Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Zachary Running Wolf will spend 30 days in jail after pleading guilty for possession of psychedelic mushrooms. This, in accordance with an agreement he has worked out with prosecutors to drop charges of vandalism and obstructing a police officer during his tree sitting protest.
Ahhh, no wonder Running Wolf was trying to get in those trees.
In separate cases, the tree-sitting protestors are getting slammed in court. Of the 16 protestors, five were found in contempt in August and ordered to pay $1,000 each. The remaining 11 will have their cases heard in coming months. Potential attorney fees for all the protestors may range from $3,000 to $10,000.
University lawyer Michael Goldstein isn't making any apologies. "We've asked the judge to throw the book at them," Goldstein said flatly.
Meanwhile, an attorney for some of the protestors, Dennis Cunningham said, “It’s really vindictive. They don’t have this kind of money.”
Ummm, I think everyone is well aware of that. I don’t think any of the protestors were leaving 10,000 square foot mansions to live in trees for months in the first place.
The university has estimated that it has spent more than $800,000 on police and other security measures during the protest, and $40,000 alone on the scaffolding to bring the protestors down without anyone breaking their necks.
$1,000 seems like chump change when you take that into account, no?
Posted by Bear with Fangs at 2:59 PM