Many of us gathered outside the courthouse in Foley Square about an hour before the hearing was to begin. As far as supporters, there were people from all over the country. One of the main organizers is a mom from Ohio. That’s #Amom, not even #Anon.
Of the active online supporters, there were many of those as well. It makes me more than a little sad that I won’t be hanging out with those folks again any time soon (so far as I know).
I also had the pleasure of speaking with Jeremy’s mother but not his brother. Jeremy’s brother Jason, it turned out, is not able to leave the Chicago area due to his arrest related to the Tinley Park incident in 2012, and therefore was unable to attend.
I wore a suit, as I had the first day in Port Huron at the Squidgate trial. I borrowed the suit from a church clothing ministry run by an old college/acting buddy. I gave it back to him after the event was over. As I noted in Port Huron, while it isn’t a requirement in NYC to wear a suit to court, it helps if you want to make people wonder who you are sitting over there with the defendant.
There were activist-thinker types as well. Alexa O’Brien and Chris Hedges:
Defense attorney Stanley Cohen also showed up. He has an energy and passion that seems to increase the static electricity in a room exponentially. Really, I don’t have the right words there, but you can’t help notice this guy when he is on about some legal point.
Some others can be seen in the video embedded here:
RT, “Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond sentenced to ten years in jail”, November 15, 2013:
I got a nifty #FreeHammond button from organizer Sue. There were several banners and signs to look at.
Eventually we all went into the courthouse.
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