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News :: DNC : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics
Court Solidarity Needed Next Week
12 Feb 2005
Modified: 02:18:03 PM
Pack the courtrooms! Support the local community!

Monday, February 14: Lafayette Eight
Wednesday, February 16: Final DNC Trial
Pack the courtrooms! Support the local community!

Monday February 14
13th Floor, Courtroom 2
Cambridge District Courthouse

Directions to courthouse:

The Lafayette Eight finally have their dismissal hearing! After months of
bureaucratic legal debate, the NLG legal council has finally succeeded in
securing the time and place for a dismissal hearing. This victory in the case
comes after numerous outlandish claims by the state prosecutor such as an
anarchist exception to due process in the courtroom and claims of questionable
citizenship status of all defendants.

This case has been progressing slowly due to repeated attempts to stall the
process by the district attorney's office. This case dates back to an arrest
date of April 15, 2004, when Homes Not Jails was involved in a community
cleanup operation at Lafayette Square in Cambridge. The original eight
defendants are now down to six, as the two minors involved have completed
pre-trial probation and are no longer facing charges. The six remaining
defendants are facing multiple felonies including: nighttime breaking and
entering and possession of burglarious tools.

Please come and show your support for these community activists. We don't expect
the prosecution to allow the dismissal hearing to go smoothly!


Wednesday February 16
3rd Floor, Courtroom 30
Boston Municipal Courthouse

Directions to courthouse:

The DNC has long since left town, but the dust has yet to settle on the legal

Nick Giannone is facing serious felony charges of assault and battery on a
police officer. Nick was one of three DNC related arrests made on Thursday of
DNC week. The arrests were made on Canal Street outside of the Fleet Center
when the police attacked a peaceful assembly from the rear in order to advance
their frontline and thus push the crowd away from the Fleet Center while
Senator John Kerry accepted the nomination inside the sheltered arena.

Nick is the last DNC protestor left with charges. The first accepted a plea due
to geographical and economic conditions that made it impossible to return to
Boston for trial. The second trial involved a local BAAM! comrade named Jake,
who successfully defeated all charges with the help of the National Lawyers'
Guild. Please come and show your support for Nick as he goes to trial.
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Re: Court Solidarity Needed Next Week
13 Feb 2005
solidarity with the Lafayette 8 and my buddy NIck... sorry I can't be there in person!
LEGAL UPDATE: The Lafayette Eight
15 Feb 2005
We simply couldn't get a judge this morning. The case will be recalled on March 28. Thanks to everyone who made it out!
17 Feb 2005
Nothing happened today at Nick's trial. Apparently the court had some 60 odd cases to call, and thus the trial has been postponed to April 26.