So it’s been a little over a month now since the Asheville Eleven were able to be bonded out of the Buncombe County Detention Center. It’s been a little over a month since eleven extremely high bonds were able to be made. A little over a month since eleven people’s lives were drastically changed after being randomly seized and arrested in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
While their bail was set at $65,000, they are accused of less than $20,000 dollars worth of vandalism to windows of businesses and cars. Those being scapegoated for this damage now each face over 5 years in jail.
This is just the beginning of a very long and difficult legal battle for the accused.
Some of the arrestees have court appointed lawyers as counsel. These lawyers are contracted by the state of North Carolina to defend those who cannot afford to retain a private attorney. While some of these lawyers have experience in North Carolina’s legal system, most are overworked and lack the time to gain an understanding of the political nature in this case.
It is necessary for the defendants to procure themselves competent lawyers. Those who continue to use their court appointed lawyers do so based on a lack of resources such as money, connections and proximity. Donations to their defense will be used to secure this counsel. One of the eleven who has been able to pay a partial retainer fee risks losing their council if $5,000 is not raised by the end of the month.
These donations are desperately needed. Please help us reach this goal and please continue to help us defend the Asheville 11! Solidarity means hard work!
Thanks so much for all of your support so far, and please keep it coming