The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund urgently needs your help. This August,
the long-running case of Georgia v. Gordon Lee will finally go to trial, with
court costs expected to hit $20,000.
For nearly three years the Fund has defended Georgia retailer Gordon Lee,
seeing him through multiple arraignments and procedures, and racking up $80,000
in legal bills. The charges stem from a Halloween 2004 incident in which
Lee handed out, among other free comics, an anthology featuring an excerpt from
the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Salon. The segment depicted a
historically accurate meeting between 20th Century art icons Georges Braque and
Pablo Picasso, the latter depicted in the nude. It was a harmless sequence,
no more explicit than the nudity displayed in the award winning Watchmen.
Yet because the title found its way into the hands of a minor, Floyd County
prosecutors hit Lee with two felony counts and five misdemeanors. The Fund
eventually knocked out most of the charges, but must now defeat the two
remaining misdemeanor counts of Distribution of Harmful to Minors Material, each
carrying a penalty of up to one year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.
The case is slated to go to trial the week of August 13. We urgently need
your support in order to wage the best defense possible against these
remaining charges, and that means raising the $20,000 that the trial is expected to
cost. Here’s how you can help:
Make A Monetary Donation: Every dollar counts, so please visit the cbldf.org
and make a tax-deductible contribution today. As a thank-you for making a
donation of $30 or more, the Fund will give you a brand new t-shirt displaying
the text of the First Amendment in the shape of an American flag. Show your
commitment to free speech, and your support for this very important case.
Join The CBLDF: Now is the time to join or renew your membership in the
Fund. Your member dollars provide the baseline of support that we need to
perform our casework, and defend your right to buy whatever comics you wish. If
you join now with a basic membership of $25 you will receive a CBLDF Member
Card, featuring new Groo art by the one-and-only Sergio Aragones, as well as a
subscription to our news publication Busted!, and special admission to CBLDF
events across the country. If you join at a level of $100 or more, you will
also receive one of the new First Amendment t-shirts.
Donate Original Art & Collectibles: With summer conventions upon us, the
Fund needs original art, high-grade comics, and other collectible items to make
the most of our summer auctions. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org_
(mailto:email@example.com) for more information about how to donate to our auctions, or
with a description of your intended donation. If your donation is accepted
for our summer auctions, you will receive a letter of acknowledgment and a
2007 membership. To ensure that your donation is received safely, please do
not send physical items until accepted by the CBLDF.
With Gordon Lee's freedom in the balance, the CBLDF needs everyone who
values Free Expression in comic books to do his or her part to support this very
important case. Please visit _www.cbldf.org_ (http://www.cbldf.org) and make
your contribution today.
Other Donations: firstname.lastname@example.org_ (mailto:email@example.com)