Charges That Santa Cruz Activist Cooperated with Grand Jury are “Misleading” and “Divisive,” Writes Attorney

By: Monday November 12, 2012 6:30 am

A week ago, I wrote that ”the government has secured the cooperation of a reluctant witness in a grand jury investigation of two 2008 arsons targeting faculty members at UC Santa Cruz, according to IndyBay.org.”

 

Animal Liberation Activist Jonathan Paul on the Grand Jury Process as a Tool of State Repression

By: Friday November 9, 2012 9:05 am

It’s been about six weeks since two anarchist activists were thrown in a Seattle jail to force their testimony in a grand jury hearing ostensibly convened as part of an investigation into vandalism at a May Day rally. Neither activist has been charged with any crime, nor are they suspects in the case. They are simply people who may or may not have knowledge that could potentially help the FBI with its investigation.

Since their testimony could tend to incriminate themselves, their fellow activists and the causes they stand for (that’s the whole point of the exercise, after all), the two activists have refused on principle to participate. Now they could be locked up for as long as 18 months without a single charge being filed against them, for doing nothing but refusing to help the government crack down on their movement.

Resister Turns Cooperating Witness in Grand Jury Investigation of 2008 UCSC Firebombings, According to Report

By: Sunday November 4, 2012 1:00 pm

The government has secured the cooperation of a reluctant witness in a grand jury investigation of two 2008 arsons targeting faculty members at UC Santa Cruz, according to IndyBay.org. The witness had earlier invoked her Fifth Amendment rights, but agreed to testify after being threatened with contempt charges, according to the report.

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