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Two Years for Sleeping on a Courthouse Bench? The Appeal
Date Thursday March 21
Time 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location Details
701 Ocean St. Dept. Dept. 5
Event Type Court Date
Organizer/AuthorRobert Norse
Emailrnorse3 [at]
Address309 Cedar PMB #14B Santa Cruz, CA 95060
"Ground Zero" Gary Johnson, sentenced to two years by Judge GrimGavel Gallagher, last year, was "guilty" of four counts of sleeping on the bench in front of the courthouse with a sign "Sleep is Not a Crime".

He was protesting the 6 PM to 6 AM curfew unilaterally imposed by Susan Mauriello to kill the Occupy Santa Cruz demonstrations.

Gary's blog is where you can find links to attorney Ed Frey's brief on the case.

A three judge panel is expected to rubberstamp Gallagher's decision, however members of the public are welcome to come and be witnesses to this travesty.

As a tangential but not entirely irrelevant sidenote, the incompetent and relentless prosecutor of the Santa Cruz Eleven, Rebekah Young has left the D.A.'s office as of last Friday and reportedly is going to work as a reporter in Texas.

Apparently exposing abuses may have an impact.
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Mar 20th, 2013 11:13 PM

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by G
Thursday Mar 21st, 2013 10:14 AM
If like last time, a few local judges will review the appeal filing, make some snide remarks, and then forward the paperwork to the State Appellate court, 6th Circuit, San Jose. Probably a boring hearing, although you never know.

The nature of this protest was different than PeaceCamp2010, and in my opinion much more focused on the injustice of law, as enforced and prosecuted in Santa Cruz. But I thought the Constitution meant something, before these trials, so maybe I am wrong about giving consent to such tyranny.

It is curious that Rebekah Young was apparently a news droid (CNN/ABC?) before arriving in Santa Cruz to assist with Bob Lee's wasteful and hate filled agenda, only to leave again, to become a news droid in Texas. I wonder what might be crawling around under those rocks...