Despite Dismissal, Alaska Militia Leader Still Facing Serious Charges
Serious federal conspiracy and firearms charges remain in place against Alaska militia leader Francis Schaeffer Cox, and he’s still in jail, even though state murder-conspiracy charges have been dismissed.
Cox is at the center of an alleged plot by the Alaska Peacekeepers Militia to kidnap or kill Alaska state troopers and a Fairbanks judge. As that case goes forward, its connection with “sovereign citizen” antigovernment activities elsewhere is becoming more apparent – and alarming.
One antigovernment activist in Washington State, who served on a pseudo-legal “common-law” jury that “acquitted” Cox, reportedly likened shooting police officers to pheasant hunting.
The dismissal of state conspiracy to commit murder charge against Cox came last Friday, just 10 days after a state judge in Alaska ruled that prosecutors couldn’t use more than 100 hours of audio and video surveillance as evidence in the state trial of Cox. State Judge David Stewart held those secret recordings made by the FBI during a six-month investigation violated Alaska’s constitution because they were made without a search warrant.