After 18 months behind bars, Rick and Ryin Reese have been granted bond today, Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled. They are the last two members of a New Mexico gun dealer family jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, but who were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy and had money laundering charges against them dismissed. They were convicted on a handful of lesser charges of making false statements on forms, basically under the presumption that they should have know federal agents were lying. Wife Terri Reese was released on bond last year, and son Remington was cleared of all charges.
The case has taken many strange and disturbing turns, most recently with charges that the prosecution withheld evidence of a corruption investigation against a key law enforcement witness the jury chose to believe, a development reported Tuesday in Gun Rights Examiner. The Luna County Sheriff and the law enforcement officer involved decried the testimony of an Assistant United States Attorney and an FBI agent as being “thrown under the bus” and asserted his innocence, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported in a follow-up story.
Tea Party Patriots of Luna County, which has been chronicling the case with summaries of court proceedings and testimony, shared the details of the bond ruling in a post this evening. Conditions include “$10,000 bond each, they will have ankle monitoring bracelets, they will be allowed to go to church [and] arrangements for other off property trips can be made with the probation office.
“There is no word yet on whether the judge has decided in favor of or against a new trial,” that report continued, promising “As soon as that decision is known it will be posted.”
An appeal is being made to supporters of the family because “they will not be able to be released unless they can raise the cash bond amounts.” Attorneys “who have been working tirelessly” need to be paid as well, the appeal continues, as “there have been a lot of expenses involved in the case since the end of the trial.
“Terri Reese understandably is very emotional and extremely happy right now,” the report concludes. “She is also swamped with phone calls [and expressed] her deep gratitude to everyone who has stood by the family throughout this ordeal.”
That the bond is so low after such an extended ordeal is further evidence of an overzealous and now unraveling prosecution. Those who agree are being asked to help get Rick and Ryin out of jail and home immediately, and to spread the word so that the funds can be raised without any further delay.
Those interested in helping can do so by contributing to the Reese Defense Fund, Attention Patricia Arias, First Savings Bank, 520 South Gold, Deming, NM 88030
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