JURY RESISTOR - JORDAN HALLIDAY
Friday, March 13th 2009, Utah animal rights activist Jordan Halliday was
held in contempt of court for refusing to testify before a grand jury.Judge
Tena Campbell granted him immunity which, as a result, takes away his constitutional
first and fifth amendment rights. Judge Campbell chose to forego adding
a fine penalty to the contempt of court. Jordan is being held to "compel"
him to answer all questions posed by the grand jury which so far have only
consisted of questions about who is his family and friends.
will be held at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail. Please call and demand
*politely* that he receives vegan meals and ask that he be released as he
has not been charged with any crime. GRAND JURIES ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
believed that this grand jury has jailed Jordan to try and probe him for
information on the animal rights community. Two activists were recently
arrested and accused of freeing mink. It is possible that they do not have
enough evidence against these activists, so they are attempting to manipulate
Jordan for information on them, or for info on the animal activist community
Voice your disapproval. Calling the jail is legal and is NOT harassment.
Be polite but firm.
Salt Lake County Metro Jail: (801) 743-5000 Dial 1 then 0 to get to an operator
or (801) 743 5500
e-mail the sheriff at: http://www.slco.org/sheriff/forms/sheriff_form.cfm
and write to:
Cache County Jail
1225 West Valley View Highway, Suite 100
Logan , UT
are grand juries?
juries are a threat to the rights of social dissidents and the rights of
Americans generally. Grand juries ostensibly were established to be a curb
on prosecutors power but has instead resulted in greater misuse of prosecutors
power. Prosecutors have the unilateral power to subpoena anyone and compel
them to answer questions under threat of imprisonment. At a grand jury,
you have no Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. You also have no right
to have an attorney present with you during the questioning. Grand juries
almost always indict because no other side is allowed to present their argument
is Jordan in jail?
particular grand jury was allegedly established for the purpose of investigating
mink releases in Utah . However, the questions asked of Jordan went far
beyond inquests on criminal activity. The prosecution is clearly using the
grand jury as a fishing expedition to investigate the activities of animal
rights activists generally. These tactics are employed to chill free speech
activities and intimidate people from standing up for the rights of themselves
and animals. Jordan is making a commendable principled stand for his refusal
to cooperate with this abridgement of rights. He has committed absolutely
no violation of law and is NOT considered a suspect in the mink release
or any other illegal activity. He is being held in contempt simply because
he refuses to acquiesce to the abridgement of his First and Fifth Amendment