By JJ MacNab | April 1, 2008
Today was Twofer Tuesday – two big witnesses with two big stories.
Witness Anthony Dorothy
Mr. Dorothy is a prison snitch.Â He’s a highly intelligent man who has done really stupid and immoral things.Â He reminds me of Hannibal Lecter, but without the moral compass.
Since 1993, Dorothy has pled guilty or no contest to some really awful stuff – escape, two sexual assaults against minors, theft, felony possession of firearms, two misdemeanor assaults, disorderly conduct, unlawful imprisonment, terrorizing, unarmed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to escape, and conspiracy with a sawed off shotgun.
I will happily pay income taxes to keep this guy off the streets.
Over the years, he has testified against various inmates who were dumb enough to confess their sins to this guy.Â OneÂ man confessed that he was guilty of murder, another talked about wanting to get a witness killed, a third talked about his murder trial.Â Despite the fact that snitching has gotten this guy significantly lighter sentences, he’s stillÂ looking at 19-1/2 to 30 years in Michigan state prison and 38 months in federal prison for violating the terms of his supervised release on an earlier crime.
Dorothy hopes to get a letter from the prosecutors in this case acknowledging his cooperation.
Despite all his criminal background, the guy was as sharp as a tack, madeÂ consistent and detailed statements about what Danny had told him, and successfully and easily navigatedÂ himself through the word traps set by the three defenseÂ lawyers in this case.
Dorothy testified that he was housed in the Stratford CountyÂ jail for 5 to 6 days in February, 2008 en route to Maine for a supervised release revocation hearing.Â A prisoner from the floor below yelled up and introducedÂ Dorothy and DannyÂ with, “Danny, you know a lot about the law, why don’t you help this guy with his revocation.”
Danny and Dorothy were housed in neighboring cells and talked to each other through vents next to their cell toilets.Â Both men were being held in solitary confinement at the time, so they spent 23 hours a day in their individual cells.Â Danny said that he’d read about Ed and Elaine on the internet and that he’d been back and forth from New York to their home in Plainfield several times over a seven-month period.
To view a video made by Danny in early March of 2007 about his decision to go and support the Browns, go here.
Dorothy said Danny felt it was his duty as a patriot to stand with Ed Brown.Â Â Danny told Dorothy that he had a 12-gauge shotgun and other firearms and that he’d made zip guns out of 3/4-inch black pipe, 12 gauge shotgun shells, and a firing pin.Â He also talked about the Tannerite baggies that had been placed around the property 8 to 12 feet off the ground.Â Danny claimed that he had assembled pipe bombs and cans with nails taped to the outside, although he never said what was in the cans.Â In the end,Â Dorothy’s testimony matched what the jury has been hearing consistently through various other witnesses in the trial.
On cross examination, Jason’s lawyer focused on slicing and dicing the prison snitch’s criminal background, a pretty easy and effective task.Â Danny’s lawyer asked a whole lot of questions about the man’s prison history, how he was treated as a convicted child molester, and so on, but didn’t really score many points.Â He implied that the prisoner was a lowlife who befriended other prisoners in order to use the information for his own benefit, which the prisoner didn’t really deny.Â While the lawyer suggested that the Marshals had put the prisoner up to the task, he said that he’d never spoken to any federal law enforcement either person before or during his conversations with Danny.
Focusing on the general sliminess of the witness can only go so far if the lawyers don’t actually prove that Danny didn’t confess such things to the prison snitch or that the information confessed isn’t accurate.
Mr. Dorothy’s line of the day:
I don’t really call anyone I’m in prison with a friend.
Witness Ken Nunes
Mr. Nunes has been a deputy US Marshal for eleven years.Â His job since January 2007 has been to monitor the Browns in Plainfield, NH and act as a liaison with local law enforcement.
From January to June, 2007, all surveillance was covert.Â Supporters were allowed to come and go with no indication that the Marshals were monitoring anything.
In late May, the Marshals received information that Ed would ride his ATV down the driveway each day to get his mail from the mailbox.Â He would be armed but alone.Â On June 6th, several teams were put in place to arrest Ed on his mail run, but that day, Ed never went down to pick up his mail.Â They set up the teams again the following day, but this time Danny Riley was walking the dog, and stumbled on the arrest team.
The arrest team was carrying less-than-lethal round guns, and were hiding in the woods.Â A second team was stationed higher up the driveway to block Ed if he tried to drive his ATV back to the home.Â Two other groups, an observer team and a spotter team, were on the scene bringing the total number of Federal agents involved to approximately fifty.
Under the original plan, they would reroute the Brown’s home phone to a professional negotiator, arrest Ed while he picked up his mail, and then let the negotiator talk Elaine out of the home.
The surveillance camera on the property was only operational from May 24th to June 7th.
On July 17th, Jason Gerhard was in a car accident involving Elaine’s car.Â The witness was one of the Marshals who confiscated the car from the accident scene.Â The next day, Jason tried to file a stolen car report with the Lebanon police, and the witness spoke to Jason for roughly one hour.Â Nunes testified that Jason became agitated, and made comments such as:
You have no right to be here.
You’re enforcing laws that are unconstitutional.
I’m warning you.
I’m putting you on notice.
Jason said that Ed was a true patriot and that he supported him.Â The Marshal asked how he could consider anyone a patriot who talked about killing law enforcement and their families, and Jason responded that it was justifiable because the law enforcement individuals aren’t enforcing the Constitution, which is treason, and the penalty for treason is death.
Now that Ed’s threats are starting to worm their way into the trial, it’s a little surprising that the jury hasn’t heard about the Illuminati and Jesuit conspiracies that Ed ranted about for so many months.Â You’d think that knowing the defendants were supporting a man who was stark raving mad might be important to the jury; after all, the defendants were listening to Ed’s nonsense for months, and still chose to provide him with support and guns.Â
The following is one of Ed’s rants from an internet radio show dated February 2, 2007.
This is the beginning of one very huge movement. Iâ€™m not quite sure you understand the ramifications of whatâ€™s going on right now. This is massive. This is international. We are fed up with the Zionist Illuminati. Thatâ€™s what this is all about. Loud and clear. Zionist Illuminati. Lawyers, whatever they are, ok, itâ€™s going to stop. And if the judge is a member of that, I know that McAuliffe is, I know that US Attorney Colantuono is, theyâ€™d better stop. This is a warning. You can do whatever you want to me. My job is to get the message out and Iâ€™m getting the message out, and Iâ€™m warning you guys (not you guys [referring to the show hosts]) them to cease and desist their unlawful activity in this country and every other country because once this thing starts, weâ€™re going to seek â€˜em out and hunt them down. And weâ€™re going to bring them to justice. So anybody wishes to join them, you go right ahead and join them. But I promise you, long after Iâ€™m gone, theyâ€™re going to seek out every one of you and your bloodline.
WhatÂ a patriot.
After Dogwalker Day, the surveillance became more overt.Â The Marshals stopped people from attending the third Brown concert, they arrested Wolffe and theÂ three supporters currently on trial, and on October 4, 2007, they put in place their second plan to arrest Ed Brown.Â This time, their plan was successful.
Cross examination for this witness went on for hours.Â The defense attorneys tried to paint Dogwalker Day as some evil plot where the Marshals were lying about using less-than-lethal rounds when they fired at Danny, and tried to say that the Marshals had gone so far as to doctor the video tape of the event.Â They suggested that it was the Marshal’s fault that supporters were allowed to go to the Brown house, and that the Marshals should have realized that Ed Brown wasn’t really a violent guy who wanted to kill judges, Marshals, and their families.
Danny’s attorney seemed surprised by testimony that Ed and Chief Deputy Marshal Gary DiMartino had spoken almost daily by telephone in the early months of the standoff, even though Ed filmed one of the conversations, and mentioned the conversations many times on his daily radio show.
Danny’s entire defense seems to be focused on making Dogwalker Day an excuse for his acts which is a little odd considering he brought the Tannerite explosives two weeks prior to June 7, 2007 and purchased the .50 caliber Serbu rifle on May 23, 2007 –Â a gun which was found at the Brown house whenÂ the BrownsÂ were arrested.Â
By the end of the day, everyone was a little testy.Â Cross examination had become repetitive to the point that the jury was rocking in their chairs and gritting their little jury teeth in boredom.Â The Judge was calling a sidebar every few minutes when defense attorneys tried to parse the Dogwalker video almost frame by frame, and Reno became so exasperated by his legal counsel that he finally slapped the empty chair beside him and told his lawyer, “Sit down!”
- Danny’s lawyer was trying to illustrate that the supporters weren’t really violent people when the following exchange occurred:
Wiberg: The dog was never sicced on the team, was it?
Marshal: On the arrest team? No.Â
- The Marshals had cooperatingÂ people inÂ theÂ Brown house in July, August, andÂ September who were reporting to them.Â