Accused White Supremacists Trial Begins

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Defense lawyers told a federal jury that six accused white supremacist prison gang members weren't part of a wide-ranging criminal racket in Nevada's state corrections system.

Attorney Osvaldo Fumo told jurors during opening statements Tuesday that his client, Charles Gensemer, simply associated with white accused Aryan Warriors inmates because everyone in prison is segregated by race.

Trial resumes today under tight security at U.S. District Court in Las egas for Gensemer and defendants James Wallis, Ronnie Lee Jones, Kenneth Krum, Michael Yost and Robert Young.

They face federal racketeering, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and firearms charges.

Prosecutors allege the Aryan Warriors are a criminal enterprise preaching white supremacy, assaulting inmates, dealing drugs, bribing guards and dominating Nevada prisons through intimidation and illegal moneymaking operations.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com


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