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Nevada GOP cancels convention so Ron Paul can’t win

Nevada GOP cancels convention so Ron Paul can’t win

RGJ
July 18, 2008

The Nevada Republican Party decided Thursday not to reconvene its scuttled state convention this month, claiming it couldn’t generate enough interest to reach a legal quorum to elect delegates to the national convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Instead, the party’s executive board, in a private conference call July 25, would decide who from Nevada will attend the Republican National Convention to formally nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain.

The state party abruptly ended its state convention in April to head off a delegation of Ron Paul supporters who had captured control of the proceedings and appeared on track to elect a majority slate to the Sept. 1-4 national convention.

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Ron Paul supporters SUE Nevada GOP panel for picking McCain

RGJ
July 22, 2008

A group of disaffected Republicans trying to get to the national convention are asking a Reno judge to halt the party’s efforts to appoint a national delegation in a private conference call scheduled for Friday.

Dr. Wayne Terhune, a Sparks dentist leading a contingent of Ron Paul supporters, said the state party broke the law when it canceled the reconvening of the state convention planned for Saturday.

“They are illegally appointing delegates behind closed doors in private phone calls,” Terhune said Monday. “State law says you have to have a convention.”

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Ron Paul Votes for Bush Impeachment
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/7503

Ron Paul: The political elite are in for a surprise [Minneapolis events]
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog/?p=213

Ron Paul Gets Bigger Soapbox for Shadow Convention
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/07/ron-paul-gets-b.html

 



More Charges Likely for Ed and Elaine Brown
October 7, 2007, 5:22 pm
Filed under: ed and elaine, Ed Brown, Income Tax, New Hampshire, Reno, US Marshal

Experts Say More Charges Likely for Browns

Concord Monitor
October 07, 2007

In many ways, the Ed and Elaine Brown show is over. We will not be able to hear them speak daily on the online Ed Brown Under Siege radio show. We will not see fliers for their parties or see the latest video from a “freedom festival” on their Plainfield property.

But Ed and Elaine Brown’s story is far from over. The Plainfield tax protesters, who promised their followers an apocalyptic shootout with marshals and were instead arrested quietly Thursday, will likely face a raft of new charges and see many of their key supporters prosecuted, said experts who have watched the case.

On Friday, U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier said the Browns were in transit to federal prisons where they would begin serving 63-month sentences for tax-related charges. They were convicted in January of conspiring to hide Elaine Brown’s dental income from authorities, but managed to avoid serving time for nearly nine months, as they rallied antigovernment support and holed up in their well-equipped home.

So far, the Browns have faced no legal sanctions for their behavior, which included issuing explicit threats against judges, prosecutors and local law enforcement figures, stockpiling weapons, and assembling a barrage of improvised explosives devices, according to court documents and statements from Monier. But in a press briefing Friday, Monier suggested that the Browns will face new charges for that conduct.

“Unfortunately, the Browns have turned this into more than just a tax case,” Monier said. “By their continuing actions, allegedly, to obstruct justice, to encourage others to assist them to obstruct justice, by making threats toward law enforcement and other government officials, they have turned this into more than a tax case.”

Several experts who watch the tax protest movement said the Browns could face a range of new charges, including conspiring to impede the marshals, illegal weapons possessions, criminal threatening, obstruction of justice and possession of explosives.

“I don’t realistically think they are ever going to see each other again, except in the next trial,” said JJ MacNab, a tax evasion expert who has been following the Brown case for a book on the tax protest movement.
During the standoff, the Browns missed a key court deadline, which means they will not be able to appeal their convictions on the tax crimes.

Four of the Browns’ supporters arrested in September will also be tried soon. Jason Gerhard, Cirino Gonzalez, Daniel Riley and Robert Wolffe were all accused of aiding and abetting the couple. Gerhard, Gonzalez and Riley were also charged with conspiring to impede the marshals and harm the government, and with possessing weapons in relation to a crime of violence. The weapons charges carry mandatory minimum sentences; Gerhard, who faces the most counts, could be sentenced to more than 125 years in prison if he is convicted.

Their trials, which are likely to be delayed, are currently scheduled for early November.

New arrests may be on the horizon. Monier said Friday that his office would continue to investigate those who helped the Browns before and will monitor supporters for retaliatory action now that the couple is in custody. Several high-profile Brown supporters, including two men who lived with the couple for weeks and one who raised money for their cause, have not been arrested.

The Browns may also live on in the tax-protest movement, which seized the Brown case as a critical example of government injustice. The Browns maintained to the end that there was no law making them liable for federal income taxes, and their stand brought national attention to that perspective. The couple’s MySpace page attracted more than 5,000 “friends,” many of whom have embraced the Browns’ anti-tax views.

“People are tired of this bs that’s being shoveled at them,” said John Stadtmiller, a radio host and former militia leader, who said he was relieved that the Browns were not harmed by marshals. “They want answers, they want justice, and this is going to continue.”

 

U.S. Marshal Describes Arrest Of Ed And Elaine Brown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIw7b8c-n_k

Ed and Elaine Arrested By US Marshals
http://noworldsystem.com/2007/10/05/ed-and-elaine-arrested-by-us-marshals/

 



Ed and Elaine Arrested By US Marshals
October 5, 2007, 11:52 am
Filed under: ed and elaine, Ed Brown, Income Tax, New Hampshire, Reno, US Marshal

Speculation Mounts That Browns Were Infiltrated, Tricked
Tax protesters arrested, but “did not surrender” according to reports, leading many to guess Ed and Elaine were taken by surprise and violently subdued before they could resist

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
October 5, 2007

Speculation is rife that the Browns were infiltrated and tricked before being violently subdued as authorities refuse to provide any details behind their arrest beside the fact that they did not peacefully surrender.

Observers were both saddened and confused about the announcement of the arrest of tax protesters Ed and Elaine Brown last night. Though none of us wanted to witness another Waco, we were all well aware of the fact that the Browns have stated on numerous occasions that they would not be arrested without a fight and would rather die than go to jail.

This prompted many to question how U.S. Marshals were able to seize the Browns with apparently little response, leading some to conclude that Ed and Elaine were tricked by one or more supporters whom they had taken into their confidence.

Posts on messageboards overnight feared that the Browns had been taken by surprise, violently subdued and probably shocked numerous times with Taser weapons before they even had a chance to resist. The rumor mill is in high gear because officials have refused to provide any information regarding the details of the arrests, though a news conference is scheduled for 10am today.

All we know at this point is that the Browns were taken into custody after being seized by U.S. Marshals on their property at around 7:45pm last night.

Neighbors reported large convoys of SUV’s approaching the property before the arrests.

“Grobe, a former patient of Elaine Brown, who used to run a dental practice, says he noticed “an unusual amount of traffic all of a sudden” passing by the house last night. He said he saw 30 to 40 cars passing by, but had no idea if it was authorities,” states an AP report.

“Neither he nor neighbor Robert Carpenter said they heard anything unusual. Carpenter said there were no marked cruisers, but a lot of large SUVs. He said he called the Plainfield Police and they called back and said what was going on.”

“We had no indication that the Browns intended to voluntarily surrender, so we had to move forward with an operation that promised the safest possible outcome. That day was today,” U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier said in a written statement.

Though the arrests occurred “without incident” and no one was injured, Monier admitted that the Browns “did not surrender,” meaning they were likely violently subdued against their will.

If an informant was used to facilitate the arrest, it would not be the first time such tactics have been employed. In June, Ed Brown outed what he claimed was a Fed who had tried to provoke the Browns into making outlandish statements and rash decisions as part of “psychological operations” on behalf of authorities.

This came shortly after an aborted raid on the Brown’s property during which supporter Danny Riley was arrested and later authorities attempted to coerce Riley into becoming an informant against the Browns. Marshals also threatened Riley with 15 years in jail unless he lied to the media and told them that the botched raid was not an attempted siege.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5465112894908617380&hl=en

Browns Were Duped By “Trojan Horse” Marshals Posing As Supporters
http://infowars.net/articles/october2007/051007Browns.htm

Brown allies found support from families
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pb…RONTPAGE/709230397

Browns fall for Feds trojan horse
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?h….-d3be8b3ccd72

Marshals Pose As Supporters To Arrest Tax Evaders
http://wbztv.com/topstories/local_story_278070811.html

Browns in Custody
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx….c-bbcc-b17b3f85c022

U.S. Marshal: NH Tax Evaders Arrested
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gyl17M0swd2xeInyICXAQH1JqNEgD8S2QL680

 



Brown supporter faces 125 years
September 26, 2007, 12:11 pm
Filed under: 2nd Amendment, Ed Brown, Gun Control, Income Tax, Police State, Reno, Ruby Ridge, Waco

Brown supporter faces 125 years

Margot Sanger-Katz
Concord Monitor
September 24, 2007

Jason Gerhard, one of four supporters of Ed and Elaine Brown arrested last week, faces a maximum sentence of more than 125 years if he is convicted on all charges.

Gerhard, 22, of Brookhaven, N.Y., was arraigned yesterday on an updated indictment that charges him with nine federal felonies.

The recent Army recruit, who was arrested at basic training in Missouri, chose not to enter pleas during his hearing yesterday at the New Hampshire District Court. Magistrate James Muirhead entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Cirino Gonzalez, 30, of Alice, Texas, the Browns’ former blogger and security guard and an alleged co-conspirator with Gerhard, also appeared in court today. He pleaded not guilty to four felonies.

Gerhard was one of several supporters who spent time living at the home of Ed and Elaine Brown, a retired exterminator and dentist who were convicted of multiple tax-related crimes in January. The Browns have been holed up in their fortified concrete home for nearly eight months, refusing to surrender and threatening violence if marshals try to arrest them.

According to his indictment, Gerhard purchased his first gun for the couple in January, about a week after Ed Brown walked out on his federal trial and announced that his home might become “another Waco.” Between January and August, he purchased a total of six weapons, the indictment says, including a high-powered .50-caliber sniper rifle, which shoots bullets capable of piercing body armor. The indictment says Gerhard lived with the Browns for several months.

During that time, Gerhard was a relatively quiet member of the Brown entourage, frequent visitors to the house said. Gerhard had one brush with local law enforcement this summer came after he hit the car of a teenage girl while shopping for the Browns in their SUV. Ed Brown described the accident as a “fender bender,” but the girl’s mother said that her daughter’s car had been totaled and that Gerhard had tried to flee the scene. Marshals impounded the Browns’ vehicle after the accident.

When marshals searched the home of Gerhard’s mother on Long Island last week, they found a pipe bomb and other weapons, according to the local police. He has not been charged with any crimes related to that finding.

Gerhard is charged with six counts of carrying and possessing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence, two counts of conspiring to hinder authorities, and one count of accessory after the fact. The weapons charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years for each count after the first.

A prosecutor said yesterday that he believed Gerhard was likely to flee, was a danger to his community and was likely to obstruct justice if he was released from federal custody. A hearing to decide whether he will be released is scheduled for Tuesday.

The court has unsealed detailed affidavits summarizing federal marshals’ evidence in three of the four cases, but an affidavit describing Gerhard’s alleged actions has not yet been made public. The new indictment was dated Wednesday.

Gonzalez, a former military contractor, was the public face of the Browns’ home for several months this summer when he lived at the house and posted frequent updates on their status online. Gonzalez appeared in online photos and videos, many of which showed him armed. He also posted long, rambling accounts of goings-on at the house and his evolving political views.

He was charged with conspiracy, accessory after the fact, and one count of carrying and possessing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

The indictment alleges that he purchased the .50-caliber rifle in April. In a blog post a few days later, Gonzalez bragged about owning the gun.

“I get sad knowing not everyone has one,” he wrote on his MySpace page. “Then I think about everyone . . . that is not even close to being ready.”

Gonzalez’s hearing was brief. He pleaded not guilty and will remain in federal custody. A judge in Texas already ruled that Gonzalez should remain held until trial. According to Magistrate B. Janice Ellington’s ruling, Gonzalez is “both a flight risk and a danger to the community.”

“The defendant resisted attempts by the Marshal to arrest him at a residence where numerous firearms, including assault weapons, were present,” the ruling said. “During the arrest, defendant attempted to gain access to those weapons.”

Gonzalez’s father, Jose Gonzalez, said in an interview that it was not surprising that his son appeared to resist arrest, because he was sleeping and startled when marshals arrived about noon last Wednesday.

According to the Alice Echo-News Journal and a blog post made by Gonzalez’s friend Donna Van Meter, Gonzalez’s custody hearing in Texas included rumors of a possible escape plot and an outburst by Jose Gonzalez, who was escorted from the courtroom.

Both men are scheduled for trial in November.

Brown allies found support from families
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps….923/FRONTPAGE/709230397