|The SPLC's case against the Klansmen responsible for the savage beating of a Latino teen concluded with a victory this week when the Kentucky Supreme Court refused to reconsider a verdict against the former leader of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA).
Ron Edwards, the former IKA leader, had appealed his $1.3 million share of a $2.5 million verdict awarded to Jordan Gruver after a trial in November 2008.
On the eve of trial, a book written by a former FBI agent came out that said Edwards was involved in a plot to kill SPLC founder and chief counsel Morris Dees when Dees was involved in a separate trial against the Aryan Nations in Idaho. 'Ron Edwards deliberately unleashed violent racists on an unsuspecting public, and Jordan Gruver paid the price,' said SPLC President Richard Cohen. 'With this final ruling, the courts have rightfully held him accountable. This serves as a warning...