FELONY CHARGES DROPPED! Misdemeanors still pending...
Great news! Hugh and Tiga's felony racketeering charges have been dropped!
We got word this morning that, based on arguments made by their lawyers at
their last court appearance, the Felony Racketeering charge they were each
facing has been deemed not legitimate. (If you're curious... the basis for
this ruling is that, under Indiana RICO law, conspiracy charges cannot
stem from misdemeanor charges.)
While this is definitely a reason to celebrate and a huge step, we're not
quite out of the water yet. Tiga and Hugh are still each facing four
misdemeanors, carrying a maximum sentence of four years. Also, they are
both still confined to the state of Indiana, based on bail agreements made
shortly after their arrests. Hopefully this will change in the near
future, but we can't promise anything yet.
Furthermore, we're not sure what this means for the pre-trial date
scheduled for this Monday, the 29th. We're going to assume it's still
happening until we find out otherwise, but keep your ears to the ground
for updates. If it's still happening, let's plan on trying to fill the
Gigantic thank you's to everyone who's offered solidarity in any form thus
far... things are looking up...