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DeMuth accepts plea deal in animal rights activist prosecution

Nearly a year after animal rights activist and scholar Scott DeMuth was ordered to testify before a federal grand jury in Iowa, he has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor. After Demuth refused to testify before the grand jury in October 209, the government filed conspiracy charges against him under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) related to an action at the University of Iowa in which 401 laboratory animals were freed from a lab in 2004, an incident for which the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility.

Last April, DeMuth was re-indicted for conspiracy for the ALF raid at the University of Iowa in 2004 and also another action involving ferrets freed from a facility in Howard Lake, Minnesota as well as "other animal enterprises elsewhere," according to the Support Scott DeMuth website.

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