Makes criminal out of Doug Frederick and fines him $500 for volunteer trail improvement demonstration.
This fine is not against Doug and Judy Frederick. IT'S AGAINST THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY and it's obviously intended to send a message that if anyone tries to protect the public's ANILCA rights, they will be punished by the system.
PLEASE SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE FREDERICKS BY HELPING PAY THIS UNJUST FINE AND SEND A MESSAGE BACK TO THE NPS AND THE FEDERAL COURTS
MCCARTHY CITIZENS QUICKLY COLLECTED OVER HALF THE $500 IN ONE MORNING. WE ONLY NEED $200 MORE - AND WE NEED YOUR NAME. SEE BELOW FOR HOW TO HELP.
Wayne Ross (attorney for Doug Frederick addressing the court 2/6/04): "In the old days we picked up hitchhikers because we looked out for one another as Alaskans...we can't do that so much any more because we can't trust people. When we try to help people, sometimes we get mugged. The NPS was duplicitous in this case. Mr. Frederick, like picking up a hitchhiker, he got mugged. I am taking the appeal of this case PRO BONO because...what the NPS has done is not correct, not credible, not honest."
HOW TO HELP
Time is too short to receive your mailed contributions for application to the fine, but you can make a pledge by return email to this message (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will advance funds pending receipt of your check.
I PLEDGE $ ______
Residents of the Wrangells,
PO Box MXY-63,
McCarthy, AK 99588
If more money is received than needed for the fine, please redirect my pledge:
___to help pay the Fredericks’ previous legal costs
___to fund activities of Residents of the Wrangells
SIGNATURE ON PETITION
Please include my name on the following petition to be submitted to the court and the press with the funds collected
___ YES (most effective)
___ NO (I must remain anonymous)
February 20, 2004
WE THE UNDERSIGNED CITIZENS OF THE WRANGELL ST ELIAS NATIONAL PARK AREA AND THE STATE OF ALASKA PROTEST the outrageous criminalizing by the National Park Service and the federal courts of a public spirited man, Doug Frederick, of Slana, who was undertaking a volunteer trail improvement demonstration.
The National Park Service claims to be a good neighbor but its actions abusing this family speak louder than words.
The $500 fine imposed by Magistrate John Roberts is not against Doug and Judy Frederick. IT'S AGAINST THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY and it's obviously intended to send a message that if anyone tries to protect the public's ANILCA rights, they will be punished by the system.
THE COMMUNITY SENDS THIS MESSAGE BACK TO THE NPS:
What has been done is unjust, oppressive, not correct, not credible, and not honest. We have collected all of the fine money here tendered among us. We resolve that the Fredericks will pay none of it.
LIST OF NAMES COMMUNITIES
This appeal is an effort of Residents of the Wrangells. Alaska Land Rights Coalition is assisting in the mechanics of getting the fine payments into the court in Anchorage by the Friday, February 20 deadline and publicizing the purpose of these contributions to the media.
- Anchorage Federal District Court Magistrate John Roberts sentencing hearing audio (34 min)
- Magistrate Roberts' statement absolving the NPS of any contributing responsibility for Tonya Frederick's death (in an accident returning her parents vehicle so they could go to the mandated arraignment hearing in Anchorage, 280 miles away).
- Latest media coverage
Please send comments or questions to:
President, Alaska Land Rights Coalition
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