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Announcement :: Organizing
Court Solidarity: Richard Picariello: March 6
02 Mar 2006
***Please forward***

Support Richard Picariello
Pack the Courtroom

Monday, March 6, 9:00am
Boston Municipal Court
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 5th Floor
24 New Chardon Street
(Near Government Center in downtown Boston;
T-stops: North Station, Haymarket, Government Center)

On Monday, March 6, the case of Richard Picariello is again scheduled to go to trial.
After numerous hearings and delays over the past year, the trial this time should
actually take place. Support for Richard at previous hearings has been crucial in letting
the state know that people are paying attention to increasing attacks on civil liberties.
Richard is a former political prisoner and a highly respected activist in the Boston
area. He is well-known in the anti-war movement and in the struggle for justice in

Arrested twice in March of 2004 on false charges during the period leading up to the
Democratic National Convention - the first time while distributing anti-war literature at
the Park St. T station, the second while attending a protest at a Bush fundraising event
at Boston's Park Plaza Hotel - Richard has attended over a dozen pre-trial hearings in
which the Boston Police and District Attorney have refused to comply with "discovery" and
supply his lawyers with evidence and information related to his arrests. This information
includes the content of a special Boston police/federal police "Joint Terrorism Task
Force" briefing prior to the Bush protest on March 25, 2004 in which Richard's name was
mentioned along with other activists. At stake is potential evidence showing pre-planning
for the arrest of specific activists.

The Boston Police have also withheld the contents of a "secret dossier" on Richard that
would demonstrate political profiling and targeted arrest. On May 16, 2005 the BPD
admitted that it could not certify in writing that it did not possess such a file. On
December 7, proceedings were once again stalled when a federal lawyer bluntly stated that
federal authorities were under no obligation to provide ANY information they might have,
whether relevant or not, and that federally deputized local police in the Joint
Terrorism Task Force were under no obligation to respond to subpoenas sent out by
Richard's lawyer. What this means is that the Boston Police, with federal backing, can
arrest and prosecute local activists through what amounts to secret evidence.

It is important to attend this trial in order to prevent this precedent from happening in
Boston, as it has clearly happened elsewhere under the Bush Administration. Bush's
Department of Homeland Security isn't fighting terrorism; it's fighting free speech and
political dissent right where we live.

Stop political repression in Boston - pack the courtroom on March 6!

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Re: Court Solidarity: Richard Picariello: March 6
06 Mar 2006
------^ asshole ^-------

the person who keeps insisting it's the 8th is deliberately trying to spread misinformation.

pic's date is the 6th of march, 9 am
check out richard hugus' original post here

by the way, this is one of the simple but very effective dirty tricks the fbi used in cointelpro to disrupt organizing- false times/dates/locations on false flyers. these days, it's likely to be false email announcements or posts on imc. easy enough to counter- just check around, ask people, etc before committing to any important scheduled event.
see how easy it is to sow confusion? given the coordinated attacks against the old panther cases, the alf/elf, the puerto rican independence movement, the anti-war movement, etc lately, we should be prepared for these dirty tricks to start up again. good communication and smart planning are as important as ever.
Re: Court Solidarity: Richard Picariello: March 6
06 Mar 2006
It's the 6th. The date & times have been confirmed.
Richard Picariello Gets 15 years
06 Mar 2006
To be served consecutively.
Richard's trial continues Tuesday March 7
06 Mar 2006
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006
From: iacboston <iacboston (at)>
To: iacboston (at)
Subject: [IACBoston] 3/7 Richard Picariello trial continues - come out to

Boston Municipal Court 6th floor courtroom 19
**Edward W. Brooke Courthouse**
**24 New Chardon Street**
(Near Government Center in downtown Boston)

Anti-war activist Richard Picariello's trial began today in Boston Municipal
Court. The judge refused to dismiss the case despite the prosecution's two
years of evasion and failure to comply with discovery orders. The
prosecution presented its case, and again the judge refused a defense motion
to dismiss based on the prosecution not having proven their case. However
issues of surveillance, harrassment and targeting of Richard the Department
of Homeland Security and the Joint Terrorism Task Force were brought into
the case by Richard's lawyers, and a joint terrorism task force
representative who conducted briefings on Richard with local law enforcement
agencies has been ordered to testify tomorrow by the judge. The defense will
present its case tomorrow in this the first of Richard's 2 cases, and the
second case will follow on after that.

Be in court to show your support!

International Action Center

iacboston (at)
Re: Court Solidarity: Richard Picariello: March 6
07 Mar 2006
Thank's a lot. I fucking missed it.