April 16, 2003 |
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke turned himself in to a federal prison in Big Spring to begin a 15-month sentence for mail and tax fraud. Duke, who was driven to the West Texas prison in a light brown Jeep, did not appear to acknowledge about eight admirers outside the facility who waved signs that read "Duke for President" and "Free David Duke." Duke is a former Louisiana state representative who ran for governor and the U.S. Senate about a decade ago.
March 13, 2003 |
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison and given a $10,000 fine for bilking his supporters and cheating on his taxes. Duke pleaded guilty in December to tax and mail fraud; the sentence was the same one agreed to in his plea bargain. U.S. Atty. Jim Letten said Duke must report to prison by April 15. Federal guidelines require that he serve at least 85% of the 15-month sentence.
December 19, 2002 |
David Duke, the onetime Ku Klux Klansman and politician whose vitriolic crusade for white power and anti-Semitism seared an ill-fated trail through Louisiana government, pleaded guilty Wednesday to mail fraud and filing a false tax return. The 52-year-old Duke has spent the last two years drumming up support in Russia for activists that he hoped would lead a worldwide wave of white supremacy.
April 7, 2002
As past national chairmen of the Anti-Defamation League, we are intimately familiar with its celebrated fact-finding abilities. We cannot allow the inaccuracies in Al Martinez's March 28 column ("On a Mission to Foster Peace Among Angelenos") to go unanswered. Martinez's admiration for David Lehrer is justified, and we share it. His claims of Lehrer's allegedly unique knowledge are not justified. The information Martinez received from Lehrer on the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party, David Duke, other extremists, hate on the Internet and all other racist activities and organizations other than that which was local to Southern California emanated from ADL's national office, not the ADL Los Angeles office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2001
Dissent is good and healthy for our democracy. However, I would like to remind people that dissent in and of itself does not confer some nobility, courage or principle to the dissenter; it is the reasoning and principle of the dissenter's arguments that determine their value. It is possible to be a "lonely voice of dissent" against an overwhelming tide of public sentiment and to be flat-out wrong. Look at it this way: A guy like David Duke is a "lonely voice of dissent" contrary to what public sentiment is, but he is not brave or principled--he's a despicable pinhead!
July 31, 2001 |
Poets and English professors hate cliches. They prefer the more precise, profound language of great writers who illuminate in some new way the oldest emotions on earth. Like love and grief. Carol Muske-Dukes is both a poet and a professor. She heads the new doctoral program in literature and creative writing at USC, has published six books of poetry and three novels and finds pleasure in quoting, from memory, big chunks of Shakespeare, Rilke or Keats to punctuate her thoughts.