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Fugitive and accused ALF activist Peter Young Arrested!

News ArchiveWe've just received word that on March 21st Peter Young was captured and is currently being held in San Jose, California. For those of you unfamiliar with his case, Peter has been a "fugitive from justice" since 1998 after being indicted on charges of violating the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act"--stemming from a series of 1997 mink liberations in Wisconsin. For more info: nik@nocompromise.org until a formal support network is established.

We've just received word that on March 21st Peter Young was captured and is currently being held in San Jose, California. For those of you unfamiliar with his case, Peter has been a "fugitive from justice" since 1998 after being indicted on charges of violating the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act"--stemming from a series of 1997 mink liberations in Wisconsin.

Peter desperately needs our support at this crucial time. Peter has been isolated from friends, family, and the movement since his disappearance years ago. Now is the time to act!

The circumstances surrounding his recent arrest are unknown, but he faces several serious charges as a captured "fugitive."

Please take 5 minutes RIGHT NOW to sit down and write Peter a letter. He needs to know that there's a world of activists out here waiting to support him. Please refrain from going into too much personal detail in correspondence and refrain from writing anything that the feds might try to use against him. We have yet to communicate with Peter so there are many uncertainties at this time; keep this in mind.

Mail/ Correspondence should be addressed as: PETER YOUNG BOOKING #05015987, PFN #DVF828 C/O SANTA CLARA MAIN JAIL COMPLEX 885 NORTH SAN PEDRO STREET SAN JOSE, CA 95110

Make sure his name, Booking#, and PFN# are on the envelope and all pages of correspondence. Mail restrictions follow at the end of this alert.

We are waiting to distribute information on jail visits and sending books and funds for Peter's commissary until his specific desires are made known to us.

He is currently being housed at: Santa Clara Main Jail Complex 150 W. Hedding Street San Jose, CA 95110

BACKGROUND INFOMATION:

On October 28, 1997 Sheboygan County Sheriff's deputies in Wisconsin pulled over Justin Samuel and Peter Young, after fur farmers suspected they were watching their mink barns. Authorities found items that led to a six-count federal indictment against Samuel and Young 1998. The two were charged with violating the then named Animal Enterprise Protection Act with the alleged intent to coerce mink farms out of business by inflicting economic loss and damage. "The indictment reflects the determination of the law enforcement community and my office to address criminal activity designed to curtail or shutdown a lawful industry," said US Attorney Peggy Lautenschlager in Wisconsin's first case of "animal enterprise terrorism."

In October 1997, the A.L.F. took credit for raids on five fur farms in Wisconsin and surrounding states. Thousands of mink were released, and it is estimated over one million dollars of damage was caused.

Justin Samuel and Peter Young were pulled over by police in the vicinity of the farms after suspicious fur farmers contacted authorities. A vehicle search allegedly yielded animal rights literature, as well as other "suspicious" items. In September 1998, a federal grand jury indicted the duo on charges of animal enterprise terrorism and unlawful interference with interstate commerce. Both Samuel and Young went underground and nothing was heard from the two until September 4, 1999, when Samuel was arrested in Belgium and eventually extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges.

Despite an enormous outpouring of support from the activist community, on August 30, 2000, Samuel entered into a plea agreement with the U.S.

Attorney's office in which he implicated Peter Young (his co-defendant) and promised to "make a full, complete, truthful statement regarding his involvement in violations of federal criminal statutes charged in the original Indictment, as well as the involvement of all other individuals known to him regarding the crimes charged in that Indictment. And the defendant agrees to testify fully and truthfully at any trials or hearings."

Samuel eventually served two years in prison and is now free and living in San Diego, California. Despite his repeated efforts to reintegrate himself into the animal rights movement, most activists and organizations have shunned him as an untrustworthy individual and a snitch.

While bad timing and dumb luck led to the initial indictment of the two, Samuel's fear and lack of moral fortitude is responsible both for his own prison time and for the likelihood that Peter Young (if apprehended) may be found guilty and sentenced to a lengthy imprisonment. Like so many others under police pressure, Samuel clearly fell for the oldest tricks in the book of law enforcement: To this day, he claims he did not tell his inquisitors anything they did not already know. Unfortunately, it is not Justin who will pay the price for his fears, but Peter Young-- and any other activists Justin chooses to name to protect himself.

Excerpts from: http://www.nocompromise.org/issues/25hallofshame.html http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/efj/feature.cfm?ID=21&issue=v19n7

MAIL RESTRICTIONS:

Mail for DOC Inmates Books must be mailed directly from the publisher and must be sent via United States Postal Service (no UPS, FedEx, etc). No hardback books allowed. Sending books from Amazon.com (via USPS) is easiest.

The following items will NOT be accepted through the mail service: Cardboard Plastics, or anything laminated Anything GANG related (Photos, colors, writing, symbols) Drugs Two-ply cards will be separated (they are discouraged) Cards larger than 5x7 Blank paper, cards, envelopes, stamps Magazines, books and newspapers not from the publisher Staples and paper clips Items having suspicious stains or markings Letters or envelopes having stickers on them Hard bound books Padded envelopes Artwork done with wax, water colors or heavy crayons Flowers Envelopes or items with tape Instant camera photos (i.e. Polaroid) Photographs larger than 4x6 Food items Packages Photographs with graphic nudity

Inmates may receive newspapers, magazines, periodicals and books through the US Postal Service if they are mailed directly from the publisher. They will not be accepted if sent by a bookstore or any other person. You may arrange with Friends Outside for some materials to be delivered.

MONEY/ COMMISSARY FUNDS:

Money Orders ($300 maximum) for Peter's commissary can be mailed to: Santa Clara Main Jail Complex 885 North San Pedro Street San Jose, CA 95110

Money Orders must be made out to: "Santa Clara County Dept. of Corrections" and must have "Peter Young, Booking # 05015987, PFN # DVF828" printed in the lower left of the Money Order.

No personal checks are accepted.
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Fugitive and accused ALF activist Peter Young Arrested!
Authored by: Vladamiraaron on Friday, March 25 2005 @ 10:32 AM CST
<p>Please for the love of god when stories are submitted please format them yourself or don't even bother to submit them because I will just delete them.</p>

<p>It takes just a few minutes longer and if it's important enough for you to want to post a little follow through will ensure the fruits of your labor do not end up as the bain of my existence.</p>

<p>(youre text here)</p> To the left you will find the proper formatting to make paragraphs rather than one long run on. This little bit of editing on your part will ensure that it is al least readable. I bet you were wondering what those things were. They are called tags. They are to be used in your writing. As you can see here they are not usuable or necessary in the comments fields.


<p>Another great thing to do would be to actualy put a teaser for the writing in the "intro" field rather than the whole freaking story.</p>

<p>below that one can then put the entire writing in the "Body" field thus ensuring that your enitre story doesnt engulf the news story headings.</p>

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Fugitive and accused ALF activist Peter Young Arrested!
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 25 2005 @ 12:04 PM CST
hey take a breath, ok?
sorry. it was my fault. i messed up the formatting. if you read the post, you may see why i was in a rush and messed up. we are all entitled to a mistake now and again, no? considering i have posted over 100 articles here, i think its not a huge deal that i forgot to format correctly. again, im sorry infoshop.org staff person.
Fugitive and accused ALF activist Peter Young Arrested!
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 25 2005 @ 01:32 PM CST
It's not you...it's the collective YOU LOL ;) -Vlad

Mulitply it by almost every story posted every day heh heh. Just gets a little old thats all.
Update
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 25 2005 @ 12:11 PM CST
Peter Young had a court date this afternoon. Nothing
really happened and it was fairly uneventful. Basically he had a state fugitive hold and it was dropped and replaced with a federal one. He also had a felony charge added, but it was not revealed what that was. He hasn't been asigned a public defender, so he hasn't even been arraigned. Someone from the PD's office was there working on it and he will be assigned a PD at his next
court date. His bail was set at $1,000,000.

Peter's father was at the court date and was very happy to finally see Peter again after all these years, and is very supportive of Peter and of the activist community that is coming to his son's support.

Peter was allowed a list of phone numbers to be passed to him to make calls to. Currently his support team is in the process of working with Peter and attornies to determine how he wants his case handled. Supporters
will also be talking to Peter about how he wants his
support campaign handled.

He is allowed two visits a week (one week day, one
weekend). Tomorrow his father will be visiting and Saturday someone from his suppport team will
be visiting him. By then we should have everything
squared away and get this ball rolling.

We are currently setting up http://www.supportpeter.com
This should be available by the end of the weekend. A bank account is also being looked into to accomodate donations to a defense fund.

In the meantime, please write letters of support to Peter. He has been gone for 8 years and we are sure would love to hear from old friends, new activists, and supporters.

PETER YOUNG
BOOKING #05015987, PFN #DVF828
C/O SANTA CLARA MAIN JAIL COMPLEX
885 NORTH SAN PEDRO STREET
SAN JOSE, CA 95110

Make sure his name, Booking#, and PFN# are on the envelope and all pages of correspondence. Mail restrictions follow at the end of this alert.

MAIL RESTRICTIONS:

Mail for DOC Inmates
Books must be mailed directly from the publisher and must be sent via United States Postal Service (no UPS, FedEx, etc). No hardback books allowed.
Sending books from Amazon.com (via USPS) is easiest.

The following items will NOT be accepted through the mail service:
Cardboard
Plastics, or anything laminated
Anything GANG related (Photos, colors, writing, symbols)
Drugs
Two-ply cards will be separated (they are discouraged) Cards larger than 5x7 Blank paper, cards, envelopes, stamps Magazines, books and newspapers
not from the publisher Staples and paper clips Items having suspicious stains or markings Letters or envelopes having stickers on them Hard bound books Padded
envelopes Artwork done with wax, water colors or heavy
crayons Flowers Envelopes or items with tape Instant camera photos (i.e. Polaroid)
Photographs larger than 4x6 Food items Packages
Photographs with graphic
nudity

Inmates may receive newspapers, magazines, periodicals and books through the US Postal Service if they are mailed directly from the publisher. They will not be accepted if sent by a bookstore or any other
person. You may arrange with Friends Outside for some materials to be delivered.

MONEY/ COMMISSARY FUNDS:
Money Orders ($300 maximum) for Peter's commissary can be mailed to:
Santa Clara Main Jail Complex
885 North San Pedro Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Money Orders must be made out to:
"Santa Clara County Dept. of Corrections" and must have
"Peter Young, Booking # 05015987, PFN # DVF828" printed in the lower left of the Money Order.

No personal checks are accepted.
latest update
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 25 2005 @ 04:05 PM CST
Peter has been able to make a couple of calls out, and
received his first visitor today BUT he has now been told
that he had forfeited "all his rights" and his phone
privileges have been revoked because he refused to
take a non-vegan TB test. As a result he is now being
held in high security isolation - unable to make phone
calls or trade for food. Since being jailed the only
thing Peter has been given that he can actually eat is a
small amount of lettuce. Peter desperately needs our help so that he can remain in touch with his supporters and start getting food he can eat.

PLEASE CALL THE JAIL NOW!
(408) 299-8770

POLITELY point out that Peter is an ethical vegan and
* should be allowed to make phone calls to his supporters
* can be given an alternate form of TB test (a chest x-ray)
* should be given vegetarian/vegan food
latest update
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, March 26 2005 @ 07:05 PM CST
3/26 UPDATE ON PRISONER PETER YOUNG

Peter now has an attorney working on his behalf in an effort to get him a chest x-ray (in lieu of the standard TB test) and take care of other basic needs, as well as working on his local charges. But we still need people calling the jail and politely inquiring about Peter.

Santa Clara County Jail: (408) 299-8770

POLITELY point out that Peter is an ethical vegan and
* should be allowed to make phone calls to his supporters
* can be given an alternate form of TB test (a chest x-ray)
* needs glasses so that he can see
* should be given vegetarian/vegan food

And please keep the letters coming in! Peter has received a few letters, which has been uplifting for him. Other than letters and visits, he's only allowed to make phone calls for 10 minutes every two days. So every letter counts! All information on where to send letters, and how to send money and books is below.

He has an arraignment scheduled for March 29 on his local charges. There are currently no dates set for his federal charges. Ultimately, Peter's federal case will be heard in Wisconsin. If anyone has any leads on good federal attorneys in Wisconsin, please let us know.

Remember, Peter is in solitary confinement right now and needs all the support we can give. Please take a few minutes out of your day to call the jail and send him a letter. Remember all letters are read by the
authorities!

Within the next few days, the website www.SupportPeter.com will be up and running with regular updates and how people can help. All information and questions can now be directed to info@supportpeter.com
website
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, March 27 2005 @ 08:40 PM CST
the site went live today at
http://www.supportpeter.com
there is a PDF flyer there too at
http://www.supportpeter.com/flyer.pdf
Fugitive and accused ALF activist Peter Young Arrested!
Authored by: 7024@Maple.com on Tuesday, March 29 2005 @ 04:00 PM CST
Is Peter able to get vegan food yet? Hope he is doing good, there are
lots of people who support him and wish him well! Stay strong!
Fugitive and accused ALF activist Peter Young Arrested!
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, April 05 2005 @ 07:12 PM CDT
Peter, you're an inspiration to all the anarchists the world over! Keep up the good fight- we all support you!