Bateman was turned in by his friend and accomplice Tony Huntington. Huntingtonalso implicated Springmeier and received a reduced sentence for the bank robbery.Over 120 years of prison time for drugs and guns were also forgiven. Pretty goodincentive to lie?At Springmeier's trial and appeal, James A. Redden
, the sentencing judge, kept repeating -- "circumstantialevidence can be used to prove anything."Indeed, Springmeier's case is in the law books as an example of the low standardof evidence needed to convict someone. Ann J Brown, the first Federal Judge tohear the case, had said,
"There is no evidence against this man."
Springmeier received an extra five years because a firearm was used in therobbery.Forrest Bateman fired a rifle into the ceiling to get everyone's attention when heand two accomplices robbed $6000 from the Key Bank in the Portland suburb of Damascus Oct 6, 1997.
Ten minutes prior to the robbery, a "bomb" exploded at the Fantasy AdultVideo Store, located six miles west of the bank. No one was injured in theexplosion but police investigators believe that the bomb was set off as adiversionary tactic.
The "bomb" was a propane tank. Springmeier was nowhere near either event andhad no prior knowledge of either. At the time he was working at a print shop inEagle Creek, 10 miles SE. However the proprietor refused to provide an alibibecause Fritz had offended him by criticizing Billy Graham
The point is that Fritz served seven years in prison for a crime he did not commit
He was sold out by his lawyer, Pat Birmingham, who, when given a copy of
"Bloodlines of the Illuminati"
"Am I in this?"
There was no evidence connecting Fritz to this crime. Yes, he knew Bateman (froma Bible Studies class, of all things) but there was no evidence he knew about thecrime. Bateman and his accomplices got reduced sentences for implicatingSpringmeier.These days, if you're an Illuminati researcher in the US, you are guilty until proveninnocent.Last October, Fritz was released to a halfway house in Portland.In order to regain his freedom, he needs to find approved employment andaccommodation.
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