Daily Cal: "Students and community members protest the stay away order issued to a number of protesters." (Photo: Kevin Foote/Senior Staff, Daily Cal)
UPDATED 3/21/12 (see below)
At the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, four students have been barred from going anywhere except to class or work.
Via Daily Cal
A judge issued stay-away orders Monday against four Occupy Cal protesters who were involved in the Nov. 9 demonstrations, barring them from setting foot on UC Berkeley property.
The defendants are not only barred from the Berkeley campus, but all UC property throughout the state of California.
At the request of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Superior Court Judge Paul Seeman issued orders which require that the protesters stay away 100 yards from all UC property, except for when they go to and from class and work…
“The problems with the stay away order are that it’s very vague. UC property – does that include UC hospitals? Does that include UC housing? We have some defendants that live in UC Housing,” said Jeff Wozniak, an attorney for one of the protesters.
Note that the faculty member who was arraigned on Friday for similar charges was not given the same stay-away order.
No expiration date was given for the stay-away order, which came as a result of misdemeanor charges of “resisting arrest” and “blocking the sidewalk” after being bludgeoned by UC police on November 9 last year.
Short-timer Birgeneau: "I sincerely apologize..." but I won't do anything about the charges.
The Sorry but Silent Chancellor Birgeneau
Despite a petition signed by hundreds of faculty members calling on Chancellor Birgeneau to condemn the criminal charges and request that they be dropped, he has been unwilling to do so.
Instead, he simply passed on the petition to the DA, to whom it was not addressed, and in his silence has passively aligned himself with the ongoing prosecution.
Listen to Birgeneau’s November apology here
“I consider academic excellence, social equity, public service and free speech to be at the very foundation of who we are as an institution. These are the values that attracted me to UC Berkeley, and they must be preserved.”
UPDATE 3/21/12: A total of 8 UC Berkeley students and alumni have been issued stay-away orders (Daily Cal). Of the 13 charged, our remain to be arraigned. So far, all of those charged have been issued stay-away orders, except the faculty member.