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Legal History Of R.p.p Members

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Day
5
Month
June
Year
1973
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1. 1064, John Sinclair busted for possession of weed. 2. 865, John Sinclair busted for possession of weed. 3. l67, John and Leni Sinclair busted, John charged with sales, Leni with possession of weed. 4. 567, Gary Grimshaw busted on charges of displaying obscene kite. 5. 767, Trans Love Energy members and MC5 arrcsted during Detroit '67 uprising. 6. 568, John Sinclair and MC5 shut down by pólice at Ann Arbor teen club, arrested for "noisy band." 7. 668, Pun Plamondon and Gary Grimshaw charged in Traverse City with "sale of marijuana." 8. 668, John Sinclair and MC'5 ticketed and harrassed by 2 pólice for playing tree music in parks. 9. 768, John Sinclair, F red Smith (MC5) arrested for assaulting Oakland Co. policeman. 10. 469, Pun Plamondon and Skip Taube busted tol "distributie obscene material." 1 1. 469, John Sinclair busted for failure to register as 'narcolics offender' at DetroitSarnia border. 12. 769, Pun Plamondon busted for "indecent exposure" by A 2 Pólice. 13. 769, Underground Media Conference raided by State and Ann Arbor Pólice. 14. 869, Pun Plamondon, Genie Plamondon and Leni Sinclair busted in New Jersey for possession of weed. 15. 969, Pun Plamondon busted in Chicago lor possession of marijuana. 16. 1069. John Sinclair, Pun Plamondon and Jack Forrest indicted for conspiracy to bomb A2 ('IA office, Pun is chared with doing the actual bombing. 17. 77O, Pun Plamondon busted for carrying concealed weapon. 18. 77O, Skip Taube and Jack Forrest charged with "Harboring a fugitive," Pun Plamondon. 19. 1070, Genie Plamondon and 8 others busted in Fort Worth, Texas, charged with "possession of marijuana." 20. U70, Pun Plamondon charged with possession of falsified draft cards 21. 1 170, John Sinclair files suit against Perry Johnson, Warden, and Michigan Department of Corrections. Charges violation of Civil Rights. 22. 271, Pun Plamondon and 5 other Wayne Co Jail inmates file suit against Wayne Co. Sheriff and Board of Commissioners. 23. 771, David Sinclair called to testivy to Secret Grand Jury investigating Goose Lake Rock Festival. 24. 871, Pun Plamondon and two other Kent Co. Jail (Grand Rapids) inmates file suit against Kent Co. Sheriff and Board of Commissioners. 25. 871 , Pun and Genie Plamondon busted for smuggling weed nto Kent Co. JaiL 26. 472, Friends of Rainbow People's Party student organization U of M, files suit against Board of Regents. 27. 572, Genie Plamondon, David Fenton and 36 others are arrested for "malicious destruction of DroDertv." 28. 572, Pun Plamondon files own motion in Federal Court seeking credit toward sentence of 1 1 months served in Wayne Co. JaiL 29. 373, Pun Plamondon and Craig Blazier arrested for conspiracy, extortion, armed robbery and usury. 30. 573, John Sinclair, Pun Plamondon and Jack Forrest file suit in Federal Court charging Nixon, Mitchell, Kleindienst, Hoover, L. Patrick Gray III, and others with violation of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Amendments to the U.S. Constituion. CONDITIONS John tries to fight consitutionality of State weed law, slick lawyer cons John into pleading guilty. John couldn't find lawyer to fight constitutionality of State weed laws again pleads guilty on pro mise from lawyer of probation. 54 others also busted in Great Detroit Dope Raid. Charges dropped against all but John. Detroit pólice spot kite deep inside office of Warren-Forrest SUN with Fuck America, Go Fly a Kite!" written on it. Doors kicked in by Detroit pólice and Nat'l Guard. No charges filed. lst MC5 gig in Ann Arbor after Trans-Love move from Detroit 7 pólice cars turn off power in club. Pólice informer uses two roaches from an ashtray as evidence to charge Pun and Grim with sales. Pun arrestcd and held on $20,000 bond for X4 days. Grim fled, surrendered 2 years later. Acting on orders from City Council A2 pólice try to snuff Free Purkv Program. Concerts continue anyway. Oakland pólice attack dance, Sinclair & Smith beaten by pólice charged with assault. Pun & Skip get busted for giving copies of A2 ARGUS and White Panther 10 Point Program to "minors." John & MC5 stopped on their way to a gig in Canada. Special notices had been placed by Detroit pólice. John held on $10,000 bond. Pun and other Party members under Surveillance during Nat'l Undergrour Media Conference organized by A2 ARGUS and White Panther Party Pun busted white innocently standing in alley near downtown bar. 65 national media representaties held at gunpoint and harrassed for 5 hours. Surveillance intensifies, Pun, Genie & Leni stopped at road block returning from historie Woodstock Festival. Held on $4500, $2000 and $1500 bond respectively. Under surveillance of Chicago "Red Squad", busted when leaving offices of Chicago SEED. $ 1 500 bond. Charges based solely on testimony of David Valler, admitted bomber brought from prison to grand jury by federal agents. (Valler later begins anti-freek series from prison for Detroit News, gets early parole on bombing convictions.) Pun does 15 months in county jail under $100,000 bond, John already in Marquette Prison. Wiretap against Pun brought to light, called "irrelevant to the prosecution" by government. Pólice say that van in which Pun was riding when busted for CIA charges had a rifle and shot guns in it. State waited 2 years, until Pun was released from Federal custody, to press charges. Skip & Jack, caught trying to help Pun avoid an illegal prosecution pled guilty to "harboring" him. Genie busted at White Panther house by Texas Rangers and local pobce after making speech at War rally. Brothers beaten up, marijuana planted. Pólice found false draft cards when they busted Pun on CIA beef After 15 months in Wayne & Kent Co. Jails, Pun pled guilty to get out of the Co. Jail and into Federal Prison. John shipped out of Marquette for participating in strike in support of Black Studies Program demand. Moved to solitaiy confinement in Jackson, moved from solitary to "hole" for "typing 10 Point Program Black Panther Party." Class action suit charges Wayne Co. Jail unconstitutional on grounds it is cruel and unusual punishment. Grand Jury investigating dope use at Rock Festival calis David Sinclair as organizer of various services at festival. David refused to testify. Class action suit charges Kent Co. Jail unconstitutional on grounds it is cruel and unusual punishment. Sns7Geede ' " " VM gUÍ"y Char8es would PP Friends of the RPP had organized a voter registration rally at the Michigan Union, Board of Regents deny use of Union. On the birthday anniversaries of Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh bomb 5%a'p;ropler:edr:garbryest2danti-War " A' """" In draft card case Federal Judge ruled Pun was to get credit for time tSÍuSST JaiL PriSn aUthritieS rU'ed " mo"ïn jaiT State Attorney General and State Poüce team up with bogus dope jÍMotf""1 tO frame PU" & Crai& P"" and cMfon SpÍRArPvnTeAVf?led duri,n5 the course of the '69"'72 C1A CONSPIRACY TRAIL was ruled illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court be cause no warrant had been obtained supreme Court, DISPOSITION 3 years probation Probation + 6 months in Detroit House of Corrections (DeHoCo). Convicted of possession, July '69; sentenced to 9VÍ-10 years for 2 joints. Denied appeal bond. Case overturned when Michigan Supreme Court ruled State weed law unconstitutional in John's case. John released from prison Dec. 13, 1972. 128 other weed prisoners released in March. Grim convicted in local court, case dismissed on appeal. Case dropped. Fine paid by John Sinclair. June 1 972, Prosecutor drops charges against Pun and Grim. Fines paid by Sinclair and MC5. Fred Smith acquitted. Sinclair convicted in local Oakland Co. Courl. disposed of on appeal to higher Court. (ase dismissed by Court. Case dropped by prosecution one year later white John is serving time in Marquette Prison. d Case dismissed by Court. No charges brought. All charges dropped by the prosecution. Case dropped by prosecutor. ( ase dismissed by prosecution 2'A years later after historie Supreme Court decisión curbing the power of the President to wiretap without a search warrant on grounds of "national security." John, Pun, and Jack's case again used as test case. Charges dismissed by the Court. Guilty pleas entered, both sentenced to 5 years in Federal Penitentiary. All charges dropped 2 years later. Guilty plea entered, sentenced to 28 months, given credit for 15 months already served. Suit dropped (non-applicable after release). Court rules in Plaintifrs (Pun's) favor, orders massive changes in jail. dmfssed' of Court charge brought and eventually Suit filed, no action taken by Court. Punpled guilty, sentenced to 6 months to run with his other sentences. h'SbiCt Urt haS tUmed dWn the suit' appeal All charges dropped by the prosecution. Federal District Court ruled in Pun's favor ordered Pun's release. Bonds reduced after a series of hearings taking 55 days in all. Trail date still pending July 16 1973 Cadillac, Michigan. Pending, full jury trial demanded.