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POSTPONED -- AETA4 Court Appearance

Date:
Monday, March 29, 2010
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Event Type:
Court Date
Organizer/Author:
Location Details:
San Jose Federal Court
280 S. 1ST ST.
San Jose, CA
9:00AM
Courtroom 6 (Floor 4)

Originally scheduled for March 22 and postponed to March 29.

This is the first AETA4 court appearance in two months. This will be a brief hearing to set dates for further motions, deadlines, and possibly to set a trial date.

The AETA4 are four individuals charged with terrorism and facing ten years in federal prison for allegedly participating in home pickets and chalking the sidewalks in the neighborhoods of University of California animal experimenters.

The court has recently denied the defense motion to dismiss, which challenged the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act statute .

And in recent months, the court granted the government’s motion for handwriting exemplars of all four defendants. The government’s stated goal is to “further prepare for trial on the current charges as well as possibly bring additional charges.” Cited are two alleged incidents of found “scrapes” of paper possibly relating to animal torture. The government’s motion also states that there is “an ongoing investigation regarding related crimes committed through the use of the United States Postal Service that may have been committed by one or more of these defendants.” All of the defendants have provided handwriting exemplars to the FBI, and we should know the outcome of the FBI’s "forensic handwriting analysis" in the near future.

Please come show your support and dress conservatively if entering the courtroom.
Added to the calendar on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 6:37PM
§Postponed yet again
by AETA4 Support Team
New date is now Monday, April 5. Same time, same courthouse.
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