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Spence Labs Break-in Trial Begins

[UI The Daily Iowan]

The federal trial for a man charged in connection with the 2004 break-in at the University of Iowa's Spence Lab and Seashore Hall will begin today in the U.S. Courthouse in Davenport.

Scott DeMuth, 22, is charged with conspiracy to commit animal-enterprise terrorism.

On Nov. 14, 2004, four masked individuals broke into Spence Labs and Seashore Hall and caused $450,000 of damage. The individuals released rats, mice, and pigeons from their cages and destroyed more than 30 computers.

Days after the break-in, an e-mail from the Animal Liberation Front � which the United States has classified as a terrorist organization � claimed responsibility for the break-in. According to court documents, the e-mails were sent to various media outlets from computers in the UI Main and Law Libraries.

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