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Clueless in Seattle

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0020
Clueless in Seattle

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On January 28, 1976, a month and a half before John Sherman's escape from prison, Jill Kray attended the arraignment of her ex-boyfriend, Edward Allen Mead, with her two-year-old daughter Odessa. Upon seeing Mead, Odessa cried out: “Daddy!” One federal marshal, on hand to maintain order in court, rushed out of the room; minutes later, he returned with a subpoena for Kray from the grand jury that had been convened to investigate the Tukwila bank robbery. Peter Lippman, a younger brother of Mead's mentor, the former Weatherman Roger Lippman, accompanied Kray to her first grand jury appearance. He, too, was subpoenaed. U.S. Attorney Stan Pitkin told Kray, who refused to testify, and her attorneys that she had relevant information and hoped that she would testify to get herself out of the mess she was in. Another person subpoenaed to the grand jury investigating the George Jackson Brigade was Michael Withey, a leftist lawyer. By the time the Brigade grand jury investigation hit Seattle, it was clear that a national initiative was under way to disrupt the activities of left-wing activists.

Keywords: George Jackson Brigade; Edward Allen Mead; John Sherman; grand jury; subpoena; Jill Kray; Peter Lippman; Stan Pitkin; left-wing activists; Michael Withey

Chapter.  7924 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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