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Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« on: October 25, 2006, 12:07:06 pm »

From NHFree.com

EMINENT DOMAIN PROTESTER TO BE IMPRISONED UP TO ONE YEAR PENDING TRIAL

NEW LONDON, Conn, Oct. 23, 2006 - After serving 31 days in jail, Free State Project member Lauren Canario of New London was ordered at yesterday's hearing to be held indefinitely pending a future trial.

Canario was arrested on Sept. 22 for refusing to leave one of the properties seized in the controversial Kelo vs. New London decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that government can seize homes and give the land to private corporations.

Anti-eminent-domain protestors held "Free Lauren Canario" signs at the city jail after she was arrested for sitting down in an attempt to prevent the boarding up of Fort Trumbull homes. The neighborhood was recently seized by the City of New London. She has been held for the past month pending a hearing and she is refusing to be represented by a lawyer.

Protesters arrived early Monday to support Canario. But, according to Free State Project member Kat Dillon, "They told us she wouldn't be brought in until 2 p.m., so we went out until about 1:30 p.m. When we came back, it was done and no one got to see her." 10-year-old protester William asked his father, "Why would they trick us like that, Dad?"

An anonymous source at the courthouse said State officials were heard laughing about the demonstration.

Video of last month's arrest shows two police officers dragging her away, leaving her on her knees in the street at one point, then forcing her into a police vehicle. In a Sept. 21 phone call, New London City Police Lt. Ackley claimed that Canario "victimized" him by refusing to cooperate. "I hurt my back when I had to drag her off the floor," he said.

After the arrest, Judge Kevin P. McMahon ordered an evaluation of Canario's mental competence and raised her bond from $5,000 to $20,000. Recently, she was found competent to stand trial, and today she was ordered held until an unknown future trial date, sometime within the next year.

The Connecticut jail system received global attention two weeks ago when Human Rights Watch censured the state, in a 20-page report, for using police attack dogs to force people from their cells. "Corrections officials in Connecticut and Iowa insist the use of attack dogs is justified because they deter prisoner misconduct and reduce staff injuries," the report said. "But 45 other states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons reject their views."

Like a tree in the forest

Canario was also arrested during a town meeting in September of 2005 and charged with criminal trespass, refusal to be fingerprinted, and interfering with police. For several weeks, she left the court, judge, and police in disarray while refusing to speak or walk as ordered. "I don't know what to do with this," Judge Hillary Strackbein said during Canario's second silent court appearance last year. Canario was eventually released and sentenced to time served.

A headline from local publication "TheDay" at the time said Canario was "like a tree in the forest."

She has a reputation for not physically resisting the police, but refusing to speak and going limp when force is used against her. Video footage from last year's arrest showed police carrying her off from New London City Hall after ordering her, the media, and others to leave a public meeting which police claimed was overcrowded. After angering the media, the city manager and fire chief blamed each other for the selective enforcement of overcrowding ordinances during the highly charged discussions of eminent domain.

Two supporters fasting

As of Monday night, Free State Project and New Hampshire Underground activist Kat Dillon, of Keene, had already been fasting for 10 days for Canario's release. Dillon remains in good health and has not said when her fast will end. Free Stater John Connell also began fasting on Monday in support of Canario. He will fast for one day, for "justice." He said, "These kinds of people are very happy to nail Lauren Ann Canario to the eminent domain cross and be done with this small problem."

Fort Trumbull residents were forced to leave their homes after the New London Development Corporation legally seized the properties with the June 2005 approval of the U.S. Supreme Court. The case received global publicity at the time, and supporters across the country rallied to help, but failed to stop the city's property confiscations. The remaining families moved out of their homes in August, and the city has apparently left the abandoned neighborhood standing for the foreseeable future.

The Free State Project is a well-known migration of pro-liberty activists to New Hampshire. However, Canario and her husband Jim Johnson decided to move to Fort Trumbull to fight against eminent domain before moving to New Hampshire.

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Contacts:  Michael Fisher, Michael-at-NHCaspian.org; Kat Dillon, bookish_lass-at-yahoo.com
Discussion:  http://forum.soulawakenings.com/index.php?topic=5586.0
Video of arrest:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaITPIRHJ3c
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2006, 04:30:24 pm »

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she was arrested for sitting down in an attempt to prevent the boarding up of Fort Trumbull homes.

The story keeps changing. First she was arrested while reading a book on the porch of the property she was renting. Then it was another one of the property owners whose property was seized by invitation. Now this.

In Lauren's own words she claimed to be "homesteading unowned property" (to paraphrase) while the house was being boarded up to keep out squatters.

So what is the real story here?
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2006, 07:06:54 pm »

Maybe you can call and ask her ..... oh never mind .... the evil government has her in jail.
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2006, 07:32:50 pm »

Ralph different people have parts of the story.

She was on property that someone owned that was stolen from him.
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006, 07:58:00 pm »

Up to a freaking year before trial?!?!   What about the right to a "speedy" trial?  Many states don't specifically define speedy, but I'm sure that a year would not be considered speedy by any judge anywhere.  Are there any lawyers here?  Does Lauren have a lawyer?  Anyone know Connecticut laws regarding "speedy" trials?   

This is freaking ridiculous.  Does she have a defense fund or anything?  I was planning on making a trip to visit NH this winter, but I'd much rather put that money toward a lawyer for her.

What can be done about this?

 >:(
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2006, 11:30:47 pm »

Connecticut has no state constitutional guarantee of a right to a speedy trial, and it appears that the statutory right to a speedy trial for someone in custody is not triggered until after eight months of captivity.
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2006, 06:36:12 am »

Peruse nhfree.com and you can call or fax Judge McMahon.  National attention needs to be brought to bear on CT gulag system to get her released.

Maybe folk can contact Foxwood's and Mohegan Sun and tell them that a boycott of travelling to CT is about to be started until Lauren Ann Canario is released.  CT seems to not adhere to the Bill of Rights.  They do not even seem to allow visitation.  While confined to a psych ward her husband was not even allowed to visit her. 

CT also allows canine use in their gulag system.  A lot of human rights groups have already been contacted.  There should be outrage coming from every corner of a once free country.

See New London Wake Up Call in the nhfree wikki under eminent domain poetry heading.   
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2006, 08:46:10 am »

Ralph different people have parts of the story.

She was on property that someone owned that was stolen from him.

and was it "unowned" when the Europeans stole it?
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2006, 08:49:07 am »

Up to a freaking year before trial?!?!   What about the right to a "speedy" trial?  Many states don't specifically define speedy, but I'm sure that a year would not be considered speedy by any judge anywhere.  Are there any lawyers here?  Does Lauren have a lawyer?  Anyone know Connecticut laws regarding "speedy" trials?   

This is freaking ridiculous.  Does she have a defense fund or anything?  I was planning on making a trip to visit NH this winter, but I'd much rather put that money toward a lawyer for her.

What can be done about this?

 >:(

She doesn't have a lawyer because she does not recognize the legal or moral authority of the court therefore she is not going to make a legal argument that she was "homesteading unowned land" because she is not speaking.
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2006, 10:12:11 am »

<<What can be done about this?>>

Action items for helping Lauren:  http://underground.soulawakenings.com/tiki-index.php?page=NHFREE+Action+Items
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2006, 11:54:52 am »

Ralph different people have parts of the story.

She was on property that someone owned that was stolen from him.

and was it "unowned" when the Europeans stole it?
What about when one tribe of Indians stole it from another?
What about the Indians who stole it from the animals.... come on Frank.... This is about a woman being jailed for no reason for a YEAR!
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2006, 12:56:18 pm »

Amazing how people are missing the fact that Canario has spent over 31 days in up until Monday a psych ward for sitting on a porch.

Here are some new possible strategies to get maximum media coverage to exposer the Eminent Domain New London extreme measures used to quash and torture a peaceful protester.  It is time to get Lauren out of jail.  Here are some action steps that will need participation from a lot of people across the country:

1.) Launch a national travel advisory warning freedom loving people not to to travel to or through CT, since the Bill of RIghts do not matter there.   Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun would probably exert enough pressure to stop this type of constructive boycott.
The threat of launching a national boycott might be enough.

2.)  Get NH Legislators to call for the release of this NH citizen who has had her habeas corpus rights violated.

3.)  Get Gov. Lynch and his AG to demand CT release Canario and CC Whitehouse and Dept of Justice.   This definitely would whack CT Rep. Gov. Relll and Bush.  Conversely it would give Lynch a chance to flex a little political muscle after winning Nov. re-election.

EMAIL blasts required.
 
   
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2006, 11:39:12 pm »

Boycotting Connecticut based businesses might be one way to go.

Among the businesses HQ'd in CT are:

  • Subway
  • Xerox
  • General Electric

For a more complete list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Companies_based_in_Connecticut
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2006, 07:05:58 am »

2.)  Get NH Legislators to call for the release of this NH citizen who has had her habeas corpus rights violated.
   

That is a very interesting idea. 
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Re: Lauren Canario to be held up to one year without trial
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2006, 09:04:43 am »

Boycotting Connecticut based businesses might be one way to go.

Among the businesses HQ'd in CT are:

don't forget Pfizer
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