File deleuze-guattari/deleuze-guattari.0601, message 51


Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 03:55:21 +0000 (GMT)
To: deleuze-guattari-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [D-G] Wait!! Just a minute,


Letter to Supporters: Update on the case of Steve Kurtz and CAE (PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY)   [input]   [input]   [input]   [input]    -PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY-


January 17, 2006


Dear supporters of Steve Kurtz and Critical Art
Ensemble,


Your support is needed now more than ever.

Whereas the hopes for dismissal of Steve=92s case were
high last fall, on Thursday we received bad news on
the recommendation concerning the pre-trial motions.
Although it has been over 18 months since Steve was
charged with =93mail fraud=94 and =93wire fraud=94=97charges
carrying a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in
jail=97he will now have to wait at least 8 months, and
possibly much longer, for the final decision on these
motions. (Please see http://www.caedefensefund.org for
more about the case.)

Magistrate H. Kenneth Schroeder recommended that all
our motions for dismissal of the case and suppression
of evidence be denied, with one exception: there will
be a hearing on the suppression of statements made
while Steve was illegally detained. (Schroeder=92s
recommendations also include a footnote stating that
since Steve=92s co-defendant Robert Ferrell is gravely
ill at this point, Ferrell=92s case is being held in
dormancy.) 

Magistrate Schroeder's recommendations will next go to
the Federal District Court to be heard by Judge John
T. Elfvin, who will make the final ruling on the
pre-trial motions, thereby determining whether or not
the case will go to trial. If the motions are denied
by Elfvin, Steve can choose to appeal to the next
higher federal court, or go directly to trial.

LEGAL DETAILS AND TIMELINE

Schroeder=92s recommendation cited legal precedent that
=93An indictment returned by a legally constituted and
unbiased grand jury=85 if valid on its face, is enough
to call for trial of the charge=94 [even if] =93the grand
jury acted on the basis of inadequate or incompetent
evidence.=94 (Please see 
http://www.caedefensefund.org/announcements/order1.12.06.pdf
for the full text of the recommendation.) In other
words, once the legal machine is turned on, it is very
difficult to turn off. Therefore, supporters should
prepare for the likelihood that Steve=92s case will go
to trial.

Within the next 10 days Steve=92s lawyer, Paul Cambria,
will file an appeal of Schroeder's recommendations.
Steve=92s lawyers will then get a hearing for their
appeal of all of Schroeder=92s recommendations in Judge
Elfvin's court. There, Cambria will make essentially
all the same arguments as at the hearing last spring
before Schroeder. (For the press release detailing
those arguments and more information about the case,
please see
http://www.caedefensefund.org/releases/051705_Release.html)
This appeal hearing will probably happen in mid-summer
of 2006. We will then have to wait once again for
Elfvin=92s final ruling on all the motions for dismissal
and suppression.

(There is no date for the other hearing, on the
suppression of statements, but it will happen sometime
within the next 60 days.)

SUPPORT NEEDED MORE THAN EVER 

Although any actual trial is still far off, your
continued support has made, and continues to make, all
the difference in this case. Without your support,
Steve would probably be in jail now awaiting trial. As
we know, justice in politically motivated trials is
won in the court of public opinion as much as in the
court of law. 

Because of your support, we have raised the more than
$200,000 necessary for Steve and Robert Ferrell=92s
defense. Due to the overwhelming success of this
fundraising effort, there are 3 main forms of support
that we now need: 

1) Publicizing this precedent-setting case and its
implications for artists, intellectuals, researchers
and others=97particularly in outlets that will reach the
Buffalo population. In this regard, we are still
hoping for a real investigative story into the DoJ=92s
and prosecuting District Attorney William Hochul=92s
motivations in this case. Anyone who is interested or
knows such a journalist=97particularly one who could
spend some time in the Buffalo area=97is encouraged to
contact the Defense Fund at: media (at)
caedefensefund.org

2) Publicizing this case wherever possible. Anyone
interested in helping to publicize this case through
creative means at the College Art Association Annual
Conference (February 22-25 in Boston) please contact
the Defense Fund at: 
media (at) caedefensefund.org 

3) At the time of the actual trial, should one occur,
helping to mobilize support for a massive
demonstration in Buffalo, NY.

Thank you once again for your continued support.


In solidarity,

The CAE Defense Fund
media -AT- caedefensefund.org 











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