A Word from Shane McClanahan
“I am a loyal person of strong character and constitution. In short, I was arrested out of my home on my private land in the middle of the night (without a felony warranty) for an incident earlier in the evening while fighting for my life. I was defending my friend. I was viciously attacked and beaten so badly a gang of drunken punks broke my legs and pinned me face down for simply trying to get these attackers off my unconscious friend. I feared for my life and that of my friend at which time I pulled my side sheathed buck knife and fought for my very life. In the process, two of the attackers were hurt.
I was the outsider so I didn’t get a fair shake. Basically these men were local “good ‘ol boys” who’s mommies even know the judge and prosecutors. They wrote the judge and prosecutors numerous letters painting me as the outsider and some kind of heartless, crazy monster. But, the actual testimonies from eyewitnesses prove me to be innocent and far from a heartless monster.
The system told me there were no self-defense laws. My public defenders sold me down the river and refused to fight for my rights. So, I have fought my own appeals these past ten years and have had multiple rulings by Montana’s Supreme Court in my favor. Rulings ordering my sentencing judge to give me a lawyer and appeal “as my right” but the eleventh attorney appointed by the judge and prosecutor (another friend of theirs) sold me out yet again and they’ve all worked together to keep me in solitary confinement and oppress me. They tampered with my rights to access the courts.
I have suffered greatly at the hands of Montana’s D.O.C. Supposedly there’s a newly elected judge of department #2 of the 4th district of Missoula, Montana and even an actual public defender’s office was set up in the state of Montana (out of Butte Montana). However, I have been transferred around the country and am barely able to keep my head above water in defending my prisoner’s rights because I have no representation.
I’ll spare you the nightmarish stories of inside these walls where in Montana I ended op defending my life more than once while in prison there because the system couldn’t shut me up. When guards at Deer Lodge Prison, Montana working in concert with the court and lawyers of Missoula couldn’t succeed in shutting me up, I refused to quit. They’ve now been shipping me around the country and I am currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They even gave me a new prison I.D. number to try and hide me from the citizens of greater Montana whom actually got the transcripts in my cases. Citizens who started making inquiries as to my rights that have been trampled on so badly and behind closed doors.
This is an urgent plea for help.
You can write* to me at:
Montana State Prison
Shane McClanahan #2033707
700 Conley Lake Road
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Or, if you think of any other way to help get my message out to all the newspapers and people of Montana, please do.”
Most Sincerely, Shane B. McClanahan
*Prison Rules for writing to Shane: Plain white paper, pre-printed postage envelopes – No peel and stick stamps.
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Shane has provided an example of the abuses he has experienced even recently. This document from Shane shows the oppression that has taken a tole on his motor and communication skills as well.