No Pepper Spray on Nonviolent Protesters
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Plaintiffs' attorney Bob Bloom questions witness Dave DuBay, former employee of pepper spray manufacturer Defense Technologies and present employee of Taser International, Inc., as defense lawyer Nancy Delaney raises her hand in objection. The plaintiffs and their legal team are in the lower left and right. The defense legal team is in the upper left. The eight jurors are in upper right. (posted 5/6/05)
Dennis Cunningham questions defendant Humboldt County Sheriff Gary Philp before the eight-person federal jury. (posted 5/6/05)
Defendants' counsel Nancy Delaney cross-examines plaintiffs' police practices expert witness Chief Anthony Bouza as Judge Susan Illston and members of the jury look on. (posted 5/6/05)
Plaintiffs' counsel Bob Bloom questions former Sheriff Dennis Lewis. (posted 5/6/05)
Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff Marvin Kirkpatrick on the witness stand as the jury watches a video of him spraying pepper spray from inches away into the eyes of plaintiff Terri Compost (Slanetz). (posted 5/6/05)
Plaintiffs' counsel Bill Simpich questions Lisa Sanderson-Fox. (posted 5/6/05)
Plaintiffs' counsel Tony Serra questions plaintiff Jennifer "Banka" Schneider as the video screen shows Eureka Police Sgt. Manos holding her head and spreading her eye open while Deputy Marvin Kirkpatrick swabs her eye with a pepper spray drenched Q-tip. (posted 5/6/05)
In his opening statement to the jury, Plaintiffs' lead counsel Dennis Cunningham shows the jury one of the "black bear" lockboxes used by activists when they were swabbed and sprayed with pepper spray in 1997. Courtroom graphics by K. Rudin.
Plaintiff Terri Compost (Slanetz) testifies.
Members of the jury listen as Terri Slanetz testifies.
Plaintiff Mike McCurdy in the witness box; Judge Susan Illston in background.
Defense counsel William Bragg questions Humboldt Deputy Sheriff Marvin Kirkpatrick, the one who did all of the pepper spray applications in this case, (posted 5/6/05)
Defense Counsel Nancy Delaney gives her closing argument to the jury. (posted 5/6/05)
U.S. District Judge Judge Susan Illston (posted 5/11/05)
Note: The art below is from the Second Trial in September 2004.
Police videos showing deputies torturing locked down sit-in protesters by swabbing their eyes with pepper spray were shown to the jury. Figures in right foreground are Tony Serra, Terri Slanetz and Bob Bloom (left to right).
Seated at the plaintiffs' counsel table in foreground are (l to r) plaintiffs Lisa Sanderson-Fox, Terri Slanetz, Mike McCurdy, paralegal Josh Morsell, plaintiff Jennifer Banka Schneider, attorney Tony Serra, plaintiff Spring Lundberg, attorney Bob Bloom and paralegal Alicia Littletree. Standing at center with hand up making an objection is defendants' counsel William Bragg. Lead plaintiffs' counsel Dennis Cunningham is standing questioning a witness. Judge Susan Illston presides.
The jury of four men and four women watch a police video (which is actually on the opposite side of the room from them; artistic license, you know)
Judge Susan Illston
In his opening statement to the jury, attorney Dennis Cunningham shows jurors a "black bear" lockdown device and demonstrates how it is used by sit-in protesters to lock their arms to one another.
Former Eureka Police Chief Arnold Milsap on the witness stand
Attorney Dennis Cunningham questions former Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff Randy Held about using a portable electric grinder to cut through lockboxes and unlock protesters. Held testified that he had successfully done so over a hundred times without injury to anyone.
Attorney Bob Bloom questions a witness.
Attorney Dennis Cunningham questions former deputy sheriff Pete Ciarabellini, who headed the Humboldt Sheriff's Department Special Response Team, aka the Earth First! Response Team.
Defense attorney William Bragg questions former Sgt.Pete Ciarabellini while holding up a Makita electric grinder. In the foreground at left is the defense counsel table, and plaintiffs' counsel table is at right.
Attorney Tony Serra questions Pacific Lumber's head of security and all-around thug Carl Anderson.
Left to right: Attorneys Tony Serra, Robert Bloom, Plaintiff Terri Compost, Attorney Dennis Cunningham.
K. Rudin shows a sketch outside the courthouse during the 2004 second trial. Photo by Nicholas Wilson.
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