On Wednesday, May 9, we literally packed the courtroom for Jasper’s hearing. It was amazing to see so much support for the last of the Sproul 13 to face charges—especially during finals week!
Jasper’s attorney decided to invoke Jasper’s right to a speedy trial,
and the judge set a trial date of June 4. The District Attorney
responded by issuing an amended complaint against Jasper which, if accepted
by the judge, would consolidate this case with other charges he has
stemming from an unrelated (and just as flimsy) incident. Next week,
Jasper will be back in court to fight this motion to consolidate. By
not allowing the DA to lump two unrelated cases together, the DA will be
forced to make a case against Jasper for November 9 alone which would
be very tough for the DA. Hopefully the move for a speedy trial will
lead the DA to promptly reevaluate their case against Jasper and drop it. This is, of course, only reasonable given the fact that 12 of 13
cases against the Sproul 13 have already been dismissed and that the UC administration does not support the charges.
This is why we continue to need your help. Please keep calling the
Alameda County District Attorney to urge them to drop the charges
against Jasper (contact info for the DA is below). Some of you have received
word that the DA has stopped taking messages on this case. Given that
the DA is an elected position, this is intolerable. Please continue
calling, and please also consider writing emails and sending letters.
If they refuse to take your message, consider calling your district
supervisor on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, to whom DA
O’Malley is responsible: http://www.acgov.org/board/. Berkeley is
Also, please plan on coming out to Jasper’s trial which is set to
begin on June 4. We will send out full details when they become
And finally, for all of you who know Jasper, please consider writing a
letter attesting to his upstanding character as a student, friend,
father, scholar, etc.
Thank you for all of your support and we will see you in court in the coming weeks.
WAYS TO SUPPORT:
CALL OR WRITE THE ALAMEDA COUNTRY DISTRICT ATTORNEY URGING THEM TO DROP THE CASE AGAINST JASPER:
Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
1225 Fallon Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
-Come out to Wiley Manuel Court for Jasper’s trial which begins on June 4. More information TBA.