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Wed Sep 4 2013 (Updated 09/23/13)Four Facing Charges for 75 River Street Occupation Still Face Long Wait for Trial
Wed Sep 4 2013 (Updated 09/23/13)Trial Related to Bank Occupation of 2011 Rescheduled for March of 2014
On August 28, the trial date for those charged in association with the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street in Santa Cruz was pushed back yet again. The four remaining defendants found out they will now face trial on March 3, 2014. More than 300 people crossed the threshold of the building in the course of the three day occupation which occurred during the height of the Occupy movement in November and December of 2011. Authorities claim there was thousands of dollars in damages to the building, and eventually eleven people who were dubbed the Santa Cruz Eleven by supporters would each be charged with two separate felonies and two discrete trespassing charges. Seven of the Eleven had all of their charges dismissed by the summer of 2012.
At a pre-trial hearing on August 16, 2013, Santa Cruz Judge Paul Burdick asked the prosecution if the “people” thought it necessary to go forward with the cases, given the profound expense it would cost considering that the damage amount to the building was only $20,000. The assistant district attorney stated that the “community” he is hearing from does want to see a jury trial. After a hearing to assess scheduling conflicts on August 28, a new trial date was set for March 3, with a readiness hearing scheduled for February 27.
Brent Adams writes: "There has been a plea offer made to us but we’re not budging. Why would I plead guilty for shit I didn’t do? I was there on principle in the first place so I’m not about to take the easy path out just because I’m fearing jail time."
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