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Huge Show of Support Needed for Jeff Hogg

Jeff Hogg is still resisting the federal grand jury. His next hearing is in Eugene Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 11:15 AM.

Jeff has been held in Grants Pass for over a month. While there, he has
been denied his nursing textbooks and is, in his own words, "very
bored." The hearing on the 15th will be the first time he has seen his
friends and supporters since he was taken into custody on May 18(!) and
our first chance to see him. We really need to PACK THE COURTROOM to
show him how much we appreciate his principled stance against government
repression and the misuse of the grand jury!

The hearing is for his Grumbles motion. This is a motion arguing that
since Jeff will never cooperate with the grand jury the coercive value
of imprisoning him is negated, continuing to hold him becomes punitive
while he has not been found guilty of anything, and thus he must be
released immediately.

After the hearing, there will be another chance to see him and show our
support as they bring him out of the courthouse and load him in the
transport van (whether he gets released or not, they will have to
transport him back to the jail for processing). Bring signs and help us
tell Jeff what a hero he is for standing up!

So that is a week from Tuesday at 11:15 on the 15th, Eugene federal
courthouse. See you there!
Eugene Weekly Article on Jeff Hogg 10.Aug.2006 17:30

Kera Abraham



Summer has sucked for Jeff Hogg, a nursing student who has been in jail since May 18. He hasn't been charged with any crime, but he was held in contempt of court by Judge Michael Hogan after refusing to testify to a federal grand jury. The feds wanted information about defendants in Operation Backfire, the string of arrests for acts of eco-sabotage that occurred over the past decade, but Hogg wouldn't talk.

Before entering the courthouse in May, Hogg made a brief statement to supporters, who were not allowed to watch the contempt proceedings. "I am being forced to choose between betraying social change movements or going to jail without committing a crime," he said. "It's not a fun choice to make, and it makes you question everything you believe in. ... But I won't be coerced by the government to give up my principles."

Hogg has now spent three months in jail first in Lane County, then in Grants Pass and he wants out before his planned release on Sept. 30. His attorney, Paul Loney, filed a motion for his immediate release, arguing that since Hogg will never cooperate with the grand jury, there is no coercive value for keeping him in jail. His detention becomes punitive while he has not been found guilty of anything, Loney argues.

"Mr. Hogg has made it clear that he will not cooperate," Loney said after the May court proceedings. "This is a misuse of the grand jury system. The founding fathers never intended it to be used by the government to prepare their case for trial."

According to a press release from the local Civil Rights Outreach Committee (CROC), Hogg has been "very bored" in jail and has been denied his nursing textbooks. He has not seen his friends or supporters since he was taken into custody.

The federal court will hear the motion for Hogg's release at 11:15 am on Aug. 15 at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene. Supporters will rally for Hogg outside the courthouse beginning at 11 am. Kera Abraham