On Monday, July 6 all charges of murder and conspiracy against four members of the SF8?Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank Jones, and Harold Taylor?were dropped due to insufficient evidence. Charges against a fifth defendant, Richard O?Neal, had already been dropped last year. In a tactical legal decision, two other defendants in the case?Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim, who have been political prisoners for decades based on convictions in another case, agreed to plead to greatly reduced charges and both received sentences of probation or these charges. They will be returning to New York state where they will continue their fight for parole. The last defendant, Francisco Torres, maintains his innocence and has a court appearance on August 10th.
This is a very significant political victory, demonstrating the strength of the movement that has been built to support the 8 and exposing the total weakness of the Government?s case. This 38 year old case was brought against these 8 Black elder community activists in 2007 based on torture-coerced confessions and funded by Homeland Security money.
For more info and to support the SF8, write Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, PO Box 90221, Pasadena, CA 91109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.