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The Criminal Background Of “Ranger” MacBeth

You have perhaps heard of the charges against the US troops in Iraq made by the self-proclaimed "Army Ranger" Jesse MacBeth:

Jesse MacBeth

It would seem that before Mr. MacBeth began to decry the Genghis Khan-like atrocities of our soldiers, he busied himself with other weighty issues, such as protesting the service at the local coffee shop.

From the Arizona State University’s campus paper, the Web Devil:

Jesse MacBeth, right, protests near the Mill Avenue Coffee Plantation on Saturday night. The Free to Camp Coalition organized the protest because it alleges that the coffee shop discriminates against customers based on their appearances.

Local activists protest Coffee Plantation

Group alleges that new management discriminates
by Ilan Brat
Monday, April 12, 2004

The Free to Camp Coalition protested near Coffee Plantation on Mill Avenue to criticize the store for an alleged mistreatment of homeless people and others.

For about an hour Saturday evening, more than 30 ASU students, activists and local residents marched up and down both sides of the downtown street.

They handed out fliers and fake Coffee Plantation coupons for a free discrimination, waved hand-painted, fabric banners that read "Coffee Plant. Won’t Serve Homeless & Veterans."

The group also chanted rhymes like "Don’t harass us, don’t trespass us" and "Stop the war on the poor."

Free to Camp’s main complaint: Since Coffee Plantation came under new management in January, frequently it has refused service to homeless people and others based on physical attributes like appearance and hygiene.

Eric Spruce, the store’s new owner, said the charges are false.

A statement posted on the store’s windows in response to Free to Camp’s allegations affirms the store’s right to refuse business to those who are "offensive in hygiene, language or behavior."

"It has nothing to do with [discrimination]," Spruce said. "It’s just a few people who we wouldn’t allow to use our bathrooms [to bathe] and panhandle our customers. It’s just overreacting."

Jesse MacBeth told another story.

MacBeth, a 20-year-old U.S. soldier who recently returned from Iraq after sustaining a back injury, said Coffee Plantation banned him from the store in March for the way he was dressed — in his training uniform.

He had been sipping coffee calmly when a store employee asked him to leave. He refused.

Management insisted that he leave even after he took out his military ID card. Security guards escorted him off the premises under threat of arrest if he returned.

He said he hoped the protest would disrupt the flow of customers into the store.

"If you cut down the customers a lot, then they won’t keep their business going," MacBeth said. "That’s the whole point, to let society know what’s going on."

Another protester, journalism freshman Andrew Socha, wasn’t so sure the demonstration would be successful.

"If anything is going to be effective, then people standing outside your store and yelling will hopefully get the message across," Socha said.

Socha paused and looked inside the store, which was far from empty.

"But a lot of times, people don’t get the message no matter what you say," he said.

As if to accentuate the point, fliers and coupons that had been distributed by the protesters and dropped by passersby skittered along the sidewalk in the cool breeze.

One man quickly walked past the group and repeated, "Get a job. Get a job," while talking on his cell phone.

And, in addition to this noble work, our latest darling of the America-haters Mr. MacBeth had some run-ins with the law.

Indeed, MacBeth’s long and intimate involvement with Arizona’s criminal justice system doesn’t seem to have left him any time to serve in the military, let alone time to do all the things he now claims.

From the Arizona Supreme Court’s records:

Arizona Supreme Court Seal Public Access to Court Information text logo

SEARCH RESULTS

   Party Name   Date of Birth   Party Address   Court   Case Number   
 1   JESSE ADAM MACBETH   03/21/1984   PIMA, AZ 85543   Pima Justice   J-0502-CR-20040075 
 2   JESSE ADAM MACBETH   03/21/1984       Graham County Superior   S-0500-CR-2004171 

 

CASE DETAIL          

 

Case Number:   J-0502-CR-20040075 Case Category:   Criminal Case Title:   ST OF AZ VS JESSE ADAM MACBET
Court:   Pima Justice Judge:   DEWEY L BRYCE Filing Date:    03/23/2004 Disposition Date:    06/17/2004

 

Party Name:   JESSE ADAM MACBETH Party Type:   D 1 – DEFNDT/RESPNDT Date of Birth:   03/21/1984
Citation:   CNONE
Count 1:    FALSE REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT Disposition Date:   06/17/2004 Disposition:   COMPL DISMISSED BY CTY ATTY
Count 2:    FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT CARD Disposition Date:   06/17/2004 Disposition:   BOUND OVER TO SUPERIOR COURT
 

 

Event Date Event Description Party
6/17/2004  ARRAIGNMENT  D 1 
6/17/2004  ORIG. FILE TO SUPERIOR COURT  D 1 
6/17/2004  FELONY PRELIM HEARING HELD  D 1 
6/17/2004  DEFNDNT BOUND OVER TO SUPR CRT  D 1 
6/10/2004  WARRANT QUASHED/EXECUTED  D 1 
6/10/2004  COUNSEL APPOINTED  D 1 
6/10/2004  I/A HELD: FELONY/MISD/CR TR  D 1 
6/10/2004  DEFENDANT IN CUSTODY  D 1 
6/10/2004  PH HEARING SET  D 1 
6/2/2004  WARRANT ISSUED  D 1 
4/19/2004  RETURNED UNSERVED  D 1 
4/16/2004  LETTER RETURNED  D 1 
3/23/2004  SUMM ISSUED CR,SR,TR,DR,MR,FR  D 1 
3/23/2004  COMPLAINT FILED-PROSECUTOR  D 1 

 

CASE DETAIL          

 

Case Number:   S-0500-CR-2004171 Case Category:   Criminal Case Title:   ST OF AZ VS JESSE ADAM MACBET
Court:   Graham County Superior Judge:   R DOUGLAS HOLT Filing Date:    06/17/2004 Disposition Date:    09/28/2004

 

Party Name:   JESSE ADAM MACBETH Party Type:   D 1 – DEFNDT/RESPNDT Date of Birth:   03/21/1984
Citation:   CNONE
Count 1:    FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT CARD Disposition Date:   09/28/2004 Disposition:   GUILTY
 

 

Event Date Event Description Party
5/1/2006  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
5/1/2006  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
4/1/2006  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
4/1/2006  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
3/1/2006  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
3/1/2006  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
2/1/2006  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
2/1/2006  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
1/13/2006  ME STATUS CONFERENCE   
1/1/2006  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
1/1/2006  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
12/9/2005  ORDER SETTING   
12/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
12/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
11/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
11/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
10/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
10/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
9/23/2005  *   D 1 
9/23/2005  PET TO REVOKE PROBATION   
9/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
9/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
8/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
8/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
7/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
7/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
6/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
6/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
5/9/2005  RELEASE ORDER   
5/9/2005  NOTICE OF RIGHTS AFTER JDMT   
5/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
5/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
4/25/2005  ME REVOCATION ARRAIGNMENT   
4/25/2005  ARREST/BOOKING RECORD   
4/25/2005  *   D 1 
4/18/2005  *   D 1 
4/18/2005  PET TO REVOKE PROBATION   
4/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
4/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
3/1/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
3/1/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
2/14/2005  FUND: ADULT PROBATION FEES  D 1 
2/14/2005  FUND: EXTRA ADULT PROBATION  D 1 
2/1/2005  AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE   
11/29/2004  NOTICE TO RECORDER OF A FELONY   
10/5/2004  PROBATION TRANSFER FEE 1 TIME  D 1 
9/28/2004  RELEASE ORDER   
9/28/2004  VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT   
9/28/2004  FUND: 2002 PROBATION SURCHARGE  D 1 
9/28/2004  FUND: TIME PYMT $20 JCEF  D 1 
9/28/2004  PROBATION  D 1 
9/28/2004  CONDITIONS OF PROBATION   
9/28/2004  FUND: BASE FINE  D 1 
9/28/2004  FUND: 2002 SURCHARGES (80%)  D 1 
9/28/2004  ME SENTENCING (26.16, RCrP)   
9/28/2004  FUND: PUBLIC DEF ADMIN FEE  D 1 
9/28/2004  JAIL/PRISON  D 1 
9/28/2004  FUND: PROSECUTION COSTS  D 1 
9/28/2004  SENT RESTITUTION  D 1 
9/16/2004  CONDITIONS OF RELEASE ORDER   
9/13/2004  *   D 1 
9/13/2004  ME CONTINUANCE   
9/8/2004  IA ON FTA WARRANT   
9/8/2004  RELEASE ORDER   
9/8/2004  *   D 1 
8/30/2004  *   D 1 
8/16/2004  ME CONTINUANCE   
8/5/2004  PRESENTENCE REPORT   
7/19/2004  GUILTY PLEA PROCEEDING   
7/19/2004  PLEA AGREEMENT   
7/19/2004  NOTICE OF RIGHTS AFTER JDMT   
7/19/2004  RELEASE ORDER   
7/19/2004  FINANCIAL STATEMENT   
7/19/2004  ME CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING   
7/12/2004  ME PRETRIAL CONFERENCE   
6/29/2004  DISCLOSURE BY PLAINTIFF   
6/28/2004  ME ORDER SETTING HEARING/TRIAL   
6/28/2004  ORDER SETTING   
6/22/2004  M E ARRAIGNMENT AND PLEA   
6/22/2004  MOTION   
6/21/2004  TIME SCHEDULE/NOTICE OF TRIAL   
6/18/2004  TRANSMITTAL CERTIFICATE FROM   
6/18/2004  INFORMATION   

Maybe the coffee shop preferred customers who would actually pay their checks.

But does anybody really believe that this scrawny kid (in camo shirt) is a former Army Ranger?

http://photos1.blogger.com/hello/17/1375/640/TacomaIVAW.jpg

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Even the insignia on MacBeth’s beret (featured in the video) is the wrong color. And he is wearing it with the emblem over his right eye, instead of his left:

  

The photo on the right is of an actual member of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Here is an illustration which shows more detail of the unit’s insignia:

Ranger 3rd Bn - Color

It’s Kerry VVAW colleague and faux Vietnam combat veteran "Captain" Al Hubbard all over again.

CBS News caption: Kerry, right, and Capt. Ron Hubbard (sic) talk about the war in Vietnam on ABC’s "Meet the Press" with Laurence Spivak, left, April 18, 1971. Kerry testified to Congress on April 22, 1971, on behalf of veterans against the war.

(Thanks to ever-vigilant JohnX for the details of MacBeth’s criminal records.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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