In court December 3, the prosecution dropped the conspiracy charge against Francisco (Cisco) Torres, citing lack of evidence. The defense has argued from the beginning that the conspiracy charges against the San Francisco 8 from 37 years ago had no validity because the statute of limitations passed long ago. The state's motion to dismiss this count two (conspiracy) tacitly acknowledges the defense arguments which had already led to dismissing the conspiracy charges against Richard O'Neal, Herman Bell, Hank Jones, Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, and Harold Taylor.
Motion to dismiss: prejudicial delay
The next court date is scheduled for February 18 (at 9:00 a.m. in Department 22) set hearing dates on the motion to dismiss and for preliminary examination.
A strong turn out of supporters made clear the continuing attention the case is getting.