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Info release, continuance & change of venue, 3/9/2011

2011 March 9
by admin

THE EDGAR STEELE DEFENSE FUND, an Idaho non-profit corporation,  apologizes if our attention has been diverted to defense strategy issues, but there are a number of extremely important points that we have been working on, investing long hours. On Monday, March 7th, the trial of Edgar J. Steele was continued to April 26, 2011 to allow parties time to exchange expert information regarding government audio recordings of June 9 and 10, 2010.

Those recordings allegedly portray Steele discussing a plan to murder his wife and mother-in-law. Venue for the trial also was changed to Boise, Idaho. The report of Dr. George Papcun, a world renown expert on audio recordings and voice morphing was at the heart of the rulings. It is Papcun’s opinion that the recordings which are key evidence to the government’s case against Edgar Steele had been corrupted and were not an accurate reflection of conversation between Steele and his handyman, Larry Fairfax. Steele’s wife, Cyndi, has repeatedly said that the tapes were “untrustworthy” and she is solidly behind her husband and believes he is totally innocent of the charges.

Edgar Steele is facing the trial of his life, because, at age 65, a prison sentence of any length likely will be a death sentence. He is married and has three adult children and one grandchild who love him very much and he loves them and wants to spend his final years with his family.

His lawyers, the former U.S. Deputy Chief Criminal Prosecuting Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois and Chief Criminal Prosecutor for the District of Colorado turned defense attorney, Robert T. McAllister and Gary Amendola of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho began their representation of Edgar Steele on February 7, 2011.

The Edgar Steele Defense Fund, Ltd., a community based organization dedicated to preserving freedom of speech, said yesterday the involvement of these attorneys brought daylight into a very dark situation. Supporters of Edgar Steele believe that he is being falsely prosecuted by the government and its consulting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) because he was such a strong advocate of speech freedom.

During one of the several court hearings yesterday, it was mentioned that the office of Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who is presiding over the case, received phone calls from persons interested in this matter expressing feelings as to how the case should be handled.

While the Edgar Steele Defense Fund, Ltd. and its Board of Directors appreciate support, they strongly declare that it is not appropriate, under any circumstances, for individuals to lobby the judge or attempt to make contact with him. Such improper attempts to contract the judge negatively reflects upon them and upon Mr. Steele.

Donations of any size for the defense of Mr. Steele are greatly appreciated and are still being accepted by the Edgar Steele Defense Fund. More information can be obtained at www.free-edgar-steele.com, or checks and money orders can be mailed to the Edgar Steele Defense Fund at P.O. 1255, Sagle, Idaho 83860. For further information email admin@free-edgar-steele.com.

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