Letter from the Lawrence Brose Legal Defense Fund

Posted May 20th, 2011 in Announcements, News / Events

Letter from the Lawrence Brose Legal Defense Fund

We want to thank everyone who has signed up and to those who have contributed. We apologize for the delay in bringing you up to date but the wheels of justice move very slowly.

We cannot comment on the details of the evidence collected in Lawrence’s defense but there are a few things we can tell you.  Lawrence and his attorneys hired two different computer forensic experts who came to
Buffalo on separate occasions. The first expert found a backdoor Trojan virus that has been active on the computer since 2005. Both experts found no evidence that the original downloads, that the government accused Lawrence of, could be found on the computer.  Even the government admits this.

The second expert, who has been doing this type of investigation for over 20 years, said that she can tell within a couple of hours of research if a person is interested in illicit images and she reported that Lawrence is clearly NOT (her emphasis).

The government made a “by the book” plea offer for 43 months in federal prison, which would also label Lawrence as a sex offender for the rest of his life.  Clearly, Lawrence declined. The case was then sent to the Grand Jury and they indicted him – his attorneys said this was no surprise, as a Grand Jury will indict a ham sandwich! No evidence is presented by the defense. They have included 100 images of his exhibition prints, made from his film De Profundis, in the charges!

The forensic experts have gathered very strong exculpatory evidence in Lawrence’s favor.  However, his attorneys are holding back on that evidence if the case is taken to a jury trial.

Currently, Lawrence’s attorneys have filed 16 motions; many to dismiss the charges based on his 1st, 4th, and 5th amendment rights being violated. Oral arguments will be presented to the court in the near future. We will
keep you apprised of the outcome of these motions.

Also, many artists and collectors have generously donated artwork to the defense fund. Currently, we are offering the works for sale on the defense fund website. Please scroll to the bottom of the main page for a link to the art sale.  And please spread the word. We will also investigate taking the collection to auction.

Lawrence has exhausted all of his savings and retirement accounts to pay for the forensic experts and attorney’s fees.  Please reach out to anyone that you think might be willing to contribute to this cause so that
Lawrence can clear his name and get on with his life.

We encourage you to continue to visit www.lawrencebroselegaldefensefund.com to stay abreast of developments in Lawrence’s defense, and please share this web address to any and all of your contacts.  The life and career of an artist is at stake.

Thank you,

the Lawrence Brose Legal Defense Fund Team