What is the current status of the Raven 23 case?

As of January 17, 2017, oral arguments in the Raven 23 appeal are complete.  There is nothing else to be done in the legal case at this time except await a ruling from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  In the appeal, in addition to having a strong defense team, the esteemed non-profit, non-partisan National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers threw its weight behind our push for freedom, urging the appellate court to overturn the Raven 23 convictions and return Dustin, Evan, Nick, and Paul to their families.  The Appeal page of our website contains more information about the appellate process.

Have you had contact with the media? 

Yes, to an extent.  On the advice of counsel, in the seven years between the incident and the 2014 trial, we did not talk to the media.  However, after the shocking verdict convicting our loved ones of heinous and untrue crimes, we have made limited media appearances, ranging from Fox & Friends to local radio showsSean Hannity’s website also featured our story, as did Colonel Allen West.  However, we have lacked the consistent coverage necessary to set the record straight on nearly a decade of irresponsible journalism.  We are fighting daily for the break that will make a real difference in our fight for true justice and transparency.  And we appreciate your help.  If you know members of the media who would be willing to talk with us, or if you are skilled at media relations or have connections you would share, please reach out to us through the Contact Us page.

Have you had contact with your elected officials?

Yes.  While the appeal works its way through the judicial system, congressional ethics rules limit the actions available to members of our legislative branch.  However, Congressmen in each of the three home states of our men (New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Texas) have offered what support they can to our families.  And, critically, they have also sponsored weapons legislation that, if passed, will prevent the Department of Justice from ever again abusing the federal weapons law that was misapplied in our case to punish service to this country.  You can read more about this issue on our Weapons Charge and Legislative Action pages.

Are you seeking a presidential pardon? 

No, for two reasons:  (1) we are confident the pending appeal is going to free our men, and pardons would keep their unjust convictions intact—they’d be forever “guilty” in the eyes of the justice system; and (2) all of our (many) legal experts have advised that we should only seek pardons if the pending appeal fails.  That said, it is critical for President Trump to hear from as many concerned citizens as possible about the false justice of the Raven 23 convictions and the need for accountability within the DOJ for the deplorable misconduct that occurred to convict these innocent men.  While we are hopeful we will never need an exercise of presidential grace, President Trump is certainly in the position to address failings within the DOJ.  Please write to him about our case.  You can even find a form letter on our What Can I Do? page.

What can we do to help the men directly?

Our men want nothing more right now than for you to speak out and their families not to suffer financially.  This website provides many examples of what you can do to speak out, and it offers products that you can purchase and wear or display to show your support.  Thank you for doing what you can to help Free Raven 23.

Can I write them?

YES!  And they love hearing from you.  Please send very plain cards and letters that are not unusually sized or shaped and have no paint, metal, musical or recordable features, or notions, buttons, accessories.  We have never had problems with envelopes smaller than 6x8 inches and 4x6 pictures.  They may not receive care packages, money, stamps, or any items other than correspondence and pictures through the mail.

Mail to:

Dustin Heard 16020-081
FCI MEMPHIS
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 34550
MEMPHIS, TN 38184

Evan Liberty 16019-081
FCI SCHUYLKILL
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 759
MINERSVILLE, PA 17954

Nicholas Slatten 16018-081
USP COLEMAN II
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 1034
COLEMAN, FL 33521

Paul Slough 16017-081
FCI EL RENO
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 1500
EL RENO, OK 73036

Can I send them books?

Yes.  You can send books directly through Amazon to the addresses above.  However, please be aware that some of the facilities limit the number of books the men may receive in a week and the number of books they may have in their cells at one time.  Therefore, before sending books, please reach out to us through the Contact Us page to schedule the appropriate time to send your book.

If you are the family and friends of these men, why should we trust you?

Fair question.  Unlike the DOJ, we do not hide evidence, and we are not afraid of the truth.  The evidence on this page is real evidence and testimony from the trial.  Real evidence that establishes Nick did not shoot, let alone kill, the driver of the white Kia, and real evidence that establishes Paul, Evan, and Dustin’s actions were taken in self-defense.  You will not find most of this evidence anywhere else because the very few members of the media who regularly attended the proceedings in this case have refused to report it.  We want you to be armed with the facts of the case and then for you to decide for yourself if you believe these men have been treated fairly and equitably by our justice system.  If you believe that they have, we sincerely thank you for at least considering our position.  If you believe they have not, we ask that you join us in this fight.