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Supremacist accused in Kansas attacks testified in Arkansas trial

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published April 14, 2014 at 11:12 a.m. Updated April 14, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.

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This photo provided by 41ActionNews, shows Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross is accused of killing three people outside Jewish sites near Kansas City on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

The white supremacist accused of killing three people at a pair of Jewish centers in Kansas testified 25 years ago in Arkansas in a federal trial of a group of men ultimately acquitted of trying to overthrow the government.

Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., is being held on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder in the deadly attacks Sunday in Overland Park, Kan., the Associated Press reported.

Cross went by Glenn Miller when he testified in the federal trial of 14 men, including 10 charged with sedition and five who had been accused of conspiring to kill a federal judge and an FBI agent, according to newspaper stories from the time.

Miller, who once led the White Patriots Party in North Carolina, told a federal jury in Fort Smith that the late founder of another white-supremacist group gave him thousands in stolen money for his group, according to a March 11, 1988, story on the testimony written by The Associated Press.

About a year earlier, Miller said he was told by a federal judge in the case to testify at a grand jury, take the 5th Amendment or go to jail, according to an Arkansas Gazette story.

"This is like Communist Russia; you have no rights at all," Miller was quoted as saying of the proceeding in the Feb 27, 1987, story. " The whole purpose of this is to silence the White Patriot Movement."

Thomas Robb of Harrison, who is national director of the Ku Klux Klan, also testified at that grand jury, according to the story, but was upset he was not allowed to read a statement he had prepared that called the charge of attempting to overthrow the government "absurd."

"To believe that we (and I use the word "we" meaning those of us on the political right) are even remotely capable of overthrowing the federal government is ludicrous," Robb's statement said, according to the newspaper account. "Even if we so desired it, it would be no more possible than to have the town drunk to successfully pose as the Duke of Windsor. "

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil-rights organization, Miller testified in the trial as part of a plea bargain in which he also spent three years in prison "on weapons charges and for plotting robberies and the assassination of SPLC founder Morris Dees."

The 14 defendants were ultimately found innocent of the charges in the federal trial. One of them, Louis Ray Beam Jr., raised a Confederate battle flag outside the courthouse and called the acquittal a "tremendous defeat" for the government, according to an April 8, 1988, newspaper account.

"I want to say to hell with the federal government," the story reported Beam as saying.

In addition to forming the White Patriots Party, Miller is a "former 'grand dragon' of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan," the law center said on its website.

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djigoo says... April 14, 2014 at 12:34 p.m.

He's hoping they have FOX news in prison.

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T6 says... April 14, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

Didn't think Democrats watched Fox news, Goo.

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3rdWorldState says... April 14, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

Wonder if this guy voted R or D or I?
The sad thing is...we all know the answer.

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 14, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.

3rdWorldState It does not matter, you got conservative far right wing nuts in all three. Someone should have exercised their 2nd amendment remedies on this nut case years ago.

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3rdWorldState says... April 14, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

Maybe so.
But if you were betting money...
I would bet I know how you would bet.

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 14, 2014 at 1:11 p.m.

The south produces such great roll models for the youth today. Thomas Robb is such an outstanding citizen, I am sure the right wing is proud of him. And we thought Arkansas got a bad rap for keeping our women bare feet and pregnant. Robb is also one of those good Baptist preachers from the south. I bet he mourned for a week when Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church went to hell in a hand basket.

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T6 says... April 14, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.

Let me help you out 3rd world.. He was a DemocratKKK

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Packman says... April 14, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

@BillSmithFreeSpiritMan - Do you really seriously want to go there (the south produces.....)? Who produced the Boston Marathon bombers; who produced Jerry Sandusky; who produced Ted Bundy; who produced the unibomber; who produced John Wayne Gacy; who produced Adam Lanza; who produced Harry Reid.......
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Miller deserves a bullet between the eyes, no more, no less because of his actions. The 1st Amendment guarantees his hate speech, however appalling it may be up to the point it equals yelling FIRE in a crowded theater. To enjoy the rights provided to us all by the 1st Amendment we must also tolerate speech by the likes of Miller. The 1st Amendment protects the good and the bad although recently it seems liberals only want to protect speech to their particular liking.
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@3rdWorldState - You will find anti-government types like Miller tend not to vote at all. Since Democrats were the original segregationists, my guess is if he did vote it would be with his Democrat heritage.

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 14, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

SuferDuuuude ...... It is not a question of democrat, independent or republican, the man is a conservative , it s that simple. A conservative can hang any of the following signs around his neck, but he still does not want things to change period. For when things change if by technology, or a new and better thought process, that is usually called progress which certain conservatives want no part of.

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3rdWorldState says... April 14, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

Suffer, read a book. The Dems and Rep switch horses about 40 years ago. Dems wanted slaves too. Different now. A shame you cant get that.

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