(Feb. 22, 2009)Iran/Contra whistleblower Celerino "Cele" Castillo III was scheduled to report to prison on March 5, but the power of justice has intervened on his behalf.
A federal judge in San Antonio, at a hearing held late last week,
ruled that Castillo's report date to prison should be extended until
July 20. The judge, W. Royal Furgeson Jr., issued his ruling over the
objections of a federal prosecutor, who argued that Castillo should
be sent to prison because he was a "danger to the community."
The hearing was called by the judge to consider a motion to allow
Castillo to remain free on bail through his appeal. The motion was
filed by Castillo's current attorney, public defender Judy Fulmer
"One of the government's arguments [made by the U.S. prosecutor, Mark
T. Roomberg] as to why my client is a danger to the community is that
he put an outrageous and erratic posting on his Web site," Fulmer
Madewell told the judge at the Feb.