Jury awards Bari, Cherney $4.4 million
Oakland, CA, June 11 - The jury in Bari v. FBI has awarded plaintiffs $4.4 million for violation of the activists' constitutional rights and returned a verdict largely in favor of Earth First! activists Darryl Cherney and the late Judi Bari. The jury found that six of the seven defendants violated Bari and Cherney's First and Fourth Amendment rights by arresting the activists, conducting searches of their homes, and carrying out a smear campaign in the press, calling Earth First! a terrorist organization and calling the activists bombers in the aftermath of the explosion of a bomb that was planted in Bari's car in 1990. This verdict vindicates Bari and Cherney.