Free Schaeffer Cox - Legal defense fund
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Francis Schaeffer Cox is a libertarian political prisoner who was sentenced to 26 years. He is being held in USP Marion, IL with an expected parole date of 10/26/33. All donations go towards Schaeffer's commissary and legal fees.
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Francis August Schaeffer Cox, aka Schaeffer, is a political prisoner who is being held in the Communication’s Management Unit (CMU) in Marion, Illinois with a release date of October 26, 2033.  He was arrested, tried, and sentenced to 26 years on a vague conspiracy charges. 

The federal government became interested in Schaeffer when he began giving public speeches which taught liberty and denounced corruption in the government.  He was a visionary and a movement leader.  He not only identified the problems within the government; he took the initiative to correct these problems.  Schaeffer ran for the Alaskan House of Representatives in 2008 and was the Alaskan delegate for the Continental Congress in 2009.  He started the 2nd Amendment Task Force, Peacekeepers Militia, and Liberty Bell system in Fairbanks, Alaska.  He taught others how to build these community supports in their hometowns across the country. 

Government officials became concerned and took action to silence Schaeffer.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent in agent provocateurs to spy on Schaeffer and attempt to get him to agree to commit an act of violence for which they could arrest him.  Schaeffer never did agree to their plan but he was still sentenced for conspiracy to kill federal agents.  They accomplished this by not allowing evidence to be brought before the jury that would have proved him innocent. The court also did not explain to the jury what was required to convict on conspiracy charges. The uninformed jury ruled with a guilty verdict. 

 

Schaeffer is in the appeal process.  He had his Oral Arguments in Anchorage, Alaska on August 16, 2017.  

Here is a link to his appeal.

 Video to the Oral Arguments

Audio to the Oral Arguments

On August 29, 2017, the courts AFFIRMED his conspiracy conviction, VACATED his solicitation conviction, VACATED his sentence, and REMAND to the district court for re-sentencing.  This is progress, but the war for Schaeffer's freedom still continues. The next date in the appeal process is October 10, 2017 where Schaeffer's attorney plans to address the "conspiracy conviction and jury instructions issues"  as well as the inconsistency of "simultaneously vacating the solicitation conviction and upholding a conspiracy conviction based on identical facts." 

   Schaeffer has also called for a re-trial on his remaining weapon charges.  He plans to argue "ineffective-assistance-of-counsel" at the time of his trial.  He has separate civil cases that he is working on in regards to his case.  Additionally, Schaeffer has filed a civil suit again the staff in the CMU for a pattern of retaliatory sanctions that have been placed on him including being placed back in the CMU and loss of email.  This is severely affecting his ability to communicate and work on his case. 

On August 1, 2017, Schaeffer has lost 90 days of email for giving another inmate something of value.  He gave an inmate who was locked in his cell a blue Bic Pen that is worth 12 cents.  Schaeffer explained to that the guards would come by and tell Schaeffer that this inmate was asking for coffee, a pen, or paper multiple times in the past and it was never a problem for Schaeffer to give him these items as an act of courtesy.  It is clear that this sanction of 90 days of loss of email is retaliatory.  He expects his email to return the end of October.     

All of the funds donated here will go towards his commissary account or legal fees.

Write to Schaeffer! He has told me that letters in the mail is the best way to keep his spirits up so that he can continue on with his fight.  

Francis S. Cox

16179-006

USP Marion CMU

PO Box 1,000

Marion, IL 62959

 

Schaeffer's support team can be emailed at freeschaeffercox@gmail.com

For Twitter updates click here.

 

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