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Home About Us Prisoners of Conscience 2002 - SOA 86 Schedule of Events
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  • January 21st Jury trials for four defendants charged with Class A misdemeanors

  • January 26th Festival of Hope and Resistance
    7:00 pm Howard Johnson Presidential Room 1011 Veterans Parkway

  • January 27th Trial of 40 Defendants
    7:30 am Procession to Courthouse from Howard Johnson
    9:00 am Trial begins Columbus Federal Courthouse 120 12th St.

  • February 9th Festival of Hope and Resistance
    7:00 pm Howard Johnson Presidential Room 1011 Veterans Parkway

  • February 10th Trial of 39 Defendants
    7:30 am Procession to Courthouse beginning at Howard Johnson
    9:00 am Trial Begins Columbus Federal Courthouse 120 12th St.

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    The largest group of defendants ever is set to stand trial for speaking truth to power at the SOA. Come to Columbus to support our friends as they face up to 18 month in prison for their nonviolent acts of solidarity.

    In addition to these federal cases, Karl Meyer, who last year completed a six month prison sentence for crossing the line, faces city charges for refusing to allow the police to search him before entering the protest site. Karl will be arraigned in absentia on January 17th and unless the charges are dismissed at that time, scheduled for trial.

    Two of the defendants were tried and sentenced in December. Dave Tarbell was sentenced to 3 months in prison and a $500 fine. Vincent Jackson was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a $2,500 fine.

    Those slated for jury trials include Rachel Shiveley, who was arrested and jailed after making a wrong turn and becoming lost a couple of miles inside the grounds of Ft. Benning on Saturday, the day before the protest. Charity Ryerson, Jeremiah John and Andrew Olive are charged with destruction of government property. In addition to the charges above, which carry a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison, they are also charged with trespassing and so face up to 18 months in prison. The defense attorney for Andrew Olive is still seeking witnesses in his case.

    The two large group trials consist of people charged with trespassing for crossing onto Ft Benning property as part of the solemn funeral procession. Each of the two trials will begin with a festival of hope and resistance featuring speakers, musician and a commissioning service for the defendants. The morning of, there will be a procession from the Howard Johnson to the courthouse. During the trial itself, there will be opportunities for supporters to rotate in and out of the courtroom and maintain a vigil on the courthouse steps. In previous years, supporters have come together to plan a nonviolent direct action at Ft. Benning during the trial.

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