Jury nears Earth First! verdict

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 29, 2002

OAKLAND — Jurors may have reached a partial verdict in the federal case against police and FBI agents accused of framing two Earth First! activists. 

Darryl Cherney and Judi Bari were injured when a bomb exploded in their Subaru while they were driving in Oakland in May 1990. Bari, who was at the wheel, suffered a crushed pelvis. 

The two were arrested within hours, but the case fell apart weeks later when prosecutors said there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges. Cherney and Bari sued investigators for false arrest, illegal search, slanderous statements and conspiracy. They claimed officials ignored evidence exonerating the activists and lied to try to make their case.