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Animal Rights Activist Sentenced to 10 months for Resisting a Grand Jury

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Salt Lake City, Utah --- This morning United States District Judge Ted Stewart sentenced Jordan Halliday to 10 months in federal prison and 2 years probation.

Animal Rights Activist Sentenced to 10 months for Resisting a Grand Jury

November 3, 2010

Salt Lake City, Utah --- This morning United States District Judge Ted Stewart sentenced Jordan Halliday to 10 months in federal prison and 2 years probation.

In 2008 Jordan, an animal rights activist in Salt Lake City, was subpoenaed to a federal grand jury investigating the animal rights community of Utah. When Jordan resisted, he was held in civil contempt of court for nearly 4 months. Upon release he was indicted for criminal contempt of court for the same refusal. This past July Jordan admitted to willfully & knowingly violating an order by US District Chief Judge Tena Campbell .

After Jordan's guilty plea, the Prosecutor applied the sentencing guidelines for another charge, "obstruction of justice," and consequently increased the advisory Sentencing Guideline range for Jordan's charge.

Currently Jordan's sentence amounts to nearly half of each sentence ultimately given to Alex Hall and William 'BJ' Viehl, against whom Jordan was brought to testify.

After 4 months in jail, over a year of excessive pretrial conditions and a lot of living in legal limbo, Jordan will begin his 10-month sentence in January 2011, which he has the option to appeal in the interim.

To learn more about Jordan's case peruse http://supportjordan.com/ or visit http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.org/grand-jury-resister-pleads-guilty/.

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