Eric McDavid

Eric McDavid was arrested in Auburn, California, on January 13 2006, as part of the US government’s Green Scare* campaign. His arrest was the direct result of a government informant -known only as “Anna”- who spent a year and a half working with the FBI.

He was charged with a single count of “conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire and an explosive” against forest agency facilities, government biotechnology laboratory, cell towers, electricity pylons etc.

He spent almost 2 years pre-trial in Sacramento County Main Jail in “Total Separation” – or solitary confinement. This meant that he had little to no contact with other prisoners or the outside world and was only allowed to leave his cell for a few hours each week. Eric is vegan and during that time he endured two separate hunger strikes to gain access to vegan food.

He refused to cooperate with the authorities and he was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months in prison, for what amounts to thought-crime.

Eric was released on 8 January 2015, after federal prosecutors admitted that important evidence was withheld from the defense during his original trial.

*The term Green Scare is used to summarize the crackdown, launched in 2006 by the U.S. government and all its agencies (FBI, IRS, BATF, counter-terrorism, police, prosecuting authorities), which resulted in arrests, prosecutions and trials against defendants as active members of ELF / ALF (Earth Liberation Front – Animal Liberation Front), on conspiracy, arson, use of destructive mechanisms and actions against property, codenamed Operation Backfire.

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