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    EF! Media Center hayduke@efmedia.org Mailing-List: list earthfirstalert@yahoogroups.com; contact earthfirstalert-owner@yahoogroups.com A respondent wrote: How
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      A respondent wrote: "How about posting a $100,000
      reward for finding the bomber?"

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      Yahoo! News Fri, Apr 23, 2004
      U.S. to Pay Environmental Activists $2M

      OAKLAND, Calif. - The federal government has
      agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit
      filed by two environmental activists who were
      arrested and branded eco-terrorists by the FBI
      14 years ago.

      Darryl Cherney and the estate of the late Judi
      Bari, who died of cancer in 1997, will divide the
      settlement and a separate $2 million settlement
      from the Oakland City Council last year.

      The two activists from Earth First! were arrested
      by the FBI when a pipe bomb exploded in their car
      in Oakland on May 24, 1990. Bari, who was
      driving, suffered a crushed pelvis and Cherney
      was cut.

      The two were arrested within hours and their
      homes and vehicles were searched. Authorities at
      the time said they believed that Bari and Cherney
      had been carrying the bomb in her car and that it
      had detonated accidentally.

      The two activists later sued the FBI and Oakland
      police investigators, alleging false arrest,
      illegal search, slanderous statements and
      conspiracy. They claimed officials lied to try to
      make a case and ignored evidence that would have
      cleared them.

      Attorneys for Bari and Cherney said investigators
      didn't try to probe an anonymous letter sent to
      The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa shortly after
      the bombing. The letter detailed the construction
      and placement of the bomb and included
      information about a different bombing that
      damaged a Cloverdale lumber mill the same month.

      The writer, claiming to be "the Lord's avenger,"
      said the bomb was retribution for Bari's
      participation in an abortion rights demonstration.

      At the time of the bombing, Bari and Cherney were
      organizing a series of protests against the
      logging of old-growth forests.

      Attorneys representing the officers and agents
      tried to show that at the time of the bombing
      Earth First! had a reputation for sabotage -
      including "tree-spiking," the dangerous practice
      of driving nails into trees that can shatter a
      chain saw.


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