Monday, April 16, 2007

Forest Activist Sues Sac County for Abuse While In Jail

reposted from Indybay

Trial in Sacramento for Abuse and Unlawful Arrest During Tree Demo in Feb. '04

by vervain

Tuesday Apr 10th, 2007 9:30 PM

On Tuesday, April 10, the trial of JulieAnne Shull v. County of Sacramento picked a jury.

On Tuesday, April 10, the trial of JulieAnne Shull v. County of Sacramento picked a jury. The trial will continue with opening arguments beginning at 9am on April 11, 2007.

On February 5, 2004, JulieAnne was unlawfully arrested while videotaping a demonstration on the lawn outside outside the capitol building in Sacramento. The demonstrator had climbed a tree and attempted to hang a banner in support of SB 754, the "Heritage Tree Preservation Act".

JulieAnne was arrested and charged with felony conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor. Though all charges were eventually dropped "in the interest of justice" (according to the DA), JulieAnne spent almost 5 days in the Sacramento County Jail.

While incarcerated, she was strip-searched, assaulted by Sacramento County Sherriff's Deputies Jennifer Page and Rebecca Purdy causing a permanent shoulder injury, and denied a vegan diet.

The trial will continue at the Sacramento Superior courthouse in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 11 in Dept 45. Come to show solidarity and to ensure that the Sacramento County Jail does not continue to get away with such abuses.

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