Daniel Smith | November Update

November 2018

Daniel is in his new home with his family

As mentioned last month the family was unexpectedly asked to move from the small apartment Karis and Sabby were living in while Daniel was away.  With some effort, they are all together again living in a pleasant home in a quiet neighborhood.  In this house they are able to keep their loving Australian shepherd of 11 years ~ Potter.  Also the house is much larger than the apartment and Daniel has set up his music studio ~ he'll tell you about it below.

He is finally settled in a nice home with Karis and Sabby. To make itself obviously in control of his life the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) still monitors his every move.

Thus he has to give notice to request leaving the house ~ like for a job interview, going to church, shopping, or having someone visit, etc.  I asked Daniel how tightly the Feds monitor him.  "Dad I wear an ankle tracking device and have to get permission to leave the house.  I tell them where I want to go.  They either approve or deny it.   Here's the strictness: I can't deviate from their GPS coordinates even to pull into a drive thru.  If I have to vary at all I must phone them immediately."  Would you want to be controlled like that?  Not me.

This custodial monitoring will last for a little over two (2)  more months ~ probably until shortly after New Years 2019.  Finally then ~ ~  he’ll be free other than reporting to probation ~ for 4 additional years.

Supreme Court Appeal Update

A short time after September 24th the U.S. Supreme Court said, "NO."  It can only hear so many cases a year and Daniel's case is not on its radar.  Since the US Supreme Court refused to consider Daniel's appeal this concludes his efforts to have his case overturned or a new trial ordered unless he makes another attempt by habeas corpus within the next year.  He's not sure he will do so since he's happy to just get on with his life.

Important:  Some have written "Why Does Daniel Still Need Donations?

Just a few days ago the Bureau of Prisons (B.O.P.) finally approved one of the occupations that Daniel had presented to them.  Now with the red tape to complete it may take weeks before he can get started.  He'll tell you about it below.  I know you folks will do your best to meet his necessary finances ~ as you’ve always done.  It is critical that he receives enough help to get a fresh start ~ particularly since the Feds are strictly controlling everything he does for the first six (6) months.  It will be very difficult, to say the least, during this time.  

Daniel has written a special letter to each of you - so let's get right to it.

"Dearest Friends & Family,

When they took me to prison for selling MMS on May 27, 2015, our daughter, Sabrielle, had just turned eleven.  She had no idea why her Dad missed her school musical that night until it was over when her Mom could explain.  It all happened so fast and it never felt indicated to stress her out with the possibility beforehand.

A couple days prior, I sat in trial staring at a note she'd written earlier that morning, reminding me of her piano recital later that evening.  She knew I was really busy but didn't know what with.

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Sabby's note to her Dad during trial

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Daniel, Sabby, her brother Liet, and Mom Karis, at Sabby's May 2015 recital

Some of you may remember my rejecting the government's eve-of-trial offer to plea, in part, because the prosecution couldn't guarantee I would see Sabby's eleventh birthday.  I'd pre-purchased two tickets with backstage passes to her favorite artist, Lindsey Stirling, and it was one birthday surprise I wasn't going to miss.  

And so it was ...

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Sabby backstage with her favorite artist, Lindsey Stirling, for her birthday during the week of Dad's trial

Having now been released from prison, Sabby has already turned fourteen.  The 10-15 minute phone calls from prison would cover a range of topics that no father is truly prepared to discuss with their daughter ... let alone over a monitored phone from prison ... topics like bullying ... standing up for what you believe in ... and boys.

It wasn't long before Sabby kindly reminded me she wasn't eleven anymore.  Prison has a way of making time stand still, but not for those left at home.  She's been very patient with me.

It's amazing to think that many of you have been seeing us through this since Sabby was just seven years old (since the 2011 raid).  Some of you may remember her aerial artistry from 2013, when she was only nine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1B6CK_c4hs.  Consider though, some of you have been here for us for more than HALF her life, which makes you "family" no matter where you call home in this great big world.

During my time in prison, Sabby took up another art form close to my heart ... music.  She sang lead parts in school musicals and performed in talent shows.  One year she orchestrated a flash mob of students reenacting Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on Halloween to surprise teachers.  Earlier this last year she posted a song on YouTube that she and a friend wrote called "My First Bliss": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CDDFqeroIA.  

After hearing her singing around the house, it was clear I needed to pull my studio gear out of storage and see about some recording.  And that we did.

You all know how much I love to share music.  Well, Sabby has given me permission to share with you a rough cut of her performing "Let It All Go" by Birdy and Rhodes - including all twenty-something tracks of Sabby's harmonizing vocals.  

Here is the link on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/dvotino/sabby-let-it-all-go

But Sabby is not the only one with latent musical abilities in the family.  Karis, too, has recorded a song that she has given me permission to share with you all.  I think you will love it.

Here is the link on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dvotino/karis-copper-morning-has-broken

My biggest priority has been reconnecting thorough quality time with family.  I do a lot of the cooking and cleaning now and really enjoy it.  Although we are limited in our ability to have a real outing until January 7, we are making the best of it.  I've had only one unscheduled outing and that was to the Emergency Room this last weekend when Sabby fell upon intense stomach distress.

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Sabby in ER with IV

The hospital diagnosed her with acute streptococcal pharyngitis.  She is miraculously well tonight though, less than a week later.  We think it has something to do with Halloween and free candy in the offing.

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Sabby - Halloween 2018

My second priority has been getting back on my feet to provide for my family.  I'm excited to report that I've had a job offer from a tech company out of Seattle but I will not be able to start work until they secure a local office (due to my release conditions).  I am hopeful this will happen before the new year.

While I wait to start work, I am still interested in undertaking the "Today I Woke Up" project described in my last email.  I have received only a few recordings from those wanting to participate but hope to receive many more.  For those interested, please see the instructions posted in my October update, which looks to have been posted here: http://standbydaniel.com/47-daniel-smith-october-update-2018.  You can email me your recording/narration at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please feel free to use that email for general correspondence as well.

Many of you have asked about my father's health.  He is still having some issues that continue to challenge his health and wellbeing.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  He is my hero.

In closing, I want to thank again each and every one of you for all your unending love and support.  One reason why I like to share photos and music from our personal lives is because you have all given so much to help nurture and keep our family together.  I am especially thankful for your faithful support that kept Karis and Sabby during the last three years of my absence.  As you listen to their music, know that it was your continued love and support that has nurtured their hearts to keep singing in spite of it all.

With all my Love, Light, Laughter & Limitlessness
~ Daniel
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Brief Comments from Dad 

(1) Finances are really tight right now with the BOP taking so long to finally approve Daniel's new occupation and the extra cost of moving from the apartment, new utility deposits, higher rent costs, etc. For you awesome supporters who know his story well ~ Daniel is praying that you’ll consider helping with a Thanksgiving donation.. It will really make a big difference for him. He thanks you sincerely for unfailingly and generously going above and beyond what anyone could have anticipated or even hoped for.

(2) The GoFundMe site, designed for those who are unfamiliar with his story, is barely crawling along. Perhaps you could share it with a few people. Thank you also ~ for those of you who previously sent the link to family & friends.

The GoFundMe link is:
http://gofundme.com/dad-deserves-a-fresh-new-start

You can see that Daniel has taken the "bull by the horns" and will quickly be supporting his family again. And since my awesome Son is entirely upbeat, positive and bearing zero grudges or resentment to the people or system who imprisoned him. ..he will succeed!! This is extraordinary.  He is going to continue being a hero for each of us. No doubt about it. The love you’ve always displayed energizes him and gives him undying hope. May you and yours be wonderfully rewarded for doing so. We pray that your Thanksgiving will be your best ever...as it will be for Daniel and his family.

If you can help Daniel at this crucial time...

Any assistance can best be sent through PayPal’s Send Money. When PayPal asks for the email to which your donation is to be sent, simply type (copy & paste does not work). Please either type:

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Some find it even simpler to just click the PayPal logo below:
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If you prefer to send your donation conventionally: USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. please send it to:

Larry Smith 9208 NE Highway 99, Suite 107-165 Vancouver, WA 98665-8986.
(This "suite" is simply a type of a post office box - with a street address.)

Please Note: It is still not possible for Daniel to have his own bank account while in custody at his house ~ that’s why, I his father, receive it for him. To be deposited for Daniel’s and his family’s use it needs to be made out to Larry Smith.

Most Thankfully
Larry Smith
Daniel’s Father

PS: RE:  Future Daniel Smith Updates ~ I’ll continue to send Updates to you regularly  (health allowing)  as we know you folks love Daniel and want to be kept informed.