Donations and letters can be sent here until we have an address for Jordan:
PO BOX 601
WEST JORDAN, UTAH 84084
Letters for Jordan can also be sent to SupportJordan@live.com and they will be forwarded to him. Thank you!
On Friday, March 13th, 2009, Then 21-year old Jordan Halliday was taken into federal custody for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating the animal rights community of Utah. He was held for nearly four months. On June 29th, Jordan was federally indicted with sui generis "criminal contempt of court" and released on pretrial. Jordan plead guilty to "criminal contempt of court" on July 27th, 2010. On November 3rd, 2010 he was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 3 years of probation upon release. Both Jordan and his lawyer believe that this sentence is too harsh, as he has already served time. They are in the process of filing an appeal.
Jordan Pleaded Guilty to Criminal Contempt of Court on July 27, 2010.
On November 3rd, 2010 Jordan Halliday was sentenced to ten more months in prison and three more years of probation upon release.*
*Jordan and his lawyer are currently appealing this sentence.
What are grand juries?Grand juries are a threat to the rights of social dissidents and the rights of Americans generally. Grand juries ostensibly were established to be a curb on prosecutorial power but has instead resulted in greater misuse of prosecutorial power. Prosecutors have the unilateral power to subpoena anyone and compel them to answer questions under threat of imprisonment. At a grand jury, you have no Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. You also have no right to have an attorney present with you during the questioning. Grand juries almost always indict because no other side is allowed to present their argument against indictment.
Why was Jordan in jail and why is he still under indictment?This particular grand jury was allegedly established for the purpose of investigating mink releases in Utah. However, the questions asked of Jordan went far beyond inquests on criminal activity. The prosecution is clearly using the grand jury as a fishing expedition to investigate the activities of animal rights activists generally. These tactics are employed to chill free speech activities and intimidate people from standing up for the rights of themselves and animals. Jordan is making a commendable principled stand for his refusal to cooperate with this abridgment of rights. He has committed absolutely no acts of violence or property destruction. The government has even expressed that he is NOT considered a suspect in the mink release or any other illegal activity. He is being held in contempt simply because he refuses to acquiesce to the abridgment of his First and Fifth Amendment rights. The government is criminally indicting him now with felony contempt of court to send a message to political activists that the weight and the authority of the government should not be resisted. This use of criminal law and federal subpoena power is a serious threat to our constitution rights of free association, free speech, and against self-incrimination.
Who I'd like to meet:Please speak out for Jordan and stay tuned to this website for ways you can help Jordan and other updates.
You can also financially support Jordan to ensure he has proper legal representation.Jordan's old lawyer was a fellow animal activist who was representing Jordan free of charge. But so far he has spent nearly $3,000 in his own out-of-pocket expenses. Just one of the last appeals alone cost him over $1,000 in filing, copying, court costs, and traveling expenses. We must be able to pay him his own expenses for his efforts in fighting for the rights of Jordan. Currently Jordan has a court appointed federal defender, which he was appointed at no cost. However, if things go to trial he may need another attorney. He still owes his old attorney money so any donations, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated and help tremendously.
Please send checks or money orders to:
Jordan Halliday PO Box 601 West Jordan, UT 84084