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Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison

Animal rights activist receives prison sentence for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the A.L.F.



Today, Jordan Halliday was sentenced in federal court to 10 months in prison for his refusal to answer questions during a grand jury investigating A.L.F. mink releases in Utah.

Jordan Halliday will serve 10 months in prison, in addition to the nearly four months he has already served - without credit for time served. Fortunately, he was able to walk out of the courtroom today, and will remain free until January, when he must turn himself into prison.

Halliday's only "crime" was answering "no comment" or pleading the fifth to a series of questions relating to Animal Liberation Front activity in Utah.

Two Utah mink releases were being investigated by the grand jury: the release of 650 mink from the McMullin fur farm in South Jordan, and the release of 7,000 mink from the Lodder fur farm in Kaysville. William Viehl and Alex Hall plead guilty to carrying out the first raid. The raid of the Lodder fur farm remains unsolved. The government even expressed that Halliday is not considered a suspect in the mink releases, and is being imprisoned solely for his refusal to testify.

The backstory:

After two Utah fur farms were raided in two months in the fall of 2008, a grand jury was convened to investigate. Jordan Halliday was subpoenaed to testify, for apparently no other reason than his visibility as a local animal rights activist.
Halliday invoked his First and Fifth Amendment rights when questioned by the grand jury, and was jailed for nearly four months. The government then released Jordan, promptly charging him for the rarely-prosecuted crime of "criminal contempt". This is the first time in decades anyone has been prosecuted criminally for refusing to testify to a grand jury in a political case.
After over 18 months since first being subpoenaed, the government sentenced Jordan Halliday to 10 months in prison. This is a victory for the government, it its attempt to intimidate activists out of employing what is always best form of defense: silence.

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Hello friends,

It is with sadness that we inform you all that our friend Jordan Halliday was sentenced to an additional 10 months in prison and 3 years of probation. Fortunately, he was allowed a stay and will need to report to prison by January 2011. He is filing an appeal.

For more information and to donate please visit: http://www.supportjordan.com

Here is an article forwarded from indymedia that helps explain in better detail what happened today.

-The Jordan Halliday Support Committee

Forwarded from IndyMedia:

Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 months
By: Resist Stance

November 3, 2010

Salt Lake City, Utah --- This morning United States District Judge Ted Stewart sentenced Jordan Halliday to 10 months in federal prison and 3 years probation.

In 2008 Halliday, an animal rights activist in Salt Lake City, was subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the animal rights community of Utah. When Halliday resisted, he was held in civil contempt of court for nearly 4 months. Upon release he was indicted for criminal contempt of court for the same refusal. This past July Halliday admitted to willfully & knowingly violating an order by US District Chief Judge Tena Campbell.

After Halliday's guilty plea, the Prosecutor applied the sentencing guidelines for another charge, "obstruction of justice," and an enhancement for “substantial interference with the function of the judicial system” which consequently increased the advisory Sentencing Guideline range for Halliday's charge to 15-21 months. The court declared that the “obstruction of justice” guideline was with warrant, however believed the enhancement for “substantial interference with the function of the judicial system” was not justified. Halliday's Attorney Kent Hart stated that a guideline range for “failure to appear” was more applicable to this case. However his argument was struck down.

Currently Halliday's sentence of 10 months amounts to nearly half of each sentence ultimately given to Alex Hall and William 'BJ' Viehl, against whom Halliday was brought to testify.

Assistant United States District Attorney John Huber maintains the claim that he believes Halliday still has insider information regarding unsolved Animal Liberation Front crimes in Utah. Halliday has maintained the claim that he has no knowledge of any illegal activity, and in a statement to the court said “I have always tried to work within the law by lobbying and attempting to pass legislation for the basic rights I believe all animals deserve.”.

The prosecution however states that a communique concerning a mink release in Utah was sent to a news organization from an individual who listed their name as “Jordan”. The government states that this communique was received before police even knew of the incident. Halliday affirmed that he never sent a communique and that if one exists, that he now understands why the government might be going after him. He also stated that “If such a communique was legitimately sent, I am truly disheartened”.

After 4 months in jail, over a year of excessive pretrial conditions and a lot of living in legal limbo, Halliday will begin his 10-month sentence in January 2011, which he has the option to appeal in the interim.

To learn more about Halliday's case peruse http://supportjordan.com/


Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 months
Thursday, November 04 2010 @ 08:27 AM UTC
Contributed by: Anonymous

This morning United States District Judge Ted Stewart sentenced Jordan Halliday to 10 months in federal prison and 3 years probation. In 2008 Halliday, an animal rights activist in Salt Lake City, was subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the animal rights community of Utah.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2010

Salt Lake City, Utah --- This morning United States District Judge Ted Stewart sentenced Jordan Halliday to 10 months in federal prison and 3 years probation.

In 2008 Halliday, an animal rights activist in Salt Lake City, was subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the animal rights community of Utah. When Halliday resisted, he was held in civil contempt of court for nearly 4 months. Upon release he was indicted for criminal contempt of court for the same refusal. This past July Halliday admitted to willfully & knowingly violating an order by US District Chief Judge Tena Campbell.

After Halliday's guilty plea, the Prosecutor applied the sentencing guidelines for another charge, "obstruction of justice," and an enhancement for “substantial interference with the function of the judicial system” which consequently increased the advisory Sentencing Guideline range for Halliday's charge to 15-21 months. The court declared that the “obstruction of justice” guideline was with warrant, however believed the enhancement for “substantial interference with the function of the judicial system” was not justified. Halliday's Attorney Kent Hart stated that a guideline range for “failure to appear” was more applicable to this case. However his argument was struck down.

Currently Halliday's sentence of 10 months amounts to nearly half of each sentence ultimately given to Alex Hall and William 'BJ' Viehl, against whom Halliday was brought to testify.

Assistant United States District Attorney John Huber maintains the claim that he believes Halliday still has insider information regarding unsolved Animal Liberation Front crimes in Utah. Halliday has maintained the claim that he has no knowledge of any illegal activity, and in a statement to the court said “I have always tried to work within the law by lobbying and attempting to pass legislation for the basic rights I believe all animals deserve.”.

The prosecution however states that a communique concerning a mink release in Utah was sent to a news organization from an individual who listed their name as “Jordan”. The government states that this communique was received before police even knew of the incident. Halliday affirmed that he never sent a communique and that if one exists, that he now understands why the government might be going after him. He also stated that “If such a communique was legitimately sent, I am truly disheartened”.

After 4 months in jail, over a year of excessive pretrial conditions and a lot of living in legal limbo, Halliday will begin his 10-month sentence in January 2011, which he has the option to appeal in the interim.

To learn more about Halliday's case peruse http://supportjordan.com/



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