Ed Brown’s “crime,” fundamentally, was his desire to be left the hell alone by the Feds. His sentence is 37 years–effectively life imprisonment. No word on whether or not the “stockpiling” of explosives and weapons was itself illegal. And the judge speaks with certainty of what Brown “would have” done had he not been apprehended. This is what, in the movie “Minority Report,” was known as “pre-crime.” In short, Ed Brown has been shamelessly railroaded so as to be made an example of.
CONCORD – The 3 1/2-year saga of convicted tax evader turned anti-government militant Edward L. Brown likely ended yesterday when a judge sentenced him to 37 years in federal prison for stockpiling explosives and weapons at his former Plainfield compound during a nine-month standoff with federal agents.
U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal called Brown an “unrepentant” criminal who would have killed many U.S. marshals had they not successfully infiltrated his home and arrested him and his supporters in October 2007. The new sentence runs consecutive to the 63 months Brown already is serving for tax offenses.
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