BREAKING: Hung Jury In We Build the Wall Defendant’s Case

A source close to We Build the Wall has informed me that there is a hung jury in the trial of Timothy Shea.

This is a great victory versus the deep state, open border globalists who went after WBTW for doing what government wouldn’t. Securing our southern border.

US News and World Report just ran the story:

The trial of a Colorado businessman on charges that he ripped off thousands of donors who contributed $25 million to a campaign to build a wall along the southern U.S. border ended Tuesday in a mistrial after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

The mistrial in the prosecution of Timothy Shea was granted by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres after the jury reported for a third time that it could not reach a verdict on any count, saying the deadlock was “abundantly clear.” They said extended deliberations had left them “further entrenched in our opposing views.”

After previous notes, the judge urged them to try again.

Shea was left to stand trial alone after Steve Bannon, a onetime adviser to then-President Donald Trump, was pardoned. And two other defendants pleaded guilty. The case was prosecuted in New York after it was determined that donors to the fund were from everywhere in the country, including New York.

Last week the Colorado Sun reported:

A jury said it was deadlocked Thursday in its deliberations of charges against a Colorado businessman accused of defrauding thousands of investors in a wall along the southern U.S. border hours after 11 jurors turned against one juror, accusing him of “political bias” and saying he’d labeled the rest of them liberals.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres rejected a defense request to declare a mistrial and instead read a so-called “Allen charge,” designed to spark productive deliberations Friday in the trial of Timothy Shea. Jurors were then sent home.

The original four defendants in the case included Steve Bannon, an adviser to ex-President Donald Trump who was pardoned by Trump early last year. Two others pleaded guilty to charges.

The prosecution pertained to a “We Build The Wall” campaign that raised about $25 million for a wall. Only a few miles of wall were built. Prosecutors said Shea and other fund organizers promised investors that all donations would fund a wall, but Shea and others eventually siphoned away hundreds of thousands of dollars for themselves.

Shea, of Castle Rock, Colorado, owns an energy drink company, Winning Energy, whose cans have featured a cartoon superhero image of Trump and claim to contain “12 oz. of liberal tears.”

Earlier Thursday, 11 jurors said in a note to the judge that they were unanimously requesting that one juror be replaced by an alternate juror because the juror had shown anti-government bias and had accused all the others of being liberals.

In their lengthy note, the jurors told Torres that the juror had said things such as “government witch hunt” and accused the government of bringing the case in New York City because it “knew people here vote differently.” The note said the juror added that the trial “should have been tried in a southern state.”

The jurors also accused the juror of saying: “Tim Shea is a good man. He doesn’t beat his wife.”

Brian Kolfage and Tim Shea (Center) at We Build the Wall’s “Wallathon” – Photo: Jeff Rainforth
Brian Kolfage and Tim Shea (Right) at We Build the Wall’s “Wallathon” – Photo: Jeff Rainforth

Triple-amputee vet Brian Kolfage began raising money to build Trump’s border wall in 2018. In 3 days, $5.4 million had been raised for the wall as word spread of the wounded veteran’s effort.

Steve Bannon was brought in to help with logistics as he had teams of people experienced in the political realm, whereas it was Kolfage’s first foray into something this size.

After it came to light that the government couldn’t earmark the money for a border wall, Kolfage announced that the campaign to fund the wall would also begin construction on it:

“We have raised over $20 Million from 325,000 plus donors and we are only just getting started! I have been literally overwhelmed and inspired by the outpouring of support, calls, and emails from American citizens who support our efforts to Build the Wall.”

Soon after, town halls were held, and scouting parties were sent to determine where to build the first section of the wall.

Kolfage tapped me to become the organization’s news editor, and later the videographer.

WBTW town hall in Detroit – Photo: Jeff Rainforth

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Brian Kolfage and Kris Kobach on a scouting trip. Photo: Jeff Rainforth

After a few months, a suitable place to build was found.

What the mountain in Sunland Park, NM looked like before the wall was constructed. Photo: Jeff Rainforth
Walking down the middle of the mountain. Jeff Allen, part-owner of the property, and Kris Kobach. Photo: Jeff Rainforth
Looking up at the right side of the mountain. Jeff Allen, part-owner of the property, and Kris Kobach. Photo: Jeff Rainforth
Looking up the mountain from the bottom near the Rio Grande River. Photo: Jeff Rainforth

The final major piece of wall was put in place on June 2nd, 2019. I remember it vividly as June 2 is my birthday. I spent 16 hours on the mountain filming. Tommy Fisher asked me to go up on a precarious cliff to film the final section being put in. It was about 100 degrees in the sun. What a rush that was. Fisher finished everything on June 5th.

I have about 18,000 photos and videos from my time with We Build the Wall. Below are a few of the highlights of the historic project.

See the 3rd-anniversary videos & photos of We Build the Wall’s border wall I put out here.

This is a start-to-finish video of the project.

This is a video I shot from a cliff above the wall on the day the final section was placed. It was hot and precarious. Falling most likely meant dying. Wouldn’t have missed it, though. We made history.

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This is a timelapse I did walking up the border wall.

Liberals went after Kolfage because his organization was so successful in building walls on the southern border. The deep state couldn’t have private citizens doing the job government doesn’t want to be done. Democrats want mass illegal immigration in order to recruit them as future voters, and some businesses want cheap labor.

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Jeff covers border news in the US and has traveled around the world documenting the border walls and counter-terrorism efforts of other countries. He runs the Rainforth Report on Substack. In 2022 Jeff embarked on a border crisis tour, documenting cartel trafficking of drugs and humans. The year before he was contracted to film on the border with Ben Bergquam of America's Voice News and also for Women Fighting for America. Jeff was the videographer for the March for Trump bus tour which crossed the country twice and ended on January 6th, 2021 in DC at the Capitol. He filmed the events that took place at the Capitol Building. Jeff was the videographer and news editor for We Build the Wall, the organization founded by triple-amputee vet hero Brian Kolfage. He was the sole photographer allowed to be on site to document the construction of the first ever privately built border wall. Jeff has worked on Kolfage's projects since 2015. Steve Bannon sent Jeff to embed with the Hong Kong protesters, covering their fight for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party, and regularly films inside of riots in Democrat-run cities in the United States. Bannon also sent Jeff to film for a documentary on border walls in mainland China as COVID was about to emerge from the country. Bannon and Kolfage then sent Jeff to film walls and counter-terrorism efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Israel by the Gaza Strip, Hungary & Serbia, France, Spain, and north Africa. As of 2022 Jeff is an editor at Populist Press and other news sites. Jeff did a special 2nd Amendment project for Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill who killed Bin Laden, and he was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. He is chairman emeritus of Ross Perot’s Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. He wrote for former war correspondent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30-person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Blog Bash Award for best activism for organizing the national movement to form a select committee on Benghazi, and for his role as the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican imprisonment. Jeff appears in Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother's book, "When Light Prevails."

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