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February 28th: Day of Action for Political Prisoner Joshua "Skelly" Stafford


Call CCA Prison Warden to demand proper food rations for Skelly's health.

Skelly is not receiving the amount of food that it is medically documented that he needs. We are organizing a day to have everyone call in and tell the Warden or the Assistant Warden that we know about these needs and that they are not being met.

The call in day will be Thursday February 28, please call anytime between 9am-4pm.

The name of the Assistant Warden is Johnson
The name of the Warden is Pugh

The number for the facility is 330-746-3777, please call, select option "3" (not option 2, as we said earlier) and ask to speak to either the Warden or the Assistant Warden.

Sample Script: Hi my name is _________ and I am calling in regards to prisoner  #57976-060 Joshua Stafford. For medical reasons Joshua needs increased caloric intake, and has yet to be provided with additional food rations. Please address this oversight of Joshua's caloric needs as both his family and friends are concerned about his health and well being.

*** They will tell you that he needs to get the request approved through medical, but this has already happened; the hold up is with the kitchen or the administration.  They will put it on Skelly to talk to medical or his counsellor about it.  We need to remind the prison that it's their responsibility to make sure he's getting the medical care his doctor has recommended. ***


Brandon, Connor and Doug appeal sentences

On 11/20/12, Judge Dowd handed down sentences for Brandon, Connor and Doug.  The judge departed from the sentencing guidelines, which he called "grotesque."  Doug got 11 1/2 years, Brandon 9 years and 9 months, and Connor 8 years and 1 month.  While these sentences are significantly shorter than the prosecution was seeking, they are almost double what they would have been without the application of the terrorism enhancement.  All three are appealing the judge's decision to apply the terrorism enhancement, and seeking shorter sentences. 

Skelly's trial is still postponed pending mental health evaluation by the BOP.  Please take a moment to write him a short letter - he's completely isolated (no phone calls, no visits, no writing implements) in a remote prison in Massachusetts, and needs your support.

Tony Hayne, the fifth man arrested, who took a cooperating plea deal in July, was sentenced on 11/30 to 6 years.


Sentencing Hearing Update

Today was the first day of Brandon, Doug and Connor's sentencing hearing, from 9 AM till almost 4 PM.  The parties made opening statements, and then most of the day was spent examining and cross-examining Special Agent Ryan Taylor, the lead FBI agent involved with this case.  Anthony Hayne also briefly testified, part of the plea agreement he entered into with the government in July.

The hearing will continue tomorrow morning at 10 AM.  We'll post a more thorough update later this week.  The actual sentencing for Brandon, Connor and Doug is scheduled for November 19th.

Also, Skelly's evaluation is scheduled to be completed today.  Hopefully he'll be transferred back to Ohio soon.


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