[Ppnews] Cuban 5 Press Conference Tuesday, 3/22
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Mon Mar 21 12:01:59 EDT 2011
National Committee To Free The Cuban Five
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Conference to Discuss
Important Developments in Cuban Five Appeals
"Gerardo Hernandez - for the first time in his own words - gives
irrefutable evidence of his innocence."
- Attorney Richard Klugh
There was "a distinct, fundamental violation of the premises of a
fair trial where the government secretly paid highly influential journalists."
- from the Memorandum of Antonio Guerrero
Two of the Cuban Five, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez, have
just filed important legal briefs in their "habeas corpus" appeals,
their final legal opportunity to obtain a new trial and overturn
their unjust convictions.
On Tuesday, March 22, at 12 noon (Eastern), the National Committee to
Free the Cuban Five will conduct a call-in press conference at which
lawyers involved with the appeals and others involved with the case
will speak. (See below for the call-in information, and links to the
Hernandez's affidavit will be filed today, March 21. Hernandez, who
is serving life without parole for the shootdown of two planes from
the Brothers to the Rescue organization -- in which he had no role --
explains for the first time, in his own words, his complete innocence.
In the affidavit, Hernandez explains to the District Court judge Joan
Lenard, that had he known he could have had a separate trial on the
'murder conspiracy' charge, he would have testified on his own
behalf. Hernandez lists in details the facts of his innocence, which
he was unable to present at trial. Cuban Five attorney Richard Klugh
will speak to these issues in the Conference and answer questions
The press conference will discuss "compelling and irrefutable facts
that we believe would exonerate Gerardo Hernandez completely," said
Gloria La Riva of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five on
the importance of Hernandez's affidavit beyond the legal process: "It
is essential that the public be made aware of it as well, including
the thousands of active supporters of the Five around the world, and
important political figures and the media. Most importantly, we
demand that the Obama administration immediately free the Cuban Five."
Guerrero's appeal, as well as that of Hernandez and the upcoming
appeal of Ramon Labaino, focuses on newly uncovered evidence of
extensive payments from the U.S. government to Miami journalists
covering the trial of the Five, evidence which was uncovered in part
through Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the National
Committee to Free the Cuban Five.
Speaking at the press conference, and available for questions from
the media, will be:
* Richard Klugh, Miami attorney, one of the Cuban Five's legal team
* John Nichols, Professor of Communications (ret.) at the Univ.
of Pennsylvania, an expert witness before Congress on the subject of
TV and Radio Marti
* Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, atty. with the Partnership for Civil
Justice who helped uncover government payments to Miami journalists
* Andres Gomez of the Alianza Martiana in Miami
* Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free
the Cuban Five
Host: Gloria La Riva
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern, Tuesday, Mar. 22 (please call 5 minutes prior)
Phone #: 1 (847) 413-2425
Code: 6823 731#
affidavit (available Mon. after submission to the court)
bios of speakers
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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