Darryl Cherney

He was a target of the FBI’s accusations.

The FBI and OPD arrested him. He was released the next day. He was never charged.

He and Bari sued the FBI and OPD.

A jury found the FBI and OPD framed him.

They won a damage award of $4 million.

No credible person or institution accused Darryl Cherney of building the bomb that was placed in his longtime friend and companion’s car. When he was arrested there were two reactions: some assumed the FBI correct while others knew it was a frame or fit up. People believed the FBI or enough of what they said so that he was ostracized even in most of his own community. To stand with Cherney meant standing against the power to put innocents in prison for life. To rationalize the FBI being correct meant believing Cherney wrote the Lord’s Avenger letter.

Judi Bari said:

I was arrested three hours after the bomb went off. Darryl was arrested twelve hours after the bomb went off. They claimed he was uncooperative, that he acted suspicious. The truth is he was very scared, very traumatized, and he agreed to be questioned without a lawyer. He signed a consent to allow them to search his van without a warrant. He didn’t behave in a way that a bomber would have behaved. He behaved in a way a victim would have behaved. But after they had interrogated him for four hours, and he signed away all of his rights, all of a sudden — according to Darryl’s description — they leaned down and squinted into his good eye and said: “We can tell if this is your bomb, so you might as well confess.”

The reason I have pointed to the fact that the Lord’s Avenger letter was received by Mike Geniella within a day or two of Darryl’s release from jail is that some people suspected Darryl of writing that letter to deflect suspicion, and timewise, it would have been impossible for him to do so.