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Members of SF8 win significant bail reductions
by Howard Vicini
Friday Sep 21st, 2007 1:19 AM
'My Country' host Howard Vicini and guest Kiilu Nyasha of Committee for the Defense of Human Rights discuss the latest court developments in the case against the SF 8. Hearings continue on Monday, September 24th. Rally begins at 8:30 am in front of Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco.

Hank Jones latest to be released

Members of SF8 win significant bail reductions

'My Country' host Howard Vicini and guest Kiilu Nyasha of Committee for the Defense of Human Rights discuss the latest court developments in the case against the SF 8.

Hearings continue on Monday, September 24th at 850 Bryant Street, 3rd Floor Department 23. Rally begins at 8:30 am in front of Hall of Justice.

The San Francisco '8' - Eight former Black Panthers were arrested on January 23, 2007, in California, New York, and Florida on charges related to the 1971 murder of San Francisco police officer Sgt. John Young and conspiracy that encompasses numerous acts between 1968 and 1973.

Similar charges against some of these men were thrown out by a San Francisco judge in 1975 after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions while they were being held in New Orleans in 1973. See 'Legacy of Torture' video.

Richard Brown, Richard O'Neal, Ray Boudreaux, and Hank Jones were arrested in California. Francisco Torres was arrested in Queens, New York. Harold Taylor was arrested in Florida. Two others charged – Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim – have been serving time on other charges for over 30 years in New York State prisons. A ninth man --Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth – is still being sought.

Hank Jones, 70, of Altadena, freed on bail Tuesday, September 18

Harold Taylor, 58, of Panama City, freed on bail Wednesday, September 12

Ray Boudreaux, 64, of Altadena, freed on bail Tuesday, September 11

Richard Brown, 65, of San Francisco, freed on bail Thursday, August 30

Richard O'Neal, 58 of San Francisco, freed on bail Wednesday, August 29


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by Howard Vicini
Saturday Sep 22nd, 2007 12:40 AM

Cisco Torres, last eligible member of the SF8 released on bail today

Francisco Torres was released on bail today. He is the last member of the SF 8 eligible for release on bail.