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Cost of Grand Jury Resistance

Salt Lake City Weekly]

This month, 14 peace activists from the Midwest had their homes raided and property seized by the FBI before receiving subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury. Citing their innocence and beliefs that federal law-enforcement agents are intentionally disrupting their lawful political activities, all of those activists have said they will not testify. To see what consequences may follow, grand jury resisters can look at 23-year-old Salt Lake City animal-rights activist Jordan Halliday, who may return to prison for a second time after invoking his Fifth Amendment right.

Halliday was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in February 2009. He appeared in court, but declined to answer questions. Federal prosecutors were seeking information related to two mink releases at farms in Kaysville and South Jordan in the summer of 2008. Two Utah men in their 20s, citing allegiance to the Animal Liberation Front, have pleaded guilty to one of those releases—court documents indicate prosecutors believe they were involved in both—and are now serving prison sentences of about two years each.

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