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This site has been set up in support of the RNC 8 to fight the criminalization of dissent in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the 2008 Republican National Convention and to respond to the actions of the government in the Twin Cities before, during and after the RNC 2008 protests.  The site is maintained by the Twin Cities-based RNC 8 Defense Committee (sometimes known as Friends of the RNC 8).

The RNC 8 are: Luce Guillén-Givins, Max Specktor, Nathanael Secor, Eryn Trimmer, Monica Bicking, Erik Oseland, Robert Czernik and Garrett Fitzgerald.  Their case has proceeded as follows:

  • All were preemptively arrested prior to the 2008 RNC in response to their political organizing.  They were falsely charged with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism under the Minnesota PATRIOT Act.
  • Later that year, prosecutors added charges of Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Damage to Property in Furtherance of Terrorism, as well as both charges without the terrorism enhancement, for a total of four felony charges per defendant.
  • In early 2009, facing mounting political pressure, prosecutors removed the terrorism enhancements, leaving each defendant with two felony charges each.
  • In August 2010, Erik Oseland accepted a plea agreement to a single gross misdemeanor charge.  In September 2010, all charges against Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, and Luce Guillén-Givins were dropped, leaving four defendants to face trial beginning on October 25, 2010.

This site contains news updates, press releases, biographies and information for donating to their legal support fund and otherwise defending the RNC 8.

From the RNC 8:

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About the RNC 8:

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