FBI harassment of Marie Supporters

March 28, 2008 at 11:03 pm (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

It has come to our attention that the F.B.I. are actively attempting to contact people involved in support work for these defendants. We would like to remind everyone that they are under no obligation whatsoever to speak with law enforcement under any circumstances without an attorney present. Additionally, if you do choose to speak to law enforcement, and are found later to have been untruthful in any way, this constitutes basis for criminal prosecution.

The National Lawyers Guild has established a hotline, 888-NLG-ECOL, for individuals arrested, subpoenaed or questioned for offenses related to environmental or animal activism. We encourage people to call the NLG hotline if you are contacted by law enforcement and would like to consult with an attorney on these
matters.

Got Your Back
Friends of Marie Mason

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Midwest Green Scare: Marie Mason released/preparing for trial

March 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

We are happy to report that despite a mind numbing amount of red tape and drama from the probation dept. and the associated electronic tether, Marie was released from jail Tuesday. She is under house arrest at a relative’s house and only able to go outside with permission 2 hours a week. She also needs special permission to see her lawyer because his office falls outside the western district. There is a tentative trial-date set for May 27, 2008, but we have been informed by her attorney that this date will almost certainly be pushed back as there has not been adequate time to prepare the case.
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Marie Mason Arraignment Update

March 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

Marie’s arraignment was today. She was granted release on a $75,000 unsecured bond pending pre-trial services setting up an electronic tether.  She is restricted to the Western District of Michigan and may have no contact with anyone whom, to her knowledge, is or ever was involved in criminal activity related to environmental causes. She will also face other travel restrictions. We realize this requires some explanation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Frank Ambrose Pleads Guilty and agrees to cooperate with Federal Authorities

March 20, 2008 at 11:08 pm (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

We have just been made aware that Frank Ambrose, one of Marie Mason’s co-indictees has plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit Arson. Page 10 point 7 of Franks plea agreement states in part that “The defendant agrees to fully cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the signatory US attorneys offices in their investigation of the charges contained in the indictment as well as the investigation of crimes for which they have actual or apparent jurisdiction.”

The complete plea agreement is here. We will continue to release any and all confirmed relevant information as it becomes available.

Love and Rage,
Got Your Back
Friends of Marie Mason
P.O. Box 19065
Cincinnati, OH 45219

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3/18/08 – **URGENT Update** Marie Transferred

March 19, 2008 at 1:39 am (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

We have just confirmed that Marie has been transferred to Newaygo County Jail in White Cloud, Michigan.

At this time we are requesting that everyone cease contacting the Butler County Jail as she is no longer being held there. If you have written Marie in the last few days your letter will likely be returned. Below you will find instructions on how to write Marie at the Newaygo County Jail. We have also confirmed that she will be appearing at the U.S. District Courthouse for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

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3/18/08 – **Update** Marie Mason

March 19, 2008 at 12:59 am (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

We were able to see Marie on Sunday, March 16 for the first time since her
arrest. We use the word ‘see’ loosely as her two 20 minute visits per
week at Butler County Jail are conducted via video conferencing. This
means that three of us packed into a small metal cubicle around a 12″
monitor with a small camera and telephone. Only the top portion of
Marie’s face was actually visible and only the person with the telephone
is able to speak with her, further adding to the impersonality and
segregation. This style of “visitation” is another tactic of the state to
isolate, alienate, and degrade prisoners and their loved ones on the
outside. Read the rest of this entry »

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3/15/08 Marie Mason Update/Flyer

March 16, 2008 at 1:11 am (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason, Resources)

Marie Mason Support Flyer

We were able to speak with Marie briefly (her phone calls are limited to
15 minutes a couple of times a day). Despite all thats happening she
remains in good spirits and is thankful for the love and support from
everyone.

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Got Your Back Collective Statement

March 16, 2008 at 12:54 am (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

With all thats been going on its hard to comprehend its only been 5 days
since our friend Marie was kidnapped from us. Over the past few days we
have have received an avalanche of emails, phone calls, and even a few
visits seeking details on Marie and her case. In order to better utilize
our energy and support efforts for Marie we will continue to release
updates and information through public statements that will be
disseminated through the freemarie@lists.riseup.net. and
midwestgreenscare.org. We encourage folks to contact us with their own
support ideas, projects, and offers to help but due tho the sheer volume
will likely be unable to answer each individual question put to us.

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3/14/08 – Marie Mason Update

March 14, 2008 at 6:08 pm (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

We want to extend our thanks to everyone that has offered support and
helped us navigate this treacherous path so far. One thing were learning
early on is Marie had a lot of friends. Its important we all do what we
can to let Marie know she is not alone and that we got her back! Even
something as simple as a letter of support can make all the difference in
the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michigan Eco-Indictment

March 13, 2008 at 4:53 am (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

Here is the actual indictment of the 4 known Michigan Greenscare Defendants.

Michigan Eco Indictment

At this time there’s a lot we don’t know. Please understand speculation, rumors, and hearsay help no one. We will be forthcoming with confirmed information on the current situation as it becomes available.

Got Your Back
Friends of Marie Mason
P.O. Box 19065
Cincinnati, OH 45219
freemarie@riseup.net
freemarie.org (coming soon!)

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