Aryan Brotherhood Defendants Plead Innocent in SF

KTVU/Fox2 and Bay City News/September 7, 2001

San Franciso -- A prison inmate whose dogs fatally attacked a San Francisco woman was granted permission in federal court in the city today to act as his own lawyer in facing racketeering and murder conspiracy charges.

Paul "Cornfed'' Schneider, 39, said, "No, I don't, your honor,'' when asked by U.S. Magistrate Bernard Zimmerman whether he wanted a court-appointed lawyer.

Zimmerman, who had advised Schneider to have a lawyer, then ruled that he was competent to make that decision and could proceed with representing himself.

Schneider also pleaded innocent during his brief court appearance to the federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy.

Schneider, who is now serving a state court life sentence at the high-security Pelican Bay State Prison, is a co-owner of two dogs that fatally mauled Diane Whipple in her Pacific Heights apartment building in January.

He is the adopted son of husband-and-wife attorneys Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, who were taking care of the dogs in a Pacific Heights apartment building they shared with Whipple and now face criminal charges in the attack.

Schneider and seven other alleged members and associates of the Aryan Brotherhood were indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges of racketeering, murder conspiracy and other crimes allegedly orchestrated by the white supremacist gang from inside Pelican Bay.

All eight were brought one by one, in handcuffs and under heavy guard this morning, to Zimmerman's Federal Building courtroom in San Francisco for arraignment and hearings on whether they should be held in federal or state custody while awaiting trial.

All eight entered innocent pleas. Zimmerman ordered them to return to the court of U.S. District William Alsup in San Francisco on Tuesday for the setting of future court dates. Alsup will preside over their eventual trial.

The magistrate ordered Schneider and three other Pelican Bay inmates returned to state custody in the North Coast prison after their court appearance next Tuesday.

The four other defendants, who are serving sentences in other state prisons, will remain in federal custody in local county jails while awaiting trial. They include Brenda Moore, 45, who is reportedly Schneider's ex-girlfriend and who is alleged in the indictment to be an associate but not a member of the Aryan Brotherhood.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which is in charge of federal prisoners awaiting trial, contracts out their custody to local county jails.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Canepa had originally sought the transfer of Schneider and the other three Pelican Bay inmates to federal custody as well. But she withdrew that request after a hearing on the first Pelican Bay inmate to appear, convicted murderer James Pendleton, whose lawyer said Pendleton opposed federal detention and wanted to return to Pelican Bay.

After Canepa said she had correspondence showing that Pendleton had allegedly ordered several more murders from within the prison, Zimmerman said that evidence and Pendleton's criminal record indicated he was a danger to society.

But he said the prosecutor hadn't proved that keeping him in federal custody at Alameda County's North County Jail would be any less dangerous than keeping him at Pelican Bay. Zimmerman then ordered Pendleton returned to state custody.

Canepa then withdrew the federal detention request for the other Pelican Bay inmates after each, including Schneider, said he opposed federal custody.

Schneider, dressed in red and orange prison garb, said, "Too many people in here,'' when he was first brought into the small courtroom filled with defense attorneys, spectators and federal marshals.

He asked Zimmerman the purpose of the court appearance before Alsup on Tuesday.

The magistrate explained, "He'll start the process of putting you on a trial track.''

Schneider is accused in the Aug. 30 federal indictment of one count of conspiring to racketeer, one count of carrying out a 15-year pattern of racketeering acts that allegedly included several murder and robbery conspiracies, and one separate count of murder conspiracy.

One of the alleged racketeering acts is aiding, together with Moore, in the murder of Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Trejo in 1995.

Schneider is currently serving a state sentence of life without parole for a 1991 aggravated assault and a 1990 attempted murder, both committed while he was in prison.

Tag Cloud
[keywords: white gangster disciples, 211 crew, hells angels prison, gangland pagans, aryan alliance, saxon knight, insane gangster disciples, gipsy jokers, gypsy joker motorcycle club, gypsy jokers, white prison gangs, saxon knights, insane gangster disciple, pagan motorcycle club, deadman inc, pagans mc, tom silverstein, insane gangsta disciples, pagans motorcycle club, pagan mc club, the pagans mc, dead man inc prison gang, pagans mc chapters, dead man inc, pagans motorcycle clubs, white prison gangs, white gangster disciples, aryan brotherhood tattoos, aryan brotherhood gang, aryan brotherhood texas, michael thompson aryan brotherhood, aryan brotherhood trial, aryan brotherhood leaders, aryan brotherhood history, aryan brotherhood symbols, aryan brotherhood members, white gangs in america, chicago white gangs, white gangs in california, white gangs in los angeles, list of white gangs, white gangs in prison, white gangs in la, orange county white gangs, white gangs in texas, vago motorcycle club, black pistons, gypsy joker mc, brother speed motorcycle club, pagan motorcycle gang, pagan biker gang, pagans biker gang, gypsy jokers mc, gypsy jokers motorcycle club, vagos motorcycle club, white gangs in prison, nazi low riders prison gang, vagos motorcycle clubs, gangster disciples stacking, pagans mc patch, vagos motorcycle gang, white aryan resistance, hells angels biker gang, kkk gangs, insane gangster disciple nation, insane gangsta disciple, outlaw biker gangs, pagan mc, hells angels patches, black piston mc, gangland devils fire, dead man inc prison gang, dead man incorporated, white racist gangs, dead man incorporated gang, pagans motorcycle gang, the breed motorcycle club, breed motorcycle club, vagos mc club, diablos mc, white gangs in america, white prison gangs, aryan circle, thomas silverstein, vago s, 1 percent motorcycle clubs, vagos mc, dead man incorporated gang, the breed motorcycle club, gangster disciples literature, gangster disciple literature, arian circle, gipsy joker, breed motorcycle club, pagans motorcycle, dead men inc, hells angels motorcycle club, pagans mc club, vago mc, vagos motorcycle club website, thomas silverstein prison, prison skinhead, gypsy joker, prison skinheads, gangland mc, pagan mc, brothers speed mc, dead men incorporated, brother speed mc, the outlaws mc, hells angels bikie gang, one percenter motorcycle clubs, the breed motorcycle gang, white gangs in prison, one percent motorcycle clubs, gangster disciple stacking, jokers mc, breed motorcycle, vagos biker gang, almighty gaylords, prison gang tattoo, gang tattoo identification, gang tattoo meanings, gang tattoo designs, gang tattoo symbols, gang tattoo database, gang tattoo art]