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Is This America? Wayne Hsiung's Trial.
This series involves LIVE courthouse reports and expert panel discussions in real time of the trial of animal rights leader Wayne Hsiung, a lawyer and former constitutional law professor who - as you will see - defends himself in a trial critics called "a setup" designed to lock up one of America's most effective animal rights leaders. Hsiung is a co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere, whose factory farm investigations have gotten published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major media. Hsiung is also the leader of the "Right to Rescue" movement that cites laws against animal cruelty to justify removing animals who are suffering inside animal factories. After winning two recent "Open Rescue" cases, one in Utah and another in California, Hsiung went on trial in California's Sonoma County charged with trespass and conspiracy to trespass in Open Rescues involving a duck factory and a chicken factory. While hundreds of people participated in these events, where a few dozen sick chickens and ducks were removed, in the end... only one person went on trial: Wayne Hsiung. Being an attorney, he defended himself. The Judge, Laura Passaglia, a former prosecutor herself, issued a series of rulings that drew sharp rebukes from First Amendment advocates, including the ACLU, gagging Hsiung from speaking to the media, preventing any photos or video of the trial and even preventing a sketch artist from sketching anyone but Hsiung himself. Perhaps most disturbing, the judge barred almost all video evidence of the sick, suffering and dead animals recorded inside the facilities at the heart of these cases. What happens to Hsiung? You will have to watch and see. It should scare anyone who believes that justice should be blind, that the criminal justice system should not work on behalf of huge corporations and that animals are not things and deserve consideration as sentient beings. The judge, prosecutors, animal factory owners or any representatives of the meat industry are invited on any time to comment. For more, visit: https://www.directactioneverywhere.com/