Cecily McMillan Found Guilty, Immediately Remanded Into Custody: Support Group Issues Statement to the Press

Cecily McMillan Found Guilty, Immediately Remanded Into Custody: Support Group Issues Statement to the Press

[NEW YORK, NY]  At 2pm EST Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan was convicted and immediately remanded into custody by Judge Zweibel of the New York Superior Court, a sentencing hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2014. The following is the official statement from Cecily McMillan’s support committee »

Beyond Judge Zweibel, it is disgusting to see vast resources from taxpayers wasted for over two years to prosecute Cecily. Manhattan DA Cy Vance has refused to drop this case, pursuing maximum charges against Cecily while ignoring police violence and misconduct. This is unfortunately not isolated to Cecily’s case but is indicative of a system concerned not with justice but with the unrelenting harassment of dissenters and the powerless.”We are devastated by the Jury’s verdict today. It has been clear from day one that Cecily has not received a fair and open trial. The job of a judge during a jury trial isn’t to guide the verdict to fit his opinion. Judge Zweibel, who consistently suppressed evidence, has demonstrated his clear bias by consistently siding with the prosecution. In addition to suppressing evidence, he imposed a gag order on Cecily’s lawyers, which is a clear violation of their 1st Amendment Rights, and placed the burden of proof on the defense, not the prosecution. He is rightly known as ‘a prosecutor in robes’.

In the two years awaiting trial, Cecily was never offered anything less than a felony charge, a charge that would stay with her for the rest of her life. While awaiting a trial, Cecily has lived in limbo for two years, not knowing what her future would be, forced to re-live her trauma every one of those days. Beyond the sexual assault and physical injuries she sustained, Cecily suffered PTSD and has had difficulty finishing her master’s degree and continuing her work as a union organizer and activist.

Despite the chilling precedent this verdict puts forth for activists, we will not be deterred from seeking social and economic justice, as evidenced in the courtroom today. Though we’ve held our tongues throughout this trial as Cecily was personally attacked and degraded, we could not stand silent today in the face of such a gross miscarriage of justice. The people had to speak truth to power today by standing up and will continue to do so as long as this justice system continues to punish the 99% and protect the 1%.

As journalist Chris Hedges said in a recent article, “The corporate state, which has proved utterly incapable of addressing the grievances and injustices endured by the underclass, is extremely nervous about the mass movements that have swept the country in recent years. And if protests erupt again—as I think they will—the state hopes it will have neutralized much of the potential leadership. Being an activist in peaceful mass protest is the only real “crime” McMillan has committed.”

We recognize that, as poorly as Cecily has been treated these past two years, she was lucky enough to have an amazing support system comprised of representation from the National Lawyer’s Guild and Mutant Legal, as well as significant financial help from supporters of Occupy Wall Street and a team of ten who tirelessly worked to bring her case to light and support her through this trying time. It’s harrowing to imagine how many unfortunate people encounter this system without the resources Cecily had, though we know countless innocent people are forced to plea to felonies and ruin their lives every day in this building.

We will be fighting this unjust verdict in the court of appeals. Cecily’s lawyers are optimistic, given the circumstances of the case and the gross bias demonstrated throughout, that we can win on appeal. Thank you all for your ongoing support throughout this trial. We know that many share our outrage at this verdict, if you would like to get involved in jail support, please visitjusticeforcecily.com to learn more about how to best support Cecily.




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  1. I was online Occupy at that time from my CPU. I was horrified then, as I am now too. I saw it & she seems a strong woman. What did that groper think she would do. It did not look to me that she knew who she was removing from her private parts on her body. She just knew how to remove a groper from her person in a quite effective manner. I am so sorry Cecily is being faced with more meanness. She deserves better.

  2. I’m 77 years old and I read this in disbelief. What has happened? How could this have come about? Chris Hedges is right: we live in a post-Constitutional world.

  3. I am shocked and disgusted with today’s verdict against Cecily McMillan. The case was obviously stacked from the beginning, but Judge Zweibel’s act of hogtying the defense and favoring Cyrus Vance’s seeming vendetta against McMillan is a shameful miscarriage of justice. Clearly this prosecution and sentence is meant to set an example, as whistle blowers and other defenders of social justice become the victims of the criminal justice system. What a mockery of a fair trial! We must continue to support Cecily in her appeal and in jail support.

  4. It’s hard to believe in freedom country as USA there’s so much wrong happening against innocent and continuing blindness against real crime. Shame on Judge Zweibel!!!!

  5. The one thing about powerful people is they let that power blind them. They are not smart enough, or maybe they are just that out of touch with the common man, to know this will not scare people off. Instead it will have the opposite effect. Watch, this will become a rallying cry, and will only cause more people to get behind the occupy movement.

  6. This case and conviction are incredible travesties of justice and demonstrate in spades the depth of the illness that has infected the American Body Politic. I am appalled at the judge’s obvious directing the trial to his own clear prejudice and, in the process, perverting any and all fair notions of due process. I am sure Cecily will find ultimate justice as this case is appealed. She is sure to become a rallying cry for those who understand that fascism is full upon us and the only way to turn the tide back to our Constitution, basic freedoms and a civil and reasonably just society is bring out the pitchforks and mobilize in the streets and other public spaces while uncovering and disseminating the essential brutality and tyranny that is engulfing us.

  7. The American government professed outrage at the jailing of two Pussy Riot members. This verdict shows that outrage to be hollow and meaningless.

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