Tuesday, November 25, 2008

SF8: 24 Nov 2008 Update

A brief hearing was held on November 24 in the San Francisco 8 case. Judge Moscone is hoping to start the Preliminary Hearing in early January. The defense attorneys are available for Preliminary Hearings with the exception of John Philipsborn, who represents Hank Jones, and whose case may have to be severed.

Harold Taylor, who remains in custody in Florida on a recent drug charge, may not be available for the Preliminary Hearing either, depending of the results of his January 13th sentencing date (the sentencing was originally to be December 9th). His Florida attorney has also filed a motion for a new trial in the Panama City courts.

You can still support Harold by writing letters. Use this link for details:

A hearing has been set for December 5th (9:30 a.m. on the third floor at 850 Bryant Street) to finalize a schedule for the Preliminary Hearing.

The prosecution has also sent the defense an outline of additional discovery which includes a "Predication Report," which neither judge nor defense counsel has ever heard of and over 1,000 pages of "non-discoverable" documents, including an FBI wiretap. That material or the justification for its being deemed "non-discoverable" will be discussed at an additional hearing scheduled for December 17th at 9:30 a.m. on the third floor of 850 Bryant Street.

Despite an earlier ruling by Judge Moscone to not have Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim shackled in court, both of the brothers were in ankle and waist chains and had only one hand free of handcuffs with which to write. Stuart Hanlon and Mark Goldrosen both argued that there was no need for restraints of any kind, that the men pose no threat, and that the brothers have been exemplary in prison and at the jail. "This treatment dehumanizes both the men and this legal process," argued Attorney Hanlon. Judge Moscone ruled that they were not to be in restraints for the Preliminary Hearing or any hearing with witnesses, and that they were to have both hands free from now on, but that the Sheriff could keep them in ankle restraints for any subsequent procedural hearings.


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