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GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maddy Pfeiffer has been released from prison!

Maddy was the last of three anarchists, known as the Grand Jury Resisters, being held in prison without charge for refusing to speak to a grand jury.

In a grand jury trial, when court can grants you ‘immunity’ your 5th amendment right to remain silent is suspended. If you refuse to remain silent, you can be jailed for up to 18 months with are charge.

This is exactly what happened to the resisters. To be clear, theywere charged with a crime, there was no evidence to convict them of a crime. Maddy was held in prison since December 26th solely for refusing to speak about a vandalism that occurred last May Day in Seattle.

Most of the time Maddy spent in prison was in solitary confinement. This was in attempt to make them speak against their comrades but evidently it failed. Love and solidarity with Maddy for staying strong and refusing to cooperate with the state.

For more on the Grand Jury Resisters, check out my tags.

“Some facts about the recent feds’ visits:

  • They flashed a lot of resources. The feds appeared simultaneously in 3 or 4 cities (Portland, Olympia and Seattle, and probably Vancouver) as well as some rural places around the region. They appeared in groups as large as 6-8.
  • They visited around 10 houses in Olympia, and several other locations for a total of perhaps 20 contacts in Olympia. They visited at least one but reportedly as many as 3 different homeless youth service organizations in Seattle, in addition to an anarchist bookstore. They harassed a handful of people in Seattle quite intensely. Several people in Portland were visited, and reports suggest some people in Vancouver, BC were visited.
  • At one house, the feds knocked and someone answered the door. Once the door was open, the feds muscled their way into the house, intimidating residents and asking questions.
  • The US Marshals are involved. Marshals track, arrest, and transport people. They also serve subpoenas, and had served at least one subpoena last year related to May Day 2012.
  • The scope of their contacts has greatly increased. They are not focused on anarchists and activists: now they target artists, hipsters, and show spaces.
  • They showed lists of names and series of photos. They said things along the lines of, “Here is a photo of someone unmasked. Here is a photo of someone masked up. Is it the same person? What is their name?”