John Green 2-21-19

Rep. John Green, right, asks a question during testimony before the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee at the Idaho state Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 21.

An Idaho state representative who is under federal indictment in Texas is continuing to press his appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of a court order that he not possess firearms while he’s free on bond.

Rep. John Green, R-Post Falls, in his latest legal filing with the federal court, charged that the courts are restricting him from gun possession “as a means of abasing Green for having said something the government dislikes.”

He is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, for allowing a Texas couple to park proceeds from the sale of their gold coins in a bank account that Green controlled “in order to evade paying their federal income taxes,” according to a news release issued by federal prosecutors. The couple, Thomas and Michelle Selgas, longtime clients and friends of Green’s, are charged with tax evasion and conspiracy.

If convicted, Green, a first-term state representative, faces up to five years in federal prison. He’s free on bond pending his twice-delayed trial, which now is scheduled for Sept. 23; the delays came in part because of his service in the Idaho Legislature. Green strenuously protested the condition that he not possess guns while out on bond, first seeking reconsideration, then filing an appeal, on which oral arguments are set for Sept. 2.

You can read my full column here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Sunday/Monday edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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