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News :: Human Rights : Organizing
Arrests at Homes Not Jails event
15 Apr 2004
Eight people were arrested Wednesday night for a Homes Not Jails event in Lafayette Square, Cambridge were arraigned on felony charges in Middlesex County Courthouse Thursday morning.

The six adults in the case have been charged with two felonies: breaking & entering and possession of tools for burglary. They are all scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on May 26th.
Eight people were arrested Wednesday night for a Homes Not Jails event in Lafayette Square, Cambridge were arraigned on felony charges in Middlesex County Courthouse Thursday morning.

The site of the event was at a visible vacant lot that has sat dormant for many years. Community organizers were attempting to improve the area by planting flowers and setting up a free park.

The six adults in the case have been charged with two felonies: breaking & entering and possession of tools for burglary. They are all scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on May 26th.

The two minors in the case are still in the courthouse, with delays due to the fact that no juvenile court judge is there today. They are expecting to be arrainged this afternoon.

All eight defendents were initially charged by the police with misdemeanor B&E and some with misdemeanor trespassing, but the charges for the adults were changed to more serious ones during the arraignment. The prosecutor tried to get a stay-away order to keep the defendants away from the Lafayette square site (to no avail) and questioned the citizenship status of all the defendants, a legal challenge not permitted during arraignment.

The defendants are in need of witnesses. Anyone who saw all or part of what happened or who has photos, audio or video is urged to contact the Boston Anarchist Black Cross (a group that works on prisoner support and community defense) as soon as possible via email at abc-boston(at)hush.com.

Witnesses will need to provide contact information in order for the defendants' lawyers to reach them, including name, date of birth, address and phone number, as well as a *brief* description of what they saw.

Witnesses should also write up a full description of what they saw, for their own records, as the trial date may not be for months. Please do not send a full account of what you saw to the ABC; the lawyers will contact witnesses at a later date if they need further information.

Witnesses are also advised not to make public statements or otherwise publish information concerning what they saw, so as not to endanger themselves or others.

Again, if you were a witness to the arrests at Lafayette Square, please contact abc-boston(at)hush.com.

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