Alert: Show of Support Needed for New Jersey Needle Exchange 12/4/98

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Diana McCague will appear in New Brunswick Municipal Court on December 17th at 1:00pm on a single charge of syringe possession stemming from her arrest by investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office on September 29, 1998 (see http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#chaibust). We must show the judge, the prosecutor, the community, and New Jersey's elected officials that Diana does not stand alone in her commitment to keeping drug users and their families and communities in New Jersey safe from HIV and other disease and injury which can result from the use of illicit drubgs.

There will not be a trial. Diana is expecting to plead guilty under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement. However, Diana will make a statement to the court and it is possible that the judge will question her before imposing sentence. The sentence could include: up to two years driver's license suspension, up to six months in jail and as much as $1000 in fines.

An orderly but passionate crowd of supporters will send the desired message -- New Jersey's elected officials will be watching. This is an opportunity for those concerned about the issue of syringe exchange in New Jersey to make their commitment known! For further information, call the New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition at (732) 247-3242.

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