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SUNSHINE FOR GARNER GRAND JURY

Support the release of the Eric Garner grand jury proceedings!

The struggle for justice for Eric Garner continues. A Staten Island grand jury failed to indict anyone for Garner’s death, now millions of people want to know: What’s in those grand jury proceedings? So far, almost no information about how the grand jury did its job has been made public.

What are they hiding? In another case of national importance – Mike Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri – just about everything has been released.

The Legal Aid Society, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, and the New York Civil Liberties Union are all working hard to let in the sunshine.

Even the conservative New York Post, in a strong editorial, has called for release and the paper is also sending its lawyers to court.

Today we packed the court to let the judge know that We The People want those records!

The next hearing is scheduled for January 29, 2015.

more info:
RT | Jan. 6, 2015
New York judge might release Eric Garner grand jury transcripts, by Rebecca Myles

New York Times | Jan. 5, 2015
Judge Sets Date to Consider Release of Eric Garner Grand Jury Records, by Nate Schweber

The Guardian | Jan. 5. 2015
Judge agrees to hear arguments over release of Garner grand jury records, by Lauren Gambino

NY1 News | Jan. 5, 2015 7:53 PM | Dean Meminger
Advocacy Groups Appear Before Judge Over Making Details Public in Eric Garner Grand Jury Case [VIDEO]

National Lawyers Guild NYC News | Winter 2014
Garner Grand Jury Decision: Some Legal Considerations, by Martin Stolar 

New York Post | Dec. 19, 2014
EDITORIAL:  Let it all hang out, by Post Editorial Board

New York Daily News | Dec. 12, 2014
Eric Garner grand jury evidence could still be released: Public Advocate Letitia James

what’s been going on?

Atlantic PacificSubway-wise, the MTA’s officially announced a name change for our beloved hub. It will always be Atlantic-Pacific to me.

Poetry-wise, some of my poems were in the April edition of the Brooklyn Rail.

Library-wise, we filed a lawsuit against Bloomberg, Ray Kelly, the NYPD, the Dept of Sanitation, and the City of New York. w00t! The case is Occupy Wall Street et al. v. Michael Bloomberg et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-4129. The full complaint is here.

Michele said it well in her post, “We believe that the raid and its aftermath violated our First-Amendment rights to free expression, Fourth-Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure, and Fourteenth-Amendment rights to due process, as well as the laws of the City of New York regarding the vouchsafing of seized property.” What’s most exciting to me is what we might turn up in the discovery process. As Norman Siegel points out, the suit “not only addresses the seizure and destruction of the books, but it also seeks to show why, how, and who planned the raid on Zuccotti Park.”