Tag Archive: political prisoners

Eco-Saboteur Rebecca Rubin Gets 5-Year Federal Prison Sentence

The Two Elk Lodge restaurant, foreground, on top of Vail Mountain burns along with another structure at right on Oct. 19, 1998, in Vail, Colo

The Two Elk Lodge restaurant, foreground, on top of Vail Mountain burns along with another structure at right on Oct. 19, 1998, in Vail, Colorado

From The Oregonian

A federal judge on Monday sentenced eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin to five years in prison — less than what prosecutors sought for the former fugitive from Canada.

Rubin, voice shaking, apologized to her family, the court, firefighters as well as targets of the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front.

“I was so convinced at the righteousness of my beliefs, that I chose to ignore my own wrongdoing,” Rubin said.

Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken, who presided over the sentencing hearings in 2007 of Rubin’s co-conspirators in Eugene, praised Rubin’s statement, calling it “the most thoughtful, well-stated, honest, unvarnished apology/explanation.”

“I understand more than you know when you work in a democracy that all things look like they’re black and white when you’re young,” the judge said. “And there are so many shades of gray.”

Federal prosecutors had asked Aiken for a 7 ½-year prison sentence for Rubin. Rubin’s attorney argued for five years.

rebecca rubinRubin pleaded guilty last October before Aiken to arson, attempted arson and conspiracy to commit arson in Oregon, Colorado and California as part of the underground Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. She participated in four crimes, including planning the eventual $12 million fire that destroyed a ski resort under construction in Vail, Colo., in 1998. (more…)

Animal Liberation Activist Kevin Olliff Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison

from supportkevinandtyler.com

Kevin Olliff receives 30 month sentence for possession of “burglary tools.”

Tuesday, Kevin Olliff accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 2.5 years in Illinois prison. The only allegation against him was possessing tools the prosecution claimed were intended to be used to “burglarize” a fox farm.

With credit for time served, and Illinois’ “half time” credit, Kevin is expected to be released in 10 months.

This is a significantly harsher sentence than the one received by co-defendant Tyler Lang, who received a sentence of time served and was released in November. It has been speculated Kevin’s history of arrests for animal rights activity made him a more appetizing target for the prosecution, translating to a longer sentence (Kevin served time in California on “stalking” charges for his role in the successful campaign against POM Wonderful). (more…)

Jeremy Has Been Transferred and Will Now Begin Serving His Sentence!

Jeremy Hammond, by Molly Crabapple

Jeremy Hammond, by Molly Crabapple

Blog editor’s note: Don’t forget Jeremy’s Birthday is this month!

From Free Jeremy Hammond

As many of you may know, Jeremy has been on a bit of a journey recently being transferred from prison to prison on his way to the one where he will serve the remainder of his sentence.

We are very relieved to announce that he has finally reached that prison – FCI Manchester in Kentucky.

While it is not as close to Chicago as his family and friends may have liked, it is medium security, and Jeremy is satisfied with the choice.

For now, the best thing you can do is write him. His new address is:

Jeremy Hammond #18729-424
FCI Manchester
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 4000
Manchester, KY 40962

You can also once again send him books from his Amazon wishlist. Jeremy is a avid reader and books help him to fill a lot of the “down” time in prison. (more…)

Lynne Stewart Freed From Prison, Granted “Compassionate Release”

lynnestewart-imprisonedComrades from Jericho have confirmed that Lynne has been released and should be arriving in NYC this morning (January 1st).

From NYC CBS:

A federal judge in Manhattan ordered a “compassionate release” Tuesday from prison for a dying former civil rights lawyer.

The U.S. government requested the release earlier in the day for Lynne Stewart, who was convicted in a terrorism case from prison. Prosecutors say Stewart, 74, suffers from recurrent stage-four breast cancer. She was not scheduled to be released until August 2018.

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl had said he could not release her early without a recommendation for from prison authorities. The director of the Bureau of Prisons made the request through Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“The defendant’s terminal medical condition and very limited life expectancy constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons that warrant the requested reduction” in her prison sentence, Koeltl’s order said.

Stewart has been imprisoned since 2009 after she was convicted of helping a blind Egyptian sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, communicate with his followers from prison. (more…)