Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Strong support for SF 8 - Cisco Torres hearing

Francisco Torres at the rallyA spirited demonstration Monday morning (April 19, 2010) included many members of the community, five of the San Francisco 8, leading members of the Black clergy, San Francisco supervisors Eric Mar and John Avalos, and the beat of the Brass Liberation Orchestra. The crowd demanded that the charges be dropped against Francisco Torres, the last remaining defendant in the case.

The Brass Liberation Orchestra plays for the SF 8
The actual court hearing was packed with supporters but was extremely brief. It merely set a drop-dead compliance date of May 28 for the prosecution to either come up with additional discovery or admit that evidence referred to in previous documents is missing or destroyed. This stipulation will underscore the prejudicial delay that has been argued since the beginning of this 39–year old case based on torture and rooted in the government’s COINTELPRO attack on the Black Panther Party.

The rally in front of the court house

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