Posted by: midwestgreenscare | February 9, 2010

Scott’s trial continued, Carrie petitioning for a re-hearing

In this update:
1. Scott’s trial continued
2. ACTION ITEM: Come to Davenport to support Scott!
3. Carrie petitioning for a re-hearing
4. Feb 13: Benefit film screening
5. Feb. 20: “State Repression and Social Movements: Grand Juries, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and Community Activism
6. Scholars for Academic Justice launch new site
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1. Scott’s trial continued
Scott’s trial has been continued to May 3rd. He has a pre-trial schedule now, which includes deadlines for motions, a hearing on them on Feb. 23rd, and a final pre-trial conference on April 12th.

2. ACTION ITEM: Come to Davenport to support Scott!
We want to get as many people to Davenport as possible for Scott’s motions hearing on Feb 23rd (11am) and the trial itself on May 3rd. We’ll be organizing car pools from Minneapolis and housing for people in Davenport, so watch for future updates about how to plug in if you’re in the Twin Cities. We’re also encouraging folks from other places to organize their carpools. It will be especially important to get folks out for his trial as it conflicts with 4 days of motions hearings for the RNC 8 in St. Paul, reducing the number of people we can send from here.

3. Carrie’s attorneys have filed a petition for a re-hearing of her appeal, based on the fact that her attorneys were denied access to secret evidence used against her, and the fact that the statute of limitations on the 2004 ALF action at the UofI has expired. The dissenting judicial opinion in her appellate ruling (available here) also suggests that whatever the “evidence” was didn’t satisfy the government’s obligation to demonstrate that the statute of limitations on the incident in question hasn’t expired.

4. Feb 13: Benefit film screening
Unsettling Minnesota (http://unsettlingminnesota.org/) is putting on a double feature and potluck at 6:30 pm to help raise funds for Scott and Carrie’s legal defense ($5-10 suggested donation). The documentaries being screened are “Forgotten Bird of Paradise” and “Tar Sands Documentary: Downstream.” The event is at Arise! Bookstore, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.

5. Feb. 20: “State Repression and Social Movements: Grand Juries, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and Community Activism”

A talk with legendary radical attorney Stu Sugarman and Professor David N. Pellow

When: Saturday, February 20th, potluck at 6:30pm, talk at 7pm
Where: Social Science Building Room 1114, University of Minnesota campus

On the anniversary of the arrest of the AETA 4, join sociologists, attorneys, and community activists to learn about the history of state repression directed at activists and scholars involved in social change movements.

Information will be provided on the defense of the following activists: -the AETA 4, four Santa Cruz activists facing “animal enterprise
terrorism” charges for sidewalk-chalking and other 1st-amendment-protected activities
-Scott DeMuth, a grand jury resister now facing false charges of “animal enterprise terrorism”
-Carrie Feldman, currently in her third month of incarceration in Iowa for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury

Sponsored by Scholars for Academic Justice, Earth Warriors are OK! (EWOK!), the Coldsnap Legal Collective, the Scott and Carrie Support Committee, and the Minnesota Global Justice Project
more info at: http://www.midwestgreenscare.org

6. Scholars for Academic Justice launch new site
Scholars for Academic Justice is a group of academics in solidarity with Scott DeMuth. Their new website is: http://scholarsforacademicjustice.org. Check back soon for updates and new features!

In Solidarity,
the SCSC


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