes links to documentation.

-- "Fort Wainwright: We did not offer Fairbanks militia leader asylum", Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, November 17th 2011: Fort Wainwright garrison spokeswoman Linda Douglass rebutted Schaeffer Cox's claim on his affidavit that he came to Fort Wainwright with his family because he was worried about being attacked, and that an unnamed colonel offered to give him what protection he could.

-- "Militia lawyers threaten to expose government surveillance tapes", Alaska Dispatch, November 22nd 2011: According to Coleman Barney's attorney Tim Dooley, the tapes the federal government secretly made of Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox and his associates prove only one thing; namely, the only persons advocating for killing anyone were the confidential informants for the government.

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