October 16, 2010
Briana Waters Released from Prison and Reunited
with Her Daughter
Briana Waters Released from Prison Today on Bail.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the environmental activist's
conviction on September 14th, 2010, based on their findings that her
conviction was improper because important rulings by the trial court
deprived her of a fair trial. After serving 2 and a half years, she was
released from prison today, October 14, 2010, pending a re-trial. She is
ecstatic about being reunited with her daughter, Kalliope.
19, 2008, Briana was sentenced to six years in prison after she was falsely
accused of participating in a politically motivated arson which took place
at the University of Washington in May 2001; a federal jury found her guilty
of two counts of arson on March 6, 2008.
A woman whose conviction of helping with a
notorious 2001 Seattle ecoterror attack was overturned by a federal appeals
court has returned home.
The North American Animal Liberation press
office says Briana Waters was released from prison Saturday. The 34-year-old
Waters was connected to a cell of radical environmentalists based in Olympia
and in Oregon who carried out attacks throughout the West from 1996-2001,
causing more than $80 million in damage.