[Ppnews] Support Bro. JR in Oakland Court Today
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Mon Feb 23 11:07:38 EST 2009
Pack the courtroom, or call the Oakland D.A., to support journalist
J.R. Valrey, who could face three years' prison time
The Alameda County D.A. is pursuing charges against journalist J.R.
Valrey, KPFA Radio/Flashpoints, Block Report, and Side Show radio
producer, and Associate Editor of the San Francisco Bay View,
National Black Newspaper, with uncommon determination. Please come to
support J.R. in court on Monday, 02/23/2009, and, if you can't do
that, please call Alameda County DA Tom Orloff, (510) 272-6222. And,
if you can, please forward broadly!!!
J.R. is facing felony arson charges for, allegedly, lighting a trash
can on fire during the first protest following BART policeman
Johannes Mesherle's fatal shooting of unarmed 22-year-old Oscar Grant
at an Oakland BART station on New Year's Eve. Here is the section of
the California State Penal Code specifying possible penalties for felony arson:
(d) Arson of property is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the
state prison for 16 months, two, or three years.
Johannes Mesherle, the former BART policeman who shot Grant, could
conceivably do as little as two years in prison, if convicted of
involuntary manslaughter, according to this section of the California
State Penal Code:
(b) Involuntary manslaughter is punishable by imprisonment in the
state prison for two, three, or four years.
The charges Mehserle will be tried on still seem unclear, at least to
me. A homicide conviction would lead to more prison time; a
justifiable homicide verdict would set Mesherle free.
In any case, J.R. is facing extraordinarily harsh charges and
conceivable penalties. He insists that he did not light a trash can
on fire and was instead tackled by Oakland Police while leaving
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums' press conference. His lawyer has said
that, even if he had lit a trash can on fire, these would be
extaordinarily harsh charges.
Mary Ratcliff, Editor of the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper, asked
me to circulate this call to support J.R. in the courtroom on Monday:
Pack Courtroom 112 on Monday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m., 661 Washington St.,
Oakland, to support JR of the Block Report, who's been framed with
the charge of felony arson - of a trash can! He's innocent. He was
covering the Jan. 7 Oscar Grant rebellion for the Block Report and
the Bay View newspaper and had just left Mayor Dellums' press
conference when he was tackled by two OPD officers. Two National
Lawyers Guild attorneys witnessed the brutal arrest. He is the only
journalist charged and the only one of some 130 protesters arrested
that the OPD and DA seem determined to prosecute. They want to
forever silence his critical coverage of police violence.
To learn more, go to
and <http://www.sfbayview.com/>http://www.sfbayview.com/ .
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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