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Court Report: Chelsea Gerlach Arraigned on New Charges Today

Chelsea Gerlach was arraigned on new indictments today in Federal Court. She currently faces 290 years in a federal prison if convicted of all charges against her. This is my report.
Chelsea Gerlach Arraigned on New Charges Today
[report by gumby cascadia]

Chelsea Gerlach was arraigned on new charges today following indictments by the Federal Grand Jury in Eugene last week.

Numerous charges have been added related to an arson at Childer's Meat Company in Eugene on May 19, 1999 and another at Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie on May 21, 2001. I didn't catch the number of charges related to the Childer's fire, but she has been charged with 14 counts related to the Clatskanie fire.

The US attorney gleefully announced that Chelsea was facing 290 years in federal detention if convicted, when Chelsea's lawyer asked for another detention hearing to have Chelsea released on bail pending trial. Her lawyer also intends to file a motion for discovery tomorrow (Tuesday 12/20) as the Government has failed to turn over discovery needed to work on her defense. Her lawyer accused the Government of heaping "Multiplicitous Indictments" on Chelsea. "They are overcharging her," he stated. Her lawyer asserted that the only evidence the Government has brought forth appears to be the testimony of confidential informants. He said that he planned to bring to light more on these informants in a detention hearing set for this Thursday, Dec.23 at 1:30, since the Government appears to be relying solely on these informants and Chelsea has been held on little evidence for too long already.

Trial dates were set today, as well. A status hearing for all three trials will be held on Feb. 13 at 1:30 with Judge Coffin.

February 28th, 2006 9am : Trial on charges stemming from destruction of a Bonneville Power Administration power transmission tower near Bend, Oregon

March 15th, 9am : Trial on charges from Childer's Meat Co.

March 28th, 9am : Trial on charges from Jefferson Poplar, Clatskanie
Never talk to anyone 20.Dec.2005 01:04


they allow you to check them for wires.

A pat-down don't make it.

And I would add... 20.Dec.2005 12:47

Gumby Cascadia

... that if anyone from your past shows up suddenly and wants to remenisce about old times, keep your trap shut. They're still out there, folks! CS1 is under sealed indictment, roaming loose and wired up. Don't be a dummy.

sad 21.Dec.2005 15:25

mike D

She will spend the rest of her life behind bars . A fate worse then death .

Never a target

And she didn't even say anything 22.Dec.2005 01:07

if you can believe the corporate press

At the end of this article (full article below)it lists persons allegedly conversed with by informant. Chelsea was not one of them.

"In 2005 he wore a hidden microphone and obtained tape recordings of conversations with defendants Meyerhoff, Kevin Tubbs of Eugene, Daniel McGowan of New York City, and William C. Rodgers of Prescott, Ariz."

Another weird corporate press discrepancy is that they used to talk about two "confidential informants" or "confidential witness" and one "cooperating co-defendent" definitely 3 different people. This article says only 2 people.

Another bit of news that has fallen out of sight is that bit about alleged suspect Josephine Sunshine Overaker. First it was presumed she was in Germany, then it started calling her a fugitive or "at large." Does anyone know who this person is? When the feds have an undercover agent, how do they disappear someone? Do they have that much control over the corporate press that they could fake news? Enquiring minds want to know...

Motion says Virginia man charged in case to testify against others


By JEFF BARNARD / Associated Press

One of the six people arrested this month on federal charges they were part of an ecoterrorism campaign has agreed to testify against others charged in the case, according to court papers.

A defense motion filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene says Stanislas "Jack" Meyerhoff, 28, a former Eugene resident who has lately been attending Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville, Va., is one of the unnamed informants the federal government has relied on for evidence in the investigation.

Public defender Craig Weinerman named Meyerhoff and another man, Jacob Ferguson, as informants in a motion for the release of Chelsea Gerlach, who is being held without bail.

The motion is to be argued Thursday in U.S. District Court in Eugene.

Gerlach, 28, who grew up in the Eugene area and worked as a disc jockey in Portland, faces trial on indictments she and Meyerhoff helped topple a high tension power line outside Bend in 1999 and that she served as a lookout while others were setting fire to the Childers Meat Co. plant in Eugene in 2001.

No group took responsibility for the toppling the electric tower, but the Animal Liberation Front took credit for the meat plant fire to protest the treatment of livestock.

Authorities have also named Gerlach as a suspect in the 1998 arson of a ski resort in Vail, Colo., that caused $12 million in damages, though she has not been charged. The Earth Liberation Front took credit for that, saying it was fighting ski resort expansion into lynx habitat.

Meyerhoff also was indicted on charges he firebombed the office of Superior Lumber Co. in Glendale, now known as Swanson Group, in 2001, as well as offices and a truck shop at the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie the same year. Earth Liberation Front took credit for both those.

In a status hearing Tuesday, Meyerhoff asked the court to show mercy.

"I pray that the court is merciful with those who have renounced these crimes and have moved on to be students and professionals," he said.

Weinerman characterized Meyerhoff and Ferguson as "serial arsonists" whose credibility was undermined by the fact that they face life in prison without parole if convicted on charges of being in possession of a firebomb.

He argued that the weakness of the government's case and Gerlach's strong ties to the community her mother lives in Eugene and her father lives in Sweet Home should qualify her for release on bail.

Weinerman wrote in the motion that following his arrest Dec. 7, Meyerhoff admitted he was involved in the Childers Meat fire and claimed Gerlach also was involved, but could not recall her specific role. He has not been charged in that fire.

Ferguson, who told authorities he also took part in the meat plant fire, characterized Gerlach's role as a lookout with a hand-held radio, the motion said.

The motion gave no age or hometown for Ferguson, but noted that he has not been charged in any of the cases.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Sheldahl said the prosecution would respond to the motion in court.

Ferguson also admitted taking part in the firebombing of a U.S. Department of Agriculture plant research lab in Olympia, Wash., in 1998, the Superior Lumber Co. fire in 2001 and the tree farm fire the same year, the motion said.

"Ferguson has admitted to actually setting the fires in these arsons according to an affidavit filed in connection with the issuance of search warrants in these cases," the motion said.

That affidavit also says that the informant, not named, went with an investigator to the tree farm in December 2004, and described how the firebombing was carried out. In 2005 he wore a hidden microphone and obtained tape recordings of conversations with defendants Meyerhoff, Kevin Tubbs of Eugene, Daniel McGowan of New York City, and William C. Rodgers of Prescott, Ariz.

The affidavit includes a transcript of McGowan saying two of the firebombs from the tree farm fire did not go off, and a notation that investigators found a bucket of fuel at the scene with a fanny pack, typically used to hold the bomb timer, immersed in it.

McGowan was indicted on charges he joined Meyerhoff in the arsons of the lumber mill and the tree farm.

federal bureau of intimidation 22.Dec.2005 17:01


This could be another Mayfield case--remember that his fingerprint was never on that suitcase in Spain--or another Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt frameup--in other words, a completely fabricated charge, intended in this case to intimidate the ecological defense movement.

Guess you don't know the whole story 22.Jul.2006 12:35

An Oregonian

If you're keeping up on the news Chelsea has plead guilty. Now before you start crying "conspiracy" and "poor framed Chelsea" consider this. If Chelsea were completely innocent and the Feds only evidence was an "informant" and "fabricated" heresay evidence, any attorny worth his fee should win that case without too much difficutly. So why would she plead guilty if she's completely innocent? It looks like what happened is someone who was wired talked to a few of the defendents and when faced with their own words they turned on the rest and told everything they knew. Big FBI conspiracy huh?