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Grandma Drone Protester Begins 6 Month Sentence

Mary Anne Taken into Custody

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hancock Drone Resister Grandma Goes to Jail DeWitt, NY, Jan 19   Following a 1/2 hour press conference, Mary Anne Grady Flores, a mother, grandmother and daughter, proprietor of a small Latino catering business, was sentenced to 6 months in jail, then handcuffed and taken from the courtroom to Jamesville Correctional Facility in East Syracuse. In December, Judge Miller of the Onondaga County Court of Appeals heard arguments for an appeal of her previous conviction for violating the

Press Release: MAGF OOP Conviction Upheld on Appeal

Jan. 13, 2016 PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Grandma Drone Protester Remanded to Jail for 6 Months Mary Anne Grady Flores to be taken into custody Tuesday, January 19 Ithaca, NY. On January 12, the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, grandmother and drone resister Mary Anne Grady Flores learned that she is to go back to jail for six months starting Tuesday, January 19. She is to report to the Dewitt Town Court (5400 Butternut Drive, East

Press Release: Drone Protesters’ Charges Dismissed

16 December 2015                                                                              contact: Ed Kinane, 315) 478-4571 home FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                info: www.upstatedroneaction.org ANTI-REAPER DRONE PROTESTERS’   CHARGES DISMISSED IN DEWITT TOWN COURT This afternoon, December 16, town of DeWitt (NY) judge Robert Jokl dismissed the charges against the five anti-Reaper drone protesters arrested on September 21, 2015. The protesters had blocked the main entrance of Hancock Air Force Base near Syracuse with three long one-word

Hancock Anti-Drone Resisters Jailed Last Night (7/29)

Four anti-drone resisters were sentenced Wednesday night in Judge Joseph J. Zavaglia’s DeWitt (NY) Town Court for alleged trespass at a “die-in” on April 28, 2013 at Hancock Air Base, home to the 174th Attack Wing of the NY National Guard, just north of Syracuse, NY. At their four-day trial this past June trial the six-person jury acquitted the four of disorderly conduct and obstruction of government administration. The four are members of Upstate Drone Action Coalition – a scrupulously

4 Hancock Activists Convicted of Trespass but . . .

FOUR HANCOCK ANTI-DRONE ACTIVISTS GUILTY OF TRESPASS, BUT ACQUITTED OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND OF OBSTRUCTING GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION (OGA), A MISDEMEANOR. Setencing Date TBD This afternoon (6/27), after deliberating a couple hours, a six-person jury found the four not guilty of obstructing government administration (OGA) at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse, New York, but guilty of trespass, a violation carrying a maximum 15-day imprisonment. Today was the last day of the four-day trial presided over by Judge Joseph Zavaglia, an attorney

24 June Jury Trial in DeWitt

Four Defendants Go On Trial 24 June at DeWitt, NY Town Court       for Opposing Reaper Drone War Crimes at Hancock Air Base At 9am, Wednesday 24 June, 2015, Ellen Barfield of Baltimore, MD, Jules Orkin of Bergenfield, NJ, Joan Pleune and Beverly Rice of New York City, defended by Attorney Lewis B. Oliver of Albany, NY, will begin trial before a six-person jury in the DeWitt, NY Town Court of Judge Zavaglia, charged with 2 counts of

My Five Days in “Pod A” at the Juneau County Jail

Guest Post by Bonnie Block On April 1, 2015 a six person jury found me guilty of trespassing at the Volk Field Open House because I handed out leaflets with four questions about drone warfare in the parking lot of the Wisconsin National Guard Museum. National Guard personnel deemed that “propaganda” sight unseen. The result was my arrest, being charged with trespass, pretrial motions to greatly limit the evidence I could present to the jury and ultimately the trial. The

Charges Dismissed in the Interest of Justice

Charges Against Hancock Protesters Dismissed at Pretrial Hearing April 1, 2015, DeWitt, NY: This afternoon in the DeWitt Town Court, after hearing about 90 minutes of motions, judge Robert Jokl dismissed all charges against four defendants charged following protests at Hancock Air National Guard Base “in the interest of justice.” Attorneys Jonathan Wallace, Kathy Manley and Kim Zimmer presented motions on behalf of John Honeck of Hamlin, NY, Julienne Oldfield of Syracuse, NY, Andrew Schoerke of Shaftsbury, Vermont and Mary

No Justice for Drone Protesters

Gagged and Censored: Justice is not Served for Drone Protester in Wisconsin Court by Joy First In May of 2014 Bonnie Block and Jim Murphy were arrested at Volk Field, a Wisconsin Air National Guard Base where they train operators to pilot Shadow drones with cameras to do surveillance and “target acquisition” so that the Predator and Reaper drones (remotely piloted from other US military bases) can drop Hellfire missiles on presumed militants in multiple countries. Bonnie and Jim are