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Archive for August, 2010

DEFENDANT DENIED PUBLIC DEFENDER

Jorge Manly-Gil appeared in Santa Barbara Federal Court on Thursday, August 19, 2010 for arraignment on a “trespass” charge from the April 7, 2010 witness. When Jorge asked for a Public Defender (PD), U.S. Prosecutor Sharon McCaslin asked the court to deny the request as the government will not be seeking jail time nor probation, further stating that Dennis Apel did a reasonable job representing himself in a similar case, so Mr. Manly-Gil also can represent himself or retain counsel on his own. Magistrate Rita Coyne-Federman agreed and denied Jorge a PD, even though he stated he could not afford one. Jorge Manly-Gil’s trial is at 1:30 pm on September 16. Court address: Santa Barbara Federal Court – 1415 State St., Santa Barbara, 93101. For further details call 805-343-6322

The September 15, 2010 court date scheduled for Rev. Louie Vitale, OFM, and Sr. Megan Rice has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 18 at 9:00 am because of another court appearance in Nevada scheduled for September 14 for a previous action against drones at Creech AFB.

SEVEN ARRESTED ON AUGUST 7

At the annual Catholic Worker sponsored Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration vigil on Saturday, August 7, seven people were arrested: five for crossing the line, two for ban and bar violations. The five that crossed the line to “pray for peace” included, Rev. Louie Vitale, OFM, Rev. Steve Kelly, SJ, and Jeff Dietrich, David Omondi, and Rebecca Casas of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. The two arrested for a ban and bar violation included, Dennis Apel, of the Guadalupe Catholic Worker, and Mike Wisniewski, of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. All were cited and released at Ryon Park in Lompoc, about ten miles from the base. A court date is forthcoming. See photos on the Photo Page.

MOTION FILED

Dennis Apel, MacGregor Eddy, and Steve Kelly, SJ, have filed a motion to dismiss. Read the motion at: Attorney Submissions