From: Support Andy

*As of 10/14/06 we have been in contact with Andy. After ten days, he is finally out of solitary, is able to eat fairly well and is receiving letters. Please keep his spirits up by writing a letter TODAY!!





P.O. BOX 329002


IMPORTANT: Remember that all prison mail is read by the authorities, so think before you write. Mail to prison facilities must always include a return address and the full name of the sender. For now, stick to simple cards and letters. NO: stickers, gel-pens, or a lot of decoration.

*Although an appeals attorney has been retained for Andy, we are far from done paying for it!!! So many people have given so much time, effort, and money to this cause. It is positively inspiring. However, we still have a long way to go!!! Please click below to donate to the Andy Stepanian Defense Fund via Paypal. Consider skipping your coffee for the week and donating the money you save. Or hosting a benefit, large or small, and giving that money to help Support Andy!!! We thank you in advance for all of your kindness.

For more information and to learn about Andy's Co-Defendants and how to support them, visit THE SHAC7.

[from NYC Independent Media Center]

Andy Stepanian and Darius Fulmer of the "SHAC 7" were sentenced to three and one years in prison for their participation in the campaign to end cruel animal experimentation by the Huntington Life Sciences (HLS) corporation.

Trenton, New Jersey, US - This afternoon in federal court, Judge Anne Thompson sentenced Andy Stepanian and Darius Fulmer for their participation in the campaign to end cruel animal experimentation by the Huntington Life Sciences (HLS) corporation. Andy and Darius were the last two defendants of the "SHAC 7" to be sentenced. Last week their co-defendants-- four activists and the Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty corporation-- were sentenced to between three and six years in federal prison and were ordered to collectively pay restitution in the amount of $1 million and one dollar to HLS for financial damages.

Both Andy and Darius were convicted of only a single charge of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 (now known as the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.) Andy's involvement in the conspiracy to cause financial damages to HLS was limited to organizing and attending protests. Darius conducted research on HLS and companies that were economically connected to HLS.
Despite the powerful statements in his defense, Andy's prior arrests (many of which were merely violations, and many of which were dismissed) and convictions, as well as the recent demonstration which he is accused of organizing, were brought up by the prosecutor as "proof" that prison time or potential prison time has not deterred him from continuing to organize against HLS. Although he was not remanded immediately, the judge, citing the home demonstration, said that she was not confident that he wouldn't continue to organize if given another 30 days, and ordered that he self-report to his local federal marshals in exactly two weeks. She will recommend that he serve at FCI Fort Dix, as well, and be provided with vegan food.

By Bombs and Shields


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