Lawyer Edgar Steele Framed by FBI Sentenced to Serve 50 Years

Steele Sentenced To 50 Years In Murder-For-Hire Scheme


November 09, 2011

COEUR D’ALENE – Edgar J. Steele, 65, of Sagle, Idaho, was sentenced in United States District Court today to 50 years in prison for using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, use of explosive material to commit a federal felony, possession of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence, and tampering with a victim, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Steele to serve three years of supervised release and pay a total of $2,836.91 in restitution to the State of Idaho Military Division, Quik Lube, and Cyndi Steele.

Yesterday in a written order the district court rejected Steele’s contentions that prosecutors or FBI agents engaged in misconduct by reviewing attorney-client communications or failing to disclose exculpatory evidence. The district court also rejected Steele’s contention that an FBI agent manipulated the recordings in which Steele made statements suggesting his own guilt. “Steele was given ample opportunity during the [pretrial] hearing and trial to test the authenticity of the recordings,” wrote the court. “And Steele does not present any additional evidence to persuade the Court that another hearing on this issue is warranted.”

Following a seven-day trial, Steele was convicted on all counts on May 5, 2011. At trial, the jury heard audio tapes of Steele making statements to Larry Fairfax, the person he tried to hire, confirming his participation in the murder-for-hire plot. Fairfax testified at trial that he had worked as a handyman for Steele and his wife. He testified that Steele paid him approximately $10,000 in silver coins as a down payment to kill Steele’s wife and mother-in-law. Fairfax also testified that he had installed the pipe bomb on Mrs. Steele’s car in May 2010 at Edgar Steele’s direction. Fairfax pled guilty and was sentenced in May to 27 months in prison for possession of an unregistered firearm and manufacturing a firearm.

In a statement released today, U.S. Attorney Olson said, “[T]he long prison sentence imposed by the Court . . . sends a necessary and strong message that trying to hire a person to commit murder, that use of a destructive device to achieve that end, is depraved and violent conduct that will be dealt with swiftly and severely by the criminal justice system. Through his conduct, including his attempts to influence a witness, Mr. Steele earned every month in prison to which the district court sentenced him.”

“Mr. Steele represents a clear danger to society and today’s sentence ensures he will no longer pose a threat to our community and its residents,” said Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Don Robinson, supervisor of the Coeur d’Alene office of the FBI and the North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force.

The Steele case was investigated by members of the North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force (NIVCTF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The NIVCTF’s members include the FBI, Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office, Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police Department, and is tasked with investigating a myriad of violent crimes to include armed robbery, kidnaping, felonious assault and drug trafficking.


Free Edgar Steele:

Details of the Edgar Steele case as it relates to gold, silver, and the Goldsmiths:

KXLY on-camera interview of Mr. Steele in jail, 11/3/2011:

Audio – Edgar and Cyndi Steele speak with Rick Adams, 9/22/2011:

Edgar Steele sentenced at extended hearing, observer report, 11/9/2011:

Details of the case:

KXLY on-camera interview of Mr. Steele in jail, 11/3/2011:

Prosecutors: Jealousy Motivated Edgar Steele To Hire Hitman:!

Sex, Lies, and Audiotape:

News of conviction:

ADL – Edgar Steele:

FBI and ADL collusion:

The Edgar Steele Trial, Day Two: Prosecution And Defense Give Opening Statements, FBI Agent Acknowledges Lying To Steele To Induce Confession:

Jurors hear FBI recordings in Steele case:

Defense: Fairfax stole silver then set-up Edgar Steele:

Archive for the ‘Edgar Steele News’ Category:

The frame-up of Edgar Steel:

The judicial lynching of Edgar Steele:

News report: Testimony of FBI special agent Michael Sotka:

Jailhouse inmate Darrell Hollisgsworth testified that Fairfax told him that the FBI had “made a deal” with him to frame Edgar Steele:

Criminal Complaint – Larry Fairfax:

Judge orders Fairfax held:

Affidavit of Edgar Steele:

Affidavit of Cyndi Steele:

Affidavit of David I. Amendola:

Affidavit of Al Banks:

Affidavit of Robert T. McAllister:

Affidavit of Billy Cochran:

Declaration of Herbert Joe:

Reporter’s transcript – Jury Trial Day 1:

Reporter’s transcript – Jury Trial Day 2:

Text of Mrs. Cyndi Steele’s victim statement, sentencing hearing, 11/9/2011:

Edgar Steele Denied Defense, Framed on All Counts:

Steele – On Petition for Writ Mandamus and Writ of Prohibition to the United States District Court for the District of Idaho Criminal Case Number 10-CR-148-BLW:

Supplemental motion for new trial:

Memorandum decision and order:

Motion for new trial:

Motion to vacate no contact order:

Opposition to vacate no contact order:

Edgar Steele desperate, files US Supreme Court Writ petition

By americafarm

Udpate, November 5th, 1911. Edgar Steele Interview Video from KXLY:

Corruption and Conspiracy (part 3)

ANNOUNCEMENT: North Idaho TV station KXLY will air an interview with Mr. Steele, in prison on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 6:00 pm. It is likely that the interview will be accessible via their web site, if you wish to watch. See:

Edgar Steele’s Combined Petition for Writs of Mandamus and Prohibition document at:

Some bits from the document:

On Petition for Writ Mandamus and Writ of Prohibition to the United States District Court for the District of Idaho – Criminal Case Number 10-CR-148-BLW

QUESTION 12: Will the Court issue a Writ of Mandamus requiring that the trial court dismiss the case below or at least grant a new trial because of pervasive governmental misconduct by intrusion into Petitioners right to confidential attorney-client privileged communication.



Ancient Greek philosophers said, and it is axiomatic that, “truth is the daughter of time.” Now that the truth of the eavesdropping policy is known, the manifest error of the trial court in upholding such policy created by the US Marshals Service will continue to fester unless dealt with in a forthright fashion by the U.S. Supreme Court. The sooner that the encroachment over the line that separates the powers of the Executive Branch from the Judicial is corrected, the less likely it is that fundamental rights of individuals and structural constitutional grounding will be harmed. By granting the Writ of Prohibition and Writ of Mandamus as requested herein, the U.S. Supreme Court has a unique opportunity to prevent erosion of court-centered rule-making under the separation of powers doctrine and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution, thereby stopping Executive Branch agencies including the US Marshals Service from invading the province of the Court. As this case raises the relatively rare invocation of the summary powers of the Court, it provides a unique opportunity to clarify the importance of separate governmental functions and agency noninterference with fundamental rights; but, immediate action is required.

State of Idaho – County of Latah

You Only Think You’ve Got Rights

No Attorney-Client Privilege (Part VIII)
by Edgar J. Steele
October 31, 2011

I like to say that, while we never want to repeat boot camp, always we are glad to have had the experience. Jail is (way) different. Never will I say that I am glad I spent this time in jail. Perhaps a week or two in jail, at most, would be instructive for many of us, but extended imprisonment simply exacts too great a personal toll to justify the lessons it teaches.

The Real Cost of Imprisonment

Don’t Do the Crime if you Can’t Do the Time? No. Don’t do the crime, to be sure, but “serving” time simply makes no sense for, perhaps, 95% of all current prisoners in America. Serving time creates massive unemployment (ex-convicts are unemployable), turns ordinary people into “nothing to lose” criminals, hardens petty truants and mischief-makers into genuinely dangerous criminals, fuels the exploding use of drugs throughout America and costs an ever-exploding share of federal, state and local budgets (America’s prison population has tripled during the last two decades).

Nor is the cost restricted to government. The War on Drugs inexorably becomes a war on Americans, with drug users criminally seeking money for their habits and law enforcement officers desperately trying to advance themselves and their departmental funding. America’s prison industry (yes, that is exactly what American jails and prisons have become) now is a huge slavering, self-sustaining beast, out of control and growing ever-faster as its product (discontent, resentment, rebellion and hopelessness) increasingly provide its own raw material (ordinary people-cum-criminals).

The Criminalization of Innocence

Worse, even ignoring those jailed for victimless “crimes” (drug users, tax avoiders/evaders, etc.), a huge and growing segment of America’s prison population consists of people who are innocent! How could it be otherwise, after all, with the Feds’ 97% conviction rate and a tripling of American prisoners in just 20 years?

I have been telling you how they’re doing it to me. I face 60 years, minimum, for a crime I did not commit; a crime with no victim, no damage and the self-confessed perp already serving his 2-year sentence (a slap on the wrist in exchange for his false testimony against me). No – actually, there was some damage: $45,000 in silver bullion stolen by the perp from my wife (the victim) and myself.

From the beginning, my wife (the “victim,” don’t forget) resolutely has stood by my side, proclaiming my innocence to the world, despite the massive federal effort to put me away for the rest of my life.

60 Years!

Murderers routinely are released from prison after serving 6-8 years, but no less than 60 years is what our government says I deserve for the (non) “crime” I committed against nobody, least of all my biggest supporter: my wife. 60 years! Think about it for a moment.

What’s more, the government repeatedly has lied, cheated and stolen during its scorched-earth campaign against me, a genuine American political dissident. There are so many stories of government treachery in my case that I could tell you (not to mention many other cases I have handled, mostly pro bono, during my 30-year career as a trial lawyer).

How They Do It

In the last 7 weekly installments, I have been serializing part of a chapter from my upcoming book, Evil Edgar. I have told you precisely how the feds and the judge illegally, unethically and unconstitutionally have denied me the right to confidential communications with my attorneys, while using the information they illegally obtained by eavesdropping against me – before, during and after my trial.

Of All Things, a Writ Petition

With the deck totally stacked against me, I feel like a drowning man, going down for the third time. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I have just unleashed the “Hail Mary” of all legal maneuvers. This past week, I filed a Petition for Writ with the U.S. Supreme Court, highest court in America.

U.S. Supreme Court Writ petitions almost never are granted, I was taught over 30 years ago in law school. I recall the image conjured by my law professor then, of a mail-room clerk stamping “Rejected” on all the just-opened envelopes holding Writ petitions.

What else can I do? The very same Federal District Court judge who refused to allow me to put on any sort of defense at trial now is bent upon denying me confidential access to any appellate attorneys to help me with my appeal, due out in 3 weeks.

My combined Petition for Writs of Mandamus (tell ‘em to do something, Supremes) and Prohibition (tell ‘em to stop doing something else) concerns only the topic of the last seven installments: the illegal invasion and denial of my 5th and 6th Amendment right to confidential “assistance of counsel.”

Predictably, my petition for writ is a substantial legal filing. Go here for a copy of the Writ petition. Go here for a 23-page, plain language, synopsis of the governmental wrongdoing that led me to file this petition.

What I Want

Here, in brief, are what I ask from the U.S. Supreme Court via my just-filed petition:

1. Writ of Prohibition – Order this trial court (others, too) to stop enforcing the unwritten U.S. Marshals Service policy that allows the Feds to eavesdrop, record and copy all communications (written, telephonic and in-person) between federal detainees and their private (as well as “of record”) lawyers.

2. Writ of Mandamus – Order the outright dismissal of my case or, in the alternative, a new (and, hopefully this time a fair) trial, because of the extensive governmental and judicial misconduct that has taken place.

You Can Help

Please help in drawing attention to my Petition for Writs, thereby enhancing the chance that the Supremes will agree to schedule it for hearing. Go here for a letter to supporters describing how to join our letter-writing campaign to the Supreme Court justices, Presidential candidates, congressional leaders and mass media outlets.

Let’s face it – since they have eliminated virtually all of the “Movement” leaders and now are imprisoning Movement lawyers, too, just who do you suppose will be there to help when the Feds come for you?

If we can just get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear my Petition, then it certainly will grant it. That would make a huge difference to thousands of federal detainees, both now and going forward. We would strike a genuinely history-making blow for liberty in our time.

I still wouldn’t be able to say I am glad to have spent all this time in jail, but I would be proud of the outcome. Very proud.


Together, we can do this

Together, we can make a difference.

Together, we can strike a blow that, just maybe, will begin America’s march back from the very precipice of outright, full-blown tyranny.

Join us.

Copyright ©2011, Edgar J. Steele

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EDGAR J. STEELE (Resignation in Lieu of Discipline)

On August 1, 2011, the Idaho Supreme Court entered an Order accepting the resignation in lieu of discipline of Coeur d’Alene attorney, Edgar J. Steele. The Idaho Supreme Court’s Order followed a stipulated resolution of a disciplinary proceeding that related to the following conduct.

On June 11, 2010, a warrant for Mr. Steele’s arrest was issued by the United States District Court for the District of Idaho pursuant to a criminal complaint. On July 20, 2010, a federal grand jury issued a Superseding Indictment. The Superseding Indictment charged Mr. Steele with four criminal counts.

On May 5, 2011, following trial, a federal jury found Mr. Steele guilty of all four counts of the Superseding Indictment. Those counts were: Count One, Use of Interstate Commerce Facilities in the Commission of Murder for Hire, 18 U.S.C. § 1958; Count Two, Use of Explosive Material to Commit Federal Felony, 18 U.S.C. § 844(h); Count Three, Pos- session of a Destructive Device in Relation to a Crime of Violence, 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(B)(ii); and Count Four, Tampering with a Victim, 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b) (3). Following the jury verdict, Mr. Steele self-reported to the Idaho State Bar that he had been found guilty of those felonies.

The Idaho Supreme Court accepted Mr. Steele’s resignation effective August 1, 2011. By the terms of the Order, Mr. Steele may not make application for ad- mission to the Idaho State Bar sooner than five years from the date of his resignation. If he does make such application for admission, he will be required to comply with all bar admission requirements found in Section II of the Idaho Bar Commission Rules and shall have the burden of overcoming the rebuttable presumption of “unfitness to practice law.”

By the terms of the Idaho Supreme Court’s Order, Mr. Steele’s name was stricken from the records of the Idaho Supreme Court and his right to practice law before the courts in the State of Idaho was terminated on August 1, 2011.

Inquiries about this matter may be directed to: Bar Counsel, Idaho State Bar, P.O. Box 895, Boise, Idaho 83701, (208) 334-4500. Source:

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