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U.S. Marshal Sharpshooter Was About to Shoot Tax Evader

It’s a good thing that this standoff did not end in death. Besides the obvious, it would have made the tax evaders martyrs.


By The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. – A federal sharpshooter had tax evader Ed Brown’s head in his crosshairs and was ready to pull the trigger during a failed attempt to arrest Brown at his rural New Hampshire home two years ago, the agent told a federal jury yesterday.

Deputy US Marshal Edward Recor said that moments after Ed and Elaine Brown were tipped off about the June 7, 2007, raid, he watched through his telescopic sight as Brown appeared in a turret at his fortified home, raised a .50-caliber rifle, and pointed it down the driveway.

Recor said he and other agents backed off after Brown lowered his weapon.

Recor’s testimony was given on the third day of trial on federal charges that Ed Brown, 66, and Elaine Brown, 68, barricaded themselves in their Plainfield home for nine months with a stockpile of weapons after being convicted of evading federal taxes in 2007.

Recor said he trained his sight on Brown’s left temple and waited for Brown to lift the rifle to his face. US Attorney Arnold Huftalen asked Recor what he would have done if Brown had made that move.

“I would have had to fire,” said Recor.

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Trial of Heavily Armed Tax-Evading N.H. Couple Begins

Remember these two? They may be in jail right now for their previous tax evasion convictions, but the government wants them there for much

By The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. – A retired exterminator and his dentist wife held hands and talked in court Tuesday as a prosecutor called them dangerous anti-government radicals and their lawyers said it was reasonable for them to fear for their lives.

Ed and Elaine Brown face minimum 30-year prison sentences if convicted of federal weapons and conspiracy charges stemming from a nine-month standoff with law enforcement at their Plainfield home in 2007.

Prosecutors say the mountaintop concrete castle was protected by an arsenal of homemade bombs, booby traps and semiautomatic assault-type rifles intended to kill anyone trying to arrest them.

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