[Bell Gardens Sun - opinion]
I was three weeks away from taking the Law School Admissions Test in
2004 when I was arrested and charged with domestic terrorism.
I hadn�t hurt anyone or vandalized any property. In fact, the
indictment didn�t allege that I�d committed any independent crime at
only that I�d �conspired� to publish a website that advocated and
reported on protest activity against a notorious animal testing lab in
In March of 2006, I was convicted of �animal enterprise terrorism,�
sentenced to 52 months in prison, and ordered to pay $1 million in
restitution to the lab for increased security, management time spent
dealing with protests, and legal fees incurred obtaining injunctions
against me and other protesters.
Incidentally, I�d been planning to focus on free speech when I got to
Needless to say, now that I�ve finished serving my sentence at the
federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, I�m more than a little wary of
continuing my activism, as I fear that my speech may once again be
That�s why, as a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the Center for
Constitutional Rights in Massachusetts on December 15, I�ve asked a
federal court to strike down the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. This law
anyone who causes the loss of property or profits to a
institution that sells animals or animal products, or to
�connected to� an animal enterprise.