Monday, January 04, 2010
McDonald County white supremacist pastor wants to defend himself
In a motion filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, McDonald County white supremacist Robert Joos, only one week away from his trial, is asking the judge to remove his attorney and let him defend himself.
Joos says his attorney is not cooperating with him. If he did, Joos says in his handwritten motion, the judge would recognize that the prosecutors' allegations against him are false and "would resolve this case in my favor."
The government, Joos said, is full of "criminals who have persecuted me and the church for over 30 years." Joos is referring to the Sacerdotal Church of Davis, of which he is the pastor.
Joos said his lawyer is not cooperating with Joos' recommendations on jury selection, which include choosing "a jury of my peers," apparently referring to other white supremacists, "who are not prejudiced against me as C. D. (Joos refers to the public defender as the community defender) obviously is."
Joos is charged with being a felon illegally possessing firearms, two counts of unlawful transport of firearms and one count transporting explosive materials interstate.
Joos was arrested in connection with a federal investigation of a racially-motivated 2004 bombing in Scottsdale, Ariz. National white supremacist leader Dennis Mahon and his brother Daniel were charged with that crime.