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RNC Protesters Tried on Terrorism Charges Despite Acknowledgment They Didn't Commit Alleged Acts
by via Democracy Now
Wednesday Feb 18th, 2009 7:22 AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 :Last September in St. Paul, Ramsey County prosecutors formally charged eight members of the group RNC Welcoming Committee with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism. The criminal complaints reportedly do not allege that any of the defendants personally engaged in any act of violence or damage to property. Instead, authorities are seeking to hold them responsible for acts committed by other individuals during the RNC's opening days. We speak to one of the defendants, Luce Guillen-Givins, and RNC8 Attorney Jordan Kushner.
We end today’s show by looking at the latest developments in the case of the RNC 8. Last September in St. Paul, Ramsey County prosecutors formally charged eight members of the group RNC Welcoming Committee with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism.

The eight activists are believed to be the first persons ever charged under the 2002 Minnesota version of the federal PATRIOT Act. The activists face up to seven-and-a-half years in prison. The criminal complaints filed by the Ramsey County Attorney reportedly do not allege that any of the defendants personally engaged in any act of violence or damage to property. Instead, authorities are seeking to hold the eight defendants responsible for acts committed by other individuals during the opening days of the Republican National Convention.

In December 2008, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, who is also running for Governor of Minnesota, added three more felony charges. Combined, the charges could carry a maximum of 12 and a half years in prison.

Luce Guillen-Givins, one of the RNC 8.

Jordan Kushner, an attorney for the RNC 8.

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