Since escaping unscathed at the Sunset Blvd cafe, see https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/montalvo-update-the-wild-wild-west/, Daniel has been enjoying his stay with a family that has accepted him and treated him as their own. Realize that Daniel lived in the Sea Org from the age of four until the age of nineteen, never really experiencing what family is all about. In this time of crises, he is rapidly learning the true value and meaning of family.
Daniel was quite touched by your outpouring of concern, care, and genorsity. He asked me to try to convey that to you all. But, I don’t know whether words can really do the trick. He is in awe of what you did.
Daniel is now represented by one of Los Angeles’ more accomplished lawyers, John Duran. You can read about Mr. Duran here to get the idea, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Duran. I believe, and more importantly Daniel believes, Mr. Duran has Daniel’s best interests at heart and has the skill and wisdom necessary to help remove the dark clouds of two legal attacks (the larceny and the domestic matter) mounted by the Corporate church.
The fact that you all doubled the targeted retainer amount made this quality of representation possible. Thank you very much.
Here is the promised accounting of the Free Daniel Montalvo Fund:
Contributions: (150 contributors) $13,150.30*
*after 3% Paypal handling fees and new Fund account set up charge
Duran and Thomas (retainer for Daniel Montalvo matters) $10,000.00
Tiziano Lugli (re-imbursement for bail) $ 2,000.00
Marty Rathbun (re-imbursement for Daniel’s LA-Tpa airfare) $ 425.40
Daniel Montalvo $ 500.00*
*for living costs (note that the family is covering virtually everything, but several of you noted you wanted to get some cash into Daniel’s hands to use as he sees fit).
*to remain open pending both of Daniel’s legal matters being satisfactorily terminated.
If any contributor has any objection to these disbursements please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a refund. Include your name and the amount contributed.
It is my view that it is best that we let Daniel’s counsel go about disposing of these unconsionable attacks with as little noise and distraction as possible. We will know soon enough if the fix is on. If it proves to be, I’ll be the first one on the ramparts hollering for volunteers.
Thanks again to everybody. The level of competence, speed and support demonstrated for this rescue and defense operation against the Corporate Scientology empire is absolutely unprecedented. Don’t ever forget the role you played, and are continuing to play, in it.