RNC 8 to face joint trial
During a preliminary hearing back in October, the state had argued that, because the circumstances of each of the accused was slightly different, separate trials were in order. This would have allowed the prosecution to tailor their cases to each activist, thereby increasing the likelihood of convictions.
The defense argued that, because the charges against each anarchist are identical ('conspiracy to riot' and 'conspiracy to commit property damage') and because "conspiracy" implies a collective crime, a collective trial was called for. The judge agreed.