August 29, 2003
I had noticed a few days prior to "One Crime, a Million Hispanic Suspects" by Luis R. Torres (Commentary, Aug. 26) that the Hummer vandalizing suspects from the Earth Liberation Front were only described as "young and thin" not "young, thin and white." A review by all law enforcement agencies and media outlets on how to accurately describe the physical characteristics of crime suspects, regardless of race or ethnicity, seems to be in order. Matthew Sevareid Glendale
August 2, 2007 |
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the last of 10 radical environmentalists convicted of arson to more than four years in prison for his role in burning down a horse slaughterhouse in central Oregon. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken stuck to her initial sentence of 51 months for Jonathan Paul after a two-month delay to hear arguments for a lesser term. Aiken dismissed the arguments from Paul's attorney, Marc Blackman.
November 29, 2012 |
A Canadian woman who has been an international fugitive from charges relating to a string of fires set by environmental radicals surrendered to U.S. authorities on Thursday, officials said. After a decade on the run, Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, turned herself in at the Canadian border in Blaine, Wash., the FBI announced. She faces federal arson and conspiracy charges in Oregon, Colorado and California. After an appearance in federal district court in Seattle, she will be sent to face trial in Oregon, officials said . Rubin is accused of being part of a cell known as the Family, which was based in Eugene, Ore., and was affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front.
July 21, 2006 |
Three people pleaded guilty Thursday to charges they were part of an ecoterrorism cell calling itself "The Family" that firebombed ranger stations, wild-horse corrals, a ski resort and lumber mill offices around the West. As part of the plea agreement, the three agreed to cooperate in the continuing investigation of 10 others who are scheduled to go on trial Oct. 31 in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., for a series of firebombings around the Northwest from 1996 to 2001, according to the U.S.
June 9, 2001 |
A partial list of acts of vandalism for which the Earth Liberation Front has claimed responsibility since 1997: * May 21 arsons at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle and the Jefferson Poplar Farms in Clatskanie, Ore. The fire at UW caused as much as $3 million in structural damage; the Oregon fire caused at least $500,000 in damage. * Jan. 1, Superior Lumber Co. in Glendale, Ore., is burned. * Dec.
July 15, 2011 |
The gripping documentary "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" offers an intimate look at the radical environmental group, which, from 1996 to 2001, perpetuated a series of arson-related measures to protest perceived abuses. The film's director, co-editor and co-writer Marshall Curry, and co-director Sam Cullman focus largely on Front member Daniel McGowan, who was indicted in late 2005, along with a dozen other cell collaborators around that time, for his role in ELF activities.