San Francisco: Activist Reprieve
May 17, 2002
The judge dismissed 27 misdemeanor and felony counts against San Francisco AIDS activists Michael Petrelis and David Pasquarelli because of procedural errors. Court overcrowding and a procedural violation involving the reassignment of a previous judge were given as reasons for the dismissal. The San Francisco district attorney's office has refiled all of the charges, and the case will be held in court at a later date. Pasquarelli, a member of the controversial AIDS dissident group ACT UP/San Francisco, and Petrelis, of the AIDS Accountability Project, were arrested Nov. 28, 2001, on charges of harassment, stalking, and making criminal threats against local public health officials. Pasquarelli, who has repeatedly said, "AIDS is over," still faces two felony and three misdemeanor charges.Adapted from:
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