Update – June 28th 2010

Ottawa Movement Defense
JUNE 18TH DEFENDANTS UPDATE
Monday, June 28th, 2010

CONTENTS

1. Update on Court Proceedings
2. Letters of Support to Matt and Roger
3. Note of Caution to Friends and Supporters / *New Reminder*
4. Donating to Legal Fund
5. Donating via Pay Pal
6. Announcements List
7. Media Inquiries and General Contact Information

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1. UPDATE ON COURT PROCEEDINGS

The bail hearing for Roger continued and finished today. Unfortunately, Roger was denied bail. There is another hearing on Monday, July 5th, at 1:30 pm Courtroom TBA for Roger via video, at which time his lawyer may potentially appeal that decision.

The bail hearing for Matt was supposed to be scheduled today, but this has been postponed. Matt will be back by way of video remand on Monday, July 5th, at 1:30 pm, Courtroom 6, for his bail hearing to be scheduled.

Thank you everyone who came out in support of Roger and Matt today. There was a strong presence in court today which demonstrates that our community is support of the June 18th defendants.

At this time, we are not calling for court support for Monday, July 5th. We will let update you on the court proceedings.

2. LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO ROGER AND MATT

We encourage you to write letters of support to Roger and Matt. They have been detained for over a week and will remain in detention for at least a week or more. Please send letters and let them know that their community of family and friends are behind them during this difficult time and are in support of their immediate release.

Their mailing addresses are:

Joseph Roger Clement
Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre
2244 Innes Road
Gloucester, ON
K1B 4C4

Matthew Morgan-Brown
Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre
2244 Innes Road
Gloucester, ON
K1B 4C4

Your letters of support will be very much appreciated.

3. NOTE OF CAUTION TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS

NEW REMINDER: There is a publication ban on evidentiary matters discussed in court. Mentioning the evidence on Facebook is a form of publishing.

Please be careful when discussing this situation publicly, including online and to the media, as incautious statements may compromise the ability of the accused to defend themselves in court.

Now that this matter is before the courts, we need to ensure the Crown is able to base its case only on substantive evidence, rather than relying on sensational or incautious public comments.

In particular, IT IS THE POSITION OF OTTAWA MOVEMENT DEFENSE THAT SPEAKING VOLUNTARILY TO THE POLICE WILL PREJUDICE THE DEFENSE OF THE ACCUSED AND MAKE THEIR COURT PROCEEDINGS MORE DIFFICULT. ANY STATEMENT MADE TO THE POLICE OR MEDIA CAN BE USED AGAINST THE ACCUSED, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT IS HYPOTHETICAL OR BASED ON DISTORTED INFORMATION.

No matter how friendly or intimidating police may appear, or how clever you think you might be in getting information out of them, nothing good can come of voluntarily talking to the police.

If police contact you, please let us know as soon as possible at

ottawamovementdefense@gmail.com

4. DONATING TO THE LEGAL FUND

Right now, financial support is crucial for three reasons. The first is that, while it is unclear at this time what possible bail conditions the Crown may ask for, or even if they will consent to releasing all 3 arrestees, we may need to put forward a significant amount of money for bail. We’re very grateful to everyone that has contributed already. But we may need a considerable amount more.

The second reason is that we must begin fundraising ongoing legal and support costs, which will be may be significant. All indications are that this could be a lengthy and involved proceeding and, while we can’t speculate at this time where it will end up, a trial could be a year or more away. In addition the costs of paying the legal team, there are related support costs accrued by Ottawa Movement Defense. These costs include such things as maintaining a cell phone dedicated to calls from prison, postage, jail canteen, etc.

If you are able to donate any money, please contact us the Pay Pal account (described below) or send a check addressed to Ottawa Movement Defense at the address listed below.

When donating money, please indicate if you would like to contribute to bail, legal costs, or both.

5. DONATING VIA PAY PAL

To donate to the legal defense fund via PayPal, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to http://www.paypal.com/sendmoney
  2. Type in ottawamovementdefense@gmail.com in the “To” box.
  3. Type in your email address in the “From” box
  4. Type in Amount and find CAD (Can Dollars) in the menu to the right.
  5. Click on the “Personal” Tab and check the button “Gift”.
  6. Click “Continue”.
  7. The next page will ask you to either Log In to your paypal account or sign up for an account. If you sign up for an account, you can link up your account to your credit card or bank account.
  8. For all transactions, there is a charge of 2.2% of the amount + $0.30. You can decide whether you will pay this amount or the Ottawa Movement Defense (in which case this amount is deducted from the amount you are giving).

6. ANNOUNCEMENTS LIST

If you would like to be added (or removed) from the Ottawa Movement Defense announcements list, please write to us:

ottawamovementdefense@gmail.com

7. MEDIA INQUIRIES AND GENERAL CONTACT INFORMATION

You can reach Ottawa Movement Defense at:
Email: ottawamovementdefense@gmail.com
Phone: 613 304 8770
Mailing Address:
Ottawa Movement Defense
207 Bank Street
Suite 453
Ottawa, ON
K2P 2N2

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