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RNC arrestee, Dave Mahoney begins prison sentence

July 14th, 2009 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

After his arrest at the Republican National Convention (RNC) protest last September, Dave Mahoney has began his 90 day prison sentence.

The Campaign to Support Dave Mahoney is requesting that people send Dave letters in an attempt to make his time in prison a little more bearable.

You can send letters to Dave at the following address:

David Terrence Mahoney
297 S. Century Ave
St. Paul, MN 55119
USA

Please check the Brighton ABC website (http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/action.htm) for more information about writing to prisoners before writing to Dave.

On June 1st 2009, under pressure from US state repression, Dave pled guilty to a single count of second degree assault.

The situation arose after sand bags where dropped from a bridge onto a closed highway off ramp during the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests last September. Dave Mahoney was arrested two days later and charged with aiding and abetting second degree assault and terroristic threats. Soon after the charges rose to three accounts of second degree assault and three terroristic threats, then finally a month before trial was due to start four more charges where added equaling 10 in total. It was not until a week before Dave was to face trial that the state made any plea offer. The offer was to plead guilty to one charge of assault and receive a 90 day caped sentence. Faced with the prospect of years in prison should the case go to trail Dave decided to take the deal and plead guilty to this bogus charge.

Video evidence shows the sandbag that the prosecution claims Dave was suppose to have thrown hit no one and landed on the road below the bridge. So with no victim how could this lead to an assault charge?

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