Block Report: Richard Brown on SF 8 preliminary hearing to begin June 8

Richard Brown of the San Francisco 8 tells the audience about the historic case at a fundraiser for the SF Bay View Prisoners' Subscription Fund last year. - Photo: Minister of Information JRIn anticipation of the preliminary hearing to begin June 8 that will decide whether the San Francisco 8, former Black Panther Party members and associates accused of killing a San Francisco police officer in 1971, will have to stand trial, Minister of Information JR of Block Report Radio interviews SF 8 member Richard Brown.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is prosecuting the case based on confessions extracted by torture – confessions found inadmissable decades ago. Now more evidence has surfaced of the torture tactics used against the defendants.

The public is urged to come to court Monday, June 8, at 8 a.m. for the rally out front and 9 a.m. for the hearing at 850 Bryant St. between Sixth and Seventh Street in San Francisco.  The hearing, which promises to be long and intense, is scheduled to run Monday-Thursday for three to four months.

The Block Report begins 16 minutes into this June 1 broadcast of Flashpoints, the investigative news hour heard at 5 p.m. weekdays on KPFA 94.1FM and on dozens of other stations nationwide.

Flashpoints – June 1, 2009 at 5:00pm

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