The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is planning to cancel the National Alliance's contract to participate in a state litter cleanup program. Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says the National Alliance has been found to be discriminatory. Wolfe says the group's contract to be in the "Adopt-A-Highway" program will have 15 days from the date of the letter before it's ended. Wolfe claims the cabinet was unaware of the group's beliefs when it was accepted into the program in September 2007.
The coordinator of the Cincinnati Unit of the National Alliance, Robert Ransdell, who initiated the group's participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program, "adopting" a section of highway near Florence, Kentucky, says the signs have been up for more than a year without any problem. Ransdell says the group is not a hate group and believes the state is itself being discriminatory.
The National Alliance plans to review its legal options. Whether or not it pursues a legal remedy will depend upon the funds available, the likelihood of raising additional public funds, and whether or not this particular issue would be considered worth contesting. As a matter of fact, National Alliance Chairman Erich Gliebe has since posted the following comment to the media story (special registration NOT required to post comments):
Posted by: Erich. Location: Cleveland on May 1, 2009 at 12:52 PM
Once again, the media lies about our group and the government believes the lies. The National Alliance will be taking legal action to defend our reputation against this blatant abuse of power by the state. We fully intend to file a grievance over this. Our sign will stay up. Watch and see.
Erich Gliebe Chairman National Alliance
In a prospective court fight, the National Alliance could raise the following question: If the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet considers the National Alliance to be so "discriminatory", why did they not exercise due diligence and discover this upon the Cincinnati Unit's initial application in September 2007? Why did they wait nearly 18 months until the local media raised a stink before suddenly finding the Alliance to be "discriminatory", considering that the National Alliance has a website where their views are widely available to the public? A simple web search would have uncovered the information at the time. Unless, of course, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet knew about the Alliance's racial views and approved their Adopt-A-Highway application anyway - then it could be exposed that the Cabinet has changed their mind simply because of media pressure and out of a desire to cover their asses.
The National Alliance could also cite the legal precedent set in the Supreme Court case of Yarnell v. Cuffley, in which the Court affirmed the right of a Klan organization to participate in Missouri's Adopt-A-Highway program, ruling that denying them participation would violate the group's free speech rights under the First Amendment. The legal opinion can be read HERE.
Two pro-White attorneys who could be useful to the National Alliance's cause are Edgar Steele and Richard Barrett. Steele not only has a considerable following throughout the White nationalist community, but is highly respected thanks to his Nickel Rants. Barrett, in contrast, is not so well-known, but is one of the few White nationalists to have actually won court cases revolving around pro-White issues, including one noteworthy victory in York, Pennsylvania.