We’re cautiously hopeful—and yet terribly anxious—about Matthew’s preliminary hearing, so please excuse us for communicating only in writing as we start the day. We’re devastated by Matthew being made a scapegoat for violent mistakes and procedures of the police. This trial will be very difficult for us.
Matthew is suffering tremendously, being treated as a guilty convict for 10 months before his trial has even reached the preliminary hearing. He’s being kept in a 5-feet by 9-feet cell for 23 hours per day. These are the conditions usually reserved for highly dangerous criminals, but for most of Matthew’s time in jail, he has struggled just to survive the nearly mortal wounds inflicted upon him by the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force.
Matthew’s case demonstrates the startling erosion of Americans’ civil liberties. We are now a nation where paramilitary police violently invade Americans’ homes for non-violent and victimless crimes. One in one hundred Americans are in prison, more than in any other country, and many are completely innocent victims of the War on Drugs. As our civil rights crumble around us, we call on all people to organize in their communities against police violence.
Matthew’s preliminary hearing is not primarily about Matthew, not really. This hearing—and his entire trial—is a sad opportunity for this community and this nation to put on trial the crimes of the police state and the War on Drugs. It’s an opportunity for a brutal accounting of how many lives are lost every year in pursuit of this heartless prohibition policy. It’s a sad moment to look at just how much this war has wasted, how many lives it has destroyed and what we the people have to do to change course.
We ask that all good people visit HelpMatthewStewart.org and have Matthew in their hearts this week and for the entirety of his trial. Matthew is a a victim of the drug war, a survivor of police violence, a police scapegoat and political prisoner. We must support him and all political prisoners—or all our civil liberties will be lost.
-The Family and Supporters of Matthew David Stewart, October 30, 2012
- Matthew Defended Himself
- The Fight is Not Over
- Matthew gave up hope of justice
- Ogden Police Mistakes Continue
- Defense Seeks Acquittal
- Matthew’s Case Continues to Jury Trial
- A Victim of Police Violence???
- Officers’ failure to prepare made a violent situation even more dangerous
- Day one preliminary summary!
- A Statement from Matthew’s family
- The Long Awaited Preliminary!
- Matthew thought he was being robbed and his life threatened
- Fundraiser to Support Defense Fund
- POW :Protest the violent war on drugs and support Matthew David Stewart
- Stewart supporters gather to support a non-violent drug policy
- Prosecution selectively releases search warrant, others remain sealed
- Accepting Donations Again!
- Defense denied access to Matthew’s home
- Weber County Officials tainting would-be Jurors
- Seeking a Level Field
- Thank you for your Support!
- Dissatisfaction with Police and Prosecution handling of Matthew’s case
- Despite requests to the prosecution for evidence, Stewart’s lawyer has received nothing
- A Tragic Misunderstanding