Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jena Six "Noose Driver" Jeremiah Munsen To Plead Guilty To Federal Misdemeanor Charge; Unnamed Informer Involved

Update August 15th: Jeremiah Munsen sentenced to four months in Federal prison, one year supervised probation, and five years unsupervised probation. Updated post HERE.

Jeremiah Munsen (pictured at left), the now-19-year-old Colfax teenager accused of a hate crime involving nooses after a "Jena Six" rally in 2007, will plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge on Friday April 25th, 2008. Full story in the Alexandria (LA) Town Talk, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and KSLA Channel 12 in Shreveport. Update: He did in fact plead guilty on April 25th, and will be sentenced on August 15th. Department of Justice press release HERE.

Munsen was scheduled to begin a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Monday April 21st on one felony charge of conspiracy against rights and one misdemeanor charge of interfering with the federally protected right to travel. If convicted on both counts, the maximum penalty would have been 11 years in prison and a $350,000 fine. Munsen was initially indicted on January 24th, 2008, and pleaded not guilty on February 7th. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Munsen is pleading guilty only to the misdemeanor, and would faces only a maximum of one year's imprisonment and a $100,000 fine. After Friday's plea, it will be an estimated six to eight weeks before sentencing.

Munsen was arrested on September 20th, 2007 when Alexandria police allegedly found hangman's nooses dangling from the rear of his pickup after he drove past a crowd of people who had attended a civil rights march in Jena earlier in the day. He was booked on state charges of inciting a riot, driving while intoxicated, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor - a 16-year-old boy from Dry Prong, Louisiana, who was with him. The Federal charges came later; the state's case has been delayed pending the outcome of the Federal case. Munsen has been free on unsecured $25,000 bond, so he obviously isn't considered a grave threat to society.

The 16-year-old, who was arrested on charges of underage drinking and probation violation, allegedly told police he had a "KKK" tattoo on his chest and said some of his relatives were involved in the Ku Klux Klan. Officers found an unloaded rifle and a set of brass knuckles in Munsen's truck. However, the crowd of an estimated 200 mostly black people in the area remained calm and did not react to the sight of the nooses.

What the Town Talk now reveals is that there was a third person involved. This third person, who apparently was to be a prosecution witness, allegedly witnessed Munsen and the juvenile's plan to intimidate the marchers, according to court papers filed by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan. Flanagan also revealed that the witness, also a teenager, was an "acquaintance" of Munsen and a "close friend" of the juvenile, who is referred to as "T.R.". So apparently the Feds turned this witness into an informer.

The witness refused to go along with the plan and "expressly warned defendant Munsen and T.R. that driving around the marchers with hangman's nooses displayed from the truck would likely lead to their arrest," according to Flanagan.

Commentary: It's obvious that the Feds overcharged Munsen in order to get at least a pound of flesh and claim a victory. At least Munsen will not have a felony collar hanging around his neck and hindering his employability.

What the state should consider doing now is dropping their own charges, since proceeding would create the appearance of double jeopardy. The definition of "double jeopardy" should be expanded to prohibit someone being tried more than once for the same event. Under current practice, one may be tried more than once for the same event, if it is different jurisdictions. Of course, the state can proceed with sanctioning Munsen's driving privilege for the DUI; that's a separate issue.

And once again, we see that the Feds transformed a close acquaintance of the accused into an informer, although there's no evidence that the individual was a "captive" informer who would receive consideration for snitching.

One mainstream source seems to agree that the prosecution of Jeremiah Munson, at least on the Federal level, was overkill. On April 9th, the Shreveport Times reported that the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, a First Amendment organization based in Charlottesville, VA, announced their award of the "Jefferson Muzzle" to Donald Washington, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, and Grace Chung Becker, assistant attorney general for civil rights, received their Muzzle for their roles in pressing federal hate crime charges against Jeremiah Munsen. The "Muzzles" have been handed out since 1992 to call attention to what the Jefferson Center considers to be "particularly egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression.

And another glaring inconsistency has since been noted. While Munsen has been prosecuted for a "hate crime" for publicly displaying a noose, a group of Brooklyn Jews face NO sanctions for hanging Gentiles in effigy in their neighborhood. That's because the Jews do it as part of their celebration of Purim. The fact that Gentiles might be offended is irrelevant to the Brooklyn authorities, however.


Anonymous said...

American white supremacists kill themselves when they found out their ancestor, Eve, was black. They finally realized they were, in fact, black white supremacists.

Jeff ( Va. Rebel ) said...

Ha !! This ol boy ( anon. 5 : 59 AM ) be smokin' him some strong sh%t , eh ?!

As you pointed out , just a couple fed up , scrawny white boys and they're wanting to throw the book at 'em . Yep ... all are equal , but some are more equal than others .

What did double jeopardy do for Byron dela Beckwith ?

Don't know how much more obvious it has to be to wake our people up . We may find ourselves in South Africas' boots before long ... almost too late in the game .

carniv said...


If "symbolic speech" is accompanied by some overt act, in furtherance
of some immediate illegal-activity, it loses First-Amendment protection.
For example, if Jeremiah Munsen had taken a noose, strapped it around
someone's neck and tugged on it, that would have gone beyond mere
"protest." But, since he was simply protesting, he is protected.

Case in point is Agnes Waters, a staunch anti-Communist who mounted a
campaign for President of the United States in 1944, as an opponent of aid
to the Soviet Union. In testifying before Congress, Waters said that her
opponents had better not come to Capitol Hill, because she had "ropes with
which to hang them." And, if that were not enough, "pistol-packing mamas
will take care of them." She was not arrested, but went on to become a
folk-hero, just as Munsen has.

Arthur Terminiello, a Waters-ally, was later arrested for "inciting a riot," just
as Munsen was. Prosecutors in Chicago claimed that, in a speech, Terminiello
had "stirred people to anger," the same as Munsen in Alexandria. However,
the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed, ruling that "a function of free speech under
our system is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose
when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions
as they are, or even stirs people to anger."
© 2007 The Nationalist Movement

jurassic said...


Richard Barrett has denounced "in the strongest, possible terms" the
federal-prosecution of Jeremiah Munsen for "hate," which, according to
Barrett, violates Munsen's free-speech rights. Barrett said that the
eighteen-year-old, who displayed two nooses from the back of a pick-up
truck in Alexandria, to protest Negroes returning from Jena, where they
had demanded to "Free the Jena Six", was protected by guarantees of
the First Amendment. "It is called symbolic-speech," explained Barrett,
"when you use a flag, sign, bumper-sticker, gun or, even, noose to punctuate
your protest." Barrett said that the youth did not approach any of the Jena
Invaders and that, consequently, there was no "intimidation" or violence.
Munsen's fellow-protester, a teen whose name was not released, is
accused of being a "co-conspirator" for "glaring" at the invaders. "It
is part of free-speech to glare at anyone you want to," Barrett added.

Barrett noted that the petition, circulated by The Nationalist Movement on
"Jena Justice Day", contained moral-support for Munsen. "We applaud
the protest by Jeremiah Munsen against the Jena Invasion, which exercised
freedom-of-speech. We vow to bring back the First Amendment," the petition
recited. Barrett condemned the installation of Donald Washington, the first
Negro U.S. Attorney in the district, who instituted the prosecution, as an
example of the "minority-tyranny" which "Jena Justice Day" protested.
"Integration is infestation," Barrett stressed, punctuating that Washington
was "abusing his office by playing to the Black Caucus, instead of to the
Bill of Rights." He said that the indictment should either be dismissed or
Munsen acquitted and that "Washington should be replaced by someone
who represents the greater good, not the favored few."

Meanwhile, David Dupre, who had been barred from marching in the "No
to Jena Six, No to MLK" parade in Jena by Police-Chief Paul Smith, for
bearing a shotgun, said that he has been displaying a noose, from his
pick-up truck, in solidarity with Munsen, and will continue to do so. The
Nationalists are re-challenging the gun-ban in federal-court, after
Jena-officials reimposed it, after stating in court that they had withdrawn
it and Jena had been court-ordered not to interfere with the march. Over
a hundred nooses have been displayed throughout the country in support
of Munsen and in opposition to the "Jena Six". The Nationalists,
then, issued "guidelines" for engaging in "symbolic-speech."

Barrett queried if Washington were going to indict William Winchester for
"hate," "intimidation" and "conspiracy." The "January 21st Committee", a
self-declared adjunct of the Revolutionary Communist Party, had announced
that it would "shout down" speakers at "Jena Justice Day" and had, briefly,
occupied the Nationalists' speakers' platform. Leader William Winchester
had been arrested for assaulting the police, when he refused to clear out of
the rally-area, prior to commencement of speeches. "People are irate that
Americans are charged with 'hate' but minorities are not," declared Barrett.
Dupre said we must "get some people in Washington to start protecting
our rights." Barrett added that "creation of an untouchable-class of
privileged-minorities is nothing but detrimental to the American system
of justice." He hailed Munsen as a "modern-day Peter Zenger," after the
patriot who had been acquitted in 1735 of libeling the King.
© 2008 The Nationalist Movement