Media Conspiracy Archive

Charged with Photography as a Crime: Bradley Stuart Allen’s Story

Santa Cruz Indymedia photographers Bradley Allen and Alex Darocy were charged with conspiracy, trespassing, and vandalism, because they reported on the occupation of an empty Wells Fargo building in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Eleven Preliminary Hearing Set for January 2013

Approximately 50 supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven packed into Department 6 of the Santa Cruz Courthouse on August 20 2012, for a hearing before Judge Paul Burdick to decide if the case against the seven remaining defendants would be dismissed.

Santa Cruz Eleven Update: Judge Burdick Says It Is “Doubtful We’re Going to Proceed”

The August 17 readiness hearing for seven of the Santa Cruz Eleven drew to a close with optimism for the defendants, and a weekend of work for District Attorney Rebekah Young.

Preliminary Hearing for Seven Remaining Santa Cruz Eleven Defendants Set for August 20th

The seven remaining defendants in the 75 River Street case will have a preliminary hearing before Judge Burdick on August 20th.

Santa Cruz Eleven: Judge Burdick Denies DA’s “Untimely” Motion to Dismiss Him from Case

Judge Burdick, who previously expressed that he would rather not have to preside over this case anymore, stated, "Once again, we are stuck with each other Ms. Young."

Dismissed: Judge Dismisses Charges Against Two Activist Journalists

“I don’t want people to think, ‘You went before a judge, the judge was fair, the charges were dismissed, everything’s cool.’ It’s not cool.”

Banners on Highway 1 in Support of the Santa Cruz 11

On Tuesday, May 15th and Friday, May 18th, supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven held banners above the slow-moving southbound traffic on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz.

California Judge Dismisses Felony Charges Against Photojournalists

The Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office tried to paint them as activists while ensuring Thaler, the Santa Cruz Sentinel photographer, was there as a bona fide journalist. Fortunately, Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick saw through that flimsy argument and dismissed all charges against Allen and Darocy.

Watsonville Supports the Santa Cruz Eleven: Press Conference, March and Rally

On May 4th, over a hundred people gathered at the Santa Cruz Courthouse for a press conference, march, and rally organized by the Watsonville Brown Berets to demand District Attorney Bob Lee drop the charges against the Santa Cruz Eleven.

Rally for Santa Cruz 11

Participants held signs bearing slogans like “Journalism is not a crime”