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.

This interview is part of the book Media Workers for Social Change, written and photographed by Peter Maiden.

One year ago today, the preliminary hearing for Santa Cruz Indymedia photographers Bradley Stuart Allen and Alex Darocy began. They were charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of conspiracy, trespassing and vandalism, because they reported on the occupation of an empty Wells Fargo building in Santa Cruz. Four people still face charges for the incident, and have a trial date in May. Below is the story of what happened to Allen.

Continue reading “Charged with Photography as a Crime: Bradley Stuart Allen’s Story”

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.

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. The defendants, their attorneys, and supporters were disappointed when Judge Burdick ruled that the case will proceed, and scheduled a confirmation hearing on January 4 2013, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a preliminary hearing on Monday January 7.

Three district attorneys, Rebekah Young, Jeff Rosell, and David Sherman, were present to argue that the case should move forward. The district attorneys were both denying and admitting that throughout the case, there has been an improper disclosure of discovery evidence to the defense attorneys.

Continue reading “Santa Cruz Eleven Preliminary Hearing Set for January 2013”

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.

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. Judge Burdick issued an order that DA Young produce a detailed inventory of all evidence in the case, when it was, or was not, provided to each of the defense attorneys, and the methodology used to transmit the evidence, particularly the videos.

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

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.

On Friday, July 20th, Cameron Laurendeau, represented by Alexis Briggs, and Franklin “Angel” Alcantara, represented by Jesse Ruben, went before Judge John Salazar in department 3 of the Santa Cruz Courthouse. There were about a dozen people, including four codefendants, supporting them in court. Alcantara and Laurendeau are among the eleven people known as the “Santa Cruz Eleven” who were each charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors in association with the Fall 2011 occupation of the vacant Wells Fargo Bank building located at 75 River Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

Continue reading “Preliminary Hearing for Seven Remaining Santa Cruz Eleven Defendants Set for 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.”

On Thursday, July 5th, over a dozen supporters attended a hearing at the Santa Cruz Courthouse for five of the Santa Cruz Eleven; Gabriella Riply-Phipps, Becky Johnson, Robert Norse, Desiree Foster, and Brent Adams.

Judge Paul Burdick, one of three judges who have presided over the case filed against eleven individuals for their alleged involvement in the occupation of 75 River St., said the papers submitted by Assistant District Attorney Rebekah Young did not address the question of timeliness for filing a 170.6 challenge. Judge Burdick ruled against the DA’s “untimely” 170.6 motion seeking to have him dismissed from the 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.”

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