Update July 1st, 2012: Michael Carothers seeking to withdraw guilty plea because banishment provision would leave him homeless; see updated post HERE.
Update May 18th 2012: The Council of Conservative Citizens reveals that Michael Carothers accepted a plea bargain on November 15th, 2011 after the judge ruled that an incident from 1999 could be admitted as evidence. Although prosecutors asked for four years in prison, the judge sentenced him to one year.
Billy Roper calls our attention to the plight of Michael Weaver, a National Alliance member who he said is being prosecuted for having successfully defended himself against two black carjackers by using Mace down in Columbus, Georgia. However, the accompanying media story from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer identifies him as Michael Carothers, so I will use that name in this post. He does use the name Michael Weaver on his White Information Network blog. The link to Roper's website is no longer available, and has been deactivated.
Carothers was indicted and arrested on Tuesday August 23rd, 2011 on aggravated assault charges and is currently being held without bond at the Muscogee County Jail. However, the Ledger-Enquirer published a somewhat different version of events. Police claim that on December 4th, 2010, Carothers slowly pulled up in his car alongside a 26-year-old black man who was walking on Rose Hill Street in Columbus, When the man got on the sidewalk and kept walking, Carothers allegedly stopped his car, got out, sprayed pepper spray on the man’s neck, returned to his car and drove away.
Carothers was arrested about an hour later and initially charged with a misdemeanor simple battery charge. However, a Columbus police detective familiar with Carothers -- more specifically, with Carothers' National Alliance activism -- contacted Columbus Solicitor General Ben Richardson about the case, saying he should take a serious look at the misdemeanor charge. Subsequently, Senior Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly (the same Don Kelly who was arrested for DUI on December 4th, 2010) took the case from State Court prosecutors after examining the accusations, and upgraded the charges to felony aggravated assault. If convicted, Carothers could face anywhere from one to 20 years in prison.
Now think about this a moment. Here's a guy who's not been in any prior trouble with the law, and who is a white racialist activist. He's known in the community for passing out pro-White literature. If you look at his picture, you'll see he has hair on his head, and no tattoos. Doesn't look much different than a typical Mormon missionary. Are you going to tell me that he drove up alongside a black man, and, without provocation, got out of his vehicle, maced him, then got back in and drove away? Uh-uh...I ain't buying it. There's no logic to it. They're targeting Carothers because of his political activism.
I waded through the 432 comments posted to the Ledger-Enquirer story. Most of them were abominably chatty and/or incoherent, but they revealed that Michael Carothers has actually been in court on at least two separate occasions between his arrest and now, before it was bumped up to a grand jury and superior court. Here was one semi-coherent comment:
ellenhorn August 26th:
This was the biggest bunch of B.S. The movers and shakers around here are more racist than Michael Weaver. They bumped his charge up, as it was only simple battery. Two young men had cracked glass beer bottles on him. The fellow who somehow was close enough to Michael to get sprayed didn't want medical treatment. The other one wanted nothing to do with it legally; as there was Michael and two other men involved. A local gang task manager had this kicked up to a more severe offense upstairs to Superior Court, and convened a grand jury. Mr. Weaver, or Michael was taken out at gun point from his home for a 'bench warrant'. He had already been to court twice. He was never given a court date for this 'bench warrant' . This is illegal!!! The fellow he allegedly sprayed was in 'jail'...
It appears that Billy Roper got the story right.