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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Greenpeace Update

Good news regarding the Greenpeace trial I wrote about last week

In a rebuke to the US Justice Department, a federal judge in Miami has thrown out a criminal case against environmental group Greenpeace , a prosecution that was watched closely by other progressive organizations that say they are under threat from the Bush administration. US District Judge Adalberto Jordan acquitted the group at the end of the prosecution's case on Wednesday, the third day of the jury trial, for protesting against a ship that carried 70 tons of illegally cut mahogany. He said the prosecution, which based the action on an obscure 1872 law, had failed to provide enough evidence for the case to go to the jury. (More)

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