Scott DeMuth Released From Prison After Six Months
after serving time for raid that shut down ferret farm
Aug 26th, 2011
News of this came in late and without much fanfare, but
last month Scott DeMuth was quietly released from federal prison. He served
six months for the Animal Liberation Front-claimed ferret liberation at a
former fur farm in Howard Lake, Minnesota. The prosecutor in the case stated
in court the action shut down the farm for good.
Scott DeMuth was
originally charged with a role in the 2004 Animal Liberation Front raid of
the University of Iowa, in which 401 animals were liberated and $500,000
damages done to the labs. When the prosecution failed to produce evidence of
DeMuth�s involvement (he was 17 at the time of the raid), the charges were
dismissed in exchange for DeMuth�s guilty plea in the Lakeside Ferrets
Reportedly a raid of DeMuth�s home turned up a computer which a
computer forensics labs determined was used to look up the address of the
farm prior to the raid.
The last month has seen two other animal
liberation prisoners released - Jonathan Paul and Kevin KJonaas. Presently,
the only two A.L.F. prisoners who remain in jail are Walter Bond and Justin
The Animal Liberation
Front claimed responsibility for the 2006 raid at Lakeside Ferrets.
Reportedly, the communique mistakenly
described the animals released as mink. The owner Eugene Latzig claimed he
had left the mink farming business and began breeding ferrets at some time
prior to the raid. The farm was formerly called the Latzig Mink Ranch, and
was raided by the Animal Liberation Front in 1996. The business changed its
name to Lakeside Ferrets at some point in the years since.
Read the full history of the case at thea href="http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/">
Davenport Grand Jury website..