By JJ MacNab | September 25, 2008
Welcome back to the Red Crayons blog!
I just returned tonight toÂ the land of a thousand Dunkin Donuts shops and minimum speed limit signs – that’s right, New Hampshire.Â Lots of trees, lots of granite, lots of Freestate Flakes.
Cirino “Reno” Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow morning at 10:00 and I’m in town to watch and comment on the proceedings.Â
For those of youÂ whoÂ haven’t been followingÂ the day-to-day silliness that is the Brown supporter soap opera, here’s a brief synopsis.
1)Â Thanks to aÂ nasty and childish rantÂ aimed at the sentencing judge, Jason Gerhard was sent toÂ federalÂ prison for 20 years;
2) Despite a similar but substantially tamerÂ outburst, Bob Wolffe received a 30-month prison sentence.Â With credit for time served and assuming his continued good behavior in the pokey, it looks like he’ll be home in time for Thanksgiving 2009;
3) Danny the Dogwalker Riley assaulted the court with dozensÂ ofÂ gibberishÂ filings, andÂ earned himself 30 days in aÂ mental institution / prison getting a psychiatric evaluation.Â The deadline for the report is mid-October so his sentencing will likely be scheduled after that date.Â Realistically, his sentence willÂ exceed 40 years;
4) Bill “Ed is worth moreÂ to me dead than alive” MillerÂ alledgedly threatenedÂ a policeman in hisÂ home town in New Hampshire and ended up spending several months in a state psychiatric ward.Â His brother wasÂ also arrested for apparently threatening a witness in Bill’s case;
5) Various freestater Ed Brown supporters have been dabbling in petty misdemeanors on the premise that flaking out on child support payments, driving sans license, threatening their loved ones with violence, and harassing the receptionists at IRS buildings are all really important projects that will forever change the world as we know it;
6) As if oneÂ religious guruÂ from Hawaii wasn’t enough in the Ed Brown saga, a second member of the Body of the Lord cult showed up at the empty Brown house and made himself at home over the summer.Â After being found guilty of trespassing, he was sentenced to time served and went home with his mommy.
7) Ed and Elaine Brown will likely be indicted on additional charges in the near future and just the explosives counts (30 year minimum) will ensure that they will never leave the prison system again.Â Had Elaine accepted the deal she was offered towards the end of the tax trial, she’d be free an estimated 13 months from now.
8 ) Ed Brown webmaster Shaun Kranish pled guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for having his Liberty Dollar and gun charges dropped.Â His wifeÂ had takenÂ a similar deal months earlier;
9) Both Ed and Elaine have been transferred from relatively comfy prisons to really horribleÂ and dangerousÂ prisons, thanks to the efforts of their supporters.Â Elaine took the advice of a tax denier / lawyer wannabe in Maine and filed phony 1099′s against the District Court and IRS, and Ed allowed Shaun Kranish to record a prison call under the pretense that Shaun wasÂ his lawyer;
But back toÂ Reno.Â Of all of the supporters, he’s the only one left that seems to have a small but loyal following.Â Â His family and friends have triedÂ quite hard to keep his name and story alive onÂ the web.Â Unfortunately,Â his family and friendsÂ have alsoÂ beenÂ working tirelesslyÂ toÂ ensure that RenoÂ receives the longest prison sentence possible.Â
Reno’s father Jose has been filing numerous gibberish commercial law documents with the court, signing Reno’s name to the documents, and undoubtedly pissing off the judge to no end.Â Reno, meanwhile, has been giving telephone interviews to a freestate videographer and the statements he’s made in those interviews will likely be played for the judge tomorrow, resulting in added years to his prison sentence. Reno has also been both ignoring and trashing his lawyer,Â alternating between threatening to sue him, and relying on his advice.Â Â As of right now, Reno has decided to keepÂ the lawyer on his team, but that could change at any moment.
Tomorrow’s obviously a big day for Reno.Â What a shame he doesn’t seem to understand that his actions (and those of his family and friends) will directly influence the sentence he’ll receive.