APco 06/18 1812 Berg Suspects
DENVER (AP) -- Three suspects in the slaying death of radio
personality Alan Berg awaiting a Sept. 8 court date, on Wednesday
complained to a federal judge about conditions at the Denver
The three -- David Lane, Bruce Pierce and Richard Scutari --
complained they were being deprived of light, fresh air, phone
calls, visitors and Aryan Nations mail.
The trio, and a fourth defendant, Jean Craig, are members of a
violent neo-Nazi group charged with violating Berg's civil rights
by killing him outside his home in June 1984.
Pierce told U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch that the
threed a breath of fresh air since they were brought to Denver in
"The dogs living in the dog pound have more exercise and fresh
air than I do," Pierce said.
Scutari told the judge they didn't expect special treatment
but had been respectful to their jailers and felt they were being
harassed. "Like any dog in a kennel, if provoked enough, we will
respond," he said.
After court recessed, the judge held a private meeting with
attorneys and marshals to discuss their conditions of
The men again raised their challenge to the court's
jurisdiction in the case. They claim to be common-law citizens
of their individual home states, don't acknowledge U.S.
citizenship and therefore argue that the federal court has no
jurisdiction in cases against them.
They contend that the white race is being destroyed by laws
that protect minorities and disenfranchise the white majority. "I
am in the vanguard of those who will not submit to the dilution
and destruction of our race," Lane told the judge.
Matsch said he will issue a written opinion on this and other
pending motions in the case.
The four defendants were convicted on racketeering charges in
a 1985 federal trial in Seattle and are serving long prison terms
for those convictions.
Lane, Pierce and Scutari also are named in a related sedition
indictment in Fort Smith, Ark., returned by a grand jury on the
same day the Denver charges were filed.
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