First, some backstory.
An associate of white nationalist Richard Spencer is the 11th person arraigned on criminal charges following violent protests that erupted at Michigan State University over Spencer’s appearance on campus March 5.
Gregory Conte, 29, was arraigned Monday on a charge of resisting and obstructing police, a felony that carries up to a two-year prison sentence, according to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office.
That was back in 2017, and was part of Richard Spencer’s College Tour. They had the TWP guys out there and it was basically a disaster. It’s where we get this picture of Matt “wifefucker” Heimbach and his low IQ crew.
Greg Conte is on the right side of the picture above. Back in the pre-NJP days there were no pro-White organizations except some extremely sketchy ones like the TWP. Conte was more affiliated with Spencer, but I don’t blame anyone for being involved with either at that time. In retrospect Heimbach was an anti-social loser who’s now doing “Life After Hate,” type anti-White bullshit, and Spencer is a complete ponce.
Ah, the heady days of big tent Republican Party Outsiderism. Back before we all learned to be more careful who we associate with.
In any case, you all know what happened even before being told. Antifa showed up, the police instigated a confrontation, and Conte was charged with resisting and obstructing police. It’s very similar to the Charlottesville case.
It’s also similar in how NJP Chairman Mike Peinovich and Greg Conte approached the legal fight. Which is to say, they viewed it as an actual fight, and showed up. Shocking stuff I know, but I’ll let Greg explain in his own words from his telegram account.
I am officially done with my Michigan case after nearly 4 years. I just deposited a check for $5,000 in bail money that was returned to me.
I had to plead to crossing the street against a signal and pay a $45 fine. This is still frankly outrageous, as it was the cops who should have been punished for their cowardice and bad-faith. They allowed Antifa to riot, and they denied me and the other attendees any reasonable means of approaching our event at Michigan State on March 5th, 2018.
Outrageous of course. But obviously they wanted a White Man’s scalp, not a $45 jaywalking fine.
The turning point, I think, was my September motion to dismiss hearing. I made several arguments that effectively told the court “I’m not going to let you get away with this. This trial will be a political circus. You don’t want to deal with me.” First, I argued that the prosecutor was trying to trick me into missing court because he was scheduling hearings on short notice and not telling me about them. Second I argued that the case was political, and that I wouldn’t be facing the charge if I were black. I brought up the blatantly political public statements of the Ingham County prosecutor, Carol Siemon.
I can’t be sure exactly what statements of hers he was going to reference, but something like what I found below is probably what he had in mind.
“I was raised here in Lansing, in a diverse community,” Siemon said. “I’ve always had an interest in civil rights, all aspects of civil rights. As a woman, I’ve been a feminist all my life. LGBTQ Rights, racial disproportionality, immigrants rights. So, when I was elected as prosecutor, my goal was to try and create a more criminal and equitable legal system.”
Anyway, back to Conte.
The hearing was really heated. Most of the argument was between me and the judge while the prosecutor just watched. The prosecutor tried to say that I had caused the delay of 3.5 years because I’d had to change lawyers. He also argued that I was trying to force him to reveal his trial “strategy.” When I started tearing his arguments apart, the judge–intentionally it seemed–misinterpreted things I was saying, and then threatened me with 90 days for “interrupting” her when she had stopped talking (see transcript below). The whole thing was really too absurd to analyze and explain briefly.
I think I beat the prosecution fair and square on the arguments. The case should have been dismissed with prejudice at that hearing. My sixth amendment right to a speedy trial was violated, and the charge should have been dismissed for that alone. And the charge itself was absurd. I did not “assault/resist/obstruct/wound/batter” an officer in the performance of his duties. No officer was doing his duty that day. If anyone was obstructed, it was me, because the cops prevented me, an officer of the organization with whom their institution had a contract, from carrying out MY DUTY to distribute event tickets and guide the attendees to the event.
Unfortunately we can’t show you the hearing transcript, just because I don’t know how to embed a PDF in WordPress. You’ll have to click the link I gave and go to his telegram channel. I might post the transcript in a different article.
But overall, this is a huge win. Michigan really wanted to blame me for something. When I was first arrested and held in jail, I was slammed with the preposterous charge of “inciting a riot”!!! After nearly 4 years, I am finally done.
I want to again thank from the bottom of my heart everyone who helped me in this fight. I am eternally grateful to everyone who sent me money to cover expenses. I also want to thank everyone who helped me with advice and encouragement.
I was attacked by the system, but it was not a charge I could not handle. I had the time, knowledge, money and support to fight and win. Most people who get attacked by the system are not so lucky. There are still guys who are in prison unjustly for Charlottesville and other 2017-era protests. James Fields will be there for the rest of his life. Those are the guys who deserve our movement’s help and support.
Conte continues in his next post giving advice for our goys caught in political persecution.
My take-aways on how to fight a political legal battle:
A criminal case is not a gentlemanly debate, as a private-firm lawyer might like you to think. It is a vicious negotiation. You can beat the prosecutor, but only if you make it clear that he has less leverage than he thinks, and that you will make it very hard for him to get anything out of you.
1) Do NOT hire a normie, private-firm lawyer. It is a massive waste of money. They will not fight for you, they will avoid doing anything to “irritate the court,” ie, they will give away all of your leverage. Represent yourself if you can. Not everyone can or should do it, but if you are reasonably smart, it is better.
2) You have to NOT CARE about trial or prison. Or at least you need to look like you don’t care. The prosecutor’s entire strategy is based on the assumption that most people don’t want to be sent to prison saddled with convicted-felon status.
3) As a political defendant, you have one major weapon: the threat of a public trial. If you are prepared to take the case to trial and call a bunch of cops and other system-servants as witnesses, you have a big advantage.
4) Do not be a perfectionist. Writing court motions is not too difficult. If you are not a lawyer and are representing yourself, the court has to be lenient with your argumentation. They will not jump on you for small errors or lack of citations. In fact, you don’t really need citations. It is better to just fire off lots of simple and direct arguments than to struggle to write intricate masterpieces.
5) Make the prosecutor do work. This is what the antifa’s lawyers do. They ask for everything they can think of. They do this because it is free and it makes the prosecutor want to be done with your case.
6) If the prosecutor offers you a sweet deal, push for more. They are offering a deal because they don’t want to go to trial. Especially if you are a political defendant, you know that they want to prosecute a “Nazi.” It would look great on their resume. So if the prosecutor comes to you with a favorable deal, as Michigan did with me back in August, you should assume that the prosecutor knows his position is weak and attack him harder!
7) I encourage everyone to read George Lincoln Rockwell’s Legal Psychological and Political Warfare, esp. Chapter 1 “Basic Criminal Law” https://archive.org/details/legalpolpsychwar/D%20122.jpg (chapter 1 begins on page 14). The system’s tactics are not new. They can be beaten. Learn from the master himself.
As with the court transcript, I’ll put this in a followup article.
If I had to do this again, I would have immediately filed subpoenas on everyone I could think of on day one. Every cop, communist and media outlet. I did not do so because I had the mistaken impression that my lawyer would do it, or that I could get information through the discovery process.
If this all seems obvious to you, good. You would not believe how many people told me it was nuts to fight and that I just needed to call up my normie lawyer again and trust him to act in my interests. It was shocking to me how many people, even in our movement, do not understand the fundamental principles of negotiation. “Just ask the prosecutor for a deal,” “don’t file subpoenas, it’s not necessary,” “don’t ask for documents, we won’t get them.” Worst of all was my original lawyer’s idea to file a motion against the prosecution mentioning my politics at trial. Are you insane? Of course I want to talk about my political beliefs! I’m censored pretty much everywhere, so why would I give up an opportunity that good? Talking about politics at trial could only be good, especially after how much the system discredited itself in 2020 and 2021. I know the prosecutor’s office does not want to have to bring in cops and have them cross-examined by someone who will question their competence and their very honor.
In the end, legal expertise is far less valuable than the basic instincts about how to fight. If you don’t know how to fight, all of your legal moves will be wrong. But if you understand leverage, you’ll have a fighting chance.
I wrote about the Charlottesville civil lawsuit here. The contrast between Jason Kessler’s “intelligent guy,” not taking the stand, trusting his normie lawyers, attacking the other defendants for being too emotional, and Greg Conte and Mike Enoch actually fighting and winning could not be larger. The legal battles that our guys have had to go through recently, while extremely tough, have definitely put us in the right place when it comes to understanding the system moving forwards. But most importantly, you have to fight.
Congratulations to Gregory Conte.