Earth Firster! Judi Bari Avenged at Last

Earth Firster! Judi Bari Avenged at Last

After more than 10 years of persistence, Earth First! activists
Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney squashed the FBI and Oakland police
department in the courtroom, as jurors found six agents and
officers guilty of framing the two and violating their civil
rights. Cherney told Josh Richman in High Country
News
that this decision may hopefully ‘discourage the FBI
from clear-cutting the Constitution while fighting the current war
on terrorism.’

In May of 1990 Bari and Cherney were in Oakland with Earth First!,
organizing protests against the logging industry, when a pipe bomb
exploded in their car, injuring both. Oakland police arrested them
only hours after, claiming that the bomb belonged to the
‘eco-terrorists.’ Two months later, all charges were dropped. Bari
and Cherney saw the bomb-planting and subsequent public defamation
as a conspiracy to oppress them and Earth First!, a notoriously
disobedient organization. They claimed that their First and Fourth
Amendment rights were stolen, and after an 11-year legal struggle
and six weeks on trial, the activists finally prevailed.

Sadly, Bari died of cancer in 1997 and was unable to receive
justice. But, Cherney already plans to appeal, wishing to bring
other defendants who were dismissed years ago into the
courtroom.
–Abbie Jarman
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