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
The memorandum provides information about probable charges of criminal trespassing that will be made against people who demonstrate at the South African consulate and procedures for arrest and arraignment. In December and January, over 50 people have been arrested at the consulate in Seattle. Until now, the charges against all those arrested have been dismissed at arraignment; however, City Attorney Doug Jewett has stated publicly that future cases will not be dismissed and will be prosecuted. Persons arrested recently have received citations from the police, which state the charge against you. Signing a citation is not an admission of guilt, but only a promise to appear in court; if you refuse to sign the citation, you will be taken to jail. 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, to determine whether you will be released without bail or whether bail will be set. At the arraignment, you will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty; if you plead not guilty, you will be asked to choose a jury or non-jury trial. Lawyers working with the Coalition have been advising demonstrators to plead not guilty and to request a jury trial. 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 memo also describes briefly how a jury trial operates, arguments to consider (such as first amendment rights and international law), and witnesses who might be called. The contact person is Randy Carter at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
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