In what is quickly turning into a week of legal hearings, yet another
2600-related case will be heard on May 2.
This involves the appeal
of 2600 layout artist ShapeShifter (also known as Terrence McGuckin)
who was found guilty of two fairly minor charges
relating to the Republican National Convention in August. The case
drew attention because of the
insanely high bail
($500,000 in his case
and one million dollars in others) which was seen as a tactic to prevent
the arrested from taking part in any demonstrations at both the Republican
and Democratic conventions last year. In the ensuing trials, nearly
every charge has either been dropped or found to have no merit.
McGuckin had four of six charges dropped in November, leaving only two: obstructing a
highway and disorderly conduct. The only evidence presented against him
was the testimony of a police officer from another city who videotaped
McGuckin walking down a street and talking on a phone. Nobody has come
forward to claim that they saw him blocking a highway or even participating in a demonstration. In short, the only thing he was seen doing was walking down a street. But since McGuckin has been seen as one
of the organizers behind some of the demonstrations, it's believed this
was the sole reason he was targeted and treated so harshly. He spent
nearly a week in prison while bail money was raised.
The appeal will be heard at 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 2 in Room 705 at the Criminal Justice
Center on 13th and Filbert, just north of City Hall in Philadelphia.