detained by federal authorities for refusing to testify before a grand jury
considering a University of Iowa animal lab break-in was released from custody
Thursday. Carrie Feldman, 20, was ordered held by federal Judge John Jarvey
after she refused to testify before the Davenport-based grand jury in November.
Her attorney, Jordan Kushner, said the order to release Feldman stated her
testimony is no longer necessary. "I don't know of any reason for her
to have any more involvement in the future," he said.
release comes three days after FBI agents raided a home in Salt Lake City,
Utah. One of the targets of the warrant was Peter Young, an animal rights
activist who served time in federal prison for fur-farm raids in the 1990s,
documents show. His name had been mentioned previously in connection with
The U.S. Attorney in Davenport is prosecuting the case. Spokesman Mike Bladel
declined comment. Neither Feldman nor Young could be reached for comment.
Feldman, of Minneapolis, was ordered held in connection with an investigation
into an Animal Liberation Front, or ALF, action at the University of Iowa
in 2004 that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. University
officials are now building an animal research facility underground, citing
security concerns. The action was designated as a domestic act of terrorism.
DeMuth, Feldman's former boyfriend, also was ordered detained for refusing
to testify before the grand jury. He was then indicted in connection with
the case. He is out on bond while awaiting trial. Officials had previously
said he was associated with Young. Hearings for Feldman and DeMuth often
draw a crowd of activists to the Davenport federal courthouse.
warrant to search the Utah house was signed by Davenport-based U.S. Magistrate
Thomas Shields on Saturday morning. Posted online at http://www.greenisthenewred.com,
it ordered the confiscation of computers, camera equipment and other materials
"which potentially relate to Peter Young and his physical location,
travels, friends and associates" as well as his activities in connection
with "animal enterprise terrorism." It also seeks records having
to do with the same. The search warrant also names Justin Samuel, a former
associate of Young's. One of the items taken, according to a blog post at
was a postcard of the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott.
least 15 computers were taken by the FBI, along with boxes of documents,
notebooks, files, and address books," the blog says. "The house
is well-known in the area as a gathering space for animal rights and other
activists. No arrests have been made, and at this point it seems Iowa is
being used as a pretext for a continued campaign of harassment and intimidation."
and Samuel were charged in connection with the fur-farm raids. Young was
released from prison in 2007, after two years behind bars. "Emerging
from a grand jury indictment, 7 years of being wanted by the FBI, a federal
prison sentence, and nearly 15 years in the animal liberation movement;
today Peter is a frequent lecturer at universities and events, writer on
liberation movements, and unapologetic supporter of those who work outside
the law to achieve human, earth, and animal liberation," his blog says.
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