Kevin Olliff Released From Prison After 18 Months by Voice of the
Voiceless ( info [at]
Thursday Nov 11th, 2010 3:31 PM After
over a year and a half in prison on stalking charges, yesterday Kevin Olliff
was released. Kevin was charged with 'stalking' for his role in the POM
Wonderful and UCLA anti-vivisection campaigns in Los Angeles.
Voice of the Voiceless
After over a year and a half in prison on stalking charges, yesterday
Kevin Olliff was released.
Kevin was charged with "stalking" for his
role in the POM Wonderful and UCLA campaigns in Los Angeles. Tuesday a judge
sentenced him to three years in prison. In California's prison system,
prisoners serve about half their sentence. The three-year sentence
translated to his immediate release.
Very little news on Kevin's case was publicized during his
incarceration. With the lack of updates made public, the case of Kevin
Olliff was sadly under-publicized and under-noticed by the animal rights
movement, despite its serious implications (Kevin was convicted merely of
participating in home demonstrations). Most of the news on Kevin Olliff was
dominated by exaggerated and inaccurate news reports, claiming Kevin was a
"member of the Animal Liberation Front".
Kevin was never accused of
any direct A.L.F. activity. The state did allege he was part of a criminal
street gang, and that the Animal Liberation Front met his standard. This
assertion was based on a misunderstanding of what the ALF is -- in other
words, the state said that by participating in home demos where some of the
chants conveyed messages of support for the ALF, that Kevin was therefore a
part of the ALF. At no point were there any allegations by the prosecution
that Kevin did anything beyond the demonstrations; no allegations of
liberations, break ins, or property destruction.
Kevin has five years
of probation ahead of him, but he is out of prison. Welcome home.