[Ppnews] Rod Coronado - Here's the Deal

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon Dec 17 11:45:29 EST 2007

As many of you have already heard, it is true 
that Rod did take a plea in the San Diego 
case.  Of course, there are many, many emotions 
equated with this, but for the most part you can 
all guess how we feel.  Up until the very end, we 
were wavering, but it is now after the fact and 
we are resolved to make peace with the upcoming 
journey we face.  This was not a victory by any 
means, but a way to move on with our lives and 
give our kids the time they need and deserve with 
a present dad.  We could have gone on fighting, 
but in the end our little ones would have paid 
the biggest price
.. It is, so they say, an achilles heal.
Below is a open letter from Rod that he released 
to the public to share why he made his decision:

“Dear friends and supporters~

On December 14th, before Judge Jeffery Miller in 
Federal Court in San Diego, I entered a guilty 
plea to one count of distribution of information 
related to the assembly of explosives and weapons 
of mass destruction.  This was the one count I 
have fought for almost two years now and for 
which I faced approximately five to ten years in 
prison if found guilty at trial.  In September of 
2007, a jury instead voted 8-4 for acquittal and 
in the ensuing wekks, prosecutors in the case 
informed us that they would seek an additional 
indictment in Washington D.C., for a speech I 
delivered at American University in January, 
2003.  In exchange for a guilty plea in the San 
Diego case, the U.S. government has agreed to ask 
only for a one year prison sentence, drop pending 
charges in Tucson for my possession of raptor 
feathers and not to indict me in D.C.  I am not 
required to testify against anyone else in any 
other investigations, and hopefully this plea 
agreement will once and for all gran
t me closure in a well-known campaign of 
repression against me for my past involvement, 
association and support for covert campaigns 
against environmental destroyers and animal 
abusers.  It has long been my desire to put my 
past behind me and instead build a sustainable 
existence for myself, my wife, Chrysta, and two 
children, Anheles and Maya.  This decision to 
take a plea bargain comes only after much careful 
consideration and a sincere desire to do what is 
best for my family.  Such unconstitutional 
assaults on my free speech beg for a continued 
legal battle and defense, but I am instead 
choosing to reach a settlement that will allow me 
to move on with my life rather than face years of 
litigation that might lead to many years in prison.

My children need me.  I am a father first and 
foremost, and have given 20 plus years to the 
battle against corporate and government policies 
which destroy our Earth.  Now it is time to give 
of myself to the purpose of raising a family in these troubling times.

For the Earth, and all of her Children,
Rod Coronado ”
Thank you for all you have done for us, and 
continue to do!  To everyone who has been there 
with us, know that our hearts have continually 
been put at peace with your support and 
kindness.  There is no doubt that love and truth 
are the strongest powers, we are constantly reminded!


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