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Trial Begins April 8, 2002 in Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney's Suit vs. FBI & OPD
in Federal District Court in Oakland, California!
Legal Documents Filed
Brief -- Summarizes plaintiffs' case against the
FBI and Oakland Police defendants.
"The Court is well familiar with
plaintiffs’ legal and factual allegations herein, most fully spelled out in
Plaintiffs’ Motion re Qualified Immunity, filed March 18, 1997. To summarize
them, plaintiffs charge that their (false) arrest and the attendant searches
(including the second search of Judi’s house a month after the bombing) were
deliberately carried out without probable cause, through the instigation of
the FBI and with the knowing and willing cooperation of the Oakland Police
Department, for the purpose of politically discrediting and
"neutralizing" plaintiffs’ organizing work on behalf of Redwood
Summer, Earth First!, and the environment generally. Plaintiffs charge that
the grounds for arrest, alleged at the time and subsequently, were
deliberately falsified by defendants and others acting in concert with them,
to ensure that maximum sensational publicity harmful to the plaintiffs’
lawful movement and cause, and their constitutionally protected activities in
furtherance thereof, would arise from the false charges against them. They
charge that defendants conspired unlawfully among themselves to achieve these
illicit objectives." (Click
here to view the complete document.) Filed Jan.
22, 2002. Adobe Acrobat format. (posted 2/6/02)
of Proof regarding Expert Testimony of Anthony Bouza
Plaintiffs expect to call former
police chief Anthony Bouza to give, in expert testimony, opinions about the
(lack of ) reasonableness, truthfulness and good faith — as a matter of
sound and upright police practice, consistent with normal training — of the
proven actions and purported conclusions and decisions of the defendant
investigators herein, in deciding to arrest plaintiffs for knowing possession
of the bomb, and presenting their purported grounds in the search warrant
here to view the complete document.) Filed Jan. 20, 2002. Adobe Acrobat
format. (posted 2/6/02)
of Proof regarding Raid on Seeds of Peace
Plaintiffs maintain that the raid on
the Seeds of Peace house ordered by defendant Sims was part and parcel of the
plot to discredit them and Earth First!, and disrupt the Redwood Summer
program, by means of a sensational false arrest and bombing/terrorism scandal.
Given that there was no honest justification for the arrest of plaintiffs, or
for the purported belief they were knowingly in possession of the bomb in
their car rather than victims of it, the raid also had no justification, in
point of fact. (Click
here to view the complete document.) Filed Jan. 21, 2002. Adobe Acrobat
format. (posted 2/6/02)
Other legal documents online
Statement by noted historian Prof.
Howard Zinn on the FBI's long history of political
by former FBI Special Agent John C. Ryan on routine fraud by FBI agents in
handling supposed informant information. (posted 7/19/01)
Visit the Legal
Documents Index page for more
DNA evidence withheld for years by the FBI which provides valuable clues as
to who bombed Earth First! organizers Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney in 1990 is
being released at a Sept. 18 press conference following the testing for
genetic material found on envelopes of three key documents. The Mendocino
County Sheriff's Department has begun a new investigation based on this and
other evidence developed by our team. (posted
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Recent mailings and updates
July 2001 EF! Bombing Update Mailing
First! letter to supporters
As lead attorney Dennis Cunningham declared at the Oakland rally
commemorating the 11th anniversary of the bombing of Earth First! organizers
Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, “It’s a good time to go to trial against
the FBI!” Read more ...
Case Update, Summer 2001
The trial in Earth
First!ers Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney’s civil rights lawsuit against the
FBI and Oakland Police (OPD) begins October 1, 2001. Here is an update of
what we’ve been doing on the legal front to get ready.
Did the FBI Hold Back Evidence in Church Bombing Murders?
— NY Times OP-ED by former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley
"... For more than two decades, Mr. Blanton and
Mr. Cherry evaded indictment and prosecution because the FBI held back these
recordings. This was evidence we desperately needed in 1977 — evidence
whose existence FBI officials had denied. Had it been provided in 1977, we
could have convicted all three of these Klansmen."
Banner by Martin Travers,
photo by Nicholas Wilson
School, and Other Atrocities, Judi's brilliant October 1994
article about the FBI Bomb School and evidence that the FBI deliberately put out
false information to smear her as a terrorist rather than the victim of an
assassination attempt. Illustrated with photos of the bombed car. (posted
Ecology - The Legacy of Judi Bari -- 58
min. radio documentary narrated by Ruby Dee and produced by Noelle Hanrahan.
This excellent program aired on the Alternative Radio series in December, 2000.
In Judi's own words and the comments of Carl Anthony, Karen Picket, Michael
Parenti, Ed Herman, Jose Lopez, Geronimo ji jaga and Ramona Africa, this radio
documentary tells her story. You can listen to this program via MP3 streaming
audio or download it to your computer's hard drive from our Audio
Files page. (added 1/29/01)
Read the Transcript
of the program. (added 1/30/01)
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History of Counterintelligence
Ward Churchill, co-author of "The
COINTELPRO Papers," presents the history of government
surveillance, infiltration, and provocation. This talk was a workshop that was
part of the National Conference on Organized Resistance. Recorded 1/28/2001 at
American University, Washington, D.C. On the servers of Radio4All.net. There
are three MP3 files to cover this 83 minute program. There is audio distortion
after the first 15 minutes, but the content may be worth the effort.
to transcript and Real Audio of Making Contact radio
program for week of May 24, 2000, featuring Bari case and titled: "In the Crosshairs:
Violence Against Environmental Activists" (link added to our
Audio page 2/6/01)
Trial to Begin October 1, 2001! (later
postponed to April 8, 2002 due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks)
Here for RSJP's Official Press Release (posted 5/13/00)
At last! District Court Judge Claudia Wilken has set
an October 1, 2001, trial date in Judi Bari's and Darryl Cherney's suit
against the FBI and Oakland Police. The date was decided at a hearing May
12. The date allows time for discovery of additional evidence and depositions,
and for our determined effort to bring Richard W. Held back into the case
as an individual defendant.
Judi's dying wish was for Held not to escape answering for his foul
deeds. Held announced early retirement from the FBI on the eve of Judi
and Darryl releasing the police photos of the bombed car proving the FBI
had lied about the location of the bomb in order to try to blame the victims
and frame them for the bombing that nearly killed Judi.
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on this site - MP3 files for download or streaming
Judi's 1996 Berkeley presentation of her case
against the FBI. This is Judi at her awesome peak, revealing
her impish sense of humor, her intellect, and her amazing grasp of the
case. Laugh while you learn the shocking facts in a way you'll remember.
Alicia Littletree broadcast this program May 12, 2000 on KZYX/KZYZ
Mendocino County Community Radio. Thanks, Alicia.
Brief selections from the CD "Who Bombed
Click here to go
to the Audio Files Page
Judi Bari recorded at many different places talking about her case
and her beliefs, speaking to thousands at the 1996 Rally for Headwaters.
These are short selections in MP3 format that are highly compressed so
they download quickly.
Music files in high quality format
The FBI Stole My Fiddle
Who Bombed Judi Bari
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Changed Internet Addresses for
Judi Bari Website, Redwood Justice Fund, Redwood Summer Justice Project
effective May 2000
Marking the 10th anniversary of the car-bombing
of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, we have registered the Internet
domain name judibari.org. The address of this website
update your links and bookmarks if they still point to the old address at
Also, the Redwood Justice Fund and Redwood
Summer Justice Project have a new e-mail address:
RJF at judibari.org
(The old email address does NOT work.)
The U.S. Mail address, phone and fax numbers are
Redwood Summer Justice Project
P.O. Box 14720, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Additional Featured Items
as new but still hot)
of Appeals Rejects Oakland's Appeal, Grants Our Cross-Appeal (posted
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl
Cherney won a stunning victory in their federal civil rights lawsuit against
the FBI and the Oakland Police (OPD) when the 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals rejected the Oakland defendants' motion to be released from the
case. The three-judge panel went even further, reinstating charges
that the Oakland officers conspired with the FBI to violate Bari and Cherney's
First Amendment rights.
Erica Etelson, attorney
for Cherney and for Bari's estate said, "The Oakland Police suffered a
major setback .... We are now set to prove their illegal conspiracy to
a jury." Said plaintiff Darryl Cherney, "The appeals court has raked
the Oakland Police over the coals for their attempts to delay our case
and their violation of our freedom of speech. The FBI and OPD's continuing
abuses of the rights of American citizens must be stopped."
the full RSJP statement about the ruling)
of Appeals Opinion Blisters Oakland Police
The OPD argued that the FBI gave them false information that
the bomb had been visible on the back seat floorboard and thus the activists
must have known they were carrying it. The appellate court ruled
Oakland had no right to rely on false statements of the FBI, stating, "[The
OPD] had been at the scene and had personally observed the location of
the hole caused by the explosion ... underneath the driver's seat."
Eco-Terrorism — COINTELPRO Tactics Target Environmentalists
The court ruled that Bari
and Cherney, "have presented sufficient circumstantial evidence that [the
Oakland police] intended to inhibit their First Amendment activities, and
that they entered a conspiracy to further this goal." This included
providing inaccurate information to the media, monitoring Earth First!
prior to the bombing, and acting "in close cooperation with [FBI] ‘conspirators'"
to contribute misinformation during the process of obtaining search warrants
of Bari and Cherney's homes. The ruling clears a significant hurdle
for the environmental activists on their way to a jury trial.
text of the Sept. 24, 1999, appeal
ruling in Bari v. Sims on the Federal Court website (use your browser's
back button to return here) www.ce9.uscourts.gov
(opinions). (posted 9/29/99)
RSJP's four-page illustrated brochure included with the
August 1999 mailing covers recent incidents of harassment of activists
such as the firebombing of an Earth First! activist's van in Ohio, the
pipe bombing of the Forest Guardians in New Mexico, new FBI investigation
of EF! activist Darryl Cherney, harassment and investigation of activists
at Headwaters Forest, Vail Colorado, and Minnehaha Minnesota, a disinformation
campaign aimed at discrediting Judi Bari's case against the FBI, and more.
Secret Police - FBI COINTELPRO in the 1990s
Click here for the
complete brochure as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file, complete with four
photos, graphics and nice layout exactly as printed for the mailing. (Note:
260K download takes time but it's worth the wait. (Note: you must have
the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to read this file.
If you don't have it, please go to http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html
for a free download of the latest version.). After clicking on the
link to the brochure, you will have a choice of saving the file to your
hard disk or opening it in your browser; save it to disk if you think you
might want to print it out.)
Report by Noelle Hanrahan
in association with RSJP and included with the April 1998 update mailing.
On April 22, 1970, as 22 million Americans rallied
across the country on the first Earth Day celebration, FBI agents in over
40 cities were ordered to spy on and infiltrate these events. Senator Edwin
Muskie, himself a victim, remarked from the floor of Congress that this
surveillance was "a dangerous threat to fundamental constitutional rights."
power of the environmental movement and the challenge it posed to business-as-usual
made it an instant target for FBI suppression. (posted 4/13/98)
Judi Bari Bombing Revisited -- Big Timber, Public
Relations and the FBI -- analysis
and commentary by Nicholas Wilson
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This article reviews the evidence and presents a theory that Judi was
bombed and then framed for it as part of a timber industry public relations
campaign to defeat the Forests Forever initiative, Prop. 130 on the November
1990 ballot. The corporations paid giant PR firm Hill & Knowlton
millions to smear (with the collaboration of the FBI) Judi and Earth First! as
violent extremists, and then to falsely link Prop. 130 to EF! in the voters'
minds. The industry would have lost billions of dollars if the initiative had
passed, and the corporations spent some $20 million to defeat it. The article
also reviews the FBI's history of repression of activists for social and
political change and discusses the Bari bombing in light of Operation
THERMCON, the FBI's plan to neutralize EF! by trying to connect its best known
leaders with explosives. Published in the Albion Monitor
May 28, 1999 (posted 6/17/99)
"Solidarity Forever" --
Report-back from the RAID Activist Conference
Besides the battle for justice in the
courts, Redwood Summer Justice Project has also been active in the frontline
battle for our treasured ecosystems. Continuing our effort to ensure
that environmentalists can carry on their work in defense of wilderness
and of sustainable communities, we recently co-sponsored a weekend conference
for eco-activists who have been targeted with violence and disruption.
The conference strengthened our network and our understanding of the sources
and techniques of repression nationwide. Our report-back, "Solidarity
Forever: Standing Up to Attacks on Environmental Movements," is a must-read
for activists everywhere, filled with accounts of alarming repression,
inspiring courage, and techniques for defusing the attacks.
Stalling in Bari Case Must Stop, Judge Says
for the complete four-page illustrated report as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file
for online viewing or printing out in original format, including photos
and graphics. The report file is a 147K download; you can save it
to disk by right clicking on the link and choosing "save file to disk"
if you want to view it or print it out later. (Note: you must have
the free Acrobat Reader program installed on your computer to read this
file. Go to http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html
to get the latest version.) (posted
In another court victory, a federal
magistrate in San Francisco said he will order the FBI to resume providing
further evidence to lawyers for the late Judi Bari and fellow Earth First!
activist Darryl Cherney. The FBI had stalled for over a year, claiming
an appeal by codefendant Oakland Police suspended their legal obligation
to provide discovery. (posted 1/21/99)
Justice for Judi Bari! --
for signers to a Demand for Trial.
Includes a brief background of the case. (posted 7/15/98)
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announcing Judi's death and her supporters'
to carry on her suit against the FBI and Oakland Police. posted
from RSJP re False Charges in Flatland magazine and Anderson Valley Advertiser
Blatantly false charges are being spread by long-time enemies
of Judi Bari claiming that new "evidence" shows that the bomb that
nearly killed her in 1990 was planted, not by timber or government agents
intent on quelling her organizing in defense of the old growth forest,
but by someone close to her. Not surprisingly, on even cursory examination,
the whole bizarre "new evidence" theory evaporates into a puff of smoke.
With Judi no longer even alive, clearly the targets of this hateful attack
are her innocent children and her civil rights lawsuit against the FBI
and Oakland Police. The suit, filed in 1991, was intended to stand up to
the environment of terror created by the bombing and to protect the right
of all activists to work for social change without fear of government repression.
SF Examiner re their article about the false allegations. Two excellent letters to the editor from Tanya Brannan for RSJP and from Dan
Hamburg, former Member of Congress. (posted 3/14/99)
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