[Ppnews] Scott DeMuth Sentenced Under Animal Enterprise Protection Act

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2011

Contact: Jude Ortiz, Scott and Carrie Support Committee (SCSC),
612-293-9657, <mailto:scsc.media at gmail.com>scsc.media at gmail.com

Scott DeMuth Sentenced for Misdemeanor Charge Under Animal Enterprise
Protection Act
Sentence Includes Six Months of Incarceration, One Year of Supervised
Release, But No Restitution

Davenport, IA ? Earlier today, Scott DeMuth, 23, was sentenced for a
federal misdemeanor charge of conspiracy in relation to an animal
release at Lakeside Ferrets in Howard Lake, Minnesota in 2006. DeMuth
accepted a plea agreement to this charge under the Animal Enterprise
Protection Act (AEPA) on September 13 of last year.

DeMuth's sentence includes six months of incarceration and one year of
supervised release. In court, the prosecutor, Clifford Cronk, pushed for
DeMuth to pay restitution even though this was not included in the plea
agreement. DeMuth's lawyer, Michael Deutsche of the People's Law Office
in Chicago, also requested that DeMuth be placed in a halfway house or
on house arrest because he is not a danger to society and is currently
enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Minnesota.
Additionally, Deutsche requested that DeMuth be given a self-surrender
date so he would have time to arrange his affairs prior to turning
himself into custody. U.S. District Court Judge John Jarvey rejected
Cronk's  and Deutsche's requests. Jarvey accepted the plea agreement as
it had been negotiated last September and ordered DeMuth taken into
custody.

"Cronk put in his best efforts and threw out more inflammatory rhetoric
today in a vindictive attempt to sidestep the plea agreement, but it
didn't work," said Lisa Williams on behalf of the Scott and Carrie
Support Committee (SCSC). "Scott was sentenced according to the plea
agreement for a misdemeanor, which both Scott and Cronk agreed to last
September when it was obvious how baseless and politically motivated the
felony conspiracy charges against him were. Although we are outraged
that Scott has been taken from his community, we are glad that Cronk was
not able to pursue his malicious quest unimpeded."

The sentencing hearing was finally set for today after being pushed back
repeatedly by the presiding judge due to various scheduling conflicts.
Supporters of DeMuth have noted how little interest the courts have
taken in this case since the plea agreement. Through the plea agreement,
Prosecutor Cliff Cronk had to abandon his attempts to hold DeMuth
accountable for the 2004 Animal Liberation Front raid at the University
of Iowa. That case remains unsolved at the expiration of its statute of
limitations, despite the Federal Bureau of Investigation spending years
and untold thousands of dollars investigating the incident. Cronk used
inflammatory rhetoric throughout the pre-trial hearings to paint DeMuth
as a danger to society based on his alleged political views. At one
point, Cronk went so far as to write in a court document that DeMuth is
an anarchist and "therefore, he is a domestic terrorist."

"The government's handling of this case since the plea agreement last
year shows that there is no 'justice' being served by Scott's
sentencing," said Williams. "There is no compelling societal good that
results from Scott being removed from his family, loved ones and
community. There is only the government wielding its power over Scott
because of his perceived politics in order to discourage him and others
from expressing dissent."

Court documents from DeMuth's case are available at:
<http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/resources/>http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/resources/
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