[Ppnews] Scott DeMuth Denied Continuance for Trial
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Fri Jan 29 13:20:17 EST 2010
Scott DeMuth, Charged Under the AETA, Denied Continuance for Trial
Friday, January 29 2010 @ 06:46 AM CST
Scott's new lawyer, Michael Deutsch, filed a motion to continue the
March 1st trial date to allow him proper time to investigate and
prepare for trial. Also in support of the motion Michael stated he
had two small kids and a working wife which prohibited a trial before
June 1st. The motion also stated that Scott wanted to finish his
graduate work before the trial.
Magistrate Shields denied the motion saying a June 1st trial date was
"unrealistic" and, more or less, that defense counsel's family issues
and Scott's education needs were irrelevant. The defense was given
leave to file another motion with a more "realistic" request for a trial date.
Apparently the Court wants to railroad this case to trial without
regard for the defense need to prepare or the needs of the counsel or
The defense has filed a new motion requesting an April 21st trial
date, and also cited numerous motions that will be filed challenging
the indictment, the statute and the whole prosecution theory; they
have asked for 30 days to file these motions. We await a decision on
all of this.
Meanwhile, Scott may have to proceed with a pre-trial conference on
February 8. If this is the case, we're asking that supporters who are
able travel to Davenport for the hearing.
Scott was charged with conspiracy under the Animal Enterprise
Terrorism Act (AETA) two days after he and Carrie Feldman, both of
Minneapolis, were taken into custody on civil contempt for refusing
to testify before a grand jury in Davenport, IA. Carrie remains in
jail for refusing to cooperate and her lawyers are fighting for her
release. In the meantime, both Scott and Carrie need help with their
legal support needs.
You can donate online by visiting
or send a check or money order made out to Coldsnap Legal Collective
with "EWOK!" in the memo line to Coldsnap Legal Collective, P.O. Box
50514, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
the Scott & Carrie Support Committee (SCSC)
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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