Cecily McMillan Trial Update: Halfway Through Picking The Jury

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Above: Cecily McMillan night before the trial by Jenna Pope Key Ruling: Defense Can Ask About Officer Bovell’s Past Violent Conduct The trial of Cecily McMillan – a prosecution that should not even be taking place – is in recess today and about half way through jury selection. (We have been covering Cecily’s prosecution regularly, previous stories can be seen here.) Below is a report on how the first few days of the process went. Justice f…

The Victim of a Police Assault Should Not be Prosecuted

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District Attorney Cyrus Vance can only do justice for Cecily McMillan by dropping the charges against her. Take Action Here: Drop The Charges Against Cecily McMillan The prosecution of occupy activist Cecily McMillan highlights the worst hallmarks of how police and prosecutors in New York responded to the occupy protests. These include abusive targeting of people who are not protesting or who are even obeying police orders, overuse of force and…

Who Is Cecily McMillan?

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Cecily McMillan has had trouble concentrating on the master’s thesis she is supposed to be writing this spring under my direction at the New School in New York City, a study of the political beliefs and career of the late, great socialist, pacifist, and civil rights campaigner Bayard Rustin. It’s not that Cecily has writer’s block and has been avoiding the library (if only it were that). Rather, she is spending far too much of her time in the de…

Testimony Of Key Witness In Cecily McMillan Prosecution

McMillan and Bovell arrive to the court Photo by Steven Hirsch for NY Post

Above: Cecily McMillan and Grantley Bovell arrive to the court Photo by Steven Hirsch for NY Post Judge Takes the Side of the Prosecutor The key witness for the government, Officer Grantley Bovell, was the main focus of attention all week in the Cecily McMillan trial. Since this is a one witness case, his testimony and credibility are critical to the result. This week it also became evident which side of the trial Judge Zweibel is on – he’s alm…

Injustice In America: Cecily McMillan Found Guilty Of 2nd Degree Assault

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Cecily McMillan will be held in jail until her sentencing in May 19th sentencing We are devastated by the Jury’s verdict today. It has been clear from day one that Cecily has not received a fair and open trial. The job of a judge during a jury trial isn’t to guide the verdict to fit his opinion. Judge Zweibel, who consistently suppressed evidence,has demonstrated his clear bias by consistently siding with the prosecution. In addition to…

Cecily McMillan’s ‘Law Of Love’ Suffers US Injustice

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Above: Cecily McMillan in court in early May. Her attorney Marty Stolar is behind her. Photo: Steven Hirsch The Judge may have intended to send a message to those who dissent, instead may have created a powerful messenger of dissent. Cecily McMillan received a 90 day jail sentence plus five years’ probation. This comes after an unjust trial managed by a prosecutor in robes, Judge Ronald Zweibel. Cecily remained true to herself and true to the…

Trial For Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Begins Monday

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After two years of delays, trial will begin for Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan. Set for this Monday, April 7th at 9:30am at 100 Centre St Room 1116 Part 41, Cecily’s case marks the last ongoing Occupy trial. On March 17th, 2012 Cecily was sexually assaulted by a plainclothes NYPD officer and then beaten unconscious by police when she attempted to leave a gathering marking the 6 month anniversary of the inception of Occupy Wall Stre…

Cecily McMillan Interview From Prison: Even More Committed

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…a parable of the modern age. Instead, it was a real scene last Thursday, when I went to see jailed OWS activist Cecily McMillan at Rikers Island. That the opposite would never have happened was not lost on Cecily or me: bankers don’t get sent to jail, and, when they rarely do, they certainly don’t get sent to Rikers. Rikers is New York City’s largest jail, housing a population that is overwhelmingly poor – mostly people who can&…

Bizarre Prosecution Of Cecily McMillan For Police Assault Delayed

Cecily McMillan screenshot of her being seized by police; with insert of her via Facebook.

Above: Cecily McMillan screenshot of her being seized by police; with insert of her via Facebook. A surprise development in the prosecution of Cecily McMillan, a case we have been reporting on. The trial, which was supposed to have started this week, was delayed until March 2nd because of new evidence that would undermine the credibility of the arresting officer. Cecily suffered a seizure when she was knocked unconscious by the police during…

Breaking News: Cecily McMillan Trial For Police Assault Postponed Again

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Above: Cecily McMillan from In Our Hearts NYC. Judge will hear arguments on defense motion for officer’s personnel file on March 19 In a major development in the Cecily McMillan prosecution, the trial scheduled to begin on March 3rd has been delayed again. The Justice for Cecily campaign has announced the new schedule this morning. On March 19th there will be a motions hearing on the motion submitted by Cecily’s attorney, Martin Stolar to unsea…

Two Versions Presented In Opening Argument Of McMillan Case

Cecily McMillan on the ground convulsing after being arrested.

Above: Cecily McMillan on the ground convulsing after being arrested. Note: We have been closely following the trial of Cecily McMillan, the occupy activist who is facing 7 years for elbowing a police officer in the face. And, we urged the New York City prosecutor to drop the charges against Cecily as her actions liked the criminal intent necessary to commit a crime; and the police officer in the case has a record of dishonesty and violence that…

NYPD Shame: Drop The Charges Against Cecily McMillan

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Above: Cecily McMillan from InterOccupy.net McMillan was sexually assaulted, beaten unconscious and into seizures by NY Police, but the city is charging her with felony assault over the incident. Occupy participant Cecily McMillan is being prosecuted for felony police assault and may face up to 7 years in prison. In reality, it is the NYPD that should be on trial for their assault on McMillan. The trial has already been delayed because of the cr…

Cecily McMillan Felony Trial Begins Monday, April 7

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Manhattan DA Cy Vance prosecutes police misconduct victim- Activist Cecily McMillan’s felony trial to begin April 7 in Manhattan Criminal Court Justice for Cecily New York–After two years of delays, the trial of Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan will begin in Manhattan Criminal Court, Monday April 7th at 9:30am, 100 Centre St. – Room1116 Part 41. In a notorious high profile incident Ms. McMillan, a New School University g…

Cecily McMillan Testifies Officer Grabbed Her Breast, Threw Her To The Ground

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Above: Cecily McMillan with Rebecca Heinegg and Marty Stollar at counsel table. Below are two articles describing the testimony of Cecily McMillan, the occupy protester on trial for assaulting a police officer. She testified that she was grabbed by someone from behind who pulled her down onto the ground by grabbing her breast. She does not remember hitting the officer with her elbow after she responded to having her breast grabbed. Below are tw…

Distressing Cecily McMillan Update From Court Appearance

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Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News Cecily McMillan, a 25 year old Occupy Wall Street activist who last week was sentenced to a 90-day stay at Rikers for assaulting a police officer on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012, had a court appearance today for her Dec. 7th, 2013 arrest where she is being brought on charges that she interfered with a police investigation of two people who jumped a turnstile at the Union Sq. Station. This misdemeanor case was a…