Former attorney for the Aryan Nations Edgar Steele was sentenced to 50 years in prison today for a foiled murder-for-hire plot that targeted his wife and mother-in-law, reports S-R reporter Meghann Cuniff from Coeur d'Alene, who reports that Steele gave an hour-and-a-half-long rant to the court, calling case a vast conspiracy by the federal government, the Anti-Defamation league, and the Russian mafia to silence him for his political views and legal work. “I, too, am a victim. My entire family is a victim. In fact, all of American society is a victim in this case,” declared Steele, 66. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill said it’s “human temptation” to respond to claims about government corruption but it’s best not to. In Steele’s case, “a conspiracy can only be found if you ignore the facts and your world view dictates that there’s a conspiracy everywhere,” Winmill said; you can read Cuniff's full report here at spokesman.com.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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