Suit Seeks Damages For Those
Prosecuted For 'Hate Crimes'

OROVILLE, Ca - A renowned Oroville white supremacist has filed a class-action lawsuit demanding that California "hate crime" laws be abolished as unconstitutional and demanding "racial reparations" of $1 million each for anyone prosecuted under the statute.
Gregory Steven Withrow gained a national media following after he was found nailed to a makeshift wooden cross with his throat slashed in Sacramento in 1987.
In news articles and personal and TV talk-show appearances, he claimed the attack was in retaliation for him leaving the white-supremacy movement.
Testimony he offered to a state Senate subcommittee in 1992 reportedly was instrumental in the passage of legislation that enhanced criminal penalties for so-called hate crimes in California.
In his Butte County Superior Court lawsuit, Withrow now asserts he set up the attack on himself and only pretended to have defected from his white power roots to "infiltrate" the media, certain liberal organizations and the halls of government.
The one-time founder of a white student alliance in Sacramento argues that hate-crime statutes abridge "free expression." And since they were predicated on his own "perjured" Senate testimony, they must be thrown out, he said.
The suit seeks the "immediate release of all persons of white, European, Caucasian or Aryan descent" being held for hate crimes.
Additionally, the 68-page lawsuit, which was filed by Withrow without the aid of a lawyer, asks the court to "seize the property" of Gov. Gray Davis and 10 other named defendants, including the FBI, the NAACP, B'nai B'rith and the Southern Poverty Law Center, to pay millions of dollars in damages to whites prosecuted under the hate-crime statute.
Withrow, who once told a magazine reporter his father groomed him to be the second "Fuhrer," claims in the suit that he ordered four young white Sacramento followers to beat him with baseball bats, cut his throat and nail him to a wooden cross as part of a deliberate plot to fool the media and gain the confidence of government leaders so he could report their activities to "members of my race."
He contends he testified before the Senate falsely about the attack so he could later challenge the validity of the hate-crime laws in court.
Withrow, who says he is willing to take a lie-detector test to prove what he is now saying is true, says he is motivated in part by a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center charging his mentor, white supremacy leader Tom Metzger, with encouraging the beating death of a black man in Portland, Ore.
Withrow is seeking $2 million in damages on behalf of two "white soldiers" who were convicted of that slaying, plus another $32 million on behalf of Metzger and his family.
Withrow also charges in the lawsuit that his Butte County probation officer improperly used his political activities and writings to persuade a judge last year to increase his sentence after he was convicted of assaulting his then-wife.
The self-professed white supremacist is asking the court to lift certain conditions of his probation, which he says has the effect of preventing him from dressing like and socializing with others who share his philosophy.


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