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June 25, 2009
EXCLUSIVE: Animal Rights Activist Jailed at Secretive Prison Gives First Account of Life Inside a “CMU”
In a Democracy Now! exclusive interview, we speak with Andrew Stepanian, an animal rights activist who was jailed at a secretive prison known as a Communication Management Unit, or CMU. Stepanian is believed to be the first prisoner released from a CMU and will talk about his experience there for the first time. He was sentenced to three years along with six other activists for violating a controversial law known as the Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of CMUs. We also speak with Stepanian’s lawyer and a reporter covering the story. [includes rush transcript]
Andrew Stepanian, animal rights activist who recently served a twenty-six-month federal prison sentence including six months in a Communication Management Unit in Marion, Illinois.
Paul Hetznecker, Philadelphia-based attorney representing Andrew Stepanian.
Will Potter, freelance reporter who focuses on how the war on terrorism affects civil liberties. He runs the blog GreenIsTheNewRed.com.