James Fields, a Charlottesville protester who was framed as a terrorist by the media and state, has been transported MCFP Springfield, a federal medical facility, according to a search of the Bureau Of Prison’s database.
The cause for Fields’ hospitalization is not known. National Justice has spoken to multiple people who have remained in contact with Fields throughout his imprisonment who said that he had suddenly stopped responding to letters around three months ago.
In some of his last letters before cutting contact, Fields complained of horrific conditions at FCI Hazelton, including losing track of time from sensory deprivation due to being in isolation 24 hours a day — conditions that constitute torture according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture. While the facility allows for televisions and radios, Fields has so far been denied these perks.
Observers, including high profile figures like Ann Coulter, have tried to draw attention to his mistreatment at the hands of the partisan and hyper-politicized criminal justice system. Watchdogs who followed his case have contended that Fields is innocent and that he did not receive a fair trial.
He was convicted in a Charlottesville court — an inappropriate venue where he was denied an impartial jury — and sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years over the death of Heather Heyer, who was hit by Fields’ car after a mob of Antifa rioters she was a part of attacked his automobile.
Fields was charged a second time for the same incident by federal prosecutors, who intimidated him into pleading guilty in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table.
In late 2019, Fields’ attorneys filed an appeal of his conviction with Virginia’s 4th Circuit Court over numerous improprieties at the hands of prosecutors and the judge that sealed his fate during his trial. His hospitalization appears to coincide with recent movement in the case, which had been stagnant due to COVID.
In his appeal documents, Fields’ attorneys state that it was inappropriate for the judge overseeing the case to insist on holding the trial in Charlottesville in light of all the publicity tainting his trial garnered as well as promises of a prejudiced result from local city leaders. One Charlottesville city council member, a left-wing activist named Kristin Szako, openly stated that it was “Interesting how all the white supremacists and [N]azis want to move their trials away from Charlottesville, they know they will get no sympathy here. We are not their people.”
The judge also allowed random pieces of evidence, such as a picture of Hitler he sent to his mother prior to the rally, to be admissible as evidence in his criminal case. Small instances like this, in conjunction with a barrage of inaccurrate media reporting surrounding his case, made it impossible to seat a fair jury in Charlottesville, according to his lawyers.
Ultimately, even if Fields succeeds in clearing his name in his state case, his plea agreement with the federal government does not allow for an appeal, meaning that release from his life sentence — save extraordinary circumstances — will be extremely difficult.