Metzger has run into legal trouble due to his racist activities. In 1995, the California Grocers Association won a restraining order against Metzger and his associates after more than 800 racist fliers were planted inside supermarket promotions and products throughout Southern California.
In 1991, a jury sentenced Metzger to six months in jail, three years' probation and 300 hours of community service working with minority groups for his role in burning a cross in 1983 in Los Angeles. As a result of the conviction, Metzger was ordered not to leave the United States without permission. He left anyway and was deported from Canada in July 1992 after attempting to attend a rally of the right-wing Heritage Front organization in Toronto.
In 1990, an Oregon jury rendered a $12.5 million judgment against Metzger and his son for inciting the murder of an Ethiopian immigrant by neo-Nazi skinheads. The incident occurred on November 12, 1988, when skinheads from the Portland Oregon group, East Side White Pride, attacked three Ethiopian immigrants with a baseball bat and steel-toed boots. One of the immigrants - Mulugeta Seraw - was killed. Investigation into the murder resulted in three convictions and revealed close connections between the racist skinhead gang and Metzger's group.
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