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Commander X Looking for Asylum
I was forwarded the following petition urging Tunesia grant amnesty to Commander X, aka Chris Doyon, who--rumor has it-- fled to Canada after being charged with interfering with the Santa Cruz County website in December 2010 in support of the homeless activists charged with "illegal lodging" for a peaceful and constitutional protest against the City and County's criminalization of homeless nighttime sleeping.
The petition can be found at http://www.change.org/petitions/free-commander-x .
Still facing charges under 647e is Linda Lemaster who has discussed the case on her own blog: http://hearthbylinda.blogspot.com/2012/02/time-for-change-laws-that-punish-and.html . Her attorney Jonathan Gettleman has filed an extensive brief about the case http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/02/16/18707485.php which Judge Paul Marigonda recently turned down.
Attorney Ed Frey and homeless activist Gary Johnson are appealing a 6 month jail sentence imposed by Judge John Gallagher last year. Gallagher also sentenced Johnson to jail for 2 years recently (suspended) for the same 647e, used last year extensively to harass, cite, and jail Occupy Santa Cruz activists. For more, check out http://www.peacecamp2010insider.blogspot.com .
And Frey faces a contempt of court charge Friday May 18 at 1:30 PM in Dept. 2 for not wearing a coat and tie to court while defending Johnson. Come and dress accordingly (possible jailhouse orange?).