EF! case histories.
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Tue Oct 21 11:59:49 EST 1997
Don Staples wrote:
> Court Cases involving eco-terrorists
> (From the EcoTerror Response Network Web Site)
> October 3 1996. Helena, Montana. Earth Firster Ronald J. Constable,
> 27, was sentenced in federal court to one year in a federal
> penitentiary, $200 in restitution, one year of supervised probation
> and 500 hours of community service for tree spiking in an October
> incident near Essex, Montana (see 1993). Constable was permanently
> prohibited from entering any state or federal public lands. In June
> 1996 he became the first person to be convicted under a 1988 federal
> law against tree spiking. An undercover agent found Earth First
> literature in his possession. Constable admitted affiliation with
> Earth First. Tree-spiking conviction a first, Helena Independent
> Record, Saturday, October 5, 1996, by Mark Goldstein, p. 1A.
So, a $200 restitution- sounds fair. A year in jail? I call that
> March 21 1996. Long Creek Ranger District, Malheur National Forest,
> Oregon. Earth Firsters calling themselves "Cascadia Rising" blocked
> Forest Service Road 4555 leading to the Reed Fire Salvage Timber
> They blocked the road with a Chevy pickup truck turned on its side
> a tripod of poles with an activist hanging from the tip, a tactic
> known as "hippie on a stick". The blockage prevented Malheur Lumber
> Company logging crews from getting to their work site and kept
> numerous recreationists from camping and hiking sites. The leader was
> long-time Earth Firster Asante Riverwind (alias of Michael Christian,
> date of birth February 4, 1953) of the Blue Mountain Biodiversity
> Project, accompanied by Jessica Hinton and Steven E. Hazlett and ten
> others (unidentified). On Sunday, July 14, 1996, Forest Service Law
> Enforcement Officer Gale Wall made contact with Riverwind in the
> Malheur National Forest and gave him five Notices of Violation for
> leadership of and participation in the March incident. Riverwind
> refused the notices and Officer Wall mailed them to his address in
> Fossil, Oregon, certified return receipt requested. The total cost to
> the taxpayer of the incident including road cleanup was $15,886.60.
> Freedom of Information Act file # 6270-1-1 (96-193-MBS).
> Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Sheldal filed an Information against
> Riverwind, who entered a guilty plea to one count of blocking a road.
> On May 8, 1997, Federal Judge Ancer Hagerty of the United States
> District Court in Portland, Oregon, ordered Riverwind to pay a $300
> fine, $252.52 restitution and a $25 fee assessment, and placed him on
> probation until restitution was paid. Riverwind paid the next day.
> Case No. 9757. W. Alton Jones Foundation contributed $13,140.00 to
> Riverwind's Blue Mountain Biodiversity Project in 1995 and $18,000 in
What, no jail sentence for this TERRORIST? Shoulda hung'em. He's a major
threat to civilization.
> April 1, 1994. Kalispell, Montana. District Court Judge Michael Keedy
> sentenced two brothers, Earth Firsters Daniel Sean Carter and Michael
> Thomas Carter, for spiking trees, cutting down billboards and
> vandalizing logging equipment. Daniel pleaded guilty to 2 of 4 counts
> of felony criminal mischief, received nine years in prison,
> ordered to pay $5,884 in restitution and 200 hours community service.
> Two charges of cutting down signs were dismissed. Michael pleaded
> guilty to 3 of 12 counts of felony criminal mischief, was given 19
> years prison with all but 90 days in county jail suspended, ordered
> pay $34,473 in restitution and 200 hours community service. Other
> charges of cutting down billboards were dismissed. Michael was also
> convicted of vandalizing equipment belonging to Schellinger
> Construction Company. The crimes were committed between December 1989
> and July 1991. The brothers worked as carpenters. Carter brothers to
> pay $40,000 for spiking trees, Hungry Horse News, Thursday, April 7,
> 1994, by Becky Shay, p. 25.
> 8/27/93. Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho. Seven Earth First
> convicted of criminal trespass for violating a U.S. Forest Service
> closure of the Cove-Mallard area. Those found guilty were: Jacob
> Lawrence Bear, 24; Lawrence Alan Juniper, 44; Michael Richard Vernon,
> 43; Michele E. Pflam, 24; Beatrix A. Jenness; Peter J. Leusch; and
> Megan E. McNalley. Pflam received the biggest fines as Boyle imposed
> $250 for violating the closure and another $250 for interfering with
> authorities by chaining herself with a bicycle lock July 15 to the
> rear axle of a Forest Service vehicle. Earth First Activists
> Of Violating Forest Closure, Portland Oregonian, Friday, August 27,
> 1993, by The Associated Press, p. D6.
> 8/11/93. Spokane, Washington. Earth Firsters John P. Blount, 32, of
> Masonville, Colorado, and Jeffrey C. Fairchild, 27, Ashland,
> Wisconsin, were sentenced for convictions on two counts of tree
> spiking the Post Office Creek timber sale in Idaho in March 1989, two
> counts of destruction of federal property and two counts of
> conspiracy. Blount was handed a 17-month jail term and fined $1,000.
> Fairchild was given 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Both were
> ordered to pay a one-quarter share of the $19,639 in damage to spiked
> trees. A third defendant, Daniel A. LaCrosse, 36, Salem, New
> Hampshire, was charged with conspiracy to spike trees and conspiracy
> to destroy government property. Two other defendants, Arvid Hartley
> and Neil McClain were both sentenced to 90 days home detention and
> ordered to pay their share of the $19,639. Clearwater Forest Trial
> Opens In Idaho Tree-Spiking Case - Lawyer Denies Intent To Harm
> Anyone, Lewiston Tribune, June 8, 1993, by The Associated Press, p.
> 5A. See also, U.S. tree-spiker sentences surprisingly stiff,
> Sun (British Columbia), August 17, 1993, by Neal Hall, p. C1.
> 6/4/93. Missoula, Montana. Arvid E. Hartley and Neil K. McLain
> guilty in federal court to misdemeanor charges of spiking trees in
> Idaho. They agreed to testify against three others accused in a
> tree-spiking March 29, 1989. Accused were John Blount, Jeffrey C.
> Fairchild and Daniel A. LaCrosse. Hartley and McLain both admitted
> that they put metal spikes in trees with the intent to hinder a
> sale in the Post Office Creek area of the Clearwater National Forest
> near Powell, Idaho. Two Plead Guilty To Spiking Trees To Stop Sales
> Idaho, Portland Oregonian, Saturday, June 5, 1993, from correspondent
> and wire reports, p. B8.
> 8/13/92. Cove/Mallard, Idaho. Three Earth First activists pleaded
> guilty to criminal trespass and spent 9 days in jail for locking
> themselves to road-construction equipment in Nez Perce National
> Forest. Tree-spiking discovered in old-growth timber stand nearby.
> three had been charged with resisting arrest, obstructing justice and
> injury to a vehicle. Each was fined $100 and sentenced to 60 days in
> jail. Earth First! Activists Get Out of Jail - Trio Had Chained
> To Road Construction Gear In Idaho; Spiked Tree Found Nearby, Rocky
> Mountain News, Thursday August 13, 1992, by Associated Press, p. 1.
> 6/13/91. Murphysboro, Illinois. Three Earth Firsters, Rene Cook of
> Murphysboro, John Wallace of Waterloo and Thomas Herb of Carbondale
> were convicted on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct,
> obstruction and criminal trespass. Three convicted in timber protest,
> Southern Illinoisian, June 13, 1991, by Phil Brinkman, p. 1A.
> 7/16/90. Gallatin County, Montana. Earth Firster Lyn Lee Georges
> Dessaux arrested on two counts of misdemeanor assault, one for
> multiple stabbings of Dan R. Jacobs of Kalispell with a ski pole, the
> other for multiple stabbings of Hal Slemmer of Billings with a ski
> pole, in a Fund for Animals protest on March 17 to disrupt the
> hunt near West Yellowstone. Dessaux became so violent that the animal
> rights video camera operator documenting the scene stopped taping and
> screamed at Dessaux to stop. Dessaux was found guilty on both counts
> February 8, 1991 in a jury trial in Justice Court in Bozeman (Case
> Number CR90-0963). Justice of the Peace Scott Wyckman sentenced
> Dessaux to 6 months in Gallatin County Jail, suspended to 45 days.
> Dessaux was released after 28 days on condition he perform community
> service with the Humane Society in lieu of paying court debts, but
> shelter rejected his help. Sentence in the case of The State of
> Montana v. Lyn Georges Dessaux, Case Number CR90-0963, February 8,
> 1991. Shelter Rejects Bison Activist - Humane Society Wont Take His
> Help, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Saturday, March 9, 1991, by The
> Associated Press, p. 1A.
> Don Staples
> My Ego Stroke: http://www.livingston.net/dstaples/
OK, now that we see these ecoterrorists got what was due to them. Now,
how about those good clean white booze guzling, gun stroking, Christian
folk that enslaved the blacks, murdered the Indians by the millions,
polluted almost every river in the country, poisoned the air, clearcut
billions of acres, eroded countless mountainsides, and recently
"downsized" millions of workers and exported their jobs, droped
25,000,000 tons of bombs on peasants in southeast Asia, stole a half
trillion bucks from the savings and loans, etc. ad infinitum. THESE ARE
THE REAL ECCOTERRORISTS, not a few hippies with a few spikes. No jail
terms for them.
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