Info On Will Parrish Trial (Jan. 27th), Legal Status, & Crime-Fighting Activities

Dear friends,

I’ve put you on an e-mail list to receive irregular updates about what’s happening with my case whereby the Mendocino County DA is prosecuting me for 17 misdemeanors (max jail sentence: about eight years) and seeking nearly a half million dollars in “criminal restitution” for some non-violent crime-fighting I carried out in Little Lake Valley — Willits, CA — over the summer.

My case represents a broader effort by the California Department of Transportation and our local DA to criminalize eco-defense direct action.  Caltrans is pressing ahead with numerous environmental crimes across the state, and they have exerted pressure on the DA to pursue a prosecution strategy that would put a chilling effect on efforts to stand up against these things (including in Willits).

I wanted to let you know that my trial is currently scheduled to begin on Jan. 27th. The trial is expected to last four days, the first day of which will probably be jury selection. It is open to the public.

Also, folks are organizing a big political rally to support me and the things I stand for to take place on the Ukiah courthouse steps, probably on January 28th. Please consider attending all or some of these things. Packing the courthouse does make a big difference. I’ll let you know more details as this approaches. (Of course, the trial could always be postponed yet again. It’s been postponed several times already.)

Much more info on my case is at http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org/free-will/

Also, there’s been some really good coverage of the case in the AVA, such as this article – http://theava.com/archives/24526. 

There was a pretty good article in the North Bay Bohemian (which mischaracterized my background as an activist and my motivations for requesting a jury trial, but does have a lot of good reporting and is very sympathetic) -  http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/bypass-mayhem/Content?oid=2480892. 

Sara Grusky of Green Uprising Farm in Willits wrote a really good piece called “The Value of Stopping Wetlands Destruction” – http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org/2013/12/30/the-value-of-stopping-wetlands-destruction/.

And be on the look-out for a copy of The New Settler interview, which has put out a great Bypass resistance themed issue.

In solidarity,
Will

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