On Thursday (8/26), a federal grand jury presently convened in Seattle
sent yet another political dissident to jail. This time, the dissident,
and now federal prisoner, is Gina Lynn, a long-time animal activist
Southern California. Gina was jailed on contempt charges after refusing
answer questions based on her constitutional rights under the First and
Members of the Seattle-based grand jury exhibited a shocking lack of
understanding of the importance of these constitutionally protected
rights. One juror even went so far as to challenge Gina to explain her
reasoning for refusing to answer on the basis of the First Amendment.
quietly explained how the First Amendment protects free speech and
as well as freedom of association, but the thick-headed juror simply
responded that Gina is "completely misinformed."
States Gina, "It has never been my intention to cooperate with this
political witch hunt, and I remain firm in my principled resistance to
these secretive probes. Their aim is to disrupt and destroy political
movements such as ours. I will not be a willing participant." Gina also
issued a statement from Jail September 3rd.
Since being jailed for exercising her constitutionally-protected
Gina has been refusing food in protest. Please join her in taking a
for the civil liberties of all activists.
The Grand Jury system, long since abolished in most democratic nations,
denies an individual her most fundamental of civil rights and poses a
grave threat to the constitutional rights of every American. The Grand
Jury is the antithesis of all that is democratic and has no place in a
Within Grand Jury proceedings, an individual is not allowed the
of legal counsel and cannot invoke Fifth Amendment privilege to
self-incrimination. Those previously appearing before this Federal
Jury have even been jailed for asserting their First Amendment
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