[Ppnews] Craig Subpoenaed to Federal Grand Jury in Eugene; ELF Investigation Continues

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Craig Subpoenaed to Federal Grand Jury in Eugene; ELF Investigation 


February 15, 2006

Craig Rosebraugh Subpoenaed to Federal Grand Jury in Eugene, Oregon; 
ELF Investigation Continues

PORTLAND, OR - On Tuesday, February 14, 2006, Craig Rosebraugh 
received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury currently 
convened in Eugene, Oregon investigating a series of actions 
committed by the Earth Liberation Front.

Federal agents approached Rosebraugh as he sat in his vehicle and 
demanded he roll down his window, presumably to accept the subpoena. 
He refused, rolled up the windows, locked the doors, and cranked the 
stereo. After yelling at him, the agents left the subpoena on his windshield.

The grand jury subpoena - the eighth Rosebraugh has received in the 
last nine years - commands him to appear in Eugene to testify at 
9:00am on March 16, 2006.

Investigating ELF actions that occurred between 1996 and 2001, the 
grand jury convened in Eugene is responsible for indicting eleven 
people in January 2006 in connection with ELF activity throughout the 
Pacific Northwest and Colorado.

Rosebraugh served as an unofficial spokesperson for the ELF from 1997 
through 2001. Receiving anonymous communiqu?s from the underground 
activists, he released the information to the news media and 
conducted interviews internationally in support of the group. In 
2000, Rosebraugh co-formed the North American Earth Liberation Front 
Press Office (NAELFPO), a media resource organization based in 
Portland, Oregon. In February 2002, Rosebraugh was subpoenaed and 
appeared in front of the US Congress in a subcommittee hearing on 
"ecoterrorism." He pled the Fifth Amendment at the proceeding to 54 
out of 56 questions, effectively stonewalling the hearing.

Witnesses subpoenaed to testify before federal grand juries are not 
allowed to be accompanied by their attorney inside the proceedings, 
nor are they allowed to rely upon their Fifth Amendment privilege and 
remain silent. Witness that do plead the 5th and remain silent are 
commonly forced to take immunity at which time they must answer all 
questions that fall under the scope of the immunity. Witnesses 
refusing to answer any question under the scope of immunity usually 
are jailed for contempt and held for up to eighteen months or the 
remaining length of the grand jury.

For the last nine years, Rosebraugh has consistently resisted the 
grand jury inquisitions, refusing to cooperate and provide any 
information to investigators.

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