RNC 8 to face joint trial

The defense for the RNC 8 scored a minor victory this morning when Judge Teresa R. Warner ruled that eight anarchists charged with "conspiracy to riot" will receive a single 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.

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