According to the Concord Monitor:

Judge delays Browns’ trial until late June

Defendants requested six-month continuance

By Margot Sanger-Katz
Monitor staff

Ed and Elaine Brown’s trial for conspiracy, weapons and explosives charges will be postponed until late June, the judge overseeing the case has decided.

Despite their stated refusal to participate in federal court proceedings and a recent refusal to accept any documents sent by prosecutors, the Browns filed a flurry of documents with the court last week, including one requesting a six-month trial delay and another labeled “Bill of Peace.”

Citing the “complex nature of the case,” Judge George Singal allowed a continuance of the trial until June 29.

The Browns were convicted of tax-related crimes in January 2007, but they resisted capture for nearly nine months, stockpiling weapons, entertaining guests and issuing public threats against law enforcement figures. They were captured by an undercover team of U.S. marshals, who posed as supporters.

Prosecutors have charged the couple with a series of crimes that could result in life sentences if they are convicted of the most serious charges. They are accused of building and handling improvised explosive devices including pipe bombs, antipersonnel mines, exploding rifle targets and gunpowder grenades. Their trial had originally been scheduled for April.

The Browns, who led a local militia in the 1990s and have long been active in right-wing, anti-government groups, argued during their arraignments that the court had no jurisdiction over their case. Both Ed and Elaine Brown refused to enter pleas, rejected court-appointed defense attorneys and said they would not participate in the cases against them.

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