[Ppnews] Harold Taylor facing a bogus charge in Florida. Support him - come to court 10/23.

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Fri Oct 10 17:25:09 EDT 2008


Harold Taylor, one of the San Francisco 8, is facing a bogus charge 
in Florida. Support him - come to court 10/23, 8:30 am Panama City.

Harold Taylor was arrested last December in Florida on a baseless 
charge of "attempted purchase of cocaine." Several people were swept 
up in a neighborhood sweep and sting operation at that time. Harold's 
case has coincidentally received unusual attention by the Florida 
court which is now fast-tracking his prosecution after many months of 
inactivity. He is scheduled to go to trial on October 23rd at 8:30 am 
at the Bay County Courthouse - 300 East 4th Street in Panama City, 
Florida. As you can read in the letter from his San Francisco lawyer 
that follows, this prosecution is a result of a new judge and 
prosecutor taking over, not upon any substantial or new evidence.

Friends,

It is clear from the arrest and all the surrounding circumstances 
that the charge against Harold in Florida is totally baseless. A 
thorough search of his person and his van resulted in NO seizure of 
any substances, legal or illegal. Further, NO allegation is even made 
that any money was produced. Harold was swept up in a sting operation 
in which numerous individuals were arrested. All except Harold were 
alleged to have actually made a purchase. None of them were with him 
when he was arrested. He has NO drug history!! In short, Harold was 
in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had gone to this 
neighborhood to thank some of the people that had written letters of 
support for him when he was seeking release on bail in San Francisco.

News of his arrest spread quickly and he was bailed out shortly after 
he appeared in a Florida court.

Just days earlier he had appeared on "Democracy Now" with host Amy 
Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, and attended a press conference held by 
the World Council of Churches at Riverside Church 
announcing  international support for the SF8 launched by Archbishop 
Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Laureates.

Harold has every intention of fighting the charges in San Francisco 
and Florida. In light of the torture he suffered in New Orleans in 
1973, his strength and character in the face of this latest ordeal 
are amazing. The stress this has caused for him and his family is 
overwhelming.

Randy Montesano,
Harold Taylor's attorney in the San Francisco 8 case

Support Harold Taylor by coming to court and helping to mobilize support:

October 23rd at 8:30 am at the
Bay County Courthouse - 300 East 4th Street in
Panama City, Florida.



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