ADL Welcomes Sentencing of Klansman Who Intended to Murder Mexican Migrant Workers
Atlanta, November 7, 2005 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the 170-month sentence of Daniel James Schertz, 27, a member of the North Georgia White Knights, who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga to constructing pipe bombs with the intention to blow up buses carrying Mexican migrant workers en route from Tennessee to Florida.
Deborah Lauter, ADL Southeast Regional Director, stated: "We congratulate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the excellent undercover work they did to expose Schertz's domestic terrorism before it wreaked death and destruction, and further commend the U.S. Attorney's Office for its swift and effective prosecution of this case. This is a perfect example of how a strong commitment to fight domestic terrorism can ensure that hate ideology does not result in violence."
According to court records, Schertz, while a member of the North Georgia White Knights, a hate group that attracts members from Georgia and Tennessee built five pipe bombs and sold them to a federal undercover agent and a confidential informant for $750 in April, 2005. Schertz purportedly took them shopping for bomb materials and gave instructions on how to use the bombs to blow up a migrant workers' bus to further his "racist objections."
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