Oregon “Rain Man” Goes to Jail for the Sake of “Liberty”
August 9th, 2012
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(CNSNews.com)Â â Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day jail sentence in Medford, Ore.
âIâm sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,â Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.
Several people held signs that showed support for Harrington as he was taken inside the jail.
Harrington wasÂ found guiltyÂ two weeks ago of breaking a 1925 law for having, what state water managers called âthree illegal reservoirsâ on his property. He was convicted of nine misdemeanors, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined over $1500 for collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his property.
Crowd of supporters outside Jackson County Jail, Wednesday August 8, 2012. (Photo: Gary Harrington)
The Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington has been violating the stateâs water use law by diverting water from streams running into the Big Butte River.
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