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June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

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Solidarity Video for the June 11th

 

Update on Kevin & Tuesday’s pretrial

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First off, Kevin is still doing well: sharp as ever, maintaining his sense of humor, and enjoying the small graces jail affords—too much instant coffee, tons of reading time, and all your letters. He sends his love and thanks, as always. And he’s especially grateful for and happily surprised by the donations that have been coming in to support his attorneys. (We’ve still got $5,500 to go to reach the goal, so please keep spreading the word.)

Secondly, the pretrial on Tuesday, January 7th was postponed. Due to the weather, Andrew Bashi, the NLG attorney representing Kevin at this court date, was unfortunately in a car accident on his way to Eureka. As far as we know, Andrew is okay (but now is a perfect time to show him and the others how much you appreciate the trouble they’re going to for our friend—send them some money!). The defense got a continuance, and Kevin’s next pretrial is  scheduled for Tuesday, January 14th.

The coming pretrial could be an important one. As we told you in the last post, the prosecution’s case is unfolding, and the details are suspect, though not surprising. It remains to be see whether the state continues down this path to try circumstantially linking the items in Kevin’s car to a mink farm raid with which he’s not even being charged. That said, FBI agents have also reportedly shown up in the court room during the last few pretrials. Again, not surprising, but something to be aware of as Kevin’s case and fate are being determined in the coming weeks.

Please keep Kevin in your thoughts, in your social media feeds, and in your donation budget.

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Please send Kevin a letter of support :

Kevin Johnson #4565
Woodford County Jail
111 E Court St.
Eureka, IL 61530

Tyler Lang has been release

New allegations against Kevin: Report from court

 

 

New developments from Kevin’s Christmas Eve court date.

 

On December 24th, Kevin appeared in court for another pre-trial hearing, which offered new insights into the prosecution’s case.

 

Illinois mink release to be used in trial

 

It has been learned the prosecution intends to use an animal liberation action (which he is not being charged with) against him in his current case: a mink release that happened in Morris, Illinois on August 14th.

 

While the details are not clear, the indication is they will use this raid to circumstantially support a case Kevin intended to commit “burglary” against another fur farm. And that he was to do so using the “burglary tools” that are the basis of his current charges. The Morris incident was alleged to have occurred the night before Kevin’s arrest.

 

Again, Kevin is not being charged with the mink release, and whether the prosecution will be successful at somehow using it against him for the “burglary tools” charge is of course undetermined.

 

Prosecution alleging a fur farm as the “burglary” target

 

On a similar note, the prosecution is now alleging Kevin intended to “burglarize” a specific target the night of his arrest: An as yet unnamed fur farm. Previously, the prosecution was pursuing “burglary tools” charges without alleging any specific target.

 

Its important to note Kevin and Tyler were not arrested on or near any fur farm. The basis for this allegation is as of yet unclear, but appears to be circumstantial and at least partially motivated by the Morris, Illinois mink release that happened the night before.

 

Kevin’s trial date has been rescheduled for January 20th.

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Please send Kevin a letter of support :

Kevin Johnson #4565
Woodford County Jail
111 E Court St.
Eureka, IL 61530

Tyler Lang has been released!