Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wiretaps in SF8 case after all? Report on court Sep 17, 2010

A brief court appearance on September 17 for the last of the San Francisco 8 defendants, Francisco (Cisco) Torres, turned out to be not so routine.

Cisco's attorney, Chuck Bourdon, with attorney Rai Sue Sussman, filed a motion for an evidentiary hearing to be held before the ever-receding Preliminary Hearing on the one remaining charge (murder). The evidentiary hearing for which they are calling is to examine the existence of possible wiretap evidence from 1971 which may have been "lost," hidden, or destroyed. While the prosecution has denied that such wiretap evidence exists, a retired San Francisco police officer has claimed knowledge of them (in a vile rant against the memory of the late Marilyn Buck, along with a threat to disrupt her upcoming memorial).

There was a large and moving show of solidarity from supporters in the courtroom and hallways. Cisco sent his appreciation. Representing our continuing support is crucial, even at these "routine" court appearances – and sometimes we are witness to something completely unexpected.