However, this information was not reported by a single mainstream media outlet, as they are obviously quite determined to flush this down the memory hole. Instead, we learn of this only through a letter sent by Sheppard to Harold Covington, who posted it on his blog. Discussion also on the Vanguard News Network Forum and Stormfront. The letter is cross-posted in its entirety below:
5 April 2009
You were right. Our asylum claim has been denied, as has witholding of removal. We were thinking of appealing and sticking it out, but really this place is replete with people hanging on hoping for a miracle that's never going to happen, and we don't want to join them.
Our barrister told us when he visited to testify for us that this immigration judge, Rose Peters, has granted asylum to an IRA murderer who had killed two policemen, supposedly on political grounds, so that's the level of hypocrisy we're up against. Better we think to go back to England, face the music, and get it over with.
The ground for refusing asylum was that our prosecution in the UK did not constitute persecution (i.e. the government attorney and the IJ, both women, agree with it. The government attorney even argued against the First Amendment.) I believe that because this is a subjective assessment it is quite difficult to appeal against, and we could spend years taking it through various courts.
(also signed by Stephen Whittle)
The story of these two is told on the Heretical website. This case has been dragging on since last summer. It all started on Friday July 14th, 2008 when Simon Sheppard was found guilty on Friday July 14, 2008 of eleven counts of ‘race hate’ - all relating to internet publishing posted on servers in the U.S.A. Stephen Whittle (Luke O'Farrell) was found guilty on five counts also relating to internet publishing. The case has some analogies with the unsuccessful extradition hearings in London for Dr Fredrick Toben's deportation for trial in Germany for ‘holocaust denial’ and with the Zundel trial.
Germany claims jurisdiction over German nationals even if they post material on the internet abroad and/or live abroad. But in the case of the Heretical Two, a British court went further by asserting jurisdiction over writings on the internet if they can be downloaded in England. But British authorities neglected to take their passports, so Sheppard and Whittle left over the weekend for Ireland, then flew to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and surrendered to officials in order to seek political asylum in the U.S.A. They have been held by the Department of Homeland Security in Santa Ana, California ever since. Subsequently, a British court found Sheppard guilty of five out of seven additional charges which were undecided at the time of his departure from the U.K. at Leeds Crown Court on 8 January 2009.