Prosecutors in the San Francisco 8 case announced that they are filing an
amended complaint, in effect dropping the conspiracy count against 5 of
the brothers, because the statute of limitations (of 3 years on
conspiracy) has expired. This is a result of defense motions filed
recently that challenged the complaint on the basis of expired statute of
Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank Jones and Harold Taylor now only face
one count, the alleged murder of a San Francisco police officer in 1971.
The case against Richard O'Neal must now be dismissed, since he was
originally charged only in the second count.
The prosecutors will argue that the statute of limitations did not expire
against Herman Bell, Jalil Muntaqim and Francisco Torres as they were not
residents in California during the last 35 years. "This is a ridiculous
argument," according to defense attorney Stuart Hanlon, "as these men were
forcefully removed from the state against their will by being imprisoned.
Following his acquittal on charges in New York State, Cisco Torres was
living in New York City. All 3 were consistently available to California
State prosecutors." This legal point will be argued in the upcoming San
Francisco hearing on January 10th, and their lawyers will ask that the
conspiracy count be dropped against the other 3 men.
This is a major victory in this case which rests on statements coerced
under torture. "This is the first step in the government's case falling
apart," Hanlon said.
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