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Repression & Resistance
GARY LAWTON FREE ON BAIL!
After two long years in jail, Gary Lawton is free on $50,000 bail. Since his arrest and lengthy trial, Gary has been repeatedly denied bail by the presiding judge. When his 1st trial ended in a hung jury of 9-3 for acquittal, the court was forced to set a bail that should have been set two years before. Within a week of setting of the bail, it had been raised. Gary's trial is currently scheduled for May 19th in Riverside, CA. No lawyer has yet agreed to take the case, but one is expected to do so shortly. Gary's release is an eloquent testimony to the power of the community's unified resistance to racist political repression.
VVAW COORDINATOR JAILED!
Another VVAW leader has been singled out by the 'law' for harassment. Don Pennington, Regional Coordinator for N & S Carolina, was sentenced to 3 months at hard labor for disorderly conduct. The charge stemmed from an incident involving Don and 2 MP's from Camp Lejune. The MP's had verbally abused Don, and tried to order him about. Although Don is a civilian, the USMC generally does as it pleases in Jacksonville. Don exchanged some righteous words with these people only to find himself jailed for using 'vile and vulgar' language. Although one of the MP's testified that he did not hear Don say anything obscene, the kangaroo court nonetheless sentenced him to 3 months at hard labor. Don is now out on bond awaiting an April 19th appeal where we'll see if the state intends to actually carry out this 'obscene' miscarriage of justice.
FREE DON PENNINGTON!
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!