Submission Summary: 0 pending, 2 declined, 0 accepted (2 total, 0.00% accepted)
shermo writes: Two years ago three activists broke into the Waihopai http://www.converge.org.nz/abc/waihopai.html spybase in New Zealand and slashed the protective bubble surrouding a spy satellite dish. The three activists had been charged with sabotage and faced up to ten years in jail if convicted. Stuff.co.nz http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3468003/Waihopai-3-walk-free reports: "Three activists who freely admitted breaking into a government spybase in New Zealand and slashing an inflatable plastic dome covering a satellite dish have walked free. The three men readily admitted attacking the base, but said they were driven by a belief that the satellite caused human suffering and their actions to shut it down, if only temporarily, were lawful. A jury in Wellington District Court took two hours to acquit them of all charges yesterday." This appears to be a powerful example of a jury showing some activism of its own.