Former Canadian Forces reservist charged in “race war” case returns to court on January 12

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WASHINGTON – Lawyer for neo-Nazi defendant Patrik Mathews will return to court on January 12 to try to convince a Maryland judge to drop weapons charges against the former Canadian Forces reservist. In a series of motions filed this week in Maryland District Court, attorney Joseph Balter argues that two of the four charges against his client are redundant and that a number of warrants issued in the case are unconstitutional.

Prosecutors, defense attorneys and District Judge Theodore Chuang met today by conference call to set deadlines for the government’s response to petitions and to set a hearing date.

Mathews, a former combat engineer, went missing from Beausejour, Man., Last year following media reports alleging he was a recruiter for a white supremacist group known as The Base.

He faces two counts each of being a stranger in possession of a gun and of carrying a gun with intent to commit a felony.

Balter also asked the court to allow his client to stand trial separately from his two co-defendants, Brian Lemley Jr. and William Bilbrough, on the grounds that it would otherwise be difficult for Mathews to get a fair trial.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 4, 2020.

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