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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Twenty-Six Days and Counting...

Posted by on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

That's how long Olympia resident Matt Duran has been held at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury, ostensibly about the political vandalism on May Day. (Since grand juries are secret and Duran did not cooperate, we can't know for sure.)

Tomorrow morning, Portland resident Leah-Lynn Plante will face a federal grand jury for the third time. (We wrote about her first go-round back in August.)

Why has she shown up before, refused to testify, and not been sent to the federal detention center like Duran and Katherine Olejnik (who is also being held)? Plante says she's not entirely sure, but thinks that, in part, she had "run out the clock" during her initial hearing by frequently leaving the stand to consult with her attorney, who had to stay outside of the room during the proceedings. Plante says that attorneys for the state have already admitted they know she wasn't in Seattle on May Day and granted her immunity. Nevertheless, she expects she'll be detained tomorrow.

How long could she be held? "At the open hearing on Mr. Duran's contempt status," says Emily Langlie of the US Attorney's office, "the benchmark of 18 months was discussed in open court."

How is Plante preparing for her possible detention? "Oh, I'm just tying up my loose ends," she says. "The good thing and the bad thing is that my cat died before my house got raided. So at least I don't have to worry about that."

Plante will show up for hearings at the federal courthouse (7th and Stewart) at 9 am and 1 pm. Some local activists are planning to show up, too.


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Posted by Swearengen on October 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
I'm guessing pretty much every comment on this thread will be some variation on #1 or #2.
Posted by Brendan Kiley on October 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
mrbarky 4
Fuck the rot!
Posted by mrbarky on October 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
briantrice 6
I think @5 wants to post this:…
Posted by briantrice on October 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM · Report this
I still don't know why the protesters vandalized the Federal Court building.
In the '60's, people protested segregation, which was the law in many areas. They knew in doing so, they could be arrested, they could be beaten. They were willing to stand up for what they believed was right - changing the laws.
If these people that committed vandalism in downtown Seattle truly believe they are fighting the good fight, then they should be brave enough to stand up and declare themselves and their cause.
(I'm not necessarily speaking to those currently held or called by the grand jury. I'm speaking in general terms to those that were active particpants).
Posted by TJ on October 9, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Providing testimony is one of those responsibilities of citizenship.
Posted by giffy on October 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 9
Crap, everyone beat me to it.

Posted by ScienceNerd on October 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM · Report this

Maybe you'll get some new comments if you do some new reporting.
Posted by robotslave on October 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM · Report this

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