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Home About Us Prisoners of Conscience 2002 - SOA 86 1/27/03 Trial Update
1/27/03 Trial Update PDF Print E-mail
The first day of trials ended with 23 of the 43 defendants being adjudicated. A total of 17 plead ?guilty? with an additional 6 defendants pleading ?not-guilty? while stipulating to the facts put forward by the prosecutor. All defendants appeared before Judge G. Mallon Faircloth at the U.S. District Court in Columbus, GA. Faircloth saw defendants in groups of six. Defendants were not allowed into the court room unless they were the six on trial. Near the end of the day, federal marshalls cleared almost half of the spectators from the courtroom when they stood to offer words of encouragement to defendants being taken into custody.

The trial began with four students from The University of San Francisco. The President of the University, Steve Privett, testified on their behalf (?The defendants are not criminals but people of conscience?).

1. Linda Aguilar (San Francisco, CA) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

2. Margaret Rossi (San Francisco, CA) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

3. Guadalupe Chavez (San Francisco, CA) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

4. Sondra Angulo (San Francisco, CA) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

5. Loring Harkness IV (Northfield, MN) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

6. Dave Depp (Doswell, VA) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

7. William Combs (Tallahassee, FL) ? 3 months in federal prison (self-report)

8. Eric Zibbel (Oberlin, OH) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

9. Seth Cohen (Fair Oaks, CA) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

10. Daniel Marx (Northfield, MN) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

11.Timothy Grivois (Chicago, IL) - 12 months probation, 250 hours community service, $500 fine

12. Philip D'Onofrio (Salem, OR) - 3 months in federal prison (self-report)
- ?Thank you judge. These harsh sentences will only make our movement stronger.?

13. Sr. Mary Hamilton (Rosemont, PA) ? 3 months in federal prison (self-report)

14. Katherine Bjorkman (Burlington, WI) ? 3 months in federal prison (self-report)
- ?My heart, mind and soul have commanded me to act out in opposition to the great injustice that continues each day that this school?no matter what one calls it?exists.?

15. Marvin Warren (Poughkeepsie, NY) ? 3 months in federal prison (self-report)

16. Derrlyn Tom (repeat line-crosser)(San Francisco, CA) ? 6 months in federal prison (self-report)

17. Thomas Cleary (repeat line-crosser)(Richmond, VA) ? 6 months in home confinement

Begin not-guilty pleas

18. Katherine Brown (Providence, RI) ? 3 months in federal prison (self-report), $500 fine

19. Edith (Toni) Balot (Jefferson, LA) ? 3 months in federal prison (self-report)
- ?Foreign Aid must no longer be used to train Latin Americans in terrorism and torture, murder and rape, in order to keep their own people oppressed.?

20. Jesse Carr (Oberlin, OH) ? 3 months in federal prison (self-report), $500 fine
- ?In crossing the line I upheld the law of humanity and justice.?

21. Eloy Garcia (Maryknoll, NY) ? 3 months in federal prison (reported immediately), $500 fine
- ?It needs to be understood that a nation built on laws can still perpetuate injustice.?

22. Marie Salupo (Maryknoll, NY) ? 3 months in federal prison (self-report), $500 fine

23. Scott Schaeffer-Duffy (Worcester, MA) ? 3 months in federal prison (reported immediately)
 

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