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News :: Human Rights
Camilo Viveiros Trial Report--Day One
06 Apr 2004
Modified: 02:06:29 AM
Camilo Viveiros' trial began today, April 5, more than 3.5 years after his arrest.
Today was the first day of the trial of Camilo Viveiros and his co-defendants, Darby Landy and Eric Steinberg. Many people across the wide range of supporters are wondering what happened.

This author is NOT in Philly, but I've talked with a few people down there who have been very busy and haven't had time to write an update. I offer the following small report based on what they told me, and I apologize that it isn't more detailed. I take responsibility for any errors in it and apologize in advance.

WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT?
The trial today was focused on the prosecution presenting its case. Three police officers testified to the events of August 1, 2000, and answered questions from defense lawyers (Darby, Camilo, and Eric all have separate lawyers, which I believe is standard for multi-defendant trials). There were a number of supporters in the courtroom, and more are expected to come for the trial and vigil outside the courthouse starting Tuesday.

Tuesday, two more prosecution witnesses are expected to testify, one of them being former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney. Then the defense is expected to begin to present its case, either later Tuesday or on Wednesday. The trial is likely to end by the end fo the day Thursday (the court is closed Friday for Good Friday).

WHAT CAN I DO?
There is still a little bit of time to write letters of support for Camilo, but they have to be in ASAP. If you've planned on writing a letter for the last few years but never gotten to do so, now is the time. There will be no more delays--the trial is happening!

Because of time pressures, we ask that you fax letters toll-free to 1-877-240-9517. Please follow the letter-writing guidelines in the "Help Out" section of the Friends of Camilo website at http://www.friendsofcamilo.org.

Donations, of course, are also always needed. Anyone who can should make checks out to "Friends of Camilo an send them to Friends of Camilo, PO Box 59177, Philadelphia, PA 19102. But letters are more urgent--there will be time to pay off the debt after the trial.

For those in Philly or who are able to travel there, there are plans for a vigil outside the court. There are specific guidelines laid out that accord with Camilo's legal strategy. We implore anyone who truly wants to help Camilo to follow these guidelines, which can be found at http://www.friendsofcamilo.org in the "UPDATES" section. Follow the top link, titled "Trial is Beginning on April 5."

That's all for this first update. I hope to have another noe tomorrow. Please stay tuned, spread the word, and give Camilo your support.
See also:
http://www.friendsofcamilo.org
http://www.petitiononline.com/foc/petition.html

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