Legal Updates

As of now, there are still about 5 arraignment dates, one of which is today, 9am.

As of now, 3 misdemeanors have been filed, 4 felonies have been filed and 2 warrant letters with no court date have been sent.

For clarification: The majority of cases have not been dismissed or “dropped”. What is happening is that the DA is choosing not to file complaints at this time. He has a year to do so. Some folks who had no complaints filed have received warrant letters, which means that the DA intends to file a complaint of some sort. There are two generally two types of warrant letters;
one says you have to surrender yourself immediately and comes with a court date (and is likely a misdemeanor); The other states intent to press charges but does not specify a court date (and is likely a felony). We are advising people to immediately get in touch with the National Lawyers Guild either way, so they can pair them together with a lawyer. If they can’t hook up with NLG, they should find a Public Defender ASAP.

Important information:

One of the attorneys is planning on sending a letter demanding that all confiscated property, including media, be returned and that all data copied be destroyed. If the letter doesn’t work, there will likely be some type of court action.

She is also looking to speak with anyone who witnessed or was injured by the flash-bang grenades lobbed on the 30th.

Another attorney is searching for folks who were arrested on felonies and had DNA collected during any of the demos. He is demanding that all DNA collected be destroyed.

In general, what is happening right now is complicated. It is likely that we will continue to see a trickle of court related activity for the next month, at least. One of the attorneys noted that while fewer people have been arrested than at other mass demos in Oakland and SF, the charges have been slightly more severe.

Anyone who has information related to the Oakland Rebellion or who would like to assist in legal assistance can email the Oakland 100 Support Committee at oakland100[at]gmail.com

Court Support is also needed on these dates:
February 11th, 13th, 17th, 23rd, 5th – 9am, 661 Washington Street, Oakland

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About Oakland 100 Support Committee

The Oakland 100 Support Committee (O100) came together after the rebellions in January 2009 against the police murder of Oscar Grant III. Since then we have worked along side arrestees to raise awareness about their cases. Through several successful benefits we raised over 4000 dollars for the 3 people that had felony cases. To this date none of them served any jail time. We produced a short documentary entitled “Hands Off Oakland Rebels” and participated in the “Drop the Charges” campaign. With the recent news of killer cop, Johannes Mesherle’s lenient sentence of involuntary manslaughter Oakland erupted again in rage. That night close to 100 protesters were arrested and 12 people are still being held in jail and facing trumped up felony charges. We are interested in working with arrestees, their friends, and families to craft what support means to them. For Information on how to befriend us in the struggle, or to send donations to arrestees write us a note at: oakland100 [at] gmail.com Oakland 100 Support Committee PO Box 22449 Oakland, CA 94609 View all posts by Oakland 100 Support Committee

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