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From: NY Transfer News
Subject: JudiBari.org on Victory in Suit vs FBI
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 04:45:45 -0400
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JudiBari.org on Victory in Suit vs FBI
Via NY Transfer News * All the News That Doesn't Fit
source - "Judi Bari vs. FBI Media Office"
Activists Win in Judi Bari vs FBI trial
Contact: Karen Pickett, Steve Christianson 510/663-6330.
Camera ready court art from the entire trial available at
Tuesday, June 11, 2002
OAKLAND,CA - The jury in the Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney federal
civil rights lawsuit against four FBI agents and three Oakland Police
officers awarded plaintiffs $4.4 million for violation of the
activists' Constitutional rights and returned a verdict largely in
favor of Earth First! activists Cherney and the late Judi Bari. In a
legal victory of historic proportions against the FBI, the jury found
that six of the seven defendants violated the First and Fouth
Amendments of the Constitution by arresting the activists, conducting
searches of their homes, and carrying out a smear campaign in the
press, calling Earth First! a terrorist organization and calling the
activists bombers, in the aftermath of the explosion of a bomb that
was planted in Judi Bari's car in 1990. This verdict finds unlawful
the actions of those in charge of the bombing investigation, and
vindicates Bari and Cherney.
FBI agents Frank Doyle, John Reikes, Philip Sena and OPD officer Mike
Sims were found to have violated Bari and Cherney's First Amendment
rights. In addition, OPD officer Sitterud was found to have violated
Cherney's First Amendment rights. Doyle was found to have violated
Bari's Fourth Amendment rights related to the search of her home, and
Doyle and OPD officer Chenault were found to have violated Cherney's
Fourth Amendment rights. FBI agent Doyle and OPD officer Sims were
found to have violated Bari's Fourth Amendment rights in relation to
her arrest. The jury returned an "undecided" verdict with respect to
violations of Cherney's Fourth Amendment rights for his arrest.
Frank Doyle was the agent in charge of the 1990 bomb scene, and
taught an FBI bomb school at a Louisiana Pacific clearcut a month
prior to the bombing. Doyle was also the Squad 13 relief supervisor.
Squad 13 was the joint terrorism squad made up of FBI and Oakland
officers and collected extensive files on political groups in the Bay
Reikes was the head of the FBI's terrorist squad who came to OPD
headquarters the day of the bombing to give the inflammatory briefing
on Earth First!
Sena was already engaged in a secret investigation of Earth First!
and concocted a fake informant tip.
Sims was an OPD homicide lieutenant in charge of other officers
investigating the bombing and the decision-maker for the unjust
arrests of the activists.
Sitterud ignored evidence at the scene and concocted information
that would implicate the activists. Chenault wrote the first
fraudulent search warrant affidavit.
This verdict is a referendum against the FBI's gross interference
with people's right to dissent at a time when Attorney General
Ashcroft, FBI Director Mueller and the Bush administration are
arrogating huge power to themselves and the FBI to spy on legitimate
groups and organizers and infringe the Constitutional rights of the
The filled-out verdict form is available at
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