AETA 4 Update

Free the AETA 4The next AETA4 court appearance is scheduled for:

March 22, 2010
9:00 AM
San Jose Federal Courthouse
280 S. 1st. ST
San Jose, CA 95113
Courtroom #6 (4th Floor)

This hearing will be a status hearing to schedule dates for motion hearings, and to possibly schedule a trial date.

The court has recently denied the defense motion to dismiss, which challenged the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

And in recent weeks, the court granted the government’s motion for handwriting exemplars of the defendants. The government’s stated goal is to “further prepare for trial on the current charges as well as possibly bring additional charges.” Cited were two alleged incidents of found “scrapes” of paper possibly relating to research of laboratory animal torture. The government’s motion also states that there is “an ongoing investigation regarding related crimes committed through the use of the United States Postal Service that may have been committed by one or more of these defendants.” All of the defendants have now provided handwriting exemplars to the FBI, and we should know the outcome of the FBI’s “forensic handwriting analysis” in the near future.

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