Brent Douglas Cole, sovereign citizen1 and birther, was arrested and arraigned in connection with the shooting of a California Highway Patrol officer and a Bureau of Land Management ranger last year, an incident where Cole himself was also wounded. Those charges were dismissed September 25, 2014, by a Nevada County, California, court, only to be followed by a federal grand jury indictment on a charge of assault on a federal officer. Cole’s arrest was the occasion for the creation of my article category, Birthers Behaving Badly.
The case got scant publicity in the local press, and nothing was published that I can find about the dismissal, which I had to seek in court records. The federal charges appeared in an FBI press release. Cole is still facing an earlier state weapons charge and was due in Nevada County, California, court October 30, 2014. He didn’t show according to court records. Why? Here’s the note on the court record:
MISC CLERICAL DOCKET NOTE: DEF IS IN CUSTODY OF FEDS. FAILS TO APPEAR THIS DATE AS ORDERED (FEDS REFUSE TO RELEASE) B/W [bench warrant] $5,000 ORDERED. SJV
I’m unsure what the status of the case is. I found it under case number 2:14-mj-00212-EFB-1 in the Eastern District of California, with nothing showing except appointment of counsel, October 1 and a “date closed” of 10/2/2014. Now there is Cole v. USA (2255 – (2:14-CR-00269 GEB)) which is a “Motion to Vacate Sentence” filed January 29, 2015.
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