Fairbanks militia leader misses court date, faces new charge

FAIRBANKS --An arrest warrant has been issued for a Fairbanks militia leader who failed to show up Monday for his trial on a weapons charge.

Schaeffer Cox, 26, now faces an additional charge of failing to appear in court, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Cox told The Associated Press Wednesday afternoon that his absence was in response to a judge's order signed earlier this month. The order bars "any discussion of, reference to, or argument with respect to the defendant's position on the validity of, 'sense' of, or constitutionality of the law."

Cox said, "The judge, by signing an order forbidding all reference to the constitution, has divested himself of all authority vested in him by that constitution and the law requires me to now resist by all means necessary or else be an enabler of lawlessness."

Cox is a leader of the local Second Amendment Task Force and Peacemaker's Militia. He's accused of failing to tell an officer he was carrying a pistol while he monitored a police search of a house in March 2010. Cox belongs to a "Liberty Bell" network that sends out messages when someone believes their rights are being violated.

At previous hearings in the case, Cox has refused to remove his hat and objected at length to the proceedings.

The prosecutor has challenged Cox's ability to represent himself and had asked the court to order him not to bring up issues beyond the scope of the case.