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Jury Vindicates Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2:42 PM PDT-- A federal jury today returned a final verdict in favor of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney in their civil rights lawsuit against four FBI agents and three Oakland Police officers. The jury awarded a total of $4.4 million in damages
Here's the 3:15 PM press release from the Bari vs. FBI Media Office:

OAKLAND,CA The jury in the Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney federal civil rights lawsuit against four FBI agents and three Oakland Police officers awarded plaintiffs $4.4 million for violation of the activists' Constitutional rights and returned a verdict largely in favor of Earth First! activists Cherney and the late Judi Bari. In a legal victory of historic proportions against the FBI, the jury found that six of the seven defendants violated the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution by arresting the activists, conducting searches of their homes, and carrying out a smear campaign in the press, calling Earth First! a terrorist organization and calling the activists bombers, in the aftermath of the explosion of a bomb that was planted in Judi Bari's car in 1990. This verdict finds unlawful the actions of those in charge of the bombing investigation, and vindicates Bari and Cherney.

FBI agents Frank Doyle, John Reikes, Philip Sena and OPD officer Mike Sims were found to have violated Bari and Cherney's First Amendment rights. In addition, OPD officer Sitterud was found to have violated Cherney's First Amendment rights. Doyle was found to have violated Bari's Fourth Amendment rights related to the search of her home, and Doyle and OPD officer Chenault were found to have violated Cherney's Fourth Amendment rights. FBI agent Doyle and OPD officer Sims were found to have violated Bari's Fourth Amendment rights in relation to her arrest. The jury returned an "undecided" verdict with respect to violations of Cherney's Fourth Amendment rights for his arrest.

Frank Doyle was the agent in charge of the 1990 bomb scene, and taught an FBI bomb school at a Louisiana Pacific clearcut a month prior to the bombing. Doyle was also the Squad 13 relief supervisor. Squad 13 was the joint terrorism squad made up of FBI and Oakland officers and collected extensive files on political groups in the Bay Area.

Reikes was the head of the FBI's terrorist squad who came to OPD headquarters the day of the bombing to give the inflammatory briefing on Earth First!

Sena was already engaged in a secret investigation of Earth First! and concocted a fake informant tip.

Sims was an OPD homicide lieutenant in charge of other officers investigating the bombing and the decision-maker for the unjust arrests of the activists.

Sitterud ignored evidence at the scene and concocted information that would implicate the activists. Chenault wrote the first fraudulent search warrant affidavit.

This verdict is a referendum against the FBI's gross interference with people's right to dissent at a time when Attorney General Ashcroft, FBI Director Mueller and the Bush administration are arrogating huge power to themselves and the FBI to spy on legitimate groups and organizers and infringe the Constitutional rights of the public. The filled-out 21-page verdict form is available for viewing and printing at http//www.judibari.org/third_verdict_form_final.pdf

homepage: homepage: http://www.judibari.org/

H01y $h1T !! 11.Jun.2002 16:15

hn...hn

It's about f8cking t1me.

Let's make the most of this 11.Jun.2002 17:21

anti-Department of Homeland Security

O.K., so the movement just won a major victory. This verdict clearly exposes cointelpro right at the same time that Bush is touring the country to whip up support for the Department of Homeland security (I just heard him spouting a bunch of anti-immigrant rhetoric on the news a few hours ago). Soooooo.... lets make the most of this. Lets put pressure on any corporate news outlets that "forget" to report the verdict or that bury it (this is front page shit, here!!!), lets write letters to the editor, lets mobilize big protests wherever Bush goes, lets use the verdict as rhetorical ammunition against Homeland Security, the FBI and police statism in general.
Right on Redwood Summer Justice Project!!!!!!!!

re: Let's make the most of this 11.Jun.2002 19:01

devidas

Tying in these issues w/ Dept. of Homeland Security is a great idea. Unfortunately, there's a lot of talk of people thinking trading rights for "security" is a great deal. Its amazing how people forget USA history - McCarthy should be more than enough ammo against DHS.