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#1 Old 07-13-2010, 12:05 PM
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A U.S. District Court has thrown out the indictment of four animal rights activists who were charged with violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, because the government did not clearly explain what, exactly, the protesters did [that was illegal]



The indictment only listed legal activities or activities that appeared to be legal... Which was why this whole mess was so frightening to aboveground activists and advocates. Luckily, the judge demanded more evidence of criminal conduct.



This is huge! I'm very happy about this. You?



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#2 Old 07-13-2010, 07:15 PM
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I'm happy to hear that this judge didn't buy the "terrorist" hype and actually examined the supposed criminal actions of these young activists, which were all covered by the First Amendment all along.

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I'm very happy about it, but there's a chance the government could re-indict them. I'm really hoping they don't do so.

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#4 Old 07-21-2010, 02:01 PM
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if only they put this much effort in prosecuting the real criminals as they do in chasing ARA around.

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#5 Old 07-22-2010, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Floridaisa' date='21 July 2010 - 03:01 PM' timestamp='1279742472' post='2676869 View Post


if only they put this much effort in prosecuting the real criminals as they do in chasing ARA around.



They'd have to arrest over half the people in their own profession.

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#6 Old 07-22-2010, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Almeria' date='14 July 2010 - 12:53 AM' timestamp='1279094011' post='2673478 View Post

but there's a chance the government could re-indict them. I'm really hoping they don't do so.



I don't believe this will happen. The prosecution already gave it their best shot and failed. They'd have to come up with some new information, and they haven't been able to do it after all this time.

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