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Santa Cruz Eleven Court Support
Date Tuesday July 14
Time 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Location Details
Department 6, Santa Cruz Superior Court
701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz
Event Type Court Date
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Tomorrow morning, Tuesday 7/14, at 8:15 am in Department 6 of the Santa Cruz Courthouse defense attorneys for the remaining 4 of the SC11 will be discussing possible pre-trial outcomes of the case with prosecutor Greg Peinado.

This is the first court date of the month that may prove to be a big one for the remaining defendants. With trial potentially starting in just two weeks, let’s show up in support! Just being there can really make a difference to those charged, especially as it has been years since the occupation that led to all of this. Court can be really isolating and uncomfortable, let’s make sure our friends know they are cared for!

This is also an opportunity to show the City that we are still paying attention and care about what is happening.

Tomorrow, there seems to be the possibility of attorneys coming to a pre-trial settlement (plea bargain or deal), or at least making steps in that direction. As of yet, Peinado has not offered anything to the defendants, and has often said he has to consult with his “higher ups” in before making or responding to offers of settlement. This is a continued practice after being criticized in court for coming to hearings without the power to do anything, therefor wasting the time of the judge and defense attorneys as well as tax payer money.

It seems that the defendants are preparing to go to trial while also being open to resolving the case beforehand if the City were to offer something they could agree to. The prosecution has pushed for a large restitution in this case and held on to the felony charges despite having the power to resolve this case by dropping or lowering the charges and restitution.

It has been a question throughout this case of where the motivation and power lie in the prosecution. Bob Lee and his ties to Wells Fargo were influential, but now he is no longer with us. Who is in charge? Who is asking for the continued prosecution and seeking of restitution? Is it Wells Fargo? Or City of Santa Cruz officials?

Regardless of the answers to these questions it is up to us to show each other that we care when the City and State repress activists and members of our community. It is up to us to find what is inspiring about this situation, or create that inspiration for ourselves.

See you tomorrow friends!


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by Steve Pleich
(spleich [at] gmail.com) Monday Jul 13th, 2015 5:00 PM
The pronouncement of sentence in the case of the six UCSC students who blocked Highway 1 in protest over rising tuition fees comes less that four months after the action and provides both closure and an opportunity to move forward for our community and for the students themselves. It is all the more notable because the case of the Santa Cruz Eleven still lingers in the court as we approach the four year mark, The remaining four defendants continue to languish in a legal netherworld where justice delayed seems to be the prosecutorial rule of the day. How much longer must they and the community wait to see an end to this wasteful and pointless exercise? We anxiously, and impatiently, await the answer.
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