[Imc-dc-video] SF Grand Jury Targets G8 Protest & Independent Journalist
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Thu Apr 27 11:37:41 PDT 2006
Yet another Federal Grand Jury in San Francisco
targeting local activists has been convened. This time
the apparent reason for the Grand Jury is to
investigate the anti-G8 solidarity protest held in the
Mission District of San Francisco on July 8, 2005,
during which a local police officer was injured.
Charges against three people in connection with the
protest are pending in San Francisco Superior Court.
Independent journalist and videographer Josh Wolf, a
frequent poster to Indybay, has been subpoenaed to
testify and to provide any notes taken and the full
and unedited videotape recorded during the
demonstration. The National Lawyers Guild is
representing Josh Wolf and has filed a motion to quash
the subpoena on several grounds including First
Amendment journalistic protections and that the FBI is
on an illegal "fishing expedition" aimed at aiding the
separate local investigation by San Francisco police
and prosecutors. On March 30th, a press conference was
held on the steps of the San Francisco Federal
Building before the hearing on quashing the subpoena.
On April 5th, the judge in the case denied that
motion. While Josh Wolf and his attornies are
considering their next move, Josh urges people "to
talk to your friends and neighbors about how the grand
jury system (is) a vicious unconstitutional
implementation of the law that is being used for
March 31, 2006
Bay City News
Video journalist seeks to block federal grand jury
By Julia Cheever
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A freelance journalist asked a
federal magistrate in San Francisco today to block a
grand jury subpoena for his videotapes and notes on a
clash between protesters and police last year.....
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