ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Supplement 21 [3/3]

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year, has said she is a target of the grand jury's investigation
into small fires at clinics in Norfolk and Newport News.

A small but vocal group regularly protests at local
clinics, but they have denied using violence. They say the grand
jury investigation is an effort to intimidate them.

``I think they're going to hang somebody,'' Mrs. Powell
said. ``I don't think they care who.''

Mrs. Powell, who has been active in the Life Ministries
anti-abortion group for six years, was arrested Feb. 28 after
going before the grand jury and refusing to testify.

She said U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar warned her
earlier Monday that she could face criminal contempt charges and
a lengthy prison stay if she continued to stay silent.

Since investigators already knew the answers to what they
were asking her, she said, she decided to go ahead and testify.

Prosecutors have refused to comment throughout the

Mrs. Powell spent about 20 minutes before the grand jury
in secret proceedings. In addition to the book, she also was
asked about the clinic fires, but said she didn't know anything
about them.

A copy of ``The Army of God'' was found among the
possessions of Shelley Shannon, a Grants Pass, Ore., woman who is
serving a 10-year sentence in Kansas for attempted murder of an
abortion doctor in 1993.

The grand jury is believed to have stemmed from a 16-month
investigation into whether a national conspiracy existed to
commit violence at abortion clinics. That probe ended in January
without indictments.

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Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 19:22:00 -0800 (PST)

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Two Abortion Activists Indicted in Clinic Fires

By Associated Press, 03/26/96


Associated Press Writer

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Two anti-abortion activists were
indicted on federal conspiracy and arson charges for fires at two
Virginia abortion clinics.

Jennifer Sperle and Clark Martin, along with unidentified
co-conspirators, dropped roadside flares and lighter fluid
through a mail slot at a Newport News clinic, the indictment
stated. In Norfolk, they ignited kerosene after breaking a

The fires caused minor damage to the abortion clinics.

The indictment stated that Mrs. Sperle also tried to show
others how to destroy clinics, including providing an underground
how-to manual.

If convicted, Mrs. Sperle and Martin each face up to 45
years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

A federal grand jury probe into the fires began Feb. 28.
At least two anti-abortion activists were taken into custody for
refusing to testify; one woman spent nearly a month in jail
before she talked and was released Monday.

The woman, Rae Powell, said she told the grand jury that
Mrs. Sperle gave her a copy of the Army of God manual, an
underground booklet that describes how to blow up abortion

Mrs. Sperle, who moved last year from Norfolk to Wichita,
Kan., was arrested in Wichita Tuesday, officials said. It was
unknown if Martin was in custody. His attorney told authorities
he would surrender.

``The good news here is that they got two indictments,
which indicates that the Justice Department didn't just abandon
its abortion violence investigation as some anti-abortionists had
mistakenly claimed in January,'' said Eleanor Smeal, head of the
Feminist Majority Foundation in Arlington.

``It's encouraging that they could bring a conspiracy
charge, because some anti-abortionists have been saying there is
no conspiracy,'' she said.

But Donald Spitz, head of Pro-Life Virginia, said the
investigation was a witch hunt. ``They're putting people in jail
for trying to save innocent babies from being put to death,'' he

When Mrs. Sperle's name first surfaced as a target of the
investigation, she said she was more angry than worried about it.

She said she had allowed a former abortion clinic security
guard to stay in her home after he claimed he had ``seen the
light,'' but she had come to believe he was an FBI informant.

``We're a Christian family,'' said Mrs. Sperle, who is
pregnant with her fourth child. ``We'll take anybody at their
word until they prove otherwise.''

Martin had been arrested in a 1994 protest at a Newport
News clinic. His attorney, David Daulton, said Monday that his
client and his wife, Patricia Martin, were unaware of any violent
activities or conspiracy.

Mrs. Sperle lived in Norfolk at the time of the December
1994 fire at the Peninsula Medical Center for Women in Newport
News and the March 1995 at the Tidewater Women's Health Center in

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{Editor's Note: The Freemen, a notorious group of racist
militiamen have been "pursued" by the State for nearly a year.
Their crimes have ranged from assault, wire, mail and bank fraud,
as well issuing death threats against local officials.
Negotiations with the fascists are described as "sensitive." An
earlier story quotes the U.S. Attorney as saying, "we don't want
to do anything that endangers the safety of the people in the
One is forced to wonder where the government's "sensitivity" was
on May 13, 1985 when the Philadelphia police bombed the MOVE
home, murdering eleven Black men and women, including five
children; the attack torched an entire city block. Just though
I'd ask.}

Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 19:20:50 -0800 (PST)

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Freemen Shout Down Judge, U.S. Attorney in Court

By Associated Press, 03/26/96


Associated Press Writer

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Chained at the hand and foot, two
militant anti-government ``freemen'' shouted down a federal
magistrate in court Tuesday, yelling that their arraignment was a
``sham proceeding.''

Brought into the heavily guarded federal courtroom, LeRoy
Schweitzer and Daniel Peterson Jr. immediately began shouting
objections and protests to everything said by the magistrate or
U.S. attorney.

``I don't have to listen to the court,'' Peterson yelled.

``I object to any arraignment,'' LeRoy Schweitzer shouted.
``This court lacks jurisdiction. You're without power to go on.''

The judge finally postponed the arraignment of Schweitzer
and Peterson Jr., who are charged with threatening public
officials, conspiracy and bank, financial and mail fraud.

``That's justice folks,'' Peterson yelled as he was led

The arraignment will occur when arrangements are made so
the men cannot disrupt the proceedings, such as putting them in a
separate courtroom and allowing them to watch the proceedings on
video, officials said.

Meanwhile, federal agents moved in closer to the
``freemen's'' remote farm compound, working to persuade other
fugitives to surrender peacefully and clearly trying to avoid
another debacle like the Ruby Ridge standoff.

U.S. Attorney Sherry Matteucci said they didn't want to
endanger anyone's safety, and asked that the remaining people
turn themselves in.

``We intend you no harm,'' Matteucci said. ``Our goal is
for you to come in peacefully and I promise you that if you do
you will be safe.''

There are women and children at the farm, Matteucci said.

Schweitzer, 57, and Peterson, 53, were arrested Monday and
charged along with 10 others in schemes involving $19.5 million
in fraudulent checks and money orders. Schweitzer, Peterson and
others also face state charges of criminal syndicalism - the
advocacy of violence for political aims.

They also are accused of conspiracy for allegely
instructing others how to issue bogus drafts. About 800 people
from at least 30 states have paid to attend ``classes'' on using
phony documents, said prosecutors, who estimated losses to banks,
government and businesses at more than $1.8 million.

The indictment also accused the men of threatening to
kidnap an murder a U.S. District judge in Billings.

The freemen group denies the legitimacy of the government.
Members call their compound, a cluster of houses and other
buildings on a 960-acre wheat farm, ``Justus Township'' and
insist they have their own laws and their own courts. Neighbors
say they are heavily armed.

The farm 30 miles northwest of Jordan was sold at a
foreclosure auction in October, and the new owners have grown
increasingly impatient to take possession as spring planting time

Authorities had held off for months on any attempt to
arrest members of the group, saying they feared a violent
confrontation such as that at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. In that 1992
standoff, a federal marshal and a separatist's wife and son were

More than 100 federal, state and local law officers were
in the area Tuesday, at roadblocks that appeared and disappeared,
only t reform elsewhere on another backcountry gravel road.

Cars were stopped and their occupants questioned, but no
firm boundary was set around the freeman compound. Six people
left the compound Monday; they were not named in arrest warrants
and were allowed to go on their way.

Meanwhile, a television report said an FBI raid at a Los
Angeles County hotel Tuesday was linked to the investigation in

John Hoos, an FBI spokesman in Los Angeles, would neither
confirm nor deny the KCBS-TV report that a search warrant was
issued and a man detained in Lancaster, Calif.

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Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 20:15:28 -0800 (PST)

Monday March 25 2:52 PM EST

Supreme Court to Rule on English Only Law

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The Supreme Court stepped into an
election-year controversy and said Monday it would decide the
constitutionality of an Arizona law that requires state workers
to speak only English on the job.

Arizona voters in 1988 narrowly approved an initiative which
amended the state constitution and barred the use of any language
other than English by all state employees while performing their
official duties.

The justices argeed to review a ruling by a federal appeals
court in California that the measure violated free-speech rights
protected under the Constitution's First Amendment.

The high court will hear oral arguments in the case in its
term that begins in October, with a decision likely in 1997.

The issue has emerged in the presidential campaign. Presumed
Republican presidential nominee, Bob Dole, has advocated making
English the nation's official language while his rival,
conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, has taken an even stronger
stand favoring English as the official language.

The Arizona law had been challenged by Maria-Kelley Yniguez,
an employee of the department of administration who handled
medical malpractice claims against the state.

Fluent in English and Spanish, she spoke Spanish to some

She stopped speaking Spanish at work after the law had been
approved and filed a lawsuit claiming the measure violated her
constitutional and federal civil rights.

A federal judge declared the law unconstitutional in a ruling
upheld by a three-judge panel of the U.S. appeals court. The full
appeals court, by a 6-5 vote, struck down the law last year for
being too broad and a ``prohibited means of promoting the English

Appealing to the Supreme Court to hear the case was a group
called Arizonans for Official English, which argued that a state
may require its employees to use a certain language.

Supporting the appeal were a number of conservative legal
organizations and a group of 21 House Republicans, including such
conservative lawmakers as Robert Dornan of California and Philip
Crane of Illinois.

Attorneys for Yniques argued that the Arizona measure was the
most restrictive and sweeping of the official language laws
adopted by any of the states.

Besides the constitutional issues, the Supreme Court also will
consider whether the English-only group, rather than the state,
can proceed with the appeal and if there is an actual case or
controversy involving Yniguez because no action has been taken
against her.

In other action Monday, the Supreme Court:

-- let stand a ruling that Louisiana must pay for abortions
for low-income rape and incest survivors, along with women facing
life-threatening pregnancies. The justices previously denied
similar appeals by a number of other states.

-- agreed to decide whether two ranch operators and two
irrigation districts in Oregon may sue the federal government to
challenge an opinion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over
two endangered fish species.



Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 07:33:09 -0800 (PST)

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Man Crashes Van Into The Redneck Shop

By Associated Press, 03/25/96

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) - A man drove a van through the front
windows of a new store that sells Confederate and Ku Klux Klan
paraphernalia, and it was no accident, police said.

Police said David Prichard Hunter, 43, backed a white van
in and out of the front of the Redneck Shop several times on
Sunday, destroying the windows and damaging some of its contents.

Hunter, who is white, was charged with malicious damage to
property and held in the Laurens city jail.

Self-professed KKK member John Howard opened his shop
inside an old movie theater March 1. On display inside the store
are Klan memorabilia and flags, as well as pictures of cross
burnings, Klan meetings and Klan founders. He has said he is
selling items to raise funds for a Klan museum.

No one was inside the store when the incident occurred.
Police said no one was hurt.

Hunter was angry about the shop's existence and had vowed
``to do something about it,'' said his brother, Kevin.

Howard said he was out of town picking up T-shirts when
the damage was done.

``I was astonished,'' Howard said. ``I don't know why he
done it.''

His counters and a couple of irreplaceable pictures were
destroyed, but the store managed to reopen later in the day, he

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