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Oregonian Article: Suspect in anti-logging arson still at large

8/15 report about the release pending trial of the first 3 suspects and making it about Tre Arrow
Suspect in anti-logging arson still at large



Popular forest activist Tre Arrow remained a fugitive on arson charges Wednesday as a federal magistrate in Portland freed his three co-defendants from jail pending trial.

Arrow's co-defendants -- Jacob D.B. Sherman, 20; Angela M. Cesario, 23; and Jeremy D. Rosenbloom, 25 -- pleaded not guilty to charges that they set fire to logging trucks during last year's protests of the Eagle Creek timber sale. Each faces up to 80 years in prison.

Authorities took Sherman and Rosenbloom into custody Tuesday morning, and Cesario turned herself in that evening.

Attorneys for the three said in court Wednesday that their clients have long been aware the FBI was investigating the June 1, 2001, arson at Ray A. Schoppert Logging Inc. near Estacada. Yet none fled, they said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Jelderks noted that the three had no criminal records, held jobs and were students at Portland State University. Jelderks released them pending trial but with conditions: They must remain in Portland -- Cesario also may travel to Gresham -- and stay at home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Also, Jelderks said they are not to associate with environmental groups. None of the activists quibbled about that condition. But Andrew Bates, Sherman's lawyer, argued that it appeared to violate free-speech rights.

"It seems fundamentally unconstitutional," he said.

Jelderks said the defendants were free to return to court seeking redress of the restriction. But he cautioned that FBI agents might monitor such associations as part of their investigation, which might hurt their defense.

Jessica White, a volunteer with Cascadia Forest Alliance, said it seemed unfair to label Arrow a fugitive because he might not be aware of the arson charges.

"Tre is no danger to the public," she said. "He has a history of nonviolence, very public civil disobedience."

Arrow, whose given name is Michael J. Scarpitti, drew attention to the Eagle Creek logging project in July 2000 when he perched 11 days on a ledge outside a U.S. Forest Service building in downtown Portland. He also made an unsuccessful bid for Congress. Bryan Denson: 503-294-7614:  bryandenson@news.oregonian.com

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Bryan Denson changes tune ever so slightly 15.Aug.2002 09:06

media watch dog

I notice that in today's snOregonian article Bryan Denson has changed his phrasing about Tre Arrow's name. In the beginning of the article he calls Tre by his legal name, "Tre Arrow", and not until the end says, "whose given name is Michael J. Scarpitti". This is a **slight** improvement over yesterday's article, where Denson said, "Michael J. Scarpitti, 28, better known as Tre Arrow" first, then calls him "Arrow" throughout. Perhaps Denson or snOregonian editors saw the well-founded criticisms about not recognizing Tre's real name here on indymedia yesterday? I.e., Gia wrote here: "it is worth noting that Tre made his name legal shortly after coming off the ledge. To say 'Michael Scapitti, aka Tre Arrow' or that he 'sometimes goes by the name Tre Arrow' insinuated that he is hiding behind falehood and trying to decieve people, when in fact he has always stood by his words and actions, and he has always acted with the highest degree of honesty and integrity, speaking truth to power and expressing his concience in an open and direct manner."

We *know* some corporate media folks here in town read indymedia. Some of them might even pay attention to what they see here.

Let's keep posting slams and critiques of corporate media lies to indymedia. They should know that someone's gonna call them on their shit. I don't personally think they'll ever make a habit out of truthful and fair reporting, but it's good to make them work harder.

BTW, if Denson did improve slightly today because of criticism, that's no reason to thank him. Accuracy is supposed to be his damn job.

Also.. 15.Aug.2002 10:04


Denson didn't once use the term "eco-terrorism" in the article. (I e-mailed him complimenting him for using the neutral legal term "arson" to describe the charges.)