We are ecstatic that we received a NOT GUILTY verdict and the jury found for self-defense. What a victory!
Any donations received from this point forward will be given to our legal counsel for any ongoing expenses related to the trial. It will take some time for the State of Washington to settle their bill.
We also encourage you to turn your attention to other cases of self-defense that are being taken to trial, one such case being that of USAF Tech Sgt Matthew Pinkerton.
Our debt to all of you is enormous, exceeded only by our gratitude for your willingness to come to the aid of (to some of you) complete strangers. God has truly blessed us, and it is our hope that He will greatly bless you as well.
We have made it through the motion to suppress - which we won! Now we need to make it through the rest. We thank everyone who has helped us get this far. Every dime is precious gift for which we are grateful. If you can help, please consider it. If you can't, please pray for us. If you aren't of the praying kind, please send positive thoughts our way. We are grateful for every one of you standing in support of Gail, our self-defense laws, and our Second Amendment.
We head to court next Friday (October 25) for pretrial motions. Our biggest immediate expenses now involve airfare for Gail's out-of-state co-counsel as well as the expert witness. We appreciate every dime that has been donated, and ask that if you are unable to help financially, that you pass this on to others who may be able to. Please know we are doing our part as well - every cent we don't require to live is being funneled to defense. We've cut unnecessary expenses and requisitioned all of my book royalties to allow us to put as much money as we possibly can toward Gail's defense. We just simply don't make enough money to cover everything. Please, share the support page far and wide (facebook.com/SupportGailGerlach). Your continued show of support - financial and emotional alike - is appreciated more than you will ever know.
We are touched and amazed by the generosity of all of Gail's supporters. You have no idea the blessing that is every dollar donated. Our family thanks you with very real gratitude, and we know we can never repay your generosity or thoughtfulness. Some say character is defined by what you do for one who can never repay you. We are tremendously blessed to have "met" so many people with such great character.
There are a couple of yard sales happening - one was this weekend and another the first weekend of August. Contact the admin on the support page at http://www.facebook.com/SupportGailGerlach for the address if you want to donate - or purchase - items. Once the money is tallied, I'll post it here as an offline donation.
If you could each share this often. The more people who see, the more who help. Just think if 150 people committed to help with a total donation of $100 we would make our short term goal. Help protect everyone's right to self defense!
I've revised the goal to show our baby steps. Our first short-term goal is $15,000. That gives us the necessary payment for the expert witness. As always, just a reminder that every cent not needed to feed my family and keep a roof over our heads is being tossed into the kitty. Whatever you all can contribute helps keep me from having to take a second job and allows me to concentrate on what needs to be done for the case. We love you all. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for your support.
Thank you so much, everyone, for the amazing response to our plea for help. You are truly incredible people.
We have a long, uphill battle. Sometimes we just want to lie down and quit - even choosing what to have for dinner is a huge effort. But we won't, because that's not what we do.
We are allocating funds toward the expert right now. This will take a LOT of money. Every cent we don't need to survive will be set aside for this, but we simply don't make enough money to cover it all. Your generosity is so deeply appreciated, we simply don't have the words to express it.
I had a long talk with Gail's attorney this morning. We will need funds for research, and for expert investigators to reconstruct the conditions of tht morning. THIS CHARGE IS DEFENSIBLE AND DEFEATABLE!! Please help us clear Gail and send a message to prosecutors that citizens defending their lives do not deserve to be persecuted!
**Our first goal is to reach $15,000 toward the expert witness
**Our second goal is to reach $35,000 toward other experts/expenses
**Our ultimate goal is $50,000 toward the total legal defense
**Every penny of our salaries that we don't need to survive will also be put toward the defense
My husband Gail is being charged with First Degree Manslaughter in the shooting death of a career car thief who, during the commission of the theft, made a threatening motion that made us both believe he was aiming a weapon at us. The thief had five prior convictions and a felony warrant for his arrest (for theft of a motor vehicle).
Gail is a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is the kind of person who would get out of bed at 2 in the morning and drive 500 miles to help a friend in trouble. He is being tried in the press and convicted in the court of public gossip. We have a great attorney and high hopes to clear Gail's name and restore his demonized reputation.
Despite Washington State's self-defense statutes, the prosecutor's office is pursuing the charge of First Degree Manslaughter. His legal defense expenses are going to be large. He is semi-retired and I am a public employee; we are not rich people and this will be financially devastating for us. We do not qualify for a public defender. We desperately need your help for Gail's defense against this unfair criminal charge. If you are unable to donate yourself, please help spread the word to those who can.
What can we offer you in return for your help? We don't have any perks to offer you except our prayers that God will bless you a thousandfold in return, and our iron-clad promise that we will never stop our crusade for stricter laws governing career felons who repeatedly offend and for greater rights for those defending themselves against repeat offenders whom the system cannot seem to keep in prison.
One of Gail's supporters has set up a support page on Facebook. Please help us gain national support to help right this injustice. -----------------------------------------------------
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