Three Men In Court On Berg Slaying
DENVER (AP) _ Security was heavy Thursday as three white supremacists accused in the killing of radio personality Alan Berg went to federal court to hear the charges filed against them.
David Lane, 48; Bruce Pierce, 32; and Richard Scutari, 39, all indicated they would file protests against the charges, saying the court did not have jurisdiction in the case.
After reading the charges, U.S. Magistrate Donald Abrams set an arraignment for Friday. At least 40 law enforcement officials were on hand Thursday as the three were escorted into the courthouse without incident.
The three men, plus a fourth suspect who was arraigned last week, were charged in a federal civil rights indictment last month with interfering with Berg’s right to engage in his employment because of his religion, race or national origin. Berg was Jewish.
The 50-year-old radio personality was slain with a submachine gun June 18, 1984, in front of his Denver home. He frequently used his radio show to attack and embarrass white supremacists.
The fourth defendant, Jean Craig, 52, pleaded innocent to the charges last week.
All four defendants, members of the militant supremacist group The Order, are serving time in federal prisons in separate convictions and were transported to Denver by U.S. marshals.
Lane, Pierce and Scutari also were indicted last month in Arkansas on charges of seditious conspiracy.