Jury for the Ed and Elaine Browns' trial to be selected . They face 11 felonies from their standoff . If found guilty, they face virtual life sentences for their crimes

June 29, 2009 - 7:01 am


Picture

Ed Brown, Elaine Brown
Zoom


For nearly nine months, Ed and Elaine Brown holed up in their fortified concrete Plainfield home, surrounded by supporters and supplies, and railed against the federal government.

They threatened law enforcement officials and accumulated weapons and bombs. They spoke frequently with news reporters and nearly daily on a radio show about an apocalyptic confrontation and possible revenge killings.

But the Browns were arrested bloodlessly by an undercover team of U.S. marshals who won their trust and brought them pizza.

Today, jury selection begins in a trial for 11 felonies the Browns are accused of committing during their standoff. If found guilty, they face virtual life sentences for their crimes.

The couple are accused of conspiring to impede federal officials, obstructing justice, failing to appear in court, and illegally possessing firearms and bombs. They have already been found guilty of a series of tax related crimes and are serving 63-month prison sentences.

The Browns were longtime anti-government activists and ran the New Hamsphire Defense Militia in the 1990s. Ed Brown, who became a prominent spokesman for the militia movement after the 1996 Oklahoma City bombing, later founded another political organization, the UnAmerican Activities Investigations Committee, and became the national leader of Constitution Rangers of the Continental Congress of 1777, an antigovernment group with chapters throughout the country.

The couple clashed with the law when they decided to test their long-held view that no law requires them to pay federal income taxes. When they were charged with tax evasion in 2006, they had already begun extensive renovations on their hilltop home, fortified with 8-inch-thick concrete walls, an underground bunker and a four-story watchtower.

At trial, the Browns represented themselves, contending that government officials had conspired to conceal the truth about income tax law. When they decided the case was unlikely to go their way, they fled to their home, and Ed Brown began sending e-mails to supporters and right-wing radio hosts, asking them to join him and warning them that his situation might turn into "another Waco."

Elaine Brown ultimately returned to court and put on an unsuccessful defense; the couple were convicted of all charges. She joined her husband in Plainfield several weeks later after being freed on bail.

Both Browns promised violence if law enforcement agents tried to arrest them, and they made additional threats against the judge and prosecutor involved in their tax case.

"We don't know how this will end. But there are only two ways we are coming out of here. Either as a free man and as a free woman or in body bags," Elaine Brown said in a March 2007 radio broadcast. "That has not changed, and that's the stand that everyone must take. Because if we come out in body bags, there's going to be a few more, too."

Their statements attracted broad publicity and supporters, who brought food, tactical supplies, communications devices and weapons to the Browns. The supporters comprised a motley crew of militiamen, anti-war demonstrators, anarchists and members of New Hampshire's Free State Project, all attracted to the couple's public attention and their willingness to resist the federal government.

Four of those supporters were found guilty last year of conspiring with the Browns to prevent their arrest. According to testimony at trial, investigators found the Browns' home stuffed with bombs and guns, including 21 pipe bombs in the Browns' bedroom closet, gunpowder grenades, exploding rifle targets hung from trees around the house and .50-caliber rifles positioned near upstairs windows. A forensic expert from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified that she found Ed Brown's fingerprints on several pipe bombs and gunpowder grenades.

Lawyers for both sides have been barred from making any public statements about the case.

Defense filings suggest the Browns plan to argue that they assembled this arsenal because they feared federal marshals planned to kill them. During the standoff, the Browns made frequent mention of standoffs at Ruby Ridge, in Idaho, and Waco, Texas, where confrontations between extremists and federal agents resulted in multiple deaths. Randy Weaver, a Ruby Ridge survivor, visited Plainfield in June 2007 and told news reporters, "I ain't afraid of dying no more." Weaver is listed as a possible witness by Ed Brown's lawyer, Michael Iacopino.


read more

Views: 102

Comment

You need to be a member of 12160 Social Network to add comments!

Join 12160 Social Network

Comment by She-Warrior on July 5, 2009 at 11:37pm
correction: "being used as an example..."
Comment by She-Warrior on July 5, 2009 at 11:35pm
Numerous lies have been reported by the media on this case. The Browns fought and are paying the price; being used an example by the govt to thwart other freedom fighters. May God grant them strength, and may He raise up a thousand more like them, to storm the gates of Hell.
Comment by Marklar on June 29, 2009 at 10:35pm
Time for some good old jury nullification. With a lot of luck of course, I hope.
Comment by Tara on June 29, 2009 at 9:08pm
Crazy stuff....I guess I'll keep on paying the illegal taxes cause I don't want to go to prison....too much I need to do yet!

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

Chris of the family Masters posted blog posts
13 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters commented on Chris of the family Masters's blog post UK Officials Confirm that the Double Jabbed are filling up UK Hospitals
"He gave a convoluted explanation worthy of Orwellian double talk...."
13 hours ago
Ragnarok posted a status
"LIVE: Pentagon locked down after shooting near Metro bus station https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8FFy0cnhLw"
17 hours ago
MAC posted a video

Live Overwatch SITREP

For Monkey Werx gear and products, go to https://www.monkeywerxus.com/shopYou can help support the channel and watch live SITREPs at https://www.patreon.com/...
yesterday
MAC replied to Ragnarok's discussion 15,000-year-old viruses discovered in Tibetan glacier ice
"I'm sure Hes on it, don't let a virus go to wast."
yesterday
Chris of the family Masters commented on Chris of the family Masters's blog post Documents relating to registration with the SEC of the Australian Government as a privately owned American company
"Yours US inc. Registered in Puerto Rico. We have got Service Corporations instead Governments."
yesterday
MAC posted a discussion
yesterday
Chris of the family Masters posted blog posts
yesterday
Less Prone favorited cheeki kea's photo
yesterday
rlionhearted_3 commented on cheeki kea's video
yesterday
cheeki kea posted a photo
yesterday
cheeki kea commented on cheeki kea's video
Thumbnail

George Soros and Bill Gates just Bought a Virus Testing Company | Facts Matter

"Don't be put off by the title of the video. The guy also discussed the grave, very grave…"
yesterday
cheeki kea posted a video

George Soros and Bill Gates just Bought a Virus Testing Company | Facts Matter

🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT: No censorship! We’ve launched a new video platform called EPOCH TV 👉 https://ept.ms/3xVsr7vResources:🔥 Epoch TV:https://ept.ms/3xVsr7v🔵Se...
yesterday
cheeki kea favorited Bob Renner's photo
yesterday
Doc Vega posted blog posts
Sunday
Chris of the family Masters posted a blog post
Sunday
cheeki kea commented on Chris of the family Masters's blog post Freedom Day or Not, Brits Prefer Infantile Servitude
Sunday
Ragnarok favorited Bob Renner's photo
Sunday
Ragnarok posted a status
"Live Demo in Berlin 01.08.2021 - Protest in Berlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1F6I0CxuaA"
Sunday
Ragnarok posted a status
"LIVE: COVID sceptics protest in Berlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x1xUaRNhPs"
Sunday

© 2021   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted