Last updated March 12, 2013.
Upcoming Court Dates
To verify each of these dates in advance of coming to court, see the Mendocino County Court Calendar.
28th: Mark Herbert pre-trial hearing, 1:30 p.m.
Current Cases Overview
Since the day construction of the Caltrans Willits Bypass began in earnest — March 21st, 2013 — the California Highway Patrol have carried out about 50 arrests of Bypass protesters, on charges ranging from trespassing, to resisting arrest, to walking on the wrong side of the street. In several cases, these protesters’ principled acts of resistance to the highly destructive, illegal, and ill-conceived highway project have led to aggressive prosecution by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s office.
At one time, the DA is pursuing charges against six people related to their Bypass opposition. Five of these cases have settled; one remains. All five cases that have settled still have not resolved the “criminal restitution” aspect, however. All court appearances take place at the Mendocino County Superior Court building in Ukiah (100 N. State St.) and are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
* Will Parrish: The most draconian charges were pursued against this Ukiah-based journalist and political activist, mainly due to his more than 11-day occupation of the wick drain “stitcher” machine. Caltrans’ contractors used this machinery in a primary stage of their drying out and compaction of the Little Lake wetlands this past spring through summer. Will faced 17 misdemeanors, which carry a maximum sentence of more than eight years in jail, and $490,002 in restitution fees. Will settled his case, but still has a restitution hearing scheduled in April.
* Lucy Neely and Peggy Backup: Lucy and Peggy were arrested on September 16th after locking down to a dump truck in the area where Caltrans/FlatIron/DeSilva Gates were loading soil near the southern part of the Bypass “bootprint” to dump on the Little Lake wetlands and activate the wick drains. This action delayed the filling operation by about two hours, immoblizing all 70 (close estimate) of the dump trucks for that time. The action was designed in part to call attention to the ongoing toxic cover-up of Little Lake wetlands with contaminated fill. Each woman accepted a plea bargain from the Mendocino County District Attorney that includes a $7,000 cap on restitution, probation, and an order to stay away from the Willits Bypass. They have yet to have their restitution hearing.