Sherman Austin arrived at the Tucson airport this week itching to get home back to LA. Two members from the Dry River collective in Tucson met Sherman and gave him a couple care packages for the plane ride home. Sherman will have to spend about a month at a halfway house in LA until he can live on his own.
The state of California has not decided to press any further charges against Sherman.
August,2003: Sherman Austin, webmaster of RaisetheFist.com, was sentenced, August 4, 2003, to one year in federal prison, with three years of probation.
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 seeks to change the government in any way (be that environmental, social justice, political, economic, etc.