AP 04/09 0754 Carter-Hoffman By CAROLYN LUMSDEN Associated Press Writer NORTHAMPTON, Mass
AP 04/09 0754 Carter-Hoffman
By CAROLYN LUMSDEN Associated Press Writer
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- Jury selection in the trial of Amy
Carter, Abbie Hoffman and other anti-CIA protesters dragged into
its fourth day today, prompting Hoffman to complain about the
Six jurors had been seated by the end of the day Wednesday,
but two alternates were needed, said Tom Lesser, one of the
Attorneys declined to discuss their objections to candidates
who were dismissed from serving on the jury.
Hoffman said the search for impartial jurors was eating up
money the defendants had meant to spend on expert witnesses who
would testify on CIA activities.
The delay created a need to add $5,000 to the $15,000
defendants had raised for legal costs, Hoffman said.
"We don't have the alternative of climbing towers and begging
for money," he said, referring to evangelist Oral Roberts.
Miss Carter, a 19-year-old student at Brown University in
Providence, R.I., said the delay was causing her to miss classes,
but she didn't regret the trial. "Actually I think I'll probably
be able to expose the evils of the CIA," she said.
Hoffman and Miss Carter are among 15 people facing trial on
charges ranging from trespassing to disorderly conduct for their
part in a November demonstration against CIA recruiting at the
University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
The defendants have said they will argue that they broke minor
laws at the demonstration to avoid what they describe as the
greater crime of allowing the spy agency to recruit on campus.
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