After a jolly breakfast at Hard Times café, we packed as many people as possible into as many cars as were available and drove to the St. Paul courthouse. Surrounded by close friends and after a rowdy group hug smelling strangely of sweaty armpits, we filed into the courtroom, filling it entirely. Dave's name was called first and he was, as laid out in his plea agreement, sentenced to 90 days in jail and 7 years probation. He is allowed to return to England and serve the 7 years there as long as he remains outside of the US for that time. His lawyer argued for less prison time and for half the time to be served at home; Judge Flynn subsequently denied both arguments. After a smile and wave, Dave was taken into custody and we filed out of the courtroom.
Though Dave is in jail, there are still ways we can support him and make his imprisonment as easy as possible. If you'd like to write Dave, here are some things you should know:
All mail will be opened before being delivered and illegal items will be removed. Illegal items include money and Polaroid photographs, as well as just about most things. Letters with glue, stickers, tape, ribbons, glitter, stains, lipstick, and other fun things won't be delivered. But you can use markers, crayons, and colored pencils, and you can send photographs no larger than 4" x 6". Books must be ordered through a publisher or website like Amazon.com.
Here's the address:
297 S. Century Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55119
He does have access to some money at this time.
If you'd like to visit Dave we ask that you email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us coordinate and set up the visit for you. He is only allowed twenty minutes of visiting time per week through a video screen (no personal contact is allowed). Up to three or four people are allowed per visit. We'd like to make sure he gets to see everyone and that someone is visiting weekly. Again, there are stipulations for the visit besides their no real contact policy:
Visiting hours are:
Saturday and Sunday: 12:30, 1, 1:30, and 2 (pm)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1:30, and 2 (pm)
You must be over 18 and have a valid ID.
If you are under 18 you must be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian.
All visits are monitored and probably recorded.
Don't be provocative or wear provocative clothing.
Basically you are to be as lame as possible and will be made to feel as uncomfortable as possible. But...
Visiting breaks up the monotony of doing basically nothing every day AND... we all know Dave would love to see us!
Please, if you have questions, do not hesitate to email: email@example.com
One more thing...
Dave's involvement may be ending but there are still others bravely fighting their charges from the RNC. Please support them. As most of the felony trials are over, they are in need of more and more encouragement. Please visit the following sites for more information:
Christina Vana and Karen Meissner:
Jesse James Forrey
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