Statement from some members of the Asheville 11: Naomi Ullian cooperated with law enforcement

naomiullian.jpgFrom Anarchist News:

This is a public statement from some members of the “Asheville 11”. It is not written or intended to speak for a unanimous group as such a thing is figment at best.

Naomi Ullian is one of the people arrested on the night of May 1st 2010. Herself and the other 10 arrested make up the aforementioned “Asheville 11”. It is important to understand that there is no coherent organizing or strategy coming from all 11 people. The agreements amongst friends and comrades has been done based on affinity and want and not on the assumption that being arrested on the same night creates either of those things.

On December 6th, 2010, 6 months after our arrest and release Naomi Ullian decided to have a meeting with the District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney in charge of prosecuting our case and the lead Detective in the case. Her lawyer was present. What appeared in our discovery (evidence the prosecution has to disclose before trial) was a recounting of that meeting. It is not ‘testimony’, as in Naomi was not sworn in. And it is not a transcript, but a report form the prosecutors office. We were also given the handwritten notes of Detective Rollins.

We are disclosing this information now that the majority of the 11’s cases have been closed. Naomi has been involved in radical organizing for many years. She had been considered by many a trusted member of the anarchist and radical communities throughout North Carolina. She has had more then enough experience to understand that communication with the police or prosecution is snitching. And that she would be seen by many as a snitch. Which is the stance the authors of this piece take.

In this statement we would like to carefully divulge some of the transgressions that were made in the conversation she took part in. But please note, that these are not reasons why this conversation was reprehensible. The moment she sat at the table across from the enemy was the moment she lost our trust forever. These are simply examples for those outside of this dialogue to understand the gravity of the situation.

In the report, Naomi states that she was in Asheville during the May Day event and that she participated in some aspects. She firmly maintains her innocence concerning the vandalism and depicts an alternate sequence of events for herself and one other arrestee. In this description of events she clearly describes her perceived movements of the “riot”- what streets they came down, where they turned, at what point damage started, etc. She also gives a very limited description of the person she said “led” her from one event to another. In being questioned by the prosecution and Detective she gives descriptions about what kind of clothing possible participants were wearing. She does not describe any participant in personal detail.

The investigation into the 11 people arrested that night, has as most expected it would, transcended those boundaries and became an investigation into other individuals and groups. We are not privy to the types of investigation methods used, or how ferocious the tactics used to gain information are. In her conversation Naomi not only made connections between other arrestees and political organizing groups but opened the investigation to new targets. She clearly associates both those arrested and not arrested with several groups such as Earth First! A Wildland FirstAid Training and Mountain Justice Summer Organizing. Included in the additional discovery was prelimanry research into Mountain Justice organizing. We will never know how far that “research” has gone or will go in the future

Besides organizations, Naomi was asked about several individuals. She answered the questioning with personal information about them such as where they were from, where they lived now and their connections to the aforementioned groups and to one another. This has obviously had definite impacts on the lives of those she snitched on.

Naomi has acted in her own self-interest and forgone the ideas of solidarity that others can clearly live by. We do not talk to the police, ever. To do so would mean to make a clear break with those we once called comrade. Naomi has decided that her decisions are forgivable and that she should be allowed to walk amongst us. We disagree. Those who choose to associate themselves with her have that “right”, but must understand what the association of a snitch will bring you.

Naomi has made it clear that her own future, her own freedom and reputation are more important than us; and more important than a basic concept of solidarity. We say let that choice stand and make it known that she is now on her own.

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Asheville 11: 3 plead guilty to misdemeanors, rest to have charges dropped

From Anarchist News:

Some final chapters to the ‘Asheville 11′ saga

On December 20th of this year 3 co-defendants from the 11 plead guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor Riot charge in exchange for time served and restitution. The remaining co-defendants are required to complete a number of hours of community service as well as pay restitution and their charges will be dropped completely. It has been 2 1/2 years since these 11 people were arrested and charged. Many events have transpired inside this case since that night in May. A more comprehensive statement on the end of this case will be forthcoming. For now, let us say once again to all of you that stood behind the accused for so many years; your support and solidarity has been invaluable.

freedom to all who resist,
avl11 support crew

Asheville 11 update, April 10, 2011

There have been some major developments in the case of those arrested last May in downtown Asheville. Five of the defendants were slated for trial this coming Monday April 11th. As of right now, their trials as well as all other jury trials in Asheville have been suspended. They will not resume until a complete audit of the Asheville Police Department’s (APD) evidence room and its evidence handling procedures has been concluded.

The State Bureau of Investigation has sealed, and is investigating, the APD property room due to 397 missing tablets of Oxycodone. On Friday, April 1, an Assistant District Attorney and the defense attorney for Terry Landrum, who was facing drug trafficking and firearms charges from 2009, went to examine the evidence. They found two empty pill containers that the APD claims once held $20,000 worth of Oxycodone. Once this came to light most of the charges against Landrum, who was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of almost 19 years in prison if convicted, were dropped. He was sentenced to probation.

Records obtained by local news sources reveal that the APD’s longtime evidence manager, Lee Smith, was placed under investigative suspension before his resignation earlier this year. Smith had been placed under investigative suspension on January 25th and resigned on February 18th, after 21 years with the department. District Attorney Ron Moore has claimed that due to Smith’s resignation he asked for a full audit of drugs, guns and money in late February.
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Asheville 11 Court Update

On Monday January 24 the eleven had yet another court appearance; which resulted in yet another continuance. The vagueness of the process left us somewhat in the dark as to the nature of this last court date. Was it going to be trial? Another continuance? It wasn’t until the day or two before that defendants learned that for some of them this would not to be their day in court. Not everyone was required to appear, though some did out of interest to disallow these proceedings to go on out wihout their watchful gaze. Others simply felt the need to sit by others who needed to be there.

The outcome of that day was a yet another trial date. April 11, 2011, almost a full year since their arrest, is set as trial for the eleven people arrested on May 1, 2010. It is unlikely that all eleven will go to trial that day, but at this point it seems that some will. This will be a huge trial for the region, and those wishing to attend are encouraged and welcomed. Keep in mind that this will be a chaotic time for those facing these charges and those closest to them. This should not discourage anyone from making the trip here, it is just something to keep in mind for a community lacking resources in the wake of such repression.

With that said, we hope to see you all there. And thank you for your continued support!

The AVL11 Support Crew

Asheville 11 Court Update

From the Asheville 11 Defense CommitteeThis is an update on the December 6th plea hearing.

It was snowing little flurries and ice was already on the ground as people were told to line up outside of the courthouse. Once everyone was able to find their seats the superior court calendar was called. Beside the cold weather settling in Asheville, it seems that this is all beginning to feel uncomfortably familiar for those being forced to attend.

This morning, the 6th of December, was a plea hearing for which each of the defendants were to give a ‘not-guilty’ or ‘guilty’ plea. The main outcome of this morning though was that all eleven defendants now have a new trial date of January 24th. This date seems more likely rather than the last date of the 17th but it is still not confirmed. As of now it is unclear as to how many lawyers and defendants will be able to go to trial that soon. It is best to assume that this could be a definitive trial date. Any changes to that date will be updated on asheville 11defense.com

The District Attorney’s office has still to decide how they are going to try everyone; individually, one big group, a few smaller groups. In Buncombe county it is up to the discretion of the DA who is to go to trial with who. Defendants are able to appeal if they are not pleased by what was decided or who has been joined with one another. So, this could be a trial date for some depending on how lawyers are deciding to handle their defense.

This is all the legal updates we have currently so let’s move to more pertinent devlopments. The defendants looked fabulous as usual! This time though, they really rounded their styles out well. It was just right for this appearance. It must be said that each of their outfits had.. a certain avidity to them. We should all expect to be wowed more and more in the coming months as they will only dress more fabulously.

Thank you all for your support! Please continue to defend the Asheville Eleven!

Asheville: Anarchists march in support of Asheville 11

From the Mountain Express:

Chanting “cops, pigs, murderers,” and “smash the state, burn the prisons, anarchy and communism,” about 40 people gathered in Pack Square early this evening to protest police actions (including the arrest of 11 alleged vandals on May 1) and gentrification. The group marched down near the Buncombe County jail and up to Pritchard Park.

Photo by Jerry Nelson
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Asheville 11 Legal Update

Asheville 11From Asheville 11 support:

On Monday October 4, all Asheville 11 defendants were required to appear in superior court or have their lawyers appear for them. This is a major development in the course of these court proceedings. Much of the format was the same as for district court; the waiting, the incoherence and the lack of transparency. The difference now is in the outcome. Instead of another continuance all 11 defendants were given Plea and Trial Dates.

The Plea Date is December 6. This will be the next time the accused will be required to appear in court. To the best of our understanding this is when the time-line for trial will be discussed and decided upon and when defendants will be asked to enter a guilty or not-guilty plea.

The Trial Date is set for January 17, 2011, this is will be for all 11 defendants. It is unclear as to how many lawyers and defendants will be able and willing to go to trial that quickly. For now, it is best to assume that this is the definitive trial date. Any changes to that date will be updated on this site.
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