Jesse James: more information (Jesse needs character references & donations)

As promised, some more information from Jesse Jamessupport crew:


Hey everyone,

A bunch of us went to Jesse’s court appearance this morning on the charge of violating probation in California. We got to see Jesse and he looked to be in good spirits, though was not allowed to communicate to us. Very little happened during his court appearance, his lawyer asked for a continuance and it was granted. So what will happen next is that on March 24 the lawyers and judge will meet in a closed courtroom to discuss the case and decide on a deal, and then he will appear in court the next day. Right at the end, the judge requested that the lawyers approach the bench and most of the talking happened then. Here is what we found out from his lawyer:

  • The Santa Clara Country probation department is taking this situation really seriously, more seriously than Jesse’s lawyer had anticipated. To them, it is simple: you are on probation for a felony, you commit another felony, you should go to prison (they recommended for 15 months).
  • The judge doesn’t necessarily agree. He asked if this was really a prison case. He is willing to give Jesse good points for having paid all of his restitution in both cases, returning to California to turn himself in, and will probably greatly appreciate a well-laid out legal argument, which is what Jesse’s lawyer intends to provide.
  • At the closed discussion, the judge will want a full report: documentation of everything Jesse has done to make amends, fines paid, any evidence of contact with probation and character references. Jesse’s lawyer will request “probation to terminate upon release” which means that he will ask that Jesse be released and that his probation sentence be considered served already by the time that Jesse is spending in jail right now.
  • Jesse’s lawyer wants to hire a former probation officer to help prepare what is basically an alternative probation recommendation. This would entail him meeting with Jesse and his lawyer and helping put everything together and phrase everything in a way that is most likely to be amiable to the judge and probation department.
  • THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART: Though Jesse’s lawyer is working for free, this probation guy is probably going to cost $500. We need to get the money to his lawyer ASAP so that they have enough time to put together the report. I am pretty sure we can do this in no time. If we all pitch in $10 each, we probably can make it happen.
  • Now is a good time to write character reference letters if you haven’t already. We are going to get a bunch all together and fax them to his lawyer. You can email them to us.
  • If you have any questions, email us at supportjesse (at) riseup dot net

Illegal police surveillance of the Tarnac Ten

Translation of recent article concerning police surveillance of the Tarnac group pre-November 2008.  (courtesy of NOT BORED!)

Discovered in the grocery of the group by an agent of France Telecom in March 2008, an illegal listening device installed by the police threatens the consistency of the investigation.

In the investigation into the sabotage of the high-speed train lines, it is a new shadowy zone. The shadow of manipulation, even. Several wiretaps of the telephones of the young people in Tarnac have been, since March 2008, hidden from justice until today. The police forces haven’t said everything there is to say and this opacity, not at all permitted in a legal case, could become one of the crushing arguments from the defense, which addressed to the judge a new Request for Investigative Measures on Monday.

As Le Canard enchaîné has indicated, one of these eavesdropping devices was unintentionally revealed to a co-manager of the grocery store in Tarnac (Corrèze) in April 2008 by an agent of France Telecom. The agent was penalized. Ever since then, the management of France Telecom has retreated into silence. And for good reason. This eavesdropping had been effectuated outside the perimeter of the legal investigation that was opened after the sabotage of the TGV lines in November 2008 and even before the opening of the preliminary inquest on 11 April 2008.

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Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Hurricane Katrina Killing Probe: 2 Shot, Killed On Danziger Bridge

Huffington Post

Ronald Madison was shot to death on the Danziger Bridge.

NEW ORLEANS — In Hurricane Katrina’s chaotic aftermath, police shot six people – killing two – as they crossed a bridge in search of food. For years the case was a shocking symbol of the confusion and violence that swept through the flooded city. On Wednesday it became a mark of shame for the police department.

As victims’ relatives watched from the courtroom gallery, a retired lieutenant who supervised the department’s probe of the shootings pleaded guilty to orchestrating a cover-up to conceal that police gunned down unarmed civilians.

Michael Lohman, a 21-year veteran of the force, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors said Lohman and other unidentified officers conspired to fabricate witness statements, falsify reports of the incident and plant a gun in an attempt to make it appear the killings were justified.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said the investigation is continuing and would not say whether higher-ranking officials of the police department might be involved.

Lohman’s plea brought at least some closure to families of victims in the best-known of several violent incidents that raised questions about police conduct immediately after Katrina. The shootings happened on Sept. 4, 2005, six days after the storm smashed levees and flooded 80 percent of the city.

Survivors have said the officers fired at unarmed people who were crossing to get food at a grocery store. The officers claimed they opened fire only after being shot at. Ronald Madison, 40 and mentally disabled, and James Brissette, 19, were killed and four others were wounded.

“We are very, very happy about the progress that the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department have made,” said Romell Madison, Ronald’s brother. “The people of New Orleans should be relieved that there is still justice for everybody here.”

Lohman’s plea marked the first conviction in the case. Seven officers were charged with murder or attempted murder but a state judge threw out all the charges. Federal authorities then stepped in to investigate.

The federal prosecutor said Lohman is cooperating with investigators who want to know more about the police department’s actions.

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Honduras: Partial list of resistance members murdered by pro-capitalists

Excerpts from…p-honduras and…20COUP.pdf

07/03/2009 Journalist Gabriel Fino Noriega was murdered by men in a black vehicle who fired seven shots at him on the afternoon of July 3rd as he left a news program at Radio Estelar in San Juan Pueblo.

07/05/2009 Army officers opened machine gun fire against thousands of people who were concentrated on the tarmac. Isis Obed was shot in the head and died immediately.

7/30/2009 Secondary school teacher, member of Copemh, was shot in the face when he attempted to escape brutal repression that occurred in Durazno. He was transferred to the Hospital Escuela, and died on August 1st from the injury.

O8/22/2009 Member of the Democratic Unification Party youth organization, secondary school student and member of the resistance against the coup, was killed on the evening

09/22/2009 he was riding his bicycle on his way to play soccer when according to eyewitnesses; he passed the parked police patrol M110- 6. As he passed the vehicle, the boy yelled “Golpista” at them. In response, a police officer got out of the patrol car with his official firearm, and fired two shots into the boy’s back and head.

10/19/2009 Elementary School teacher and environmental advocate in the western part of the country was assassinated on Monday, October 19th at 7 a.m. when he was driving between Sabanetas and Macuelizo, Santa Bárbara.

01/10/2009 Medical Doctor and active member of the Resistance, and her husband were assassinated in their home by hooded men who entered by force.

02/02/2010 Active member of the Resistance against the coup, unión leader in the Social Security Workers Union. Her body was thrown out of a moving vehicle in the Loarque neighborhood in the south of Tegucigalpa.

02/24/2010 Daughter of a prominent Radio journalist and outspoken member of the Resistance was shot in the face and killed when she opened the door to her home. Her two young children witnessed their mothers murder.

Italy: News of the comrades arrested in Turin

courtesy of Angry News

translated from non fides
mercredi 24 février 2010

Some news from Italy, with above all the address of the comrades who are imprisoned and apparently held in isolation.

You can write to them in French, English or Italian, that helps to show that they are not alone and surely makes one feel better when one is in prison:

  • Luca Ghezzi, Via Pianezza 300, 10151 Torino
  • Andrea Ventrella, Via Pianezza 300, 10151 Torino
  • Fabio Milan, Via Pianezza 300, 10151 Torino

Yesterday about 60 people gathered in front of the CIE (centre of identification and expulsion) in Turin. News from inside, the resistance against expulsions, the resistance against being locked up in the CIE continue to be circulated. In any case, inside like outside the struggles continue.

Here below is a summary of some newspaper articles each with titles one worse than the other. (for example: “anarchists accused of over 60 actions”, “2 years of raids and violence, operation agaqinst the anarchists”, “behind the revolts of the immigrants…”

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Partial victory re: Carrie’s court docket, Denial on petition for re-hearing and Scott’s motions

from Scott & Carrie’s support

In this update:
1. Court orders Carrie’s court docket unsealed with redactions, denies petition for re-hearing
2. Scott’s motions denied (mostly)
3. Update on Carrie’s custody status
4. Donations, please!
5. Feb. 28-March 2: Events with Dhoruba Bin-Wahad
6. March 19: Come dine with us!
7. Call-out for Local Minneapolis Artists! Seeking donations for Scott, Carrie and Eric McDavid benefit

1. Court orders Carrie’s court docket unsealed with redactions, denies petition for re-hearing

In a partial victory for reporter Sheila Regan, Carrie and the SCSC, the court has ordered Carrie’s court docket unsealed but has given the government 21 days to propose redactions to the unsealed documents. See Regan’s article, here, for more information on the ruling.

Along with this bit of good news, however, comes a big disappointment: Carrie’s petition for a re-hearing has been denied. She and her attorneys are currently discussing next legal steps.

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Brutal repression of protests in Athens

athendsA protest march against the police killing of the 25 year old plumber Nikolas Toddi a few weeks ago in Byronas, Athens, was subject of brutal police repression with 11 people arrested and many badly wounded, with one of the arrested hospitalised

The protest march against the police killing of Nikolas Toddi, the 25 year old plumber who fell dead by nine police bullets on the back and the head two weeks ago has been met by brutal police repression.

The 500 strong protest march started in Tapitourgeiou square in Byronas, the eastern Athens suburb on the slopes of Mt Imitus where cops killed Nikos during a shootout with alleged bank robbers. The majority of the protesters were anarchists but also some Coalition of Radical Left and KKK m-l (Maoists) attended. The march took to the streets of the old guerrilla stronghold chanting slogans against the police murder enjoying wide popular support with the cops even receiving eggs on their heads from the balconies. At the spot of the murder, the protesters sprayed a memorial message, while on the way two officers of the ruling party PASOK were smashed. At the moment that the protest march reached its end destination at Deliyannis square, and after most flags had been gathered and removed from the scene, it came under unprovoked attack by riot police and motorised Delta forces. The motorised cops hit the crowd in full speed while riot cops sprayed the densely residential area with tear gas. During the brutal police attack dozens of people were injured and 11 protesters were arrested, one of them hospitalised with heavy cranial injuries. The police has issued a false announcement talking about it being attacked with molotov cocktails although not a single petrol bomb fell during the march. It is expected that the announcement is used in order to incriminate people arrested. Most comrades estimate that today’s brutal attack is a response to the public humiliation of the police during the march of the general strike.

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