Jury Deliberates in Order Racketeering Trial
SEATTLE (AP) _ Jurors in the federal trial of 10 alleged white supremacists deliberated for their first full day Tuesday, weighing accusations that the defendants committed murders, robberies, and counterfeiting in an Aryan crusade.
The all-white jury of eight women and four men received the case late Monday afternoon, as the racketeering trial entered its 15th week. More than 1,500 exhibits were moved to the jury room for jurors to consider along with three months of testimony from more than 300 witnesses.
The panel went home for the night about 4:40 p.m. and will resume deliberations Wednesday morning.
Jurors were allowed to take notes during the trial, but do not have access to trial transcripts.
Defense attorneys speculated Tuesday that jurors would take several days to run through the complicated, multiple-count indictment, with verdicts coming as late as Christmas Eve. The trial began Sept. 9.
The defendants are Bruce Carroll Pierce, 31; Randolph George Duey, 34; Richard Harold Kemp, 23; Andrew Virgil Barnhill, 29; David Eden Lane, 47; Gary Lee Yarbrough, 30; Frank Lee Silva, 27; Jean Margaret Craig, 52; Randall Paul Evans, 30; and Ardie McBrearty, 57.
All are charged with racketeering and conspiracy to racketeer under the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
The government claims they were part of a white supremacist conspiracy bent on overthrowing the government and establishing an Aryan homeland free from Jews, racial minorities and ″white traitors.″
Prosecutors allege they financed their efforts with robberies and counterfeiting and killed two men, including Denver radio host Alan Berg, whom they considered threats to their cause.