Judge Rules Protesters Must Pay Attorney Fees

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A judge ruled Thursday that five protesters associated with the tree-sit must pay the University of California more than $26,000 in legal fees associated with the 22-month tree-sit.

Judge Cecilia Castellanos required that tree-sitter Michael "Shem" Schuck pay $8,500. She also ruled that unofficial tree-sit leader Erik "Ayr" Eisenberg pay $4,100 and supporters Terri Slanetz, Matthew Taylor and Gregg Horton pay $5,100, $4,900 and $3,750 respectively.

The university is seeking to punish the protesters for violating a court order that was issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Richard Keller in October 2007.

Keller's injunction prohibited the protest and aid to tree-sitters and was revised to apply to all the tree-sitters and "all other persons acting in concert or participating" in the protest that began in December 2006.

Keller called for anyone who violated the order to be subject to up to a $1,000 fine payable to the court, five days in jail or both, and possibly payment of the other party's attorney's fees.

For further background, read this story.

Will Kane is the city news editor. Contact him at [email protected]

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