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Rally this morning for alleged gang members charged in conspiracy case

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 16, 2010 at 8:07 am |
April 16, 2010 3:01 pm

There will be a rally outside the County-City Building this morning in support of 36 purported gang members who’ve been charged in a criminal conspiracy case.

The one-hour rally begins at 9 a.m. outside 930 Tacoma Ave., the New Century Justice Network announced this morning.

“We will stand together and fight the power of injustice,” the release states.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged 36 suspected Hilltop Crips gang members with criminal conspiracy and a slew of other charges. Two have pleaded guilty and two remain on the loose. The case of another defendant, James R. Henry Jr., is likely to be transferred to U.S. District Court, with federal prosecutors seeking to try him under the “career armed criminal” statute.

More than 30 defendants will be in court this morning for a pretrial hearing. Prosecutors have proposed a plan for trying the men. The plan will be discussed as part of today’s hearing.

The New Century Justice Network reported it is working with other community groups and friends of the accused men for today’s community rally.

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