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News :: Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Chelsea Gerlach and Kevin Tubbs Arraigned - Two Activists in Different Cases
22 Dec 2005
(Report about Kevin Tubbs After first Article)
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
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

Other News
Court Report: Kevin Tubbs Arraigned on Romania Checrolet Charges Today
author: Gumby Cascadia
I attended the arraignment on new indictments for Kevin Tubbs today in Federal Court. Kevin is charged with arson at Romania Chevrolet in Eugene, March 30, 2001. These charges are in addition to charges in connection with the 1998 arson of a U.S. Department of Agriculture research center in Olympia, Washington.
Ridiculous Multiplicity of Charges for Kevin Tubbs

Arraignment Hearing for Kevin Tubbs
[Report by Gumby Cascadia]

In Federal Magistrate Thomas Coffin's courtroom today, Kevin Tubbs was arraigned on 36 new charges related to the March 30th, 2001, arson at Romania Chevrolet in Eugene.

He is being charged separately for each of the 35 vehicles destroyed, and faces a mandatory minimum sentence for each vehicle of 5 years, with the maximum penalty being 20 years PER VEHICLE.

In addition, he is being charged with an Enhancement for the use of an "incendiary bomb" which carries a mandatory minimum sentence under Oregon's Measure 11 sentencing rules of 30 years.

There will be a detention hearing for Kevin on January 3rd at 1:30 in the Federal Courthouse. Kevin's attorney will argue for his release pending trial.

A status hearing for the trial will be held February 6th at 1:30.

Trial date is set for February 21st at 9 am, although my expectation is that trial dates will be juggled a lot, due to all the different motions and timelines regarding other trials. So, pencil it in, in other words...

It is apparent to me that Kevin needs ADEQUATE legal representation. Anyone ready to start raising funds?

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Re: Chelsea Gerlach and Kevin Tubbs Arraigned - Two Activists in Different Cases
22 Dec 2005
Great news!
Arsonists should be put behind bars fro 290 years! Besides destroying out people's property, they place innocent FF's and EMS personnel at risk.
Re: Chelsea Gerlach and Kevin Tubbs Arraigned - Two Activists in Different Cases
22 Dec 2005
That is.... if they are actually guilty.

Isn't that what the law is sposed to be about in this country, innocent until proven guilty?

I've read several books about the Earth First movement in particular that had "informants" who were caught on tape deliberately demonstrating a bias AGAINST the demonstrators at the same time that they were deliberately trying to entrap environmental activists into breaking the law.

The whole innocent until proven guilty thing gets even sketchier when our legal enforcers are breaking the law themselves to force innocents to break the law because the legal enforcers are biased.

The Earth First example begs the question for more modern cases like these...