[Yesterday] morning, at the Federal Courthouse in Davenport, IA, Scott DeMuth and his defense team met for what was supposed to be a final pre-trial conference before an early May trial date. Citing his own unpreparedness as the primary motivation, Assistant US Attorney Cronk filed a motion to push back the trial date at least until early June and perhaps into July. Magistrate Judge Shields approved the continuance to an as-yet-unspecified date even though Scott’s previous request for a continuance had been denied as “unrealistic.”
The delay is clearly another of the State’s stalling tactics and is indicative of the fact that the case against Scott is unwinnable. Having bought extra time, Cronk is continuing his search to find a brain for his straw-man case.
Twenty-five supporters, including members of SCSC and locals from the greater Quad Cities area, rallied outside the Courthouse and packed the courtroom. Among the supporters was recently released grand jury resister Carrie Feldman.
Even though Scott now has more time before his trial, he is still facing a tremendous bill for his legal defense. Fundraising is needed now more than ever, and any help we can get with this would be greatly appreciated. People can donate online at http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com or send a check or money order made out to Coldsnap Legal Collective with “EWOK!” in the subject line to Coldsnap Legal Collective, P.O. Box 50514, Minneapolis, MN 55404. No cash to spare? No problem! Host a fundraiser and help raise money as well as awareness for what Scott is facing!