[Ppnews] Update on Scott DeMuth and Carrie Feldman

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Mar 3 13:24:15 EST 2010


Dear friends,

Below you will find recent updates on the 
situation of Scott DeMuth as well as Carrie 
Feldman, along with some ways you can help us get 
them justice and secure their freedom.

Mark your calendar for the first week of May, 
especially if you live in the Quad Cities area or 
nearby parts of Iowa, Chicago, Madison or 
Minneapolis. Scott's trial starts on May 3rd. We 
are gearing up for a week of court solidarity, as 
well as teach-ins and workshops. Hope to see you 
there! More information on that coming up soon. 
Please contact us if you are interested in organizing with us.

As always, be sure to check out our website for 
updates on events such as last week's talk by 
Professor David Pellow and Attorney Stu Sugarman 
on Grand Juries, State Repression, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Thank you for all your continued support!

Scholars for Academic Justice
<http://scholarsforacademicjustice.org>http://scholarsforacademicjustice.org
<mailto:scholarsforacademicjustice at gmail.com>scholarsforacademicjustice at gmail.com


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Scott and Carrie Support Comittee Update  2/28
In this email:
1. Court orders Carrie's court docket unsealed with redactions, denies petition
for re-hearing
2. Scott's motions denied (mostly)
3. Update on Carrie's custody status
4. Donations, please!
5. ACTION ITEM: Call MN congresspeople to demand Carrie’s release
6. March 19: Come dine with us!
7. Call-out for Local Minneapolis Artists! Seeking donations for Scott, Carrie
and Eric McDavid benefit
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1. Court orders Carrie's court docket unsealed with redactions, denies petition
for re-hearing

In a partial victory for reporter Sheila Regan, Carrie and the SCSC, the court
has ordered Carrie's court docket unsealed but has given the government 21 days
to propose redactions to the unsealed documents. See Regan's article, here:
<http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/02/26/tcdps-sheila-regan-gets-court-records-opened>http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/02/26/tcdps-sheila-regan-gets-court-records-opened,
for more information on the ruling.

Along with this bit of good news, however, comes a big disappointment: Carrie's
petition for a re-hearing has been denied. She and her attorneys are currently
discussing next legal steps.

2. Scott's motions denied (mostly)

Judges Shields and Jarvey have issued orders on 
recent motions argued in Scott's case at his 
February 23rd hearing. Shields set a deadline of 
March 15 for the government to designate expert 
witnesses and disclose their written reports; the 
defense hasuntil April 5th to do the same. The 
court also ordered the government to "to give 
notice of its intent to introduce any evidence of 
other crimes, wrongs or bad acts" at least 21 
days in advance of trial. All other discovery 
requests by the defense were denied, some without 
prejudice. Jarvey denied the motions to dismiss 
the original indictment "as moot without 
prejudice to refile," and issued an official 
trial order setting the trial start date for May 
3 and outlining trial procedures. All three 
orders are viewable here: 
<http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/resources/legal-documents/scotts-case/>http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/resources/legal-documents/scotts-case/

3. Update on Carrie's custody status

As mentioned previously, Carrie is being held in the disciplinary block at
Dubuque County Jail in Iowa. We've confirmed that she's being held there
because of the incident at Washington County, where two visitors ran up to her
cell window from the parking lot, and for which she was in no way responsible.
Because of Dubuque's visiting policies, Carrie will now only be able to get
visits from immediate family members. In light of her increased isolation and
the recent denial of her petition for a re-hearing, we want to encourage
everyone to take a few minutes to write her and make sure she feels as much
support from the outside as possible. You can write to her at:

Carolyn Feldman
770 Iowa St.
Dubuque, IA 52001

4. Donations, please!

As always, we want to remind supporters that the financial burden of defending
Carrie and Scott is quite high. In addition to the cost of a good legal
defense, the SCSC is also trying to cover the cost of travel whenever necessary
to ensure that Scott and Carrie get as much support in Iowa as possible. Please
consider donating! Info about how to do so is available here:
<http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/what-you-can-do/>http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/what-you-can-do/

5. ACTION ITEM!: Call MN congress people and demand Carrie's release.

Carrie's mom has written a letter to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Senators Al
Franken and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) explaining 
Carrie's case and asking that they work for her release. Read it here:
<http://davenportgrandjury.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/carriesletter.pdf>http://davenportgrandjury.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/carriesletter.pdf, 
and
call them to voice your support for Carrie and her release:
Keith Ellison: 612-522-1212 (in MN) or 202-225-4755 (in DC)
Al Franken: 651-221-1016 (in MN) or 202-224-5641 (in DC)
Amy Klobuchar: 612-727-5220 (in MN) or 202-224-3244 (in DC)

6. March 19: Come dine with us!

March 19th from 6:30-8pm the Scott and Carrie Support Committee is offering a
FREE COMMUNITY MEAL at the Powderhorn Park 
Neighborhood Association building: 821 East 35th street in Minneapolis.

7. Feb.23 Press Statement following Scott's Motions Hearing

Davenport, IA -- This morning, over a dozen 
supporters from Minneapolis and the Quad Cities 
joined Scott in the Federal Courthouse in 
Davenport for his arraignment for the new 
indictment that was issued last week. There was 
also a hearing on numerous discovery-related 
motions for his upcoming trial. Scott’s attorney, 
Michael Deutsch, argued that the prosecution has 
failed to produce the discovery that the defense 
is entitled to under the rules. Judge Shields 
took the arguments under advisement and is 
expected to issue a ruling within the next few days.

As we’ve shared with you before, Scott’s defense 
team filed a motion to dismiss the original 
indictment, arguing that it failed to meet the 
basic requirements for an indictment. The 
indictment gave no indication as to what the 
prosecution alleges Scott actually did, and 
provided an overly vague time frame for the 
alleged crime. In an apparent affirmation of this 
defense argument, US Attorney Cliff Cronk filed a 
superseding indictment last week.

The new indictment, however, appears to be 
fatally flawed in itself—it still fails to 
provide any indication as to what Scott is 
alleged to have done to conspire under the AETA.

Responding to defense motions, Cronk backpedaled 
on an earlier strategy to prosecute Scott for his 
constitutionally protected free speech and 
associations: “This case has nothing to do with 
political association 
 this conspiracy continues 
as long as alf [sic] continues to break into labs 
and free animals across the country,” Cronk said in open court.

Seeing that the statute of limitations has 
expired for the Spence Lab break-in specifically, 
the prosecution appears to now justify Scott’s 
charges by arguing that the scope of the crime in 
question extends indefinitely, as long as 
activists claim actions under the banner of Animal Liberation Front.

8. Call-out for Local Minneapolis Artists! Seeking donations for Scott, Carrie
and Eric McDavid benefit

Explosive Expressions Minneapolis: Supporting Earth Warriors Through Art
Purity Bakery Building Art Gallery
Saturday April 24th, 2010
6PM to 10PM
*Auction starts at 6 PM and ends at 9 PM

Calling all painters, shanty-makers, photographers, sculptors, people who make
art out of condom wrappers/newspapers/lipstick/bicycle tubes oh my!, knitters,
sewers, welders, metal-workers, and artists of all other flavors! The Scott and
Carrie Support Committee is asking all local Minneapolis artists who support
the fight for justice to DONATE works of art to a night of Explosive
Expressions Minneapolis: Supporting Earth Warriors Through Art.

On Saturday April 24th, at the Purity Bakery Building Art Gallery, we will be
having an Art Exhibition and Auction to help support our comrades Carrie
Feldman and Scott DeMuth, two Minneapolis activists who were unjustly taken
hostage by the state in November 2009, and Eric McDavid, who has been
imprisoned since 2006 and is currently facing almost 20 years in prison for a
crime that never happened.

Help be part of the creative resistance against state repression and send
questions and/or the following details to
<mailto:explosiveexpressionsmpls at riseup.net>explosiveexpressionsmpls at riseup.net 
by April 1st, 2010:
-Name
-Contact information
-Starting bid on the auction item
-A description of the piece you are donating
-When the item can be picked up or dropped off

*Any items being dropped off or mailed can be sent to this address:
Explosive Expressions Mpls. c/o Leigh
1909 Elliot Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405

For more information on Scott's and Carrie's cases and to find out other ways
of supporting them, please visit: 
<http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com>http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com.
For more information on Eric's case and ways to support him, please visit:
<http://www.supporteric.org>http://www.supporteric.org.



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