Filed under: Announcement, Repression, Southeast, The State
Tuesday, 9:00am on December 12
DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave, NW Courtroom 203 (2nd floor)
Judiciary Square, Red line metro OR Archives – Navy Memorial – Penn Quarter, Green line metro
After weeks of being vilified by the prosecution, it is the defense’s turn to respond. If you are in DC, please come out to support those on trial. Showing up for court is an important act of solidarity and loving support. As a defendant, being able to observe that support and draw energy from it is incredibly important.
Also, if you can’t make it out to court, please repost this call or consider donating to the legal defense fund.
What NOT to Do
Please don’t do anything that could reflect poorly on our friends on trial, that could cause jurors to have an unfavorable view of them or of us, or say or do anything that could put you (or others) at risk. Whenever you are inside the courthouse (or in the immediate area out front), please assume that you are under surveillance, that the purpose of that surveillance is to gather evidence against our friends, and conduct yourself accordingly.
Obviously, you should avoid saying anything incriminating, but sharing any personal details at all about anyone has the potential to create/trigger unintended consequences.
Similarly, please don’t post anything on social media that could be damaging to any of the defendants. Boost @defendj20’s posts instead (on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook). And please direct all media inquiries to the media spokespeople who will be in court each day instead of doing interviews yourself.
Please be aware that the judge has issued very specific guidelines for decorum on this case. It is important that we follow these guidelines in order to avoid adverse outcomes, for those on trial and/or for the rest of us. The judge has ordered that there be no communication whatsoever to jurors.
Additionally, the judge has ordered that cameras/phones should not even be out anywhere on the second floor. Any violation of the judge’s orders (even courteous small talk to jurors) can result in criminal charges, such as contempt of court or jury tampering.