Thursday, March 18, 2010
Railton Loy Excused From Jury Service In South Bend, Indiana Because Of Membership In The National Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan
On March 18th, 2010, the South Bend Tribune reports that a local resident has been excused from jury service after voluntarily disclosing his membership in a Klan organization. The exclusion is not permanent, but effective only for the current levy. Additional discussion on this Stormfront thread.
Railton Loy, the Imperial Wizard of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, recently received a summons for jury duty. He was part of a pool of prospective jurors to be assigned to various cases. But although Loy had not yet been assigned to a specific case, he called the St. Joseph County courthouse and also sent the Tribune a letter requesting he be excused. In his phone call, Loy admitted his Klan affiliation and said he couldn't be fair unless the defendant was White. Furthermore, Loy allegedly said that if ordered to appear, he would wear his full Klan uniform to jury selection to facilitate removal from the pool. Judge Roland Chamblee Jr. subsequently confirmed that Loy would indeed have been excused if he had appeared in full Klan regalia.
Bailiff Julie Igaz confirmed the court received a phone message from Loy. She said she recommended Loy's exclusion because she did not want to waste the court's time, and she accepted his reason for deferral, even though automatic deferrals are normally limited to hardship, extreme inconvenience, or necessity. But judges make the final decision about exclusion; in this case, Judge Chamblee agreed.
Railton Loy is to be commended for his honesty. Had his Klan membership became public after a trial involving a non-White defendant was underway, it could have triggered a mistrial at additional expense to taxpayers. Thus Loy's honesty saved local taxpayers money. Ironically, the National Knights website actually lists Ray Larsen as the Imperial Wizard.
However, there are cases in which it would be advantageous to the Cause for a White Nationalist to attempt to get seated on a jury. It would be in cases where White activists are being tried for political reasons. I personally would have sought to be on the jury for the trials of the Shaun Walker Trio, Bill White, and Hal Turner, so I could have voted for acquittal on all counts in those cases. I do not consider "interfering in a Federally-protected activity" to be a real crime. On the other side of the coin, I also wouldn't have minded being on the juries in the trials of the Christian-Newsom butchers, so I could have voted to put them to death.
However, although a WN is not obligated to voluntarily disclose WN affiliation, if specifically asked during voir dire about WN affiliation, the WN would need to own up to it, or risk possible legal consequences.