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News :: Environment
Animal Rights Activist Charged with Domestic Terrorism
26 May 2005
Animal Rights Activist Could Face 82 Years in Jail and Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Fines
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Madison, WI – (May 24, 2005) Chicago animal rights activists drove to Madison to lend solidarity to Peter Young, who was arraigned today on charges of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and conspiracy to interrupt interstate commerce. The maximum penalty he faces is 82 years in jail and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Young was arrested on March 21st in San Jose, CA. He has been “WANTED” since 1998 after being indicted on charges of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act by freeing more than 7,000 mink from five Midwestern fur farms.

Young’s lawyer, Mr. Chris Kelly, entered the plea of not guilty to the alleged crimes being prosecuted against his client by the United States government represented by Mr. Robert Anderson. Young was not alone as about 40 people showed up to lend support from across the Midwest packing the courtroom.

The hearing was held to address three items: 1) to enter a plea, 2) to set up a date to have a telephonic scheduling conference with Judge Crocker, and 3) to determine if Young could be released from detention.

The presiding judge, Judge Theresa M. Owens, stated that Young could be a flight risk and would not grant release from detention. Young’s lawyer, Kelly, stated that his client would preserve the right to have a subsequent hearing on the matter. The presiding judge agreed and the prosecution had no objections.

Young is currently being held in Dane County Jail with the possibility of being moved to Jefferson County Jail.

For information on sending books or writing directly to Peter, or donating money to his legal defense fund please see: SupportPeter.com

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See also:
http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/57629/index.php
http://madison.indymedia.org/newswire/display/24399/index.php

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