Charges Dropped!

Posted by Mitchell - October 14, 2003 (entry 102)

Word just came down from court: The case against Grant Newburger has been dismissed.

Thanks to everyone who contacted the State's Attorney's office!

More details to come...

Update: From Chicago Indymedia...

Charges were dropped against Grant Newburger at approximately 9:45 am this morning – Tuesday, 10/14.

Preceding the announcement, a demonstration outside the courtroom involving 30-40 individuals called for the charges to be immediately dropped. Speakers included: Salman Aftab of the Afghan News Service, Carolyn Danckaert of American Friends Service Committee, Ald. Joe Moore, Jeff Nafcziger from the Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and others. Supporting Organizations included also came from Not In Our Name, Refuse and Resist, Chicago Media Action, and Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism.

“The prosecution of Grant Newburger is a politically motivated prosecution,” said CCAWR’s Andy Thayer. “Rather than using the court system as an impartial arbiter of right and wrong, Mayor Daley and the State’s Attorney’s office are using the courts to pursue a political agenda. It is outrageous for the state and city to spend money prosecuting Grant while taking a pass on prosecuting people like the Duff brothers – mobbed up mayoral cronies – who have bilked the City and the taxpayers for millions of dollars.”

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