After speaking with my lawyer today, it seems that I am free, for up to 30 days, pending an appeal for a retrial. So I do not have to turn myself in to the Southwestern Regional Jail tomorrow. We will see what happens in the next 30 days, whenever my attorney is able to file the motion. As far as we are concerned, I am innocent, and we are resolved to prove that. Massey is the criminal here, destroying the oldest mountain range in the world, violating the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, polluting head water streams, clear cutting an incredible amount of old forests, destroying habitat for animals, and terrorizing many of the citizens of Appalachia who live below the mountains Massey is exploding.
Our resolve is strong. We are not going to stop our work to save the wonderful mountains of Appalachia. We are more determined than ever to expose this incredibly destructive practice for what it is, a crime. It is a crime against nature, and Massey and all companies that participate in this crime, including the banks that fund it, are held accountable. It is long past the time to end mountaintop removal forever.
-James “Guin” McGuinness