Soviet Moscow Sticker Defense Fund

Campaign Created by: Heather Wilson

The funds from this campaign will be received by Heather Wilson.

Goal : USD $45,000
Raised : USD $ 45,990

Multiple members of the Wilson family in Moscow, Idaho have been charged with thirteen misdemeanors in a case surrounding the posting of non-damaging, vinyl stickers in protest of unchecked local government overreach, including illegal arrests made by the Moscow Police Department at a psalm sing/mask protest. The protest stickers display a hammer and sickle and read, "SOVIET MOSCOW: ENFORCED BECAUSE WE CARE."

The prosecution of the Wilson family is politically motivated and undisputedly selective. In the city’s history, the “sticker code” has never been enforced nor has anyone ever been cited or prosecuted under the ordinance.

Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum of up to six months in prison. All gifts will go toward legal expenses incurred in what some locals are now calling #stickergate.


About your gift and the IRS:

  • - Your gift will be shared across the legal defense costs of family members who are targeted.
  • - Gifts to the legal defense fund are not deductible for US federal tax purposes.
  • - The IRS allows any individual to gift up to $15,000 during tax year 2021 to each of the family members being targeted. Example: A husband and wife, individually, can each give up to the annual IRS maximum per individual recipient, per tax year:  husband can gift up to $15,000 + wife can gift up to $15,000 for tax year 2021. 
  • - The gift calendar resets at the start of each new tax year.
  • - We appreciate any gift in any amount, no matter the size.
  • - All gifts will be used for expenses which enable our family to respond. The types of defense expenses you'll be helping us with include: attorney fees, court costs, defense preparation costs, travel costs.
  • - Any remaining funds, once all legal issues are resolved, will be donated to constitutional legal defense funds.
*An independent 3rd party is acting as a fiduciary over all funds received.*

 




 

UPDATES

Update #11 - Closing Statements
May 16, 2022
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Well, after a year and a half, we’re finally nearing the end of Round One—the fight in Magistrate Court. Rory chose to take the stand and testify before the jury in his own defense, after which the judge saw fit to admonish the court and our lawyers that this case has nothing to do with the First Amendment. We disagree, and will continue to disagree in every court, at every level of appeal necessary. But we pray the jury will disagree with the judge as well. Closing arguments will begin shortly.

Court! - Update #4
May 13, 2022
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Dear All,

Your prayers and continued support are appreciated as stickergate finally comes to a head for our family. Jury selection begins this morning in the city of Moscow’s long, selective prosecution of Rory for his free speech protest of their illegal behavior during the Covid lockdowns. Pray that he will be fully and completely exonerated at this level or the next, and that we’ll have the endurance to see it through as far as we need to.


Sincerely,


Heather


Court! - Update #4
May 13, 2022
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Dear All,

Your prayers and continued support are appreciated as stickergate finally comes to a head for our family. Jury selection begins this morning in the city of Moscow’s long, selective prosecution of Rory for his free speech protest of their illegal behavior during the Covid lockdowns. Pray that he will be fully and completely exonerated at this level or the next, and that we’ll have the endurance to see it through as far as we need to.


Sincerely,


Heather


Court! - Update #4
May 13, 2022
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Dear All,

Your prayers and continued support are appreciated as stickergate finally comes to a head for our family. Jury selection begins this morning in the city of Moscow’s long, selective prosecution of Rory for his free speech protest of their illegal behavior during the Covid lockdowns. Pray that he will be fully and completely exonerated at this level or the next, and that we’ll have the endurance to see it through as far as we need to.


Sincerely,


Heather


Court! - Update #4
May 13, 2022
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Dear All,

Your prayers and continued support are appreciated as stickergate finally comes to a head for our family. Jury selection begins this morning in the city of Moscow’s long, selective prosecution of Rory for his free speech protest of their illegal behavior during the Covid lockdowns. Pray that he will be fully and completely exonerated at this level or the next, and that we’ll have the endurance to see it through as far as we need to.


Sincerely,


Heather


Court! - Update #4
May 13, 2022
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Dear All,

Your prayers and continued support are appreciated as stickergate finally comes to a head for our family. Jury selection begins this morning in the city of Moscow’s long, selective prosecution of Rory for his free speech protest of their illegal behavior during the Covid lockdowns. Pray that he will be fully and completely exonerated at this level or the next, and that we’ll have the endurance to see it through as far as we need to.


Sincerely,


Heather


Court! - Update #4
May 13, 2022
facebook twitter

Dear All,

Your prayers and continued support are appreciated as stickergate finally comes to a head for our family. Jury selection begins this morning in the city of Moscow’s long, selective prosecution of Rory for his free speech protest of their illegal behavior during the Covid lockdowns. Pray that he will be fully and completely exonerated at this level or the next, and that we’ll have the endurance to see it through as far as we need to.


Sincerely,


Heather


Court! - Update #4
May 13, 2022
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Dear All,

Your prayers and continued support are appreciated as stickergate finally comes to a head for our family. Jury selection begins this morning in the city of Moscow’s long, selective prosecution of Rory for his free speech protest of their illegal behavior during the Covid lockdowns. Pray that he will be fully and completely exonerated at this level or the next, and that we’ll have the endurance to see it through as far as we need to.


Sincerely,


Heather


Update #3 Good News and Updates!
April 8, 2022
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Dear Team #Stickergate,

We have news and updates! The long slog through our selective and prejudicial prosecution has continued over the past few months through various hearings, motions, and attempted appeals. Not surprisingly, we have continued to receive less than favorable rulings on almost everything. Most recently, our judge ruled that my sons did not have any need of Miranda warnings before or during their interrogations, and another judge then declined to hear our appeal of that ruling. All this to say, we expect this fight might need to move far away from Moscow, possibly even to the Idaho Supreme Court before all the dust settles. But we plan to fight as long and as hard as necessary to get the victory. We've come this far (with your help). Why would we wilt now?

Now for the news:

First, yesterday we received news that the charges against my juvenile son have been dismissed! This is due to the fact that his case was being handled by Latah County, not the City of Moscow, and the county was apparently sick of riding on the city’s crazy train. In exchange, they asked Seamus to write a short paper on civil disobedience, while also agreeing that he was not waiving any of his future civil claims by doing so. Seamus turned in an amusing paper on 4/1. This dismissal is especially great as Seamus would not have been permitted a jury at his trial.

Second, Rory has finally a received a trial date of May 13th. That will be a full jury trial. My trial will be scheduled pending Rory's results.

Lastly, we have added a fantastic lawyer to our team. His name is Scott McKay, and he is a highly experienced trial and civil liberties lawyer. We are incredibly grateful to have him and pray that his involvement will be a game changer for us. We expect him to be with us for the duration of the fight from here on out.

We are grateful to God for putting us in this situation and for giving us the stomach for the conflict. Hopefully, the fruit of this struggle will leave our town and our state in a healthier place and provide our nation with one more legal precedent for freedom in a time when so many are abandoning our rights. 

Your continued support and contributions are much appreciated as this struggle has not been cheap and may have only just begun.

Cheers,

Nate


Update #2 Local Coverage and Prayers Needed!
August 6, 2021
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Check out the link below for local coverage of Stickergate! Also, big hearing this morning. Be praying the District Court will take up the case.
Cheers,
Nate
City Fumbles Prosecution of Teenagers over ‘Soviet Moscow’ Stickers – Moscow Report (moscowidaho.news)

Soviet Moscow #stickergate Update #1
May 26, 2021
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Dear Friends,

Many of you have been asking for an update on the prosecutions of my sons (and myself) surrounding the Soviet Moscow protest stickers. While the City of Moscow has terminated the local mask mandate and dropped the charges against those arrested at the protest/psalm sing, they are continuing to pursue prosecution of both my sons for the placement of non-damaging protest stickers on city poles, citing an ordinance that has never been enforced in the history of the city. They are also prosecuting me for allegedly aiding and abetting said stickering! In that regard, nothing has changed. The updates are threefold. First, our lawyer filed motions to dismiss on constitutional grounds several weeks ago. Oral arguments were more than a month ago. Unfortunately, we have yet to receive a ruling. Second, the City of Moscow is claiming to have complied with our public records requests connected to discovery for our defense, but we have clear evidence that they are, in fact, withholding embarrassing records. This was brought to their attention, and they are now insisting that no further public records exist. At this point, our only option to gain access to those records would be litigation parallel to our criminal defense, which would be a costly addition to our legal adventures. We are currently deciding whether or not to pursue that litigation or to simply move on, allowing the more embarrassing records to remain hidden.

Lastly, this past Friday, our church office received a phone call which turned out to be a death threat on my older son. This threat was immediately reported to the Moscow Police Department. The department and the local prosecutors, after identifying the local who made the threat, have decided to take no action. To date, they have not notified us, or shared the identity of the gentleman who threatened to shoot my son "between the eyes". This is the same department that claims no audio or video of their treatment of my sons exists. The same department who handcuffed my son on the sidewalk under suspicion of placing a sticker, and the same prosecutors who have now been pursuing us with the threat of jail time for months. So, please be in prayer that this threat would come to nothing, that legal vindication would come soon, and that we would have wisdom in whether to open another legal front in our resistance to this prosecution.

We are incredibly grateful for your prayers and support.

Nate Wilson  
 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray for today's hearing (8/6/2021) and that the District Court will take up the case!