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FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Sherman Austin sentenced to one year in prison


Sherman Austin, webmaster of anarchist website href="">
was sentenced on August 4, 2003, to href="">one
year in federal prison , with three years of
probation. This was for providing links on the website to pages that detail how to create explosives. Judge Wilson shocked the courtroom when he
went against the recommendation of not only the
prosecution, but the FBI and the Justice Department,
who had asked that Austin be sentenced to 4 months in
prison, and 4 months in a half-way house, with 3 years
of probation.

Austin's probation stipulates, among other things,
that (1) he cannot possess or access a computer of any
kind without prior approval of his probation officer,
(2) if his probation officer gives permission, the
equipment is subject to monitoring and is subject to
search and seizure at any time, without notice, (3) he
cannot alter any of the software or hardware on any
computer he uses, (4) he must surrender his phone,
DSL, electric, and satellite bills, (5) he cannot
associate with any person or group that advocates the
use of violence to achieve environmental, social,
political, or economic change, and (6) he must pay
over $2,000 in fines and restitution. Austin must
surrender himself to the Federal Bureau of Prisons by
September 3, 2003.

For background information check out href="">What
the FBI Doesn't Want You to Know About | Or read about Sherman's case, href="">in
his own words | href="">Lady
Liberty Shot in the Foot...Again | Listen to the href="">interview
with Sherman from August 6, 2003