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Greenpeace is Acquitted
Emily Gertz, 19 May 04

Good news for the good guys: word just in that Judge Adalberto Jordan has dismissed the Department of Justice's case against Greenpeace. The judge granted Greenpeace's motion for acquittal, ruling that Justice presented insufficient evidence to send the case to a jury.

Jamais recently posted about the case, which involved the DoJ charging Greenpeace for a 2002 protest, using an obsure 1872 law "intended to keep bawdy houses from luring sailors off ships with offers of prostitutes, strong drink and warm beds." Greenpeacers boarded a ship that was carrying Amazonian mahogany into the Port of Miami and hung a banner reading, "President Bush: Stop Illegal Logging."

While the traffikers in illegal goods derived from Brazil's endangered rainforest were not prosecuted, DoJ went after Greenpeace, an action widely seen as an attempt to chill protest against Bush administration policies.

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