by Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid
Seattle, Washington, United States
Undated, spring (maybe March) 1985?
3 pages
Type: Memorandum
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: I. Criminal Offenses • II. Recent past developments • III. What happens if you are arrested • IV. Arraignment • The memorandum says information around your participation in the South African consulate demonstration is set forth below; BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED AND TURNED IN THE DEMONSTRATORS INFORMATION SHEET before the demonstration. The memorandum says in December and January, over 50 persons have been arrested at the South African consulate in Seattle; until now, the charges against all those arrested have been dismissed at arraignment; the City Attorney Doug Jewett has stated publicly that future cases will not be dismissed and will be prosecuted. The memorandum says the persons arrested recently have received citations from the police and have been released without being taken to the police station; it is anticipated that the police will continue to follow this procedure; a citation is a piece of paper charging you with an offense; signing a citation is not an admission of guilt, but only a promise to appear in court; if you refuse to sign it, you will be taken to jail. The memorandum says once at jail, either because you have refused to sign a citation or because of a change in the police arrest policy, you will be interviewed by a personal recognizance (PR) screener; that person will obtain information from you concerning your residence, employment, family and prior convictions; you should have the name of a reference person who will be available to be contacted by telephone to verify this information. The memorandum says at the arraignment, you will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty; a plea of not guilty will entitle you to a trial as to your guilt or innocence. If you plead not guilty, you will be asked to choose a jury or non-jury trial. The memorandum says in order to co-ordinate legal representation and planning, you should notify the Coalition of your arraignment date by calling (or leaving message for) Randy Carter at AFSC; co-ordinated legal representation will not be available to those who get arrested outside of the civil disobedience procedures set up by the Coalition. The memorandum discusses criminal trespass, assault on a police officer, imprisonment, demonstrators, bail, AFSC (American Friends Service Committee), witnesses, the judge, necessity, international law, the First Amendment, jury nullification, defenses, the jury room, lawyers, apartheid, a state of war, U.S. involvement, and pro se defendants.
Used by permission of former members of the Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid.
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections