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Grand jury resistance, Midwest and Utah

by Jesse Fruhwirth
- Posted // 2010-10-20 -

In today's news story, I mention Midwest peace activists who say they will refuse to testify before a federal grand jury on the belief that the government is attempting to disrupt their political activity, a similar decision made by Utah animal rights activist Jordan Halliday.

My story recounts Halliday's experience thus far--he's already served 103 days in jail on civil contempt and faces almost two years for a criminal contempt conviction. The peace activists in the Midwest--from Minneapolis, Illinois and Michigain--are just beginning their journey with grand jury resistance.

Those activists have convinced state law makers to take a close look at their situation and are asking for federal intervention as well. According to this report, "Some legislators, who had memories of past FBI raids and infiltration, asked to get their pictures taken with the activists."

Below, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews two of the targets of the Midwest raids and also retired FBI agent Coleen Rowley.

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