Here is some more news for you people. I want you to try this out in front of a abortion clinic doctors house and see if you aren't prosecuted under the RICO act.Judge dismisses 39 charges brought against animal rights activists
The Associated Press
A Superior Court judge has dismissed a total of 39 charges against a dozen animal rights activists who protested outside the home of an insurance industry executive.
The activists are linked to the group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, or SHAC, which is trying to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a pharmaceutical company that tests on animals.
The activists, all between the ages of 18 and 26, protested in August of 2002 outside the Boston apartment of an executive for insurance brokerage Marsh USA, which at the time did business with Huntingdon.
The attorney general's office brought charges of extortion, threatening, stalking and conspiracy against the activists, who chanted slogans outside the man's Back Bay home, where he lived with his wife and son.
Judge Janet L. Sanders dismissed the charges earlier this week, saying most of the activists' actions were constitutionally protected free speech.
"We were ready to take this head on if the case was not dismissed," said Lauren Gazzola, one of the defendants. "But we were also confident that if the judge upheld the Constitution, they would be dismissed."
The charges were a "political" attempt to chill the Philadelphia-based group's activism, Gazzola said.
Marsh has since stopped doing business with Huntingdon and "I know it was because of our actions" both in Boston and at other Marsh locations, she said.
Charges of criminal harassment and conspiracy to commit criminal harassment against two of the defendants were not dismissed.
The attorney general's office indicated that it would not appeal the decision, Gazzola said. A call to the office on Saturday to confirm that was not returned.