top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Thu Apr 26 2012
Judge Burdick Dismisses Charges Against Four of the Santa Cruz Eleven
DA Says She'll Refile; Seven Defendants Still Face Felony and Misdemeanor Charges
Santa Cruz, CA — DA Bob Lee's prosecution (some say "witchhunt") of eleven activists and alternative media journalists came to a crashing halt on April 25th, as Judge Paul Burdick stopped the preliminary hearing after hearing only two prosecution witnesses.

After listening to Officer William Winston of the SCPD and Det. David Gunter's testimony, Burdick challenged Assistant DA Rebekah Young by saying, "Ms. Young, you agree that none of these four defendants committed any act of vandalism."

Young offered that if there were any questions, she had brought Sgt. Harms and Officer Hedley to court "just in case." Neither could testify, however, since neither officer was on the prosecution's witness list. Burdick ignored her and went on, "I have no evidence in this record that any of these defendants committed any act of vandalism. You are relying on an 'aiding' and 'abetting' theory?"

imc_photo.gif Read More | Support the Santa Cruz Eleven

Previous Coverage: imc_photo.gif Demonstration at Wells Fargo in Solidarity with 75 River St. Arrestees || imc_photo.gif Occupy Santa Cruz Marches to Protest Repression of the Occupy Movement || imc_pdf.gif imc_audio.gif Indybay Journalists Charged with Felony: Conspiracy to Make Media || imc_photo.gif Demonstration at Wells Fargo in Santa Cruz: "Drop the Charges! Bust the Banksters!" || imc_pdf.gif ACLU Statement of Support and Petition for "Journalists, Local Press and Activists" || imc_pdf.gif WILPF Condemns Local Law Enforcement and Supports Eleven Local Activists
10/07/18 Tenants Rights Demonstrations Continue at Properties of Slumlords Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/02/18 Rallies Stand Up for Christine Blasey Ford as Future of Supreme Court at Stake Front Page | Womyn | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | U.S. | Government & Elections09/29/18 Founders of "Public Safety" Group Discuss Their Own Brushes with the Law Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia09/28/18 Independent Farm Workers Union Calls for Global Day of Action Against Driscoll's Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Womyn | San Francisco | U.S. | International | Americas | Santa Cruz Indymedia09/25/18 Restraining Order Restricts Animal Rights Protests at Berkeley Whole Foods Front Page | Police State & Prisons | East Bay | Animal Liberation09/18/18 Protesters March on Climate Summit, Disrupt Meeting During Week of Action Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Arts + Action | San Francisco | Immigrant Rights09/17/18 Homeless Advocates Call on Governor Jerry Brown to Veto AB-2178 Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | California | Government & Elections09/10/18 PLO Offices in DC Ordered Closed Days After More Than $300 Million in Funding Cut Front Page | U.S. | International | Government & Elections | Palestine09/08/18 Santa Cruz City Council to Introduce Weak Renter Protections Ahead of Vote on Measure M Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/31/18 Prisoners Strike for Better Conditions, Full Pay, Re-Enfranchisement, Legal Reforms Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Central Valley | North Bay / Marin | California08/28/18 Most Oil Wells Approved Under Jerry Brown in Low Income Areas, Communities of Color Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Education & Student Activism | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections
Related Categories: Santa Cruz Indymedia | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Police State & Prisons | Front Page