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RNC Update - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Feb. 25th, 2005

11:24 am - RNC Update

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I just had a lengthy phone interview with the assistant to a lawyer who is working on RNC cases. Things are moving forward! Apparently those of us who were arrested at WTC who had our charges dropped (about 200 people) all have REALLY GOOD cases (duh).

Anyway, there's going to be a hearing for my specific case next week and they're going to have it postponed so I can get a chance to get myself out to New York for it.

Woo.

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From:the_sween
Date:February 25th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Stick it to the man!
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From:skywind8
Date:February 25th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Useful. Good luck.
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From:zorbtrauts
Date:February 25th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
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They are being handled separately rather than as a class?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 25th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
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I submitted a "Notice of Claim" which reserves my right to sue in New York state court individually if the state level class action is denied. As a result of filing that Notice, the city has the right to call a hearing to discuss my specific situation. I don't know the exact nature of the hearing but my GUESS is that it gives the city a chance to decide if they want to offer a settlement or something. In anycase my lawyer thinks it's a good idea for me to attend the hearing if I can in order to preserve my right to sue individually.

They are still working on class action suits at both the state AND federal level. This thing is being worked on MANY different fronts and the whole legal system moves very slowly, especially since there's 1200 people who don't all fit into a single class since we were all arrested in several different places for a few different reasons and then processed through the system in a number of different ways.

It'll be years before this is all worked out.
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From:ryanfirewitch
Date:February 25th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Good luck, Zach!

But wait a second.... I thought all of your charges were ACD. So nothing goes on your record after the dismissal perior. They're not calling you back into court for your arrest, are they? Or is this a suit that you're filing against them?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 25th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Yes this is a suit against them. See above, I haven't actually filed a suit yet. I have just filed a notice of claim which says that I reserve my right to sue. This hearing is a follow-up on that notice.

My charges were already dismissed. I don't even have to wait the 6 months. For my group of 200 arrestees, the charges were universally dismissed by a judge about a month after the protest. So the 200 of us really have the strongest case of the entire 1200 people who were arrested that night.
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From:samwize
Date:February 25th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)

/ob-hippie

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Fight the power!
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