Bombs, Taxes and Red Crayons has covered today’s cross-examination of Reno Gonzalez, as well as the closing statements in the trial of the Brown supporters.
Here are some excerpts:
When Reno first heard about the Ed Brown standoff, he says he didn’t know it was about tax issues. All he knew is that Ed had holed himself up his home. Reno had been “researching” the incidents at Ruby Ridge and Waco at the time.
Reno: I didn’t think [the standoff] would last too long. They would just go in and kill them.
Reno (later): The US Marshals don’t ask questions … I thought this would be another Ruby Ridge.
According to Reno, all three defendants were there to take advantage of Ed’s press. Jason went to the Browns “because there was a cruise missile that hit the Pentagon” and “he was there to defend the Browns … the only thing else he did was drink beer.” Riley was there “because he took a military oath” to defend the Constitution and his research had told him that the income tax laws were unlawful.
Prosecutor: Don’t you care about Ed and Elaine Brown?
Reno: Ed Brown is kind of a jerk… I’m a realist, not a hero.
Prosecutor: Did you tell Jason to arm himself?
Reno: No, I wouldn’t tell a pacifist to buy a gun.
Prosecutor: Jason Gerhard is a pacifist?
Reno: Jason Gerhard is a good man.
When Ed brought him a sample zip gun and asked if he could make more, Reno said that he was “for firearms, but against mines. The spring gun had the capability of being used as a mine.”
The most amusing part of today’s blog:
He [the prosecutor] described Jason as someone who was spoiling for a fight and who was very … interested … in his gun.
From an email Jason sent:
I choose to enjoy porn while fondling my gun at Ed Brown’s house. Try it one day. It’s the best of all possible worlds.
Is “my gun” what he calls Little Jason, or is he literally fondling a gun while watching porn? Forget I asked that, I really don’t want to know. LOL
Jason Gerhard and Danny Riley are not going to testify in their own defense. Except for the jury’s instructions and deliberations, which will start Monday morning, the trial is over.
What I find sad is that the Brown supporters, and even Ed and Elaine themselves, have abandoned these men when they most need the support. Their defense witnesses either took the Fifth or else failed to materialize. Even Elaine took the Fifth, rather than testify on behalf of the men who gave up their own lives to protect hers. None of the Brown supporters even attended the trial as a spectator, according to JJ; the only spectators were Jason’s mother and (usually) Danny’s brother.
I can’t help but wonder …. had these three men realized that Ed and Elaine would leave them hanging like this, would they have still made the decision to become involved?