Hearing To Reduce Bail

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July 28, 1998 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**********

BREAKING NEWS!!! **********

Jailed AIDS & Cancer Patient Peter McWilliams Scheduled For Hearing To Reduce Bail At 11:00 AM Friday, July 31, 1998.

JULY 30, 1998 / LOS ANGELES, CA: Los Angeles author, AIDS and Cancer patient Peter McWilliams--who was arrested on July 23, 1998 at 6:00 A.M. Pacific Time when Federal Agents stormed his Laurel Canyon home--will be submitting a Motion before the Court to lower bail from $250,000 to $50,000.

McWilliams, 48, is an outspoken advocate of medical marijuana and Proposition 215 who suffers from AIDS and Cancer who uses medical marijuana to ease the nausea caused by the “cocktail” of drugs he must take to sustain his life. “It was months ago that he voluntarily offered to turn himself in to federal authorities at any time for questioning!??” said a member of McWilliams’ staff. “There was no need to storm his house--let alone at 6:00 AM--handcuff him, expose him to infection, leave him without his medication for 5 days, and then set his bail for $250,000... He has AIDS, must take his medication 6-times-a-day, and is weak from the disease. How can this man possibly be perceived as a risk?!!”

When McWilliams was first arrested, Pre-Trial Services recommended bail be set for $50,000. It was only at the request of the Prosecutors that McWilliams bail be raised to $250,000. “His health is our biggest concern” said McWilliams’ attorney, Bruce Margolin. Bail Hearing Scheduled For: Friday, July 31, 1998 At 11:00 AM

McWilliams is the author and publisher of more than 35 books which have sold more than ten million copies. His books have appeared five times on the New York Times best-seller list, and in June, celebrated 30 years as a self- publisher. His books include How to Survive the Loss of a Love, How to Heal Depression, Hypericum & Depression, and Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do—The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country (a book openly critical of the drug war).

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