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Guerrilla USAThe George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s$
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Daniel Burton-Rose

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264281

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264281.001.0001

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Ed Mead Gets His Day in Court

Ed Mead Gets His Day in Court

In which the Tukwila robber puts U.S. Imperialism on trial but is himself convicted

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(p.210) 21 Ed Mead Gets His Day in Court
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Guerrilla USA
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Daniel Burton-Rose

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0022

On February 26, 1976, an inmate tried to give Edward Allen Mead a note. Written on it was a proposal to riot, take hostages, and escape. The author of the proposal, Mark LaRue, had been involved in the takeover attempt at the Washington State Penitentiary on New Year's Eve of 1974. The takeover was intended to enforce the collective demands of the inmates—the same demands that the George Jackson Brigade would make six months later when it bombed the offices of the Washington Department of Corrections in Olympia. The state of Washington charged Mead with first-degree assault on police officers Joseph L. Abbott and Robert W. Mathews. Though he had indeed shot at the men, Mead claimed he was not guilty as charged. He argued that he had not shot with “intent to kill,” so it was second-degree assault of which he was guilty. During his trial, Mead took the U.S. government to task for its imperialism, but he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. He was headed to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

Keywords:   Edward Allen Mead, trial, Mark LaRue, George Jackson Brigade, Joseph L. Abbott, Robert W. Mathews, first-degree assault, imperialism, life terms, Washington State Penitentiary

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