Friday, February 11, 2011

Steele Obtains New Defense Attorney

The Edgar Steele Defense Fund, an Idaho non-profit corporation, announces that private counsel have submitted a request that their client Edgar J. Steele be released from the Spokane County Jail on bond.

The motion, filed February 9th asks that Mr. Steele be allowed to return to his Sagle, ID home to allow him to prepare for his March 7th trial date. He would be electronically monitored by the authorities and would not be allowed to leave Idaho. The $1,000,000.00 bond is secured by four north Idaho residents pledging their properties to assure Mr. Steele's appearance.

Most notable among those committing their significant financial support is Mr. Steele's own wife, Cyndi Steele. Mrs. Steele has maintained her husband's complete innocence since his arrest, despite questionable FBI and federal prosecution claims to the contrary. Mrs. Steele has also been instrumental in fund-raising activities and Internet talk radio interviews regarding the case.

Mr. Steele has been in solitary confinement since his June 11, 2010 arrest under allegations that he offered to hire his handyman Larry Fairfax to murder Steele's wife and mother-in-law. Mr. Fairfax is currently incarcerated in the Bonner County Jail, charged with violations of federal laws regarding the manufacture (and possession) of an unregistered explosive device.

In the months after Mr. Steele's arrest, Mr. Roger Pevan (of the federal defender's office in Spokane) was providing legal representation. The reassignment of attorneys was granted during a hearing on Monday, February 7th.

Donations of any size for the defense of Mr. Steele are greatly appreciated and are still being accepted by the Edgar Steele Defense Fund. More information can be obtained at; checks or money orders can be mailed to the Edgar Steele Defense Fund at P.O. 1255, Sagle, Idaho 83860.

1 comment:

  1. I've been praying for Mr. Steele...and pray that he's allowed to go home to prepare for his defense. But knowing the bias of the courts I won't hold my breath.