FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2010
Contact: Jude Ortiz, Scott and Carrie Support Committee (SCSC), 612-293-9657, email@example.com
Scott DeMuth, Charged Under the AETA, to Appear in Court This Morning
Supporters to Rally Outside Courthouse to Protest Politically Motivated Charges
Davenport, IA — This morning, Scott DeMuth, 22, of Minneapolis is scheduled to appear in the Federal Courthouse in Davenport. This is DeMuth’s final pre-trial conference before his trial for conspiracy. DeMuth was indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) last November after refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Davenport that was investigating an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) raid at the University of Iowa in 2004. Supporters assert that the charges levied against DeMuth are politically motivated since the prosecutor, Cliff Cronk, has repeatedly stated in court that DeMuth is a “domestic terrorist” because of his alleged political beliefs and associations.
What: Rally in support of Scott DeMuth prior to his pre-trial conference
Where: Federal Courthouse, 131 E. Fourth St., Davenport, Iowa
When: 9:30 am rally, 10:30 am court appearance
“The charges against Scott are clearly political in nature,” said Lisa Williams, speaking on behalf of the Scott and Carrie Support Committee. “The government has failed to show any cause to prosecute him other than as punishment for what they perceive to be his beliefs.”
DeMuth’s trial is proceeding despite clear evidence of prosecutorial abuse, such as Cronk responding to a motion to dismiss the indictment due to unconstitutional vagueness by re-indicting him with a barely modified indictment. Supporters charge that the new indictment is also fatally flawed, as it still fails to provide any indication as to what DeMuth is alleged to have done to conspire under the AETA.
DeMuth was subpoenaed to the grand jury along with Carrie Feldman, 20, of Minneapolis. Feldman also refused to testify before the grand jury and was jailed for four months for civil contempt. She was abruptly released on March 18, three days after an FBI raid on a well-known activist house in Salt Lake City, Utah, when the prosecution filed a motion stating that her testimony was no longer needed. In the house raid, federal agents seized computers and many boxes of documents, files, notebooks, and address books. The warrant for the house raid, which clearly indicates it is in relation to an investigation of “animal enterprise terrorism,” was signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Shields of the United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa.
Court documents from both Feldman’s and DeMuth’s cases are available at: https://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/resources/