On Wednesday, May 9, we literally packed the courtroom for Jasper’s hearing. It was amazing to see so much support for the last of the Sproul 13 to face charges—especially during finals week!
Jasper’s attorney decided to invoke Jasper’s right to a speedy trial, and the judge set a trial date of June 4. The District Attorney responded by issuing an amended complaint against Jasper which, if
accepted by the judge, would consolidate this case with other charges he has stemming from an unrelated (and just as flimsy) incident. Next week, Jasper will be back in court to fight this motion to
consolidate. By not allowing the DA to lump two unrelated cases together, the DA will be forced to make a case against Jasper for November 9 alone which would be very tough for the DA. Hopefully the
move for a speedy trial will lead the DA to promptly reevaluate their case against Jasper and drop it. This is, of course, only reasonable given the fact that 12 of 13 cases against the Sproul 13 have already
been dismissed and that the UC administration does not support the charges.
This is why we continue to need your help. Please keep calling the Alameda County District Attorney to urge them to drop the charges against Jasper (contact info for the DA is below). Some of you have
received word that the DA has stopped taking messages on this case. Given that the DA is an elected position, this is intolerable. Please continue calling, and please also consider writing emails and sending
letters. If they refuse to take your message, consider calling your district supervisor on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, to whom DA O’Malley is responsible: http://www.acgov.org/board/. Berkeley is district 5.
Also, please plan on coming out to Jasper’s trial which is set to begin on June 4. We will send out full details when they become available.
And finally, for all of you who know Jasper, please consider writing a letter attesting to his upstanding character as a student, friend, father, scholar, etc.
Thank you for all of your support and we will see you in court in the coming weeks.
WAYS TO SUPPORT:
CALL OR WRITE THE ALAMEDA COUNTRY DISTRICT ATTORNEY URGING THEM TO DROP THE CASE AGAINST JASPER:
Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
1225 Fallon Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
-Come out to Wiley Manuel Court for Jasper’s trial which begins on June 4. More information TBA.