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Judge Stillman in spite of the lack of evidence of any explicit prior agreement ("conspiracy") found both Bradley and Alex liable to stand trial for three charges: Felony Conspiracy to Commit Trespass, and two counts of Trespass.
This, even though the evidence presented by Prosecutor Rebecca Young showed only that the two were taking pictures in the building along with other journalists who haven't been charged, that no indication they were warned they were trespassing, and that there were no notices posted.
D.A. Rebeccah Young argued that the act of trespass itself indicated a form of conspiracy and premeditation since one could not trespass (in the bank situation) without being aware of whether this was illegalll Even if police didn't so inform, took no action, or public officials were also on the property engaging arguably in similar "protest"?
The decision does not convict the two journalists, but does force them into a long costly trial and bodes worse for those who follow.
I'll hopefully have some more helpful reflections once I've thought more about this and spoken with others.
Trail set for 3/29 8:15 Department 6.
Someone should double check this, but I think that 3-29 is the date when Alex and Bradley will be re-arraigned. The trial is later.
In my case and Becky's Judge Burdick suggested our trial could be pushed as far forward as November and since Alex and Bradley are in the same court, that may be their situation as well. In fact, I think all of the Santa Cruz Eleven are in the same court.
Becky and I go to preliminary hearings are on April 16 in Dept. 6.
For some encouraging news, check out http://occupiedmedia.us/2012/03/breaking-chase-5-not-guilty/ and http://occupiedmedia.us/2012/03/a-day-in-the-mace-and-rain-eyewitness-report-from-the-occupation-in-seattle/
as well as http://occupiedoaktrib.org/2012/03/16/occupy-uc-davis-fought-the-bank-and-occupy-uc-davis-won/