An Update from the Dead City | March 29

An Update from the Dead City | March 29

Comrades, It’s been a busy week: we testified against the very bad interim police chief who ordered the mass arrests on J20, saw the first plea deal get taken (deep breath: it actually matters very little in this case, which we’ll explain), and learned current schedule for groupings. We’re going to review all that, plus do some housekeeping. And, once more with feeling: none of the following is legal advice. We are not lawyers. Travel Reimbursements We are able to reimburse defendants for their travel to and from DC. You must save your receipts to receive reimbursement. This includes receipts for gas and tolls. To submit a reimbursement request, fill out the DCLP Travel Reimbursement Form and email your receipts to reimbursements [at] dclegalposse.org. We are happy to answer any questions about reimbursements and travel at that email address as well. Groupings You can skip this section if you read last week’s update. It’s a repeat for those who did not: The most significant development was that the government...
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An Update From Washington, DC | March 20

An Update From Washington, DC | March 20

Comrades, It’s been a busy week, and several significant things have already happened—you may have already seen the two motions that were shared, about grouping cases and cell phone data. In this update we’re going to attempt to provide some context for what happened in court on Friday where those motions were presented for the first time, in addition to some updates on CJA contribution options, attorneys, the schedule, a crucial reminder that court is not a safe space: you are in the company of prosecutors, U.S. marshals, cops, and other assorted people you do not want knowing your business. When you’re in court, even in the bathroom, or the hallway, you must act and speak as though you are being surveilled, because you are. You’ve heard this before, but we’re stressing again: none of the following is legal advice. We are not lawyers. Sorry about the length of this email: a lot happened, and information is power. CJA Contributions Several lawyers have requested...
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DC NLG’S J20 DEFENDANT FAQ #2

DC NLG’S J20 DEFENDANT FAQ #2

https://dcnlg.wordpress.com/dc-nlgs-j20-defendant-faq-2/ Table of Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The court process a. Pretrial steps b. Plea bargains c. Social media subpoenas d. What if I’m having trouble with my lawyer? 3. Security 4. The New Jim Crow a. Privilege, or lack thereof, is guiding your experience and expectations b. Jim Crow today c. Jim Crow in DC 5. What is legal solidarity? 6. What has DC NLG been doing? 7. How can I help? Introduction This is the second FAQ we have published involving the arrests that took place on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. To see the first FAQ we published, please click here. DC NLG is committed to lending support to defendants arrested on January 20. As these cases progress, we will continue to serve as a resource. If you have any questions you would like to see addressed in our next FAQ, please email them to dcmassdefense@gmail.com. Before we go any further, we must point out the following information is not legal advice. Defendants must address any and all questions to their lawyers. Under...
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FAQ FOR JAN. 20 ARRESTEES

FAQ FOR JAN. 20 ARRESTEES

This post originally came from our friends at the DC NLG  Dear Friend and Comrade, On behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, we are reaching out to all who were arrested this past weekend in Washington, DC during political protest actions throughout the city. We are volunteer attorneys and legal workers fighting to protect movement space in the struggle to eradicate capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, cisism, prisons, and all other forms of oppression. We wish we could reply on an individual basis to many of the questions we have received, but we note that we cannot offer legal advice to anyone who is represented by counsel. However, to do what we can, we have compiled responses to the most frequent questions we have received. We hope you will find the explanations below helpful. You can follow up with us as to your other questions, but again please note, that we cannot offer legal advice to anyone currently represented. If you do reach out...
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