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Brent Douglas Cole now facing federal charges

Brent Douglas ColeBrent 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 found 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.

Update:

imageCole was found Guilty on Tuesday, February 11.

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1His sovereign citizen name is Brent-Douglas : Cole.

Shrimpton gets jail time for false report

Photo of Michael ShrimptonOne of many birther hopes that didn’t pan out, British barrister Michael Shrimpton was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in jail for making a nuclear bomb threat he said was based on information from “European sources.” There was no bomb and the judge was convinced that Shrimpton knew the report was false. The judge concluded:

… Michael Shrimpton, who is not just a harmless eccentric, but a menace has today been sentenced accordingly.

Shrimpton was also noted for his cock-and-bull story about the CIA and Obama’s DNA, and his conviction for having indecent photographs of children on a flash drive.

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Birther may be ordered to undergo psychiatric examination

Michael Shrimpton is a British barrister and self-proclaimed expert on British intelligence. He made a false report of an imminent terrorist attack at the London Olympics, and was found guilty by a court this past November of “communicating false information” says The Daily Mail newspaper. Sentencing is scheduled for February, but before that Judge Alistair McCreath QC wants Shrimpton examined:

The sentence that I pass upon you will have to reflect that gravity of the conduct of which you have been convicted.

But if, as may be the case, there is some underlying reason for it, then it seems to me important that I be informed of that underlying reason and I am therefore minded to order that you undergo psychiatric examination.

Shrimpton made waves on this side of the pond with his claims that Barack Obama is not the son of Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr. He determined this from the lack of a reply from the CIA.

Update:

It appears that the psychiatric examination did not take place.

Judge sentences Fitzpatrick to 3 years

Calls him a “moral coward”

Judge John Blackwell had no sympathy for Walter Fitzpatrick’s claims of defending the constitution, as he sentenced the former Navy Lt. Commander to 3 years in jail with the possibility of parole after serving 30% of the sentence following a June conviction on felony charges of extortion and aggravated perjury.

The judge was quoted by defense attorney Van Irion as saying: “I’m sick and tired of all these people who want to talk about their Constitutional rights.” The context of that remark, if accurate, was not readily available.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, something over 25 people were in the court gallery to support Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was taken into custody following the sentencing. For a first-hand account of the hearing:

 

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Birther movement creator found with potentially smoking gun

Joseph Farah, editor of the Internet tabloid WorldNetDaily, was detained at the Dulles Airport after TSA screeners found a loaded 38 caliber revolver in his carryon luggage. He faces a class 1 misdemeanor charge, says The Southern Poverty Law Center web site.

Farah famously claimed to have created the birther movement. His WorldNetDaily “Where’s the Birth Certificate” billboards and a similarly-named book by Jerome Corsi popularized the movement, and their support for Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse kept the movement alive after Obama released his long-form birth certificate.

I wonder what he planned to do with that gun?

Update:

Farah has commented on his experience in an article at WorldNetDaily calling his action “something stupid.” Farah then goes on to use the incident to push some other left-wing bashing agenda.

Farah and WorldNetDaily have been very critical of the TSA, writing a series of articles such as:

That’s not half of them. You would think that Farah feels the way about the TSA as I feel about birthers. 😯

Commentary

This article appears because I felt that my readers would want to know about the Farah incident. There is some satisfaction seeing what I think is a successful “bad person” get his comeuppance.1 It is not intended as evidence that birthers are a special class of scofflaw, at least not consciously. Perhaps part of it is that vocal birthers hold themselves as upholders of the law (in particular the Constitution) and ones who resist what they perceive as the lawlessness of the Executive. The “Birthers behaving badly” series seeks to poke holes in that argument with counterexamples, but don’t expect tomorrow’s headline to be “Birther fined for littering.”


1I don’t think I’ve ever written that word before.