At approximately 2pm local time on Friday, June 4th, people will gather
outside at least 16 Federal Courthouses across the country to protest the
continued incarceration of Kevin Mitnick. The demonstrations hope to
bring attention to the fact that
- Kevin has been denied a bail hearing
- Lack of access by the defense to critical evidence
- The outrageous claims by software companies as to the amounts of damages
caused by copying software.
- When this was reported by the media the court blocked access to the
defense to further information.
Kevin Mitnick has never been accused of being violent, malicious, or
getting any sort of compensation for his acts and yet he has been in jail
for over four years. Longer than most armed robbers or rapists.
It is hoped that these peaceful demonstrations can increase public
awareness of this issue and hopefully positively influence his sentencing
hearing scheduled for June 14th.
Official Press Release
FREE KEVIN Demonstrations
Already over, the demonstration in front of the US Embassy in Moscow has
been labeled a huge success. This photo taken prior to the event shows
some folks from Civil Hackers'
School in Moscow and a conspicuously placed FREE KEVIN Sticker.
Moscow Demonstration Picture
The demonstration in Washington DC is going to try like hell to webcast
the event but their resources are limited. You can try here or here. Hopefully one of them
There are rumors that several of the demonstrations, especially the one in
Atlanta which is the first event of Summercon, will be broadcast live on
CNN. We will do our best to bring you updates as necessary.
The New York demonstration had over 50 attendees and was a huge succes.
They where even able to schedule a Sky Writer to write FREE KEVIN over
The Philidelphia demonstartion is also attempting to web cast their event.
We do not know if they where succesful but we do know that they made it on
the local TV news broadcast.
Demonstrations are also happening spontaneously in cities that are not
listed on the official web page. HNN has received reports of one such
demonstration taking place in Boston.
If you where at a demonstration today send us a report of how it went. If
you have pictures we would love to see them.