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April 22, 1988 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-04-22

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racial slurs, "is an annoyance
— not a threat."
Dunn, 35, of Detroit, is one
of 15 people named last week
in several indictments for
allegedly possessing and
distributing LSD, PCP and
weapons.
Marcia Cooke, a black U.S.
magistrate, last week refused
to release the self-professed
racist on his own
recognizance. She called him
dangerous and a threat to the
black community.
Yet Paul D. Borman, chief
federal defender and vice
president of the Jewish Com-
munity Council, appealed the
action for his former client.
Borman contends that Cooke
jailed Dunn for his beliefs and
not for the alleged .crime.
A federal district judge
upheld Cooke's decision,
angering Borman but leaving
ADL officials content.
"Based on the evidence, I
did not feel he should be de-
tained pending the trial," said
Borman, who declined to com-
ment on Dunn's past racist
and anti-Semitic actions.
Borman said the federal
defender's office has reassign-
ed the case to a court-
appointed criminal justice
panel attorney for technical
reasons. He said common
witnesses in the multiple in-
dictments could present a
conflict of interest. The case,
he said, was not reassigned
because of Dunn's Nazi
beliefs.
"I take my oath of office
very seriously," Borman said.
"I will always honor my Con-
stitutional commitment."
Had he stayed on the case,
Borman said he could have
been objective.
"You have to be careful that
your own passions and biases
don't supersede someone's
Constitutional
rights,"
Lobenthal said.
"We
shouldn't be too hard on Paul
Borman. He has a job to de-
fend indigents. He was not

defending Dunn as a Nazi."
Federal charges against
Dunn and the others stem
from a four-year investigation
by the Detroit Police Depart-
ment and the federal Drug
Enforcement Administration.
According to DEA Special
Agent William Coonce,
undercover officers purchased
53,000 LSD tablets over a 2
1/2-year period. Police also
seized 40 firearms during the
investigation, he said.
If convicted, Dunn faces five
to 15 years in prison, Coonce
said. A trial date has not been
scheduled.
"If Dunn goes away, it won't
affect the group," Lobenthal
said. "He's not smart enough
to hold the group together. He
needs the group more than
the group needs him."
Dunn, who goes by the alias
Ted, calls himself the leader
of the 22-member neo-Nazi
group. Several teens belong to
the Westland-based SS Action
Group.
Lobenthal said SS Action
Group members have not kill-
ed anyone. He said some
members meet periodically
with the Ku Klux Klan.
Dunn, he said, is an "oafish
man who would be less-than-
mediocre if he didn't wear a
swastika."
To date, he said, SS Action
Group members have limited
activities to demonstrations,
distributing leaflets and mak-
ing anonymous phone calls to
black and Jewish leaders.
Federal attorneys said
several of the group members
who were arrested admitted
to being members of white
supremist or neo-Nazi
organizations. But Lobenthal
said Dunn is the only person
familiar to the ADL.
A local television news
show last weekend reported
that a Jewish hit list was un-
covered in the investigation.
Yet Coonce said he hadn't
seen a hit list of any sort.

'Skinheads' Grow In
Numbers, Violence

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Neo-Nazi

New York (JTA) — Accor-
ding to a recent survey con-
ducted by the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith, so-called "skinhead"
youth gangs are continuing to
expand their membership, at-
tack members of minority
groups and vandalize
synagogues.
"The Skinheads — An Up-
date on 'Shaved for Battle' "
is a follow-up to an ADL
report of last October about
the racist youths, primarily
boys, who shave their heads,
wear Nazi insignia and

harass and attack members of
racial and religious
minorities.
Gangs are composed over-
whelmingly of teenagers, in-
cluding children as young as
13 and 14, according to the
report.
However, the ADL and
others note not all youth who
have adopted Skinhead hair-
cut or garb are racist or neo-
Nazi, wishing only to show
defiance of their elders.
The revised report claims
that 20 to 25 Skinhead groups
operate in 12 states.

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