[Ppnews] Support Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday

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Tue Nov 22 11:54:16 EST 2011


Email: SupportJordan at live.com
Website: http://www.supportjordan.com

Hey friends,

I know it seems like forever ago that Jordan Halliday was first 
called to a Grand Jury which he resisted. In a way it was forever 
ago, he was first approached by the FBI in 2008 regarding local mink 
farm raids in Utah. He refused to cooperate with the FBI and was told 
he would face a subpoena to testify in front of a grand jury. Six 
months later the FBI followed through, Subpoenaing both Jordan and 
another 'activist' who chose to testify. Jordan however chose to 
resist the grand jury in protest due to its abusive and archaic nature.

Grand juries are called when the government lacks evidence to indict 
an individual for a crime. Witnesses are subpoenaed to testify before 
the grand jury in hopes of providing evidence to the prosecution. 
Little is known about these secretive proceedings, because all 
information is considered sealed and classified. A witness that is 
called before a grand jury is not allowed to have a lawyer present 
with them in the grand jury room.

In recent years activists have seen an increase in subpoenas to grand 
juries. These subpoenas are often used to harass and intimidate legal 
above-ground activists, like Jordan feels is the case, in his 
situation. The prosecutor can ask any question and if you refuse to 
answer or if you lie, you could be held in contempt of court or 
perjury. With no lawyer present for the witnesses, prosecutors can 
often ask for information not relevant to a crime in hopes to harass, 
intimidate or 'fish' for information, in a secretive manner which 
many consider a modern day witch hunt. Jordan said he was mainly 
asked information about his friends, family, and general life and 
refused to answer any of them.

Jordan refused to answer any of the questions he was asked, the 3 
times he was subpoenaed. He was incarcerated after his second 
appearance for "civil contempt of court". He eventually was granted 
immunity. Yet still refused to cooperate and stayed in jail until the 
term of the grand jury expired 4 months later. Upon release he was 
indicted with "criminal contempt of court", and was released on 
pre-trial pending trial, eventually he took a non-cooperating plea 
deal, and was sentenced to 10 months plus 3 years probation under the 
guidelines low-end range for "obstruction of justice", which has a 
10-16 months recommended range. He was ordered to report to the 
federal custody early January, 2011. Although he was able to stay out 
on a release pending his appeal, just days before he was due to 
present himself.

Jordan and his lawyer filed an appeal arguing that a guideline range 
for "failure to appear" which has a 0-6 month recommended range, was 
more fitting for Jordan, who still to this day claims he has no 
knowledge of any illegal underground activity or actions. In fact the 
individuals Jordan was allegedly called in to testify against, have 
both already been indicted, convicted, sentenced and have served 
their time already, without the help of a testimony by Jordan.

On November 15th, 2011, Jordan's attorney argued their final 
arguments before the court of appeals in Denver, Colorado. Jordan 
says he felt a bias and hostility from the beginning and although his 
lawyer did an excellent job, felt the judges already had their minds 
made up. Jordan's lawyer also said he wasn't very optimistic about 
the outcome. It typically takes 3-6 months before a ruling comes back.

Although we remain optimistic that Jordan might still win his appeal 
and get the low-end sentence of 0 months, we are also confronting the 
reality that he is more likely going back, than staying out. With the 
possibility of prison coming soon for Jordan. We have decided to 
start accepting donations again. Currently he is now only around $350 
in legal debt, although we will continue collecting donations in case 
of incarceration. If Jordan wins his appeal and doesn't end of having 
to serve any additional time, we will be distributing the remaining 
donations to other political prisoners and activists in need.

You can donate by PayPal by visiting "supportjordan.com", or you can 
send a donation or letter of support to:

Jordan Halliday
PO BOX 601
West Jordan, Utah 84084

This is an important case for the future of all activists, radicals 
and dissidents. If his appeal is not heard, he will be going back to 
prison for an additional 10 months, this is on top of the 4 he 
already served. With a total of 14 months and 3 years probation, he 
will be serving more time than the individuals he was called to 
testify against, who were convicted under the Animal Enterprise 
Terrorism Act. Jordan is also the first dissident in decades and only 
the 3rd known case to be convicted of "criminal contempt of court" 
after already serving time for "civil contempt of court".

Jordan needs our support now more than ever. Let him know he hasn't 
been forgotten in this long period of legal battles.

We are all proud of Jordan. Please re-post this to as many places as 
you can. He needs our support.

-Jordan's Support Committee

Email: SupportJordan at live.com
Website: http://www.supportjordan.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SupportJH
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Jordan-Halliday/107550725954849
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/SupportJordanHalliday
-Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City
www.ADLSLC.org



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