Tag Archive: grand jury resistance

Grand Jury Resister Jerry Koch is Free!

jerrysketch-webFrom NYC Anarchist Black Cross

On Tuesday, January 28th, anarchist grand jury resister Gerald “Jerry” Koch was released from the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Koch’s release comes over eight months after his imprisonment for refusing to testify before a grand jury convened under the auspices of investigating the so-called bicycle bomber case.

Judge John Keenan, the presiding judge over Jerry’s case, believes that taking the position of a government run amok, using grand juries as a witch hunt is, “a delusion of grandeur.” Judge Keenan goes on:

There is simply no evidence that the Government [sic], threatened by Koch’s subversive prowess, seeks to bring him before the grand jury on a pretext, either to gain access to the treasure trove that is his circle of friends or to send an ominous message to political dissidents.

In reality, the United States government was following a pattern of using grand juries as fishing expeditions in hopes of better understanding social and political networks of anarchists. (more…)

Court Affirms Contempt Judgment for Jerry Koch

jerryby Dena Aubin / Reuters

A federal appeals court has upheld a contempt judgment against a self-described anarchist who refused to testify before a grand jury thought to be investigating a 2008 bomb explosion in New York’s Times Square.

Gerald Koch, 24, of Brooklyn was sent to jail in May after being found in civil contempt for refusing to testify, citing his rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

He was ordered held in federal custody for no longer than 18 months or the remaining life of the grand jury. (more…)

Marcellus Earth First! fights the frack & Jerry Koch fights the SGJ

toxic-avengerThe Final Straw this week features two conversations.

In the first interview, William discusses the Marcellus bioregion with Oz from Marcellus Earth First!, the dangers posed by fracking that shale and what resistance has looked like in PA. Here they also announce the beginning of a forest defense campaign with a tree sit in Loyalsock State Forest as an expansion of their struggle against the Anadarko’s attempts to expand fracking. http://marcellusearthfirst.org/

In the second conversation, Bursts talks to Randall of the Support Jerry Committee about the history of Grand Juries, Jerry’s legal team’s recently filed appeal to his imprisonment, and broader strategies to resisting GJ’s. Randall also announces a new website for sharing resources and research on the repression of Anarchists in the U.S., found at anarchistwitchhunt.org. (more…)

First Prison Statement from Jerry Koch

gerlad-kochFrom NYC Anarchist Black Cross
Jerry’s first statement from inside:

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who has supported me in so many ways these past three months. It has been a hell of a ride thus far, full of sudden transfers and inexplicable delays. In the face of all that, I’m doing all right, although I’d like to see the sun more and truly miss the color green. I miss my friends and my loved ones, and I’m looking forward to the day when I can finally rejoin you all in the land of the living. But I am holding strong. I do not know how much longer the State plans to keep me separated from my family and friends, but I will not bend.

Compared to the vast majority in this prison, I’m lucky. I’m not facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of my life in this place, as so many of the men in my unit are. I am really fortunate to have such strong support on the outside. The solidarity everyone has shown is helping me through this and constantly reaffirms my resolve.

The Federal Grand Jury that put me here is only the most recent facet of an assault on those who wish to be free of state surveillance and intimidation. This legal onslaught has already targeted and claimed the freedom of many anarchists, but we will keep fighting. I will keep fighting. My politics, principles and ethics stand in direct opposition with this legal tool that is used to further enable the government in its assault on anarchists, and I will not lend it any legitimacy, nor will I comply in any way. (more…)