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 Post subject: AR Activist sentenced to ten months for resisting grand jury
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:56 pm 
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thumbs up for this dude

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 Post subject: Re: AR Activist sentenced to ten months for resisting grand
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:58 pm 
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Let's all write him letters! Stay tuned to this website: http://www.supportjordan.com/

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 Post subject: Re: AR Activist sentenced to ten months for resisting grand
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:06 pm 
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He does seem totally rad! For anyone waiting to click the link, theres a song. And its pretty awesome. JoPa, can you explain the situation a bit? I'm reading on both sites linked to, but I'm still confused.


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 Post subject: Re: AR Activist sentenced to ten months for resisting grand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:41 pm 
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Well, I wasn't super aware of this case, but it appears Mr. Halliday was allegedly involved in releasing mink from a fur farm in the state of Utah. Rather than being charged normally and going through the court system normally, he was indicted by a grand jury, which is kind of an investigatory court, rather than the normal type of criminal (or other) court where proceedings generally begin once evidence has already been gathered by the prosecution and produced to the defense, and then they fight it out from there. In a grand jury, the purpose, technically, is to ascertain if there's enough evidence to proceed to trial.

The problem is that defendants in grand juries don't have the same protections as they would in regular court, so while grand juries are supposed to ensure that people aren't getting dragged into trial court when there is insufficient cause, in reality, they are kind of a rights vacuum, where they can be compelled to testify without a lawyer (and charged with contempt if they refuse, like Jordan Halliday), and where the judge can declare that the due process rights (which are supposed to ensure fair trial, etc.) granted to them by the fifth and sixth amendments do not apply.

In this case, Jordan Halliday refused to testify before the grand jury he was called to, and he was therefore convicted of contempt of court and was just sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment as a result.

In sum, it's complete and utter bullshiitake.

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 Post subject: Re: AR Activist sentenced to ten months for resisting grand
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:00 pm 
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God it's really upsetting that so many types of legal injustice are widespread, and kind of secretly so.

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 Post subject: Re: AR Activist sentenced to ten months for resisting grand
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Yes, yes, yes, support Jordan any way you can.

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 Post subject: Re: AR Activist sentenced to ten months for resisting grand
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:57 pm 
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Cute song, he even references double rainbows!

I'm not totally down with alf, but getting sentenced to prison without having a proper trial doesn't seem quite right somehow...

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