[Ppnews] Eric McDavid Update 2/24/10

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Feb 24 14:18:54 EST 2010

Eric McDavid is a political prisoner, currently serving a 20 year 
sentence in federal prison for "thought crime." He was arrested in 
January 2006 (as part of the government's ongoing "Green Scare" 
campaign against environmental and animal rights activists) after 
being targeted by an undercover informant who formulated a crime and 
entrapped Eric in it. Eric was targeted by the state for his 
political beliefs, and his case is important for everyone who dares 
to stand up. He is currently appealing his conviction and his sentencing.


Update February 24, 2010

Dear Friends,

On Friday, February 19, the government filed their reply brief to 
Eric's appeal. The document they filed was 90 pages long - 90 pages 
of lies and slander in their continued effort to demonize Eric and 
justify their own inhumanity in locking a person in prison for 20 
years for "thought crime." The document is full of continued attacks 
on Eric's character as well as misrepresentations and lies about the 
actual unfolding of events. All of this, combined with outrageous 
distortions of the law, make the government's reply a rather 
distasteful read. But, for those of you who are interested in such 
sour fare, we are posting a copy of the reply brief on Eric's website 
in the documents section. We recommend keeping something sweet 
nearby. Or perhaps something to settle the stomach.

As painful as this document was to read, we are incredibly relieved 
that it has been filed. Eric's lawyer now has 2 weeks to file his 
final response. We are hopeful that this will happen on time, as 
every delay means that much more time that Eric spends in prison 
unnecessarily. This response will be the last document that needs to 
be filed for the appeal. Then we begin the wait for the court's 
response. Unfortunately, this could be a very long wait.

In the meantime, we want to urge you all to please not forget about 
Eric! He still needs your support in his struggle for freedom. One of 
the most important ways you can support Eric is to donate to his 
support fund. We have some money set aside in case we have expenses 
to cover in the event of a new trial, but the money that we use to 
keep up the website and help pay for my visits with Eric are quickly 
running out. These visits are incredibly important to us and help us 
maintain some sanity in this insane situation.

Eric is currently being held in Victorville, CA - which is almost 7 
hours from where I live. Renting a car and paying for gas is 
incredibly expensive, and it's a cost I just can't carry on my own. 
The support Eric has received from all of you over the last four 
years has been amazing, and we are more than thankful for all you 
have done. Eric has shown a steadfast, unwavering commitment to do 
the right thing and fight the outrageous charges against him, despite 
facing severe repercussions for that decision. Please consider making 
a donation to support him, however small. Every tiny bit helps. 
Keeping our connections with each other in situations like this is 
absolutely essential. The state has tried to sever Eric's connections 
to his family and communities. They know that this is where our 
strength lies. Our visits together are a very powerful tool in 
fighting the isolation and loneliness that prison can bring and in 
keeping each other strong. Please consider donating to help us keep 
these connections with each other.

To donate to Eric's support fund, you can visit the "Help" section on 
his website and use the PayPal link to donate online. If you would 
rather not use PayPal (which we completely understand), please email 
us and we will let you know how to send a check or money order.

Thanks to everyone for staying with Eric these last four years.


jenny (Eric's partner)/SPS

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