Tre Arrow Denied Bail Again
The judge has set the bar extremely high, but supporters are determined to match whatever amount is required.
It was great to see Tre in court today. There were 13 supporters filling the whole front row and more. Tre was flashing peace signs and " I Love U" signals the whole time -- behind his back, so the judge couldn't see.
Sadly, the judge did not accept the surety and bond offered. The Crown argued, and the judge agreed, that it has to be someone in BC putting up $200k - $300k in cash or equity. Plus someone who can prove they can "control" Tre and be his "jailer in the community" 24 hours a day.
The bond and surety offered by James, Tre's father in Florida, and Mike here in BC were rejected by the judge. Tre was ordered detained, and he's back in maximum security at North Fraser Pretrial Centre.
Extradition hearings are next on the agenda, and a date of Jan 4th at 10 am was arranged to set a date for that. Tre can attend that mini-hearing or not, whichever he chooses. Lawyer Tim Russell says the extradition hearing is likely to happen four or five months later, and there are many avenues for appeal and so on, so Tre probably will still be in Canada for 2005.
Bail reviews and hearings can be scheduled at any time; as long as there's a new plan on the table, the judge will look at it. The Crown lawyer is really harsh, though - she's repeating all these unsubstantiated allegations as if they are fact, and the judge accepts it.
We'll continue working to get the story out in alternative media.
Tre Arrow Support Circle Speaks Out
Vancouver, Dec. 3 -- We're here to demonstrate that Tre Arrow is a member of a world-wide community dedicated to protecting the environment, promoting peace, feeding the hungry, and ending animal suffering. Tre has friends and supporters across Canada and the US and around the world. This week, people came all the way from Halifax, Victoria, and Portland, Oregon to visit Tre and offer help. Tre is in jail, but he remains connected to this huge circle of people who care about him and support his life's work.
Tre belongs out here with us, protecting wild places and helping to create a sustainable future. Tre is an incredibly effective activist, and the peaceful actions he or;ganized succeeded in protecting old-growth watersheds in Oregon. Five years ago, Tre ran for US Congress and won 15,000 votes. Tre has risked his life in tree-sits, faced guns and chainsaws, and his actions have always been completely non-violent.
Tre is a remarkable person who makes a deep impression on everyone he meets because of his vibrant energy and his passion for all living things. Even in maximum security, Tre refuses to compromise his principles, and he continues to inspire us all.
Any of us would welcome Tre into our homes. A number of people here would post their life savings to bail him out of jail. The judge has set the bond higher than we expected, but we will raise whatever amount is needed. People are sending contributions to the Tre Arrow legal defense fund, and we're planning benefit shows here in Vancouver to help him with his extradition case. We hope he'll get his wish: to stay here in Canada.
Tre is our friend. We love him, and we stand by him. He belongs out here, with us.
Canadian Press story:
American awaiting extradition to U.S. denied bail for second time
VANCOUVER (CP) - An environmentalist due to face a hearing on extradition to the United States Jan. 4 was denied bail in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday.
Tre Arrow, 30, is wanted in Oregon on charges he set fire to logging and cement trucks in 2001.
Arrow's lawyer, Tim Russell, suggested bail conditions but Justice Patrick Dohm turned them down.
"This plan is not acceptable," Dohm said.
Bail considerations generally involve posting of bail, an approved residence and other conditions. Details cannot be published due to a publication ban expected to remain throughout extradition proceedings.
It's the second time, Dohm has rejected bail proposals from Arrow's lawyers.
Earlier this year, Dohm suggested bail should be in the $200,000-$300,000 range.
A handful of supporters filled the court's front row.
"Tre belongs out here with us protecting wild places and helping to create a sustainable future," supporters said in a prepared statement. "Even in maximum security, Tre refuses to compromise his principles."
They said the judge has set bail higher than expected but they pledged to raise it.
In September, Arrow was sentenced to two days in jail after pleading guilty to shoplifting and giving a false name to police.
Arrow, who legally changed his name from Michael Scarpitti, was arrested in Victoria by a store security officer on March 13 while trying to steal a pair of bolt cutters from a Canadian Tire store.
He struggled briefly with the officer who held him until police arrived.
Officers, however, became suspicious about his identity. Checks utlimately revealed he was on the FBI's most wanted list as an alleged domestic terrorist.
Arrow is currently seeking refugee status in Canada.
The FBI claims he is associated with the Earth Liberation Front, which has claimed responsibility for dozens of acts of destruction over the past few years.
The charges carry combined penalties of up to 80 years in prison.*
*(Note: The prosecutor in the case actually said Tre could face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.)
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