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Tue Jul 7 2009 (Updated 07/10/09)SF8 Charges Dropped
Tue Jul 7 2009 (Updated 07/10/09)SF8 Charges Dropped - Jalil Pleads No Contest - Cisco's Case Continues
On July 6th, California State prosecutors were forced to admit that they have insufficient evidence against the San Francisco 8. A Community Celebration for the SF8 was held July 7th in San Francisco.
Charges against four of the defendants were dropped and Jalil Muntaqim pled no contest to conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter. He received credit for time served (close to 2 1/2 years in County Jail) and 3 years probation. He will return to New York to fight for parole. Those for whom charges were dismissed were Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank Jones, and Harold Taylor.
The courtroom at 850 Bryant Street was packed with SF 8 supporters after a rally of hundreds and a huge Free SF 8 banner was displayed on the hillside of Bernal Heights to be seen from all over the city.
"This is finally the disposition of a case that should never have been brought in the first place," announced attorney Soffiyah Elijah.
Francisco Torres still faces a court hearing on August 10th.
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