Drug War on Trial Going to Trial Next Week 7/13/01

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In one of the most important first amendment cases hitting the courts in recent years, Al Giordano of the Narco News bulletin (http://www.narconews.com) and Mexican newspaper Por Esto publisher Mario Menendez Rodriguez are presenting oral arguments for motions to dismiss the lawsuit brought against them by Roberto Hernandez Ramirez and the Mexican bank Banamex, recently acquired by Citibank.

Is this case, in which a web site published from Mexico is being sued by a bank headquartered in Mexico, being heard in a Mexican court? No, it's in Manhattan -- that's one of the first amendment issues.

Supporters in the area are encouraged to attend the hearing, which is taking place next Friday, July 20th, at 9:30am at the New York State Supreme Court, Justice Paula Omansky presiding, 71 Thomas Street, Manhattan (three blocks east of Foley Square and main courthouse), room 205.

Narco News has gone into debt preparing its defense, and donations are needed for the legal defense fund so that Giordano can get back to publishing the bulletin! Those interested in donating to the Narco News legal defense fund can send checks made payable to "Drug War On Trial," to: Drug War On Trial, c/o Attorney Thomas Lesser, Lesser, Newman, Souweine & Nasser, 39 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060.

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