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|3/30 San Diego, CA: Judge unseals search warrant served on Minutemen leader
Released 31 March 2007  By Dana Littlefield - San Diego Union-Tribune
Judge unseals search warrant served on Minutemen leader
By Dana Littlefield
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 30, 2007
SAN DIEGO - A judge unsealed a search warrant yesterday that had been served
on San Diego Minutemen founder Jeff Schwilk's home in connection with an
investigation of vandalism at several migrant camps.
Schwilk, who served as his own attorney in San Diego Superior Court,
requested that the document - and a supporting affidavit - be made public.
He also asked the judge to order the return of his property, which was
seized last week when San Diego police searched Schwilk's Oceanside home.
Prosecutors opposed the request, arguing that the investigation is ongoing
and could be jeopardized if the documents were disclosed.
Judge Jeffrey Fraser reviewed the documents and determined they contained no
information that would prejudice a jury in any potential criminal
proceedings. Fraser then ordered police to return any of Schwilk's
belongings that were unrelated to vandalism.
Apparently, that would include any documents or information pertaining to
the American Independent Party. Schwilk said in court that he serves locally
as the organization's communications director.
"We cannot conduct operations for our political party," said Schwilk, noting
that police took the group's recruiting materials.
It was not clear yesterday when Schwilk could expect to receive the seized
items. The judge did not mention a deadline, but said it takes awhile for
police to go through items taken during a search.
According to the documents, authorities are investigating reports of
vandalism at several migrant camps in Rancho Peñasquitos on Jan. 27. Police
have indicated to prosecutors that this might be a hate crime case, Deputy
District Attorney Oscar Garcia told the judge yesterday. No charges have
According to the affidavit, dated March 20, a resident saw four men and two
women walking into a canyon off Rancho Peñasquitos Boulevard where two of
the vandalism incidents occurred. Later, the group was seen walking to a
nearby hill where property at a third camp was destroyed.
Police searched Schwilk's home last week and seized a box of 46 videotapes,
a tape recorder, a T-shirt that reads, "Illegal Aliens I want you out of my
Country," a Minutemen phone list and a desktop computer, among other items.
Authorities also searched two other homes. In February, a search warrant was
served on the Chula Vista home of Christie Czajkowski, a former spokeswoman
for the San Diego Minutemen. Last week, a warrant was served on the home of
Julie Adams, a Rancho Peñasquitos woman who has been a vocal critic of the
Two witnesses pointed out Czajkowski in a photo lineup, one saying he saw
her videotape the vandalism. Witnesses were unable to identify Schwilk and
Adams in separate photo lineups, according to the documents.
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