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Starhawk: Actvist Mary Bull in SF Jail on Felony Charges and Needs Support!

International Activist Mary Bull is being held on felony charges in SF for pouring fake blood at Chevron lockdown action.
taken from an email from Starhawk :
"Mary Bull, indefatigable Boycott the Gap organizer and Pagan cluster member, was arrested this morning at Chevron in the course of our GREAT action against the war in Iraq, in which a river of blood (cornstarch, food coloring and water) was spilled across the ground in front of the entrance to the plaza. She is currently charged with felony vandalism. (People are being asked) to call the San Francisco District Attorney's office, Terence Hallinan, at 415-553-1741 and urge him to have the charges dropped. Please remember, when calling, that Hallinan is generally very supportive of activists and civil disobedience, so there's no need to take an antagonistic tone. "
Otherwise, protesters succeeded in blockading both Chevron and Diane Feinstein's office. About thirty people were arrested altogether. The others were charged with trespassing, cited and released.
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Arraignment for Mary Bull
by Judy Haney Monday November 18, 2002 at 10:12 PM
Court Support for Mary Bull
As you know Mary Bull was arrested this morning at Chevron. She is the
only remaining activist from the River of Blood action still in jail.
She has two Felony counts against her now -- Vandalism and Intent (?),
(excessive use of cornstarch!) with bail set at $21,000 She's likely to
be arraigned tomorrow morning at 9:00 am. So let's show support for Mary
by showing up at the County Jail at 850 Bryant St, rm 201 at 9 am. We'll
know more what's happening when we get there based on what's on the docket.
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Call SF DA Hallinan's office - they have been very courteous about the calls, but they need to hear from more people: 415-553-1741

homepage: homepage: http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/11/1543867_comment.php#1543978

Update 20.Nov.2002 09:48


Update re Mary Bull, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday
by Webb Mealy Tuesday November 19, 2002 at 07:21 PM

7:00 pm Tuesday

I spoke with Judy Haney, who is waiting with some others at the SF County Sherriff's Department for the release of Mary Bull.
As of mid-afternoon, Mary had been granted bail to be released on OR (own recognizance), but since then another hurdle has been thrown up. As the explanation goes, they are currently holding her in a psychiatric cell (the "rubber room"), and a psychiatric evaluation needs to be done before she can be released, adding another six or so hours to her incarceration. The sense of those trying to achieve her release is that other hurdles may yet be thrown up in order to prolong the ordeal as long as possible through administrative stalling tactics.

This is an outrage. To be charged with two felony counts is illegitimate in the first place, but to be refused release even when bail is provided is breach of due process and cruel and unusual punishment. Mary's attorney was completely unprepared for this bait and switch tactic.

If you know the evening contact numbers of any SF supervisors or other public officials that might have some influence over this vindictive process, you are encouraged to use them. Demand the immediate release of Mary Bull.

Webb Mealy

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Correction and Update to Mary Bull jail situation
by Webb Tuesday November 19, 2002 at 07:49 PM

7:45 pm Tuesday

The latest on Mary Bull is that the OR officer has certified her for release. According to current appearances she should be out between 9:00 and 11:00 pm this evening.

Correction to the previous comment by me: bail was NOT posted, and Mary is being released on own recognizance.

Webb Mealy

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Mary Bull is Out of Jail!
by Webb Tuesday November 19, 2002 at 10:04 PM

Good news! :

Mary Bull is out of jail, as of about 9:00 this evening. She's in good spirits, and is animatedly questioning people about the parts of the action she missed (she was taken away from the scene and put in a van). She has not slept, and plans to sue for the mistreatment she received while locked up.

Webb Mealy, passing on a message from Judy Haney