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Fri Jan 29 2010
L.A. Judge Rules Animal Liberation Front Not a Gang
Fri Jan 29 2010
Animal Rights Case Involves First Use of California Stalking Law Against Protestors
On January 26th, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley ruled that the Animal Liberation Front is not a "gang." The government had tried to find two animal rights protestors guilty of being "gang members." Judge Wesley stated that the prosecution's expert Lt. Butte had "misled the grand jury. The ALF does not meet the legal requirements to be considered a gang. Their primary goal is to save animals, not commit crimes." That charge was dismissed though other charges remain.

This ruling stems from the preliminary hearing in the California case against Linda Faith Greene and Kevin Richard Olliff. Greene and Olliff are animal rights activists who protested and demonstrated against animal researchers. The alleged victims were animal researchers at UCLA, Dr. Lynn Fairbanks and Dr. Dario Ringach. They also protested against an employee of POM Wonderful. POM uses animal research in their advertising to try to support claims that their juice helps men with erectile dysfunction. Their trial will commence March 3, 2010.

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