Friday, October 5, 2007

Ed Brown and Elaine Brown Peacefully Arrested For Tax Evasion


Legal Pub did a past story on Elaine Brown, 67, and Ed Brown,65, who were convicted of tax evasion. The couple (pictured in Jim Cole's A.P. photograph to the left) originally suggested that there would be violence if they were taken into custody. Elaine and Ed Brown were were arrested peacefully at their fortified rural Plainfield home by U.S. Marshals. This is an example of law enforcement done correctly! U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier, repeatedly said he would seek a peaceful surrender. He was true to his word.

Ed Brown had warned that he wouldn't be taken into custody alive: "We either walk out of here free or we die." However, the Browns were peacefully turned over to the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. (They were convicted on federal tax charges in January and were sentenced in April to five years and three months in prison.) "We had no indication that the Browns intended to voluntarily surrender, so we had to move forward with an operation that promised the safest possible outcome. That day was today," said Stephen Monier.
The legal community has praised the federal authorities' hands-off approach, but Plainfield's 2,400 residents were not as content. Some town officials asked Monier to restrict the flow of militiamen and other anti-government groups to the Browns' home. In September, four men were arrested and accused of helping obstruct justice in the Browns' case. (Charges ranged from accessory after the fact to possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.) The arrests apparently reduced the number of visitors to the Brown household.

Officials had cut power and telephone service on the couple's residence after they were convicted of scheming to avoid federal income taxes by hiding $1.9 million of income between 1996 and 2003.

"I think it's great that it happened without incident," said David Grobe, a former patient of Elaine Brown, who used to run a dental practice.

Neighbor Robert Carpenter said he did not hear anything unusual. "In many ways this was like a stab in the heart," said Mike Chambers, of Republic Broadcasting Network, an Internet-based radio program based in Round Rock, Texas that has supported the Browns in the past. Another supporter David Ridley a web blogger from Manchester said Brown supporters should take part in "peaceable protests" at the U.S. District Court.

Legal Pub salutes the Federal Agencies on their peaceful handling of this crime. There is seldom a reason to have Ruby Ridge like show of force in white collar crimes.

10 comments:

Brenda said...

Good job feds. When ever you get the job done without shots being fired, you win.

blond bombshell said...

Brenda beat me to it. Tax evasion is bad. It is wrong. But two wrongs never make a right. The feds handled this the right way in my view. Let the Brown's now have a five year vacation in the minimum security prison. When they come out "reformed," they will be able to enjoy their retirement.

Shell

Anonymous said...

Hey, she is a retired dentist. Maybe she can provide some free services in the pen?


Joan

Anonymous said...

I dunno, I kind of enjoy a good shoot out now and then...

Anonymous said...

About time they pay the piper.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the cost was for that stakeout? When you factor in personnel, equipment, logistical support, etc…I’d bet it was well into 6 figures, maybe 7.

How about suing them for the cost of their apprehension?

That ought to really piss them off and break the bank!

L.S.

Anonymous said...

We gottem!

Anonymous said...

This sucks...

Anonymous said...

Text book stakeout and arrest.

Legal Doer

Legal Pub said...

Good Job to the Authorities!