Brought to you with love by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective, Political Prisoner Birthday calendars are created and circulated monthly to help increase solidarity to our comrades who are behind bars. The Prisoner Birthday Calendars are shared monthly to supporters via e-mail, to receive them send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Consider sending a January birthday card to folks that would love to hear from you! Read on to find out more about political prisoner Jeremy Hammond, whose birthday is also this month.
Hammond was arrested back in March after he and other members of an alleged hacking collective were turned over to law enforcement. An international hacking group, known as Anonymous, put the pressure on the judicial system by exposing the judge residing over Hammond’s case has a direct connection with a victim of the Stratfor website, who happens to be her husband. Conflict of interest is extremely high and any hopes of a fair trial are non-existent unless Hammond’s case is handed over to a different judge. Unfortunately, the federal judge has refused to recurs herself from the trial.
Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, told the press, “Well, the rules seem to me very clear in federal court, that if there’s any appearance of impropriety, appearance of a closeness to the case, that basically you have to recuse yourself from being a judge in the case. You have to do it automatically, even if the defendant doesn’t make a motion.”
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