Let me know if you can identify the videographers in the attached photo. The photo was taken in May 2008 at a parking lot for vehicles heading to Andrews Air Force Base.
After a June 17 status hearing in D.C. Superior Court on a charge of contempt, Maria Allwine and I were washing dishes at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. A resident of the house said that Michael Walli called to say he had been released from jail. Art Laffin was not sure if the information was accurate. It was.
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Judge Faircloth Change of Heart?
Michael Walli Released from Jail!
Today, only three days after he was sentenced to six months of federal
prison for carrying the protest against the School of the
Early Thursday, Michael was ordered to pack up his belongings from his
jail cell. He expected that he would be transferred to a federal
facility but was then told by the wardens that he is free to go,
without any further explanation.
From the jail, Michael managed to get to Father Roy Bourgeois'
apartment at the gates of
his release and Michael is now on a bus headed to his home in
According to the
Faircloth, who had only days ago handed down the maximum sentence to
Michael, reduced Michael's sentence to time served.
We are full of joy that Michael is out and that he will soon be
reunited with the great folks at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House
in DC. Michael can be reached at 503 Rock Creek Church Road
At the same time, the human rights defenders Ken Hayes, Father Louis
Vitale and Nancy Gwin, all of whom were arrested with Michael during
the 2009 vigil at the SOA/WHINSEC, remain in federal prison where they
serve their harsh prison sentences.
Please contact Judge G. Mallon Faircloth to commend him for doing the
right thing in Michael Walli's case and to also demand the release of
ALL Prisoners of Conscience that he incarcerated. There is no
justification that our friends Nancy, Ken, and Louis are spending
their days and nights in prison for speaking out against the SOA,
while those responsible for the training of human rights abusers and
for the use of torture manuals at the SOA have never even been
G. Mallon Faircloth
U.S. Magistrate Judge
Post Office Box 117
Terrie Smith - (706) 653-2942
Please also send messages of support to the Prisoners of Conscience
who are still incarcerated in federal prisons across the
and let them know that you are keeping up the work to close the School
prison addresses here:
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Keep the pressure on! People who put their bodies on the line to speak
in solidarity with the people of
struggle to close the SOA/ WHINSEC.
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