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  •  shannyn moore (15+ / 0-)

    at the mudflats:
    High Drama at Militia Sentencing

    Today is the sentencing for the Salcha couple accused of conspiring to murder a judge and his family, and IRS agents as they anticipated seizure of their home due to a tax dispute. Lonnie Vernon is also being sentenced for his role in the “2-4-1 Militia trial” with co-defendants militia leader Schaeffer Cox, and militia Major Coleman Barney. Lonnie Vernon plead guilty of conspiring to murder the judge in exchange for the dismissal of many of the charges against him.

    Of all the characters in this tale, Lonnie Vernon is the most volatile and angry, and Karen Vernon is the most sympathetic. It proves to be an interesting and eventful day, worthy of a scene in a Greek tragedy, or some epic Hollywood courtroom drama – one that is rated R for language.

    I wait in the lobby of the courtroom for the doors to be unlocked. A man is there sitting outside on one of the wooden benches that ring the space, and he asks me if I know Karen Vernon. I say I don’t. I’m just here covering the trial. He tells me that the court system is like the movie The Matrix. He’s done legal research on many cases, and tells me I have no idea how bad the corruption is. We have no country, he says. It’s gone.

    The courtroom opens, and almost as soon as Lonnie Vernon, clad in a yellow jumpsuit, is ushered in, and the handcuffs are off, he is vocal and agitated like a caged animal.

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 09:05:43 PM PST

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