We will then know what points raised by Free's attorney will be conceded and which will be challenged. If you haven't yet written a letter, please take 10 minutes to do so now. You can even send an email. Sample letters, contact information etc is below. |
This is also an opportunity to write a letter to local Eugene publications. Don't forget to mention the absurd sentence received by Free, the recent statement made by the Eugene Human Rights Commission, the fact that Free has been sent to the hole for expressing his opinion to an environmental publication etc. Contact information on these publications are at the end of this post.
Sample Letter to the Attorney General of Oregon on Free's Behalf You can now email the Attorney General as well at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Hardy Myers, Attorney General-State of Oregon 400 Justice Building Salem, Oregon 97310
Re: Jeffrey Luers, Appellate Case #A115208
I am writing in regards to the Circuit Court appeal of Jeffrey Michael Luers. Jeffrey is appealing his conviction and sentence relating to the 2000 arson at Romania Chevrolet and attempted arson at Tyree Oil Company, both in Eugene, Oregon.
Notably, this includes conviction on three separate counts of Arson 1, with enhancement to Measure 11, for a single fire at Romania Chevrolet, a fire in which no one was injured. At trial, the State's witness testified that they were in no danger of injury. By his own admission, Jeffrey stated that great care was taken to prevent injury to anyone. The fire was intended to damage property, and property was all that was damaged - less than $40,000 worth. While not dismissing the serious nature of the crime, enhancement to Measure 11 is unwarranted, as there were no injuries and damage was relatively minor.
I also question the conviction on three separate counts of Arson 1 for a single fire. Jeffrey was sentenced to 22 years, eight months, a sentence far greater than that faced by many offenders convicted of violent acts against individuals. For example, Manslaughter 1 carries a 10 year sentence; Attempted Murder, only 7and a half years; Rape 1, 8 years four months. Clearly, Jeffrey's sentence is vastly disproportionate to the crime of burning three vehicles. In fact, his co-defendant received only 66 months. It is my belief that Jeffrey's sentence is due more to his political beliefs than to the severity of the crime. I am not alone in that assesment. In June 2003, the Eugene Human Rights Commission released a letter to Jeff urging him to appeal his sentence and pointing to the discrepancy in sentencing that Jeff has recieved compared to murderers and rapists in Oregon State.
Therefore, Mr. Myers, it is my sincere hope that you will take these points into account with regards to Jeffrey's appeal, and that you will consider allowing the State of Oregon to concede to a lesser sentence in the interest of justice.
your name & address
Eugene Weekly (weekly) email@example.com 1251 Lincoln, Eugene OR 97401
Register Guard (daily corporate newspaper) firstname.lastname@example.org