All three defendants remain free on bail since their initial court appearance in September of 2012. French is represented by Walter McKee, Russell by Stephen Peterson and William Maddox, and Kendall Chase is represented by Jeffrey Silverstein. AUSA Joel Casey is the lead prosecutor.
The indictment alleges 11 criminal counts and separate forfeiture allegations naming at least four parcels of land and the entirety of a company known as Haynes Timberland Inc. That company is also named as a defendant and is represented by Thomas Marjerison. Timberland will join the three human defendants at trial. Jury selection is scheduled for January 8, 2014 with opening statements immediately after.
For more details about the case, read the government’s trial brief. It runs about 25 pages and gives an overview of the investigation and trial evidence. You can can also read coverage of the case in the Portland Press Herald. Check back here for updates as the trial unfolds. It will likely continue through the end of the month.
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