[Ppnews] Briana Waters Reindicted

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Thu Feb 3 17:35:37 EST 2011


Feb. 1, 2011 Earth First! Newswire

http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/briana-waters-reindicted/

On January 26, 2011, Briana Waters was re-indicted in a 9 count indictment
which also served as a superseding indictment for Joseph Dibee, Josephine
Overaker, and Justin Solondz. Briana is accused of: conspiracy to commit
offense or defraud the US, possessing an unregistered firearm, arson of a
building used in interstate commerce or in activity affecting interstate
commerce, using a destructive device during a crime of violence, and arson
of a building belonging to an institution receiving federal financial
assistance. The use of a destructive device charge alone carries a 30 year
minimum sentence. Trial is currently set for June 27, 2011 ­ although this
date will almost certainly be pushed back. For more information on Briana
and how you can help, please visit: http://supportbriana.org/

On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 the Ninth 
Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Briana's 
conviction and remanded for a new trial. The 
opinion of the three-judge panel was unanimous.

Excerpted from the Panel's opinion: "Having 
reviewed the record of the proceedings below, we 
conclude that Waters’ trial suffered from a 
number of errors. Because the government has not 
convinced us that Waters’ verdict was unaffected 
by those errors, we reverse her conviction and remand for a new trial."

Briana's Appeals Attorney, Dennis Riordan, of San 
Francisco, petitioned the Court for Briana's 
immediate release, and the prosecution responded, 
opposing the petition. For more details of the 
Court's decision: 
http://blogs.eugeneweekly.com/content/new-trial-ecoactivist-briana-waters

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 the Ninth 
Circuit Court of Appeals granted Briana's 
petition for Bail ("Bail" means release upon 
condition. Briana's condition is that she appear 
in Court when required to do so. No bail money 
was set for her release). Thanks to the 
fast-working staff at Dennis Riordan's office 
(Briana's appeals attorney) the paperwork for her 
release was processed by the BOP with surprising 
speed. By 11:30 AM on Thursday, October 14th, 
Briana was released from the Danbury prison! To 
make this wonderful day even better, the stars 
aligned... the visit of Briana's family coincided 
with the day of her release, so they were there 
to pick her and reunite with her. It was an 
amazing stroke of timing, because their visit has 
been planned back in August, before she had even 
won her appeal. Information about winning the appeal is below.
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About Briana

Briana Waters is a devoted and loving mother of 
her four-year-old daughter. She is a professional 
musician and violin teacher based in Oakland, 
California. On March 15, 2006, she was falsely 
accused of participating in a politically 
motivated arson which took place at the University of Washington in May 2001.

Briana steadfastly maintains her innocence. She 
is a peaceful woman who believes in non-violence. 
In 2001, she directed a documentary, entitled 
Watch, which tells the moving true story of a 
peaceful campaign that built a coalition between 
environmentalists, loggers, and the residents of 
Randle, Washington to save the old-growth forest on Watch Mountain.

Briana's family, friends, and supporters were 
heartbroken and left in disbelief when a federal 
jury found her guilty of two counts of arson on 
March 6, 2008. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals 
denied Briana's request for release on bail 
pending appeal in early July, 2008. In August of 
2008, Briana was transferred from SeaTac in 
Washington State to the Danbury, Connecticut 
Federal Correctional Institution where she was 
designated to serve a six year sentence.




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