Filed under: Announcement, Court, Jailed Activist, ToDo, Update, Victimless Crimes
Please come support Rich Paul as he faces up to 81 years in prison for selling cannabis. You can join him on June 7th at 1:30pm at Cheshire “Superior” Court in Keene. Here’s a facebook event.
Also, please give to Rich’s appeal fundraiser. Details are here.
Day after day, I can feel the return of the rage and pain which were my constant companions until I started treating my depression with medical marijuana. For the first time in years, I truly felt the desire to die, the utter despair of full force depression. I thought that I was past it… I thought that the fight would be enough to foster my desire to live. I was wrong.
The paradox of my life is that the only anti-depressant which makes it bearable to be me is forbidden to me by law… If I make my life worth living by taking my medicine, the state will take my life from me, by imprisoning me, and will thereby deprive me of my medicine. That is what has happened to me now. I paid for my medicine by helping others get it.. and now the State in its infinite wisdom and compassion, has decided to make it impossible for me to get it.
If they insist on ruining our lives, why doesn’t the State just go whole hog and end them? Is one more recalcitrant slave worth what it costs to keep me locked up? I do not set my life at a pin’s fee… why should they?
Normally, when I had this kind of thought, I kept it to myself. I never wanted to risk incarceration by telling the truth. I guess that now, being incarcerated, I have nothing left to lose. If only the truth really had to power to set us free!
For those who suggest artificial, big pharma style anti-depressants, I suggest that you look into the recent mass shootings… every single one of them was carried out by a person on psych meds. No thanks, if I go out, I’ll do it alone. And having see one of my best friends die from Prozac, I suffer no illusions that it can’t happen to me. Prozac kills. Pot does not. Big Pharma must make a lot of politicians filthy rich to keep their poison legal while stealing the lives of those who choose natural alternatives.
The last irony I will point out is the irony of being in a state whose motto is “Live Free or Die”, but ill allow me neither option.
N10-1291 (Rich Paul)
This letter arrived from Rich Paul today, and as much as it breaks my heart to read it and type it for him, it breaks him free to have a voice from the cage. Rich has been incarcerated since April 18th, 2013 waiting for sentencing on Friday June 7th, 2013.
“After my late girlfriend, Julie, died of cancer in 2002, I slipped into a deep depression. It worsened when the startup company I had spent 5 years building failed. By 2008, it had ended my career. I was no longer able to focus on my work; for a computer programmer like me, being unable to focus meant being unable to work. I also lost my ability to socialize. I had not dated since Julie’s death, and having moved, failed to make new friends. I wanted to die, but could not commit suicide, knowing how it would hurt my family. Read more
Filed under: Concord, Copblock, Copwatch, Corruption, Court, Don't Strip Our Rights, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Jailed Activist, Laugh at the Aggressors, National, New Hampshire, News, Outreach, Robin Hood, Satire, Video
If you loved last week’s debut of AKPF #1, you’re going to be anxious for next week after you see the latest episode of Cheshire county’s hottest new variety series. Now available through AquaKeene, Free Concord is pleased to present episode 02, Monolith.
1. 00:10 Opening AKPF/ATHF Crossover Ska Theme
2. 01:40 Graham introduces the first submission by Trotting Bear Studios Martial Arts and Fitness Center
3. 02:22 Nintendo Mario Super Robin Hooding Video Game
4. 06:07 Fancy Pants People’s science universe hour with special guest Michio Kaku
4. 14:09 The latest from the Rich Paul trial courtesy http://freeconcord.org
5. 28:22 Closing credits with Sarge Stern and MJ
Special guest host Graham Colson reps the AKPF #1. Ep. 03 premieres May 27 2013.
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Copwatch, Jailed Activist, Thuggery, Victimless Crimes
There was a crackdown at the Smoke Down at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia yesterday, May 18th, 2013, as police presence was at an all time high, and at an all time low for their violent thuggish behavior, when they forcefully arrested at least four peaceful liberty lovers. Much footage and controversy is coming forward about these arrests of Adam Kokesh, N.A. Poe, NJ Weedman, and Don Dezarn. The latest news indicates that Don Dezarn and the NJ Weedman were released immediately on the spot, with citations. Adam Kokesh was reported by one source to have been released, but other sources say he and N.A. Poe are now detained in the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center, to face arraignment and bail hearings on Monday May 20th. Here is some of the footage of the whole Smoke Down event, Don Dezarn gets released at 28:41 point in the video,
Filed under: Issues, Jailed Activist, Personal Freedom, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
Rich Paul speaks from jail. Thanks to David C. for the video:
Filed under: Announcement, Court, Jailed Activist, Keene Weekly News, Victimless Crimes
Three weeks from today, on Friday June 7th, 2013, at 1:30pm, friends of Rich Paul will gather to support him at the Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene for his sentencing event. Rich’s story continues to make headlines across the land of liberty, and this is getting the spotlight on the sentencing in hope for a more positive outcome, and more help in fundraising for his appeal. Thank you so much to Garry Reed for this great article today on Rich’s story posted on examiner.com , and an earlier Libertarian News Examiner article put out the truth of Rich refusing to wear a wire or entrap his friends for the FBI. Updates will follow between now and Rich’s sentencing.
Thank you to Garrett Ean for his most excellent mashup video, highlighting testimony from Richie the Rat Dupont Jr. to Phil the Perjurer Christiana and other detectives in between. Tune in to how they are each asked similar questions by Defense counsel Kim Kossick regarding who called who to begin this investigation into Rich Paul. Did the NH Drug Task Force call the FBI, or did the FBI call the DTF, and then lie under oath about who called who? Since Christiana could not admit under oath that he asked Rich to cooperate, in a similar way that Dupont had been asked to cooperate, then refused to answer questions about the Keene Activist Center, all of that testimony should be stricken, and Christiana charged with perjury and contempt. However, since we choose our battles, this may not be the one we choose, but the truth shall someday set Rich Paul free . . . Read more
Be a part of the campaign and help give Rich Paul a chance to avoid as much as 81 years in a cage! I’ve started a fundraiser with gofundme.com here!
I have also started a facebook event. Please join the event, invite your friends, and donate!
There will be more updates and a press release later in the week. Rich has sacrificed a lot to try and effect change in the court system, the least we can do is give a few dollars to help him out!
Filed under: Announcement, Court, Jailed Activist, Keene Weekly News, Uncategorized, Victimless Crimes
The question we have all been asking has been answered. When is Rich Paul’s sentencing event?
Date: Friday, June 7th, 2013
Location: Cheshire County Superior Court, Keene, NH
All it took to answer this question was one person who loves Rich to walk into the court and ask, and to send him this much needed message. As of this moment, Rich’s counsel has not informed him that the sentencing event is on the court calendar, and has not returned his last phone calls to her. Yes she is busy in another trial, State v. Next Victim, but a 10-minute phone call to Rich would be appreciated.
Well, the message has been sent, and just knowing when the sentencing event is happening makes a major difference in the mind and spirit of someone incarcerated indefinitely. Without knowing how this event will go, at least we now know Rich can begin his appeal by July 6th, 2013, if he chooses to go all the way in that direction. There is a great deal of comfort walking in to this sentencing event knowing that come what may, Rich has the will and the way to follow this through.
Will Rich get 81 years? Will they send him to Concord or Berlin? Will Rich get a year or less in Cheshire County? Will Rich get a suspended sentence? Will Rich get probation, work release, or rehab? Or all of the above? Will the prosecutor stick close to his pre-trial plea offer of “no jail time”? Or will Webb offer a post-trial punishment to Rich just for going to trial? And with Kissinger on the bench, what can we expect from the man who says to jurors, “You must follow the law as I have explained it!” It’s a mystery making history. . .
Prepare for the worst, but wish for the best, and let’s do be careful what we wish for. I am sending love to the moment in time, Friday June 7th at 1:30pm, when Rich Paul appears to hear his sentence. I wish that sentence would be, “You’re not the droid we’re looking for. You’re free to go.”
First of all, I’d like to thank all of those who have written to me and/or donated towards my commissary fund. It is you who keep me going through these dark days, and in reality make them less dark…
My spirits remain high, despite my setback, and I have hope, still, for my appeal! I have been responding to every letter I have received!
The stakes on my appeal are much higher than just what happens to me. The primary issue on appeal will be the anti-nullification jury instructions which the judge gave my jury. A successful appeal will set a precedent for all future attempts at Jury Nullification… which is much more important than where I spend my next couple of years! If you care about Jury Nullification, please donate to this cause! Only appeals courts create binding precedent!
I hope to raise $6,000.00, which I realize is a staggering sum, but which will hire the best appeals guy in New Hampshire, I am told. He will be our greatest hope for future nullification.
I am also considering a hunger strike. Please let me know what you think of this idea by mail.
You can donate to Rich’s Appeal Fund using Bitcoins, through GoFundMe, or by mail:
Rich Paul Defense Fund
75 Leverett St.
Keene, NH 03431
P.S.: Publicity is vital to raising awareness of this case, and to successful fund raising as well. If you have access to any pro-legalization, pro-nullification, or Libertarian celebrities, please, please, please bring my case to their attention. The attempt by the FBI to infiltrate the Liberty Movement with Agents Provocateurs is unsettling at best. This unconstitutional move against the Liberty Movement MUST NOT STAND! Remember that publicity for me is publicity for the FSP!
P.P.S.: Thanks to all who have protested outside the jail! My fellow prisoners were intrigued and the climate warmed toward me as a result! I hope that protests will continue through my stay! I love you guys, and appreciate all you have done for me and the cause!
P.P.P.S.: If you are an attorney interested in the case, but need to wait for a request to contract me, please consider this an invitation!