AETA Prosecution Thrown Out!

A California federal court judge has thrown out the first ever prosecution under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of the AETA 4 (Adriana Stumpo, Maryam Khjavi, Nathan Pope and Joseph Buddenberg).    The AETA 4 were accused of picketing and handing out leaflets regarding animal experimenters–patently constitutionally protected activities.  The court granted defendants’ motions to dismiss on the basis that the indictment fails to allege the facts of the crimes charged with sufficient specificity to meet the requirements of the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution and Fed. R. Crim.P. 7(c)(1). The court granted the motion “without prejudice,” meaning that the government may re-file the charges again if they so choose.  But, for now, a victory for activists everywhere!

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