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Jailed journalist's mom asks for support for son and Bill of Rights

Posted by Tom Foremski - February 5, 2007

From Liz Wolf-Spada:

Tomorrow, February 6, Josh will become the journalist longest imprisoned for refusing to testify before a grand jury. As his mom, I am angry and outraged that my son, a man of principle, who is a patriot, who is standing up for our US Constitution is jailed by a government that has shown no respect, or even understanding of the Bill of Rights.

Please write Congress asking that they do for Josh what they are attempting to do for the Chronicle reporters. Rescind the subpoena, purge the civil contempt charge from his record and release him immediately.

Just last Tuesday, his lawyers were denied the opportunity for a hearing to present evidence as to why Josh would never testify. The judge ruled on this without even allowing the lawyers to present their case or respond to the US Attorney's statement. There is no evidence that the US Attorney is even actively investigating ANY crime from that protest, and there IS evidence from the SFPD report that the only damage that police car suffered was a broken tail light.

Please visit http://www.joshwolf.net freejosh (at) pbwiki.com.
His proud and very concerned mom,
Liz Wolf-Spada

 

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The Free Josh Wolf Coalition will be holding a press conference on the front steps of San Francisco City Hall at noon on Feb 6. Please help spread the word about this important event.

Press conference press release

WHAT: Free Josh Wolf Coalition Press Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, February 6th, Noon

WHERE: 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, San Francisco

WHO: Pueng Vongs, Society of Professional Journalists
Bruce Brugmann, San Francisco Bay Guardian
Jeff Perlstein, Media Aliiance
David Greene, First Amendment Project
Michael Cabanatuan, Northern California Media Workers Guild
Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Supervisor
Carlos Villarreal, National Lawyers Guild
Kevin Epps, Filmmaker
Sarah Olson, Journalist and Radio Producer
Andy Blue, Free Josh Wolf Coalition
Statement from Assemblyman Mark Leno

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From Liz Wolf-Spada, the mother of Josh Wolf:

Tomorrow, February 6, Josh will become the journalist longest imprisoned for refusing to testify before a grand jury. As his mom, I am angry and outraged that my son, a man of principle, who is a patriot, who is standing up for our US Constitution is jailed by a government that has shown no respect, or even understanding of the Bill of Rights.

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