Critical Mass Trial – Day 1 (4.07.08)

Today court proceedings began for Gus Ganley, now one of the three remaining bicyclists still facing charges for the 8.31.07 Critical Mass when the police rioted in the streets, maced, tased, threw to the ground, and used pain compliance holds on hundreds of bicyclists. The case was assigned to Judge Jack Nordby and jury selection has begun. The proceedings will resume at 9 AM tomorrow, Tuesday, April 8th in room 953 at the Hennepin County Government Center (address below). Once jury selection has been completed on Tuesday morning, the trial will begin with opening statements and the prosecution will call their witnesses. Gus is facing two gross misdemeanor charges and one misdemeanor and faces up to $7,000 in fines and up to a year and three months in jail if convicted of the charges the city has trumped up in an attempt to save face.

Don’t let the city and the police get away with scapegoating the remaining three people who still face charges! Supporters are welcome to attend Gus’ trial to show their solidarity as he stands up for what is right. Your donations are also EXTREMELY helpful to help cover the costs of Gus’ defense.

Details:

To enter the court room you must pass through the security checkpoint. The Hennepin County Government Center is located at 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487. If in doubt, ask at the information desk where to find the trial of Augustin Ganley. Visible food and drink is not allowed in the court room and all supporters will have to pass through a metal detector. While in court, supporters must remain silent and will not be allowed to carry signs through the security station; the strength of our collective presence will send the message we need to send.

Note: Gus’ full trial will most likely last several days and you may attend as much of it as you are able. There will be no proceedings on Thursday, April 10th. If you cannot attend this important trial, please consider donating money using the button to your right.

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