Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Pro-Trump Meme Maker Douglas Mackey, Lifts 7-Month Prison Sentence

Douglass Mackey, a pro-Trump meme creator known as Ricky Vaughn, received a seven-month prison sentence in October for trolling Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

Mackey faced a maximum of 10 years in prison for speech-related offenses.

In January 2021, federal authorities indicted Mackey for using social media to ‘spread election disinformation’ to Hillary Clinton supporters in 2016.

The pro-Trump meme maker was later convicted of trolling Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

Mackey shared a humorous meme advising Hillary voters to text in their vote on Wednesday after the election, intended as a joke.

Unfortunately for Mackey, the Marxists did not find it amusing.

Douglass Mackey faced indictment and was convicted on Friday for sharing jokes online.

He was sentenced to seven months in prison for posting an online joke.

On Monday, a federal judge stayed Mackey’s seven-month prison sentence.

This is what Mackey wrote on today’s decision:

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals just overruled the District Court in granting our motion for bond pending appeal. This ruling is huge because it means that the appeals court decided that my appeal presents “substantial” and “debatable” issues of law that, if resolved in my favor, will result in my conviction being vacated. The prosecution, on the other hand, argued that my appeal was frivolous and that this was a typical election crime case like any other in U.S. history. This is a very encouraging step towards vindication.

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 (https://memedefensefund.com), a third-party nonprofit that has generously lent its support to this case. You also have the option of donating via GiveSendGo (https://givesendgo.com/douglassmackeycase…).

Or, you can send Bitcoin or other crypto, cash, or a check in the mail. More details on that are here: https://douglassmackey.com/updates/douglass-mackey-legal-defense-fund/

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By Hunter Fielding
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