A crowd of almost 100 well-wishers overwhelmed the court of Federal Judge Marvin Aspen in the Dirksen Federal Building (Chicago) to shower their support on two local independetistas: Rubén Rivera and Juan Marcos Vilar
. The U.S.
Lawyers for Rivera and Vilar
successfully filed a notion with Judge Aspen to temporarily quash the subpoena based on the argument that the subpoenas are an unwarranted and unprecedented attempt to gather evidence on an individual who has already been indicted (formally charged). (Professor Jose Solís Jordan remains the lone person indicted in this case.
Meanwhile, the subpoenas for Rivera and Vilar
have been automatically continued until resolution of this motion.
If they are eventually called into the Federal Grand Jury, Vilar
and Rivera may still be imprisoned for taking the principled stance of refusing to cooperate with the Grand Jury, which has been the historical stance of the Independence movement.
...Juan Marcos Vilar, National coordinator for the National Committee to Free Puerto Rican Prisoners of War and Political Prisoners, and Rubén Rivera, a former student at DePaul University of Prof. José Solís Jordan.