On 5 October 2006, 10 responsible citizens were arrested in the World Can't Wait protest. That day they protested against the war and against Bush in a world that soon would no longer be dominated by republicans.
In December '06, Ryan Dunn won his jury trial with Leah Greenwald providing the legal heroics. Civil disobedience protesters often win their jury trials in this county because the community does not support police behavior, and DA prosecution, of civil disobedience protesters.
The DA's office elected to proceed as a violation, and not a crime, against most of the remaining arrestees, and thereby denying them their right to a jury trial, to have a lawyer appointed at no expense, and to have the burden of proof on the state be lowered from Beyond a Reasonable Doubt to just a preponderance of the evidence.
Enter the defense team: Spencer Hahn, Lee Berger, John Sarre, Sam Kauffman, Thad Betz, Robert Callahan, Ben Haile, Paul Loney, and yours truly.
The arrestees' lawyers argued for full discovery and received more information from the state as a result. The lawyers argued to restore defendants' constitutional rights and were denied, but got the court's careful consideration. Two of the lawyers, Spencer and Ben, got the charges against their clients reduced from misdemeanors to violations.
Today was the first day of trial for most of the remaining group of 9 arrestees. The state told the court it had enough witnesses for this trial to last 3 WEEKS! But this morning, Spencer Hahn argued on behalf of all arrestees that the court and the State of Oregon had denied all defendants their Speedy Trial rights.
Judge Philbrook heard all argument from the DA against the motion, heard arguments from other defense lawyers supporting it, and carefully considered all evidence relevant to the speedy trial motion. After carefully considering all the evidence, J. Philbrook ruled that the cases against the defendants should be dismissed!!!!
THANK YOU SPENCER HAHN!!!
And congrats to Paul Forester, Brent Georgeson, Bonnie Tinker, Victor Phillips, Adriane Ackerman, and Chris Knudtsen.