This morning, over a dozen supporters from Minneapolis and the Quad Cities joined Scott in the Federal Courthouse in Davenport for his arraignment for the new indictment that was issued last week. There was also a hearing on numerous discovery-related motions for his upcoming trial. Scott’s attorney, Michael Deutsch, argued that the prosecution has failed to produce the discovery that the defense is entitled to under the rules. Judge Shields took the arguments under advisement and is expected to issue a ruling within the next few days.
As we’ve shared with you before, Scott’s defense team filed a motion to dismiss the original indictment, arguing that it failed to meet the basic requirements for an indictment. The indictment gave no indication as to what the prosecution alleges Scott actually did, and provided an overly vague time frame for the alleged crime. In an apparent affirmation of this defense argument, US Attorney Cliff Cronk filed a superseding indictment last week.
The new indictment, however, appears to be fatally flawed in itself—it still fails to provide any indication as to what Scott is alleged to have done to conspire under the AETA.
Responding to defense motions, Cronk backpedaled on an earlier strategy to prosecute Scott for his constitutionally protected free speech and associations: “This case has nothing to do with political association … this conspiracy continues as long as alf [sic] continues to break into labs and free animals across the country,” Cronk said in open court.
Seeing that the statute of limitations has expired for the Spence Lab break-in specifically, the prosecution appears to now justify Scott’s charges by arguing that the scope of the crime in question extends to a conspiracy involving a furry alien who likes to eat cats and was the star of a TV sitcom in the late 1980s. (Alternately, Cronk may have meant the Animal Liberation Front, which is often referred to by the acronym “ALF”).
Meanwhile, Carrie is still being held in segregation in Dubuque County Jail and is in need of support. We are still awaiting the pending re-hearing of her appeal, in which her attorneys argue that the use of secret evidence by the prosecution—evidence to which her defense team was denied all access—violates her due process rights. You can write to her at:
770 Iowa St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
As always, more funds are needed for Scott and Carrie’s legal defense. Anything you can contribute would be amazing and very much appreciated. You can donate online through our PayPal account or by mailing checks or money orders made out to Coldsnap Legal Collective with “EWOK!” in the memo line to P.O. Box 50514, Minneapolis, MN 55405.