UPDATE, May 25, 2021:
Incredibly, Lucas is still under house arrest, having had his bond denied by the judge YET AGAIN. But the Court of Appeals will be taking up the case next month, assuming there are no further delays. (There have been MANY delays along the way.)
THANK YOU Gateway Pundit and 100PercentFedUp.com for taking up Lucas's cause and promoting it. We met our previous goal and have raised it again, this time to what reflects Lucas's actual legal bills in this case so far, as I understand it. (When we started, we set the goal at what we thought we might possibly raise, not what we expected his defense would actually cost, which has become much higher in the face of the judge's ongoing bad rulings.) Lucas still has a long way to go, and we are so grateful for all of your support.
Lucas Gerhard was a bright student at Lake Superior State University looking forward to his future. An Eagle Scout studying criminal justice, Lucas hoped to be a police officer one day.
That changed in one night when Lucas posted a photo of his new rifle to a private Snapchat group of friends with a comment that it ought to "melt snowflakes, as in snow."
A student (who was not a recipient of the message) falsely claimed that this was a threat, and his college reported him to the police, who referred him for prosecution. The county prosecutor charged Lucas with making a terrorist threat, a 20-year felony, and spent the next three months in jail, held without bond.
Lucas still awaits trial under house arrest, as the judge has not yet dismissed the case. Even if the case is dismissed, Lucas' arrest ensures he can never be a police officer again. The news media dragged his name through the mud, destroying his reputation for life.
This Fund is set up for Lucas's legal defense fees. His legal representation has already cost him tens of thousands of dollars, and it will be far more should the judge fail to dismiss the case and it must be appealed.
I am not an attorney and not representing Lucas, but I am aware of his attorneys and will coordinate this fund to pay for Lucas's legal fees.
I doubt that Lucas is the first person this has happened to, and we need to send a powerful message that the justice system cannot simply destroy people's lives for being politically incorrect.
But Lucas cannot do it on his own. He needs our support. Please support Lucas's legal defense.
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