Bari Juror Speaks (July 10, 2002)

Last week, Judge Claudia Wilken lifted the gag order she had placed on the jury that awarded Darryl Cherney and the estate of Judi Bari $4.4 million in their civil rights lawsuit against the FBI and the Oakland Police Department. The week previous, the judge had heard arguments from an attorney representing the San Francisco […]

The Verdict (June 12, 2002)

With Judi Bari’s ashes resting in the center of her attorneys’ table, a federal jury yesterday delivered her a stunning victory in her case against the FBI and the Oakland Police Department. Bari’s estate was awarded $2.9 million for violation of her First and Fourth Amendment rights following her arrest on May 24, 1990, when […]

Deliberations (May 29, 2002)

The jury deliberating Judi Bari’s and Darryl Cherney’s civil rights lawsuit against the seven FBI agents and Oakland police officers involved in their arrest appeared close to reaching a verdict Tuesday, but Judge Claudia Wilken let it be known that charges of impropriety and jury tampering that were brought against the plaintiffs late last week […]

Closing Arguments (May 22, 2002)

After eleven years of pre-trial motions and six weeks of testimony, Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney’s lawsuit against the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ended last week. The jury in the case — which will decide if the accused law enforcement officials violated Bari’s and Cherney’s civil rights when they arrested them for […]

The Feds’ Lackluster Defense (May 15, 2002)

Courtroom observers who expected a vigorous counterattack from the federal government and the city of Oakland were mostly disappointed last week, as assistant US Attorney R. Joseph Sher and Oakland assistant city attorney Maria Bee called a series of bland witnesses that reinforced the familiar themes of their case. They didn’t dazzle the courtroom before […]

Cherney Turns On the Charm (May 8, 2002)

Ordered by Judge Wilken to wrap up their case by today — Wednesday — attorneys for Darryl Cherney and the estate of Judi Bari spent the last week zipping though the final five defendants and the testimony of the two Earth First! activists. The civil case, brought by Bari and Cherney against three Oakland police […]

Trial Notes (May 1, 2002)

Before the trial began, Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the defendants would not be allowed to mention a “road-spiking kit” found in Darryl Cherney’s van on the day of the bombing. Plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that the kit — which consisted of several lengths of rebar sharpened to a point on one end and perhaps a […]

Tears, Experts and Big Battles (May 1, 2002)

Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney’s lawsuit against three Oakland police officers and six FBI agents took on the color of a variety show during its third week, with the Earth First activists’ lawyers bringing in various friendly witnesses in addition to their enemies.  The plaintiffs’ legal team — attorneys Dennis Cunningham, Robert Bloom, and Tony […]

Cops Finger Each Other (April 24, 2002)

Last week, attorneys for Darryl Cherney and the estate of Judi Bari made great progress in their lawsuit against six FBI agents and three OPD officers who were involved in their arrest. Dennis Cunningham, Tony Serra, and Robert Bloom questioned three defendants — Sgts. Sitterud and Chenault of the Oakland Police Department and Special Agent […]

Feds Fight Back (April 17, 2002)

Dennis Cunningham, lead attorney in Darryl Cherney and Judi Bari’s suit against six FBI agents and three Oakland Police officers, delivered his opening statement in the case last Tuesday, just before the AVA went to press. He called the arrest of the two activists following the explosion of a bomb in Bari’s car “a frame […]

Last Week’s Island Mountain Raids

Last week’s tri-county marijuana cultivation raids in the Island Mountain area have drawn a lot of attention, not only locally but statewide. Mother Jones, the New York Times and many others have all taken note of the “raid of the decade,” with much of the coverage focusing on the connection to environmental consequences of large-scale […]

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