From:   Sarah Page <>
Sent time:   Sunday, November 06, 2011 9:55:55 PM
To:   september17 <>
Subject:   SPAM-MED: [september17discuss] Re: Important Legal Information (from the legal team)

What would be the best way for someone from the Occupy San Francisco

legal team to reach the OWS legal team to compare notes on research,






On Sep 23, 10:11 am, Marina Sitrin <> wrote:

> Thelegalworking group has a few things to share.


> Most important - as always - take care of one another

> and have at least a buddy if not an affinity group.


> The police have been brutal and have been unlawfully arresting people.

> We definitely want to do things about this.

> As a group. And individually.


> We have some words of caution on how to proceed with civil rights

> violation complaints - ESPECIALLY before a criminal trial has taken

> place.


> Things you say before a criminal trial CAN be used in that trial. That

> includes interviews and statements with the Civilian Complaint Review

> Board.


> This is not to say do not file a complaint - but any interview or

> video done BEFORE your criminal proceedings have been completed could

> be used against you.

> There is time to file after your trial.


> Similarly for Civil Lawsuits.


> You must be finished your criminal trial first.


> If you do not have a criminal trial, and you begin a civil suit, it is

> not only your lawyer that deposes (takes your statement and interviews

> you) but also the City (which means they can ask you all sorts of

> things related to your case, like what you were doing, with whom,

> when, etc etc.) As a part of the case you must answer questions deemed

> 'relevant'.


> As thelegalteam we are NOT telling anyone what to do - but we feel

> very strongly that people know the ramifications and possible outcomes

> of certain things.


> This is not easy to explain in an email, so people should please call

> the National Lawyers Guild with more questions, and/or if you are

> represented by a lawyer that is not in the NLG, get clarification from

> them on what you can be asked and when.


> We - thelegalteam - believe that we should make decisions based on

> our politics and principles - and then see if the law can work in

> accordance with them.


> In Solidarity,


> The Liberty PlazaLegalTeam

> (We have been the ones standing in front of the GA for the past few

> nights making thelegalteam announcements.)