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Sherman's Case: In His Own Words

by Sherman Austin...brought to you by Tendai Tuesday, Aug. 05, 2003 at 11:38 PM

Sherman Austin's Legal Case in his own words.

Sherman Austin's Legal Case in his own words:

1. My name is Sherman Austin. On Jan 24, 2002, I was

awaken by my sister while taking a nap. She told me a

bunch of "FBI looking people", cop cars, and other

individuals standing around, were parked all up and

down the street and they were all focusing in on the

house.

It was 4PM and I was taking a nap. I got up went to

the living room to look out the window. At this time

our house was already surrounded by some 20-25 FBI

agents and secret service armed with sub-machine guns,

shot guns, hand guns, bullet proof vests, and what

not. I then saw two men in suits approach the door. So

I went to the door to see what was up and they asked

me if my name was Sherman Austin. I said yes, and they

told me to step out side. I asked why, and they

grabbed me by my shoulder and pulled me out side.

I then saw about a dozen FBI agents in blue

windbreakers standing on the front-lawn. More began to

appear as they emerged from the sides of the house.

Every single one of them had their guns drawn and was

wearing bullet-proof vests. One of the special agents

then handed me a 25 page federal warrant for search

and seizure.

The rest of the agents came into the house with their

guns drawn and searched the entire premises. The two

special agents in suits sat me down and began

questioning me about my web site, raisethefist.com.

They advised me that they were performing a search of

the entire house, and were going to seize all of my

computer equipment which was being used to run my

site.

During this process several FBI agents occupied my

room as they dismantled my computer network and loaded

everything into a big white truck parked out side.

They even took my political literature, and protest

signs. During this time I was being interrogated by

the two special agents and a secret service agent.

The Secret Service asked me a number of questions,

such as if I'd like to see the president killed. The

FBI asked me questions relating back to when I was 14.

(I was 18 at the time of the raid). They also asked me

a bunch of questions about my site, such as where the

log files were stored, if I was the only one who

worked on it, if I knew other people who visited it

frequently..etc. They advised me that I was not

arrested, but was in serious trouble. They also asked

if I was planning to go to the World Economic Forum

protest in New York on Feb 2nd (which was posted on my

site)

Finally after approximately 7 hours, the agents left,

with my room completely ransacked, and all my

equipment loaded into their big white truck. Despite

what had happened, I went to the World Economic Forum

protest in NY. When I arrived I was standing in

Columbus circle waiting for the march to begin. Then

all of the sudden I saw a hand of a police officer

reach out to grab me as some 20 police charged at us

out of nowhere.

I was tackled to the ground by 3 officers, and

arrested with 26 other people. I sat on a bus for

about 7 hours before being taken to Brooklyn Navy Yard

Jail, where I was held for about 30 hours before being

taken into a back room in hand cuffs and interrogated

by an FBI Detective and a Secret Service agent for

several hours. They asked me questions such as if I

was a terrorist or involved in any terrorist

organizations. They also kept asking me questions

about the FBI raid at my house in California but I

declined to comment.

During the whole interrogation process I noticed more

and more FBI agents walking in and out of the room.

The detective then told me I wasn't going to leave

jail until they searched my car. I argued and said

they couldn't keep me much longer without charging me.

The detective said he didn't care and wanted to search

my car. Apparently they thought there were bombs and

other weapons in my car. I just wanted to get out of

jail and go home so I described him the area of where

my car was located and signed over the keys.

I was taken back to my cell and 5 minutes later I was

taken out again and driven to the court to be

released. As the jail guard was escorting me out of

the jail facility and into the court hall, 3 FBI

agents stopped us and were holding up a photo of me.

They asked me if I knew who the person in the photo

was, and I said it was me. They then smiled and said ,

"ok". So I walked on, and was released in the court.

I made a phone call for someone to pick me up and

waited around for about 30 minutes until about 5 FBI

agents came into the building and said I was under

arrest for distributing information related to

explosives on the internet. They hurried me out of the

court into a black SUV as one detective grabbed my

neck and told me to "shut the fuck up" as I tried to

tell people I was being arrested again.

They then drove me to a federal building down the

street and attempted to question me. I declined to

answer any of their questions. I was then taken to a

Federal Jail facility in lower Manhattan and put into

a maximum security 24 hour lockdown cell.

The next morning I had my arraignment, which was

postponed a few days so my lawyer could look through

the arrest warrant with me. A few days later I had a

bail hearing and my bail was denied as the FBI claimed

I was a "man on a mission", and I drove 3,000 miles to

carry out my "plot", and on the way back home I was

going to "blow up the Olympics". I was rendered a

"threat to the community" and was to be transported

back to California in custody of the U.S marshals to

face my charges.

A few days later I was driven to an air-force base in

upstate New York to be flown to a federal prison hub

in Oklahoma. My ankles were shackled together and my

wrists shackled to my waste as I was put onto a plane

with other federal inmates while guards stood

surrounding us with shot guns and M16's. I felt like a

prisoner of war.

When I arrived in Oklahoma, I was put in general

population, which confused me since the whole time I

had been in custody I was kept in 24 hour lockdown.

However I didn't care since it was better than

spending 24 hours in a small, cold, cockroach-infested

cell the size of a bathroom. I then called my mom and

she said that the prosecutors decided not to file an

indictment and therefore my charges would be dropped.

I was relieved knowing I was soon going to be

released.

The next day two guards called my named and handcuffed

me and put me back to the hole (maximum security 24

hour lockdown). I was confused since I was supposed to

have been released any minute. 2 hours later they came

back to my cell and said I was going to be released.

My lawyer had a court order put in to have me

immediately released and put on a plane by myself to

be flown back to Los Angeles. After spending 13 days

in custody I arrived back home. All of my stuff,

clothes, wallet, car, etc. Was still in New York. All

I got back was my wallet. Everything else was lost.

A month after being arrested I got my site back online

and continued to do organizing work within the

community. 6 months later federal prosecutors called

my lawyer and said they didn't find anything on my

computers but didn't want to let me off the hook. So

they offered me a pre-indictment binding plea which I

initially rejected, but then decided to take. The plea

was a felony conviction for distributing information

related to explosives with intent, 1 month in jail, 5

months community confinement (in a half-way house),

and 3 years supervised release.

I went to court to enter the plea and the judge

immediately rejected it saying I should be serving at

least 12 months for such a charge. A trial date was

set for March 15th, 2003. I figured what the hell,

I'll go to trial. If convicted I thought I would be

looking at a maximum of 3-4 years. However after my

lawyer consulted the USPO working on the case, she

found out that a "terrorism enhancement" is applicable

to my charge, which could get me an additional 20

years.

I wasn't in the mood to Martyr myself. I decided to

try and take any plea possible. My lawyer went back to

the drawing board and we worked up a plea with a

sentencing range between 6 and 12 months. (note: this

range is now 8-14 months due to a recent conviction

which brought my criminal history category up another

point)

We went back to court and the judge accepted it, and

my sentencing date was set for June 30th.

That is pretty much where my case stands now. I do not

know how much time to expect, except a minimum of 4

months in jail, and 4 months community confinement,

and 3 years of very intense "supervised release"

(probation) according to the USPO's pre-sentencing

report which me and my lawyer just received and

reviewed.

It would be relief to think that a year after the

raid, constantly being followed, monitored, harassed,

having the nightmares, that all of this will finally

be "over" after June 30th, but everything tells me it

won't, becoming a young black felon in america only

tells me it's just the beginning.

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Sherman Austin..... lynx-13 Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2003 at 6:52 PM
Bottom Line: If you are prepared to break the law, be prepared to pay the price. Rich Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2003 at 10:13 PM
American Apologists Hasan Akbar Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2003 at 11:26 PM
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