York's lawyers argue for dismissal
Macon Telegraph/December 17, 2003
By Liz Fabian
The leader of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, Malachi
York, was back in U.S. District Court in Macon Tuesday for a
hearing on a number of pre-trial motions filed by his attorneys.
York is accused of taking children across state lines for the
purpose of having sex with them and attempting to evade federal
financial reporting requirements.
The trial is set to begin Jan. 5 in Brunswick.
Judge Ashley Royal granted a change of venue in October due to
In January, York pleaded guilty to the federal charges, but
Royal determined that York withdrew his guilty plea in October.
Attorney Adrian Patrick, the newest member of York's defense
team, said they filed a motion to dismiss the case on two grounds
- the publicity surrounding York's earlier guilty plea would
violate his right to a fair trial and the grand jury was picked
from the Middle District of Georgia, which Patrick said was
already determined to be a tainted jury pool due to the judge's
earlier change of venue ruling.
Royal will issue a ruling on the motions at a later date.
The judge did chide York's followers in court for their
participation in the Brunswick Christmas parade earlier this
month, where supporters passed out fliers supporting York.
Royal said York will likely remain in custody at the Jones
County jail until shortly before the trial begins.
Patrick said the defense is ready to proceed with the January
"You'll get to see a very different side of the case," Patrick
said. "Basically you've seen Dr. York get beaten up, but you
haven't seen evidence supporting him."
About two dozen people gathered outside the courthouse in
support of York and about the same number of supporters sat in the
As York left the courtroom with his hands cuffed behind the
back of his orange jumpsuit, he smiled at several women in the
audience, including a couple of them who blew him a kiss as he
The Nuwaubians are a cult-like group based in Putnam County
that at various times has claimed to be Christian, Muslim,
Freemasons and American Indians.