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The California lawyer who for years made sure white supremacist Tom Metzger made payments on a judgment for his role in the killing of an Ethiopian man studying in the U. McElroy has been largely quiet about the adoption. Three members of the skinhead group East Side White Pride were convicted and sentenced to long prison terms. One of the men communicated with Metzger before the attack.
McElroy volunteered to collect from Metzger over the next 20 years and deliver the money to the slain man's family. He flew to Ethiopia to meet Seraw's family and took a liking to the man's son.
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He got the boy into a private school in Ethiopia. Then he asked to adopt the boy, and the mother agreed, grateful for the opportunities her son would have in the United States. Now in his mids, he is married and is a pilot for a major commercial airline. McElroy believes Metzger died not knowing about the relationship. The Associated Press is not identifying his adopted son at the request of McElroy, who says he guards his privacy.
McElroy, a former board chairman of the Southern Poverty Law Center, may be best known for his decades-long challenge to the presence of a foot Latin cross atop Mount Soledad in San Diego, claiming the war memorial violated the U. Constitution's ban on government favoring a religion. The legal battle began in and ended after the Mt. Soledad Cross Association bought the land in from its then-owner, the U.
Defense Department. Seraw's murder forced Portland, Oregon, to reckon with white supremacy.
It also brought McElroy face-to-face with Metzger, who lived nearby in Fallbrook and was near the height of his notoriety. Metzger ran for Congress from northern San Diego County in the early s, winning the Democratic primary. But he lost by a landslide in the general election after Democrats and Republicans united against him.
Metzger couldn't afford the damages against him. But he paid several hundred thousand dollars, and McElroy achieved his objective: to deprive Metzger and his organization, the White Aryan Resistance, of money to spread influence.
The two men met occasionally at a Fallbrook restaurant to discuss issues that popped up. They joked about their Midwestern roots. McElroy was born in Illinois and Metzger in Indiana.
But, like all people, he was multidimensional. McElroy recalls Metzger's children putting their hands in wet concrete outside their home and their father using a nail to mark their palms with swastikas.
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McElroy's hopes that the children would rebel against their father's views went mostly unfulfilled. One son, John, closely aligned with his father's activities. White Supremacist. San Diego County Aug Vista 9 hours ago.
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