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Thu Oct 22 2009 (Updated 10/23/09)Bail Denied for Alex Sanchez at Final Bail Hearing
Thu Oct 22 2009 (Updated 10/23/09)Bail Denied Again for Homies Unidos founder Alex Sanchez
On October 19th, in a federal court house in Los Angeles, Alex Sanchez was once again denied bail. Sanchez, a nationally recognized activist and peacemaker, is accused of maintaining ties to his former gang and participating in a conspiracy to murder. Bail was denied after Judge Real suppressed testimony from father Greg Boyle, an expert in Los Angeles gangs.
Father Boyle believes that Alex's case is built on weak evidence and that he was targeted due to his political activism, specifically on police harassment and abuse. US Ninth Circuit Judge Manuel Real rejected Alex's bail due to assumed risk of flight. Over one-hundred supporters gathered outside the courtroom and demanded Alex's release and a fair trial. Included in the crowd of supporters was former State Senator Tom Hayden, author Luis Rodriguez, and Barrios Unidos founder Nane Alejandrez. Other vocal supporters have included UFW founder Dolores Huerta and hip-hop author Jeff Chang.
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