The reason for the delayed release was because back on June 29th, 2012, Carothers sought to withdraw his guilty plea not only because banishment from the local area would have made him homeless after he was released from prison, but also because he said his plea wasn't voluntarily given and his counsel was ineffective. Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters, who originally sentenced Carothers, reminded him that his case would return to square one if he withdrew his guilty plea, which is why he remained incarcerated after his originally-scheduled release date.
It was former National Alliance member Robert Ransdell who publicized Carothers' release. Because it looked like Carothers would be homeless after getting out of prison, Ransdell offered to allow Carothers to move in with him even though Ransdell likes his privacy. However, one of the conditions of Carothers' probation is that he cannot leave the state of Georgia. The offer has now become redundant, since it appears Carothers has found a place to stay in Georgia. Like Ransdell, Carothers has also resigned from the National Alliance. What really hurt is that National Alliance Chairman Erich Gliebe not only failed to mobilize support for Carothers, but he even failed to publicize Carothers' plight on the National Alliance News website.
Although Michael Carothers is now free, the threat of further legal action hangs over his head. Prosecutors could still elect to actually try him in court, since he withdrew his guilty plea. On the competing Natallnews.net website, Carothers himself writes "I would like to thank my loyal friends: Jim Ring, Connor Ring, Cisco Loya, Patrick Tracy, and Robert Ransdell for their ongoing support on my behalf. You’re all true friends. I wholeheartedly support Mr. Jim Ring as the next Chairman of the National Alliance. Sincerely, Michael Weaver aka Carothers".
Another former National Alliance member, Jim Ring, published this powerful endorsement of Michael Carothers' activism and character:
For those who may be unaware, former “Activist of the Year” award winner Mike Weaver was hands down the NA’s most active member. Up until his unwarranted arrest 2 years ago, there was hardly an NA newsletter that didn’t have an article about Mike’s exploits distributing Alliance materials throughout the Columbus GA area and at area gun shows. He was virtually a one-man “unit” earning him the name, “The Weaver Army” by the national office.
Corrupt politicians in the city couldn’t scare Mike into giving up his constitutional right of expression so they waited for an opportunity to literally take him off the streets with a trumped up charge while he was fending off an attack by a couple of Columbus’s black drugged and drunken denizens.
He credits himself, (and I have no reason whatsoever to even consider doubting his claim) to have distributed well over 100,000 pieces of Alliance literature in his region! His distributions were so massive that he couldn’t afford the burden of cost on his own , so members from across the country would send him materials or purchase it and have it sent to him.
Mike is highly intelligent and a promising leader. His first ever speech at the 2010 conference at the William Pierce Memorial Hall on the national office property also showed him to be an energetic, motivating and promising public speaker and spokesperson for the organization.
If we can find a way, let us all give this dedicated man a helping hand as he struggle’s to keep what little freedom he has while under parole especially with their seemingly vague guidelines which seem designed to be a potential violations trap to send one back into the prison.
He cannot leave the state of Georgia as I understand it and he also is banished from Columbus city, where his home and family are and the half dozen counties surrounding it. Banishment is a little used punishment nowadays and when it is used it is applied mostly to drug dealers. He has eight years of parole yet to suffer under. However, Mike is a courageous fighter and he has an appeal pending to have his wrongful conviction overturned.
Some kind people apparently took Mike in for the time being giving him a place to stay. For all practical purposes Mike is literally a homeless person. He needs to find a permanent place to live and a job soon.
In the meantime, show him your support here and we’ll see if we can work something out so people can send him funds. One kind former Alliance member in southern California has already offered to send Mike a hundred dollars and I’m sure that many others will want to help as well. We just need to get a stable address from Mike for people to send help individually. As soon as I or Robert Ransdell hear something we’ll share the information.
I call on everyone, resigned members, former ones, current ones and all pro-White people whomever you are to help this wonderful person whose only “crime” was his zeal to alert the masses of Whites who unfortunately are for the most part too ignorant or apathetic to appreciate what he was trying to do for his people. In any event he did his work, with no reward except his own self-satisfaction that he did what he felt was necessary.
Mike Weaver is made of the stuff that every movement needs. He is an altruist and dedicated National Socialist.