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Update from SOA 37 Trials- 7 0f 37 Plead Guilty

COLUMBUS, GEORGIA -- July 8, 2002. Thirty-seven human rights activists went on trial in federal court today for civil disobedience at the School of the Americas (renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) in Columbus, Georgia. They were among 10,000 who gathered last November to call for the closure of the notorious school. The SOA/WHISC is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers. Its graduates are consistently involved in human rights abuses and atrocities.

71 people have served a total of over 40 years in prison for engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience as part of a broad-based campaign to close the school. Sentencing will begin for this year's defendants once all trials have been completed, which are expected to continue through this week.
UPDATE: Monday, July 8- 2:45 p.m.

Arraignments began for the SOA defendants this morning.

Judge G. Mallon Faircloth, a US Magistrate in the Middle District of Georgia heard from the seven defendants entering guilty pleas who were allowed to make statements [more to follow] about their acts of civil disobedience in November, 2001. The remaining 30 defendants are expected to contest their charges throughout this week.

Due to the trial being held in the smaller of two courtrooms, (as nebulous repairs/upgrades to the other courtroom/equiptment are purportedly underway) 50 supporters and media were denied access to the courtroom proceedings.

Additional statements from defendants will be made through the day.




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