Monday, August 01, 2005

San Diego - Two animal rights activists 31-year-old David Agranoff and 21-year-old Danae Kelley have been released on bail, after spending 17 days in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury. The grand jury was convened in order to help catch those responsible for starting a 50 million dollar which leveled a newly built condominium project. The fire was set by members of the Earth Liberation Front, in August of 2003, to protest urban sprawl.

On the same night David and Danae where at a talk by convicted animal liberation activist Rod Coronado. Grand Juries are held in secret and allow those called to testify few rights. If one refuses to answer questions they may be held in jail as form of coercion but not punishment. David and Danae were released because the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco decided by a 2-1 margin that they would not testify regardless of how long they were incarcerated. The two are not suspects in the case.