Successful clemency effort funded by Courage to Resist supporters.
By Courage to Resist. December 21, 2009
Iraq War resister Cliff Cornell was granted a 30 day reduction to his one year jail sentence this week. The Commanding General of Fort Stewart, Georgia knocked off the month in response to a clemency request filed by Cliff’s civilian attorney James Branum of Oklahoma. Cliff is now expected to be released on or about January 16, 2010.
Courage to Resist. May 1, 2009
Your letter to the Commander of Fort Stewart, Georgia requesting that Iraq War resister Cliff Cornell's 12-months prison sentence be reduced is urgently requested. Cliff was convicted of desertion on April 28, 2009 after being denied sanctuary in Canada. These letters of support will be collected by Cliff's civilian lawyer James Branum and submitted to the military through the official appeals process.
Address letters to: COMMANDER, Fort Stewart and fax to 866-757-8785. Please do not send letters directly to the CG but through Cliff's lawyer at the fax number provided.
Iraq War resister denied sanctuary in Canada; convicted of desertion at Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
Write Cliff directly at: Clifford Cornell, Bldg 1041, PSC Box # 20140, Camp Lejuene NC 28542
[ Donate to Cliff's support fund ]
By Friends of Cliff Cornell. Updated May 13, 2009
The U.S. Army convicted Specialist Clifford Cornell of desertion at a brief courts martial at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. He was sentenced to 12 months in a military jail. He has been transferred to the Marine brig at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina to serve his sentence. The military judge, Col. Tara Osborn, also ordered Cliff's rank be reduced to private and for him to receive a bad conduct discharge.
Supporters and resisters continue campaign for sanctuary while slowing removal proceedings.
By Sarah Lazare, Courage to Resist published by Common Dreams. February 15, 2009
In the past weeks, the Harper Administration has moved swiftly to push U.S. Iraq War resisters out of Canada, issuing removal orders to five more resisters who had resettled up north. Two have recently been forced out of the country, and the rest continue their appeals through the Canadian Courts. This adds to the growing number of U.S. war resisters in Canada who are being threatened with deportation and eventually U.S. military court martials and imprisonment.
By Courage to Resist and friends. Updated February 10, 2009
Reports to Fort Stewart today, court martial expected
U.S. war resister Cliff Cornell surrendered himself to U.S. border police on February 4 after being ordered to leave Canada. He was promptly arrested for being AWOL from the U.S. Army, and taken to the Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, Washington. During a vigil by local supporters the next day (photo below), Cliff was released! Upon release he was ordered to travel on his own to Fort Stewart, Georgia. This morning Cliff surrendered to the AWOL Apprehension Unit at Fort Stewart.