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U.S. judge frees anarchist jailed for refusal to testify in bomb probe
Reuters ^ | 1/28/2014 | Nick Brown

Posted on 01/28/2014 6:41:51 PM PST by markomalley

A federal judge on Tuesday freed a self-described anarchist jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury over a 2008 bombing, saying jail time was not going to induce him to cooperate.

Gerald Koch, about eight months into an 18-month jail sentence, was granted a request for release by Judge John Keenan in Manhattan Federal Court under a legal precedent that calls for the release of grand jury resisters who appear beyond any hope of cooperation.

Koch, 24, of Brooklyn, was jailed in May after being found in civil contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury. At the time, he cited his First Amendment rights, saying he was being unfairly targeted by an oppressive government.

The same opposition that got Koch locked up last year, earned him his freedom on Tuesday, when Keenan said he saw "no indication that Koch's doctrinaire fever will break in the foreseeable future."

His lawyer, Susan Tipograph, could not be reached for comment.

Last May, Tipograph said the jury was thought to be probing a small bomb detonation outside a U.S. armed forces recruiting station in March 2008, which caused no injuries. While Koch was not a suspect, he was thought to have information on potential suspects.

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1 posted on 01/28/2014 6:41:51 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“saying he was being unfairly targeted by an oppressive government. “

How about sending him to N Korea so he can experience what an oppressive gov’t really is.


2 posted on 01/28/2014 6:48:57 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

How about making the US government not so oppressive? Or are you happy that Dinesh D’Souza got a higher bail for an allegedly illegal political donation than a lot of accused murderers did?


3 posted on 01/28/2014 7:08:48 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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Anarchist cites his 1st Amendment rights...


4 posted on 01/28/2014 7:35:28 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: markomalley
"... the jury was thought to be probing a small bomb detonation outside a U.S. armed forces recruiting station in March 2008, which caused no injuries. While Koch was not a suspect, he was thought to have information on potential suspects…"

Brakes feeling loose, children crossing the street, guy who looks like that on the sidewalk...

5 posted on 01/28/2014 10:22:28 PM PST by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, Hillary Abedin Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood. A cs p)
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To: markomalley

Susan Tipograph is an old red from the National Lawyers Guild and/or Center for Constitutional Rights. Has been an attorney for domestic communist terrorists before. If I remember correctly, it would have been for some of the Brinks robbery/murder crew or other members of the marxist May 19th Communist Organization or similar groups (Berkman,Clark/Whitehorn organization).

Birds of a feather....


6 posted on 01/29/2014 12:37:53 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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