Friday, January 04, 2013

Federal Prosecutors Recommend 35-Year Sentence For Alaska POW Schaeffer Cox; Cox's Lawyer Proposes 10 Years

The Anchorage Daily News and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner report that in a pre-sentencing memorandum filed this week, federal prosecutors are recommending a 35-year sentence for Alaska militia activist Schaeffer Cox. Since there is no parole in the federal system, the minimum that Cox would serve, assuming he qualified for the maximum amount of good time possible, would be slightly over 30 years (assuming he's given no credit for time already served). In addition, the feds are recommending sentences of 26 1/2 years for Lonnie Vernon for both convictions and 15 1/2 years for Karen Vernon. Formal sentencing will take place on Tuesday January 8th.

The full list of charges Cox was convicted on are specified in this previous post. Prosecutors justify their request to bury Cox by saying that the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, at Cox's direction, took finite steps toward committing murder, to include compiling a "hit list", conducting surveillance on possible targets and assembling a large collection of weapons, some of them illegal to own. In contrast, Cox's attorney, Peter Camiel, says he will ask the judge for a sentence of only 10 years, maintaining that the militia members only made conditional plans to react with violence in the event of a collapse of the federal government and that no attacks were imminent. Update: On January 8th, Schaeffer Cox was sentenced to 25 years and 10 months in federal prison,

Lonnie and Karen Vernon pleaded guilty in August to planning to kill a federal judge and an Internal Revenue Service Officer while the couple was embroiled in a legal dispute over property taxes. At the time, the feds has proposed a range of 21 to 27 years in prison for Lonnie, and at least 15 years for Karen. Lonnie is asking for a sentence of 21 years, 10 months, while Karen is asking for five years. They will be sentenced on Monday January 7th. Update: Lonnie Vernon got 25 years and 10 months, while Karen Vernon was sentenced to 12 years. Lonnie Vernon remains true to his beliefs.

The other militia member, Coleman Barney, was convicted in June on the weapons charges but acquitted of the more serious charge of conspiracy to commit murder. A judge sentenced Barney in September to five years in prison.

Public Reaction: A discussion thread is available on Alaska Citizens Militia. It appears that more Alaskans are wising up to the real federal agenda; Schaeffer Cox is getting more explicit support in the comments sections than in the past. Here's a sampling (after the jump):

bigfoot574 January 4th 4:30 P.M. (ADN):
I have lived in Alaska for over 50 years, mostly in the Interior but lived one year in Anchorage. The difference between Anchorage and Fairbanks convinces me that a Fairbanksan cannot get a fair trial in Anchorage with the jury selected from that area. I am convinced that the federal prosecutors had Cox's and Vernon's trial moved to Anchorage to increase the likelihood of getting a conviction and not because they feared a disruption from the folks in Fairbanks as they claimed.

This trial is a farce! Cox has been railroaded just like the Anchorage federal prosecutors railroaded Senator Stevens. They moved Senator Stevens’ case to Washington DC, a known Democratic stronghold and got an almost all black jury and judge to convict him. These federal prosecutors will go to any means to win even it
requires bending the law so far that the US AG throws out the case like he did for Senator Stevens.

ronl11 January 4th 3:30 P.M. (ADN):
No their not teaching a lesson, they are trying to teach all of US a lesson. The govt can do anything they want, and threaten the population with this kind of crap. When does Holder and Obama go to jail? they are responsible for actually killing people. When does Hillary go to jail for failing to stop mass murder?

When does thought crime be punishable by long prison sentences?
What did Schaefer actually do? Other than talk, nothing.

Gang bangers get more lenient sentences for shooting police officers.

kenairiver51 January 4th 2:53 P.M. (ADN):
35 years? my god he didn't kill anyone. 35 years, holly crap!! Thats too much, maybe 12 years, maybe 15 years but 35 Years, you may as well kill him..

bigfoot574 January 4th 8:45 A.M. (ADN):
I know of a guy who said "And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms....The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants"

I guess he would be prosecuted for conspiracy to commit treason today. By the standards used against Cox he would get at least 10 years behind bars. By the way, his name is Thomas Jefferson and he made this statement in a letter written in 1787.

I suppose George Washington would also be convicted for saying, "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good"

Prospector posted at 1:44 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 (News-Miner):

Earth First, a known terrorist group, publishes their hit list and nothing happens.

Other prominent citizens' leaders and journalists make open threats and calls to murder members of the NRA and nothing happens.

From the Des Moines Register:
by Donald Kaul

"Here, then, is my “madder-than-hell-and-I’m-not-going-to-take-it-anymore” program for ending gun violence in America:

• Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. It offers an absolute right to gun ownership, but it puts it in the context of the need for a “well-regulated militia.” We don’t make our militia bring their own guns to battles. And surely the Founders couldn’t have envisioned weapons like those used in the Newtown shooting when they guaranteed gun rights. Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.

• Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands” thing works for me.

• Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control."

I suppose he thinks he's funny or something like that.

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