[Ppnews] Harold Taylor Convicted in Florida

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Fri Oct 24 15:01:04 EDT 2008


Harold Taylor, one of the San Francisco 8, was convicted of a bogus 
drug charge in Florida yesterday.

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 fast-tracked his prosecution after many months of 
inactivity. A jury of six white women deliberated less than 15 
minutes in the one-day Panama City trial. This prosecution is a 
result of a new judge and prosecutor taking over, not upon any 
substantial or new evidence. Two prosecutors worked to present this 
case over a $20 attempt-to-purchase. FBI agents attended the proceedings.

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. 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.

Harold Taylor was taken into custody immediately and is scheduled to 
be sentenced in Panama City December 9th.

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