Big fat free-speech update: Appellate court stays prison sentence of Doug Mackey, the man convicted for 2016 Hillary meme
· Dec 5, 2023 ·

In October, a court sentenced Trump-supporter Doug Mackey to 7 months in jail after ruling his attempt at making "memes" constituted election interference.

Now, an appellate court has sided with Mackey, saying he doesn't have to serve his prison sentence until after his appeal case. A positive development in the First Amendment case.

The Motion Order reads: "granting motion for release pending appeal, at docket entry 16 Mackey's surrender date is stated. The District Court is ordered to determine the appropriate terms of release, without prejudice to the government's making a future request for detention, on behalf of Appellant Douglass Mackey, It is further ordered that this appeal is expedited. Mackey's initial brief will be due on or before January 5, 2024. The government's response will be due on or before February 5, 2024. Mackey's reply brief will be due on or before February 20, 2024. The Clerk is directed to calendar this appeal as soon as practicable after February 20, 2024."

So, between now and the February case, Mackey will not have to serve any jail time.

The court apparently thinks that his fake Hillary graphics must not be an imminent threat to the public! Imagine that!

Donald Trump shared this message in solidarity with Mackey and opposition to Joe Biden's "police state":

I mean... is he wrong?

Mackey said if he loses the appeal, he will file with the Supreme Court:

If we lose the appeal in the Second Circuit, we will swiftly file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

I want to extend my gratitude and thanks to all benefactors, supporters, and all of the great attorneys who have worked on my case.

It is not cheap, however, to appeal a case in the federal court system, so I am asking you to please help us fund this case in any way you can. Prayers are also welcome and appreciated, and I will, of course, keep all benefactors and supporters in my prayers.

If you wish to support my cause financially, you may donate via the Meme Defense Fund (, a third-party nonprofit that has generously lent its support to this case. You also have the option of donating via GiveSendGo (…).

Or, you can send Bitcoin or other crypto, cash, or a check in the mail. More details on that are here:

We'll keep you updated to see what happens with free speech in America. Start praying.

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