WBEZ | Maureen Murphy http://www.wbez.org/tags/maureen-murphy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Activists defy orders to testify http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Maureen_Murphy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some Palestine solidarity activists are defying orders to appear before a grand jury in Chicago.<br /><br />The FBI delivered subpoenas last month to at least nine Chicago-area residents. But their spokespersons say none showed up to testify Tuesday.<br /><br />The nine include Maureen Murphy, 28, an Andersonville resident who volunteers with the <a href="http://psgchicago.org/">Palestine Solidarity Group&ndash;Chicago</a> and edits <a href="http://electronicintifada.net/">Electronic Intifada</a>, an online journal about the Israeli occupation.<br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s been no crime committed here,&rdquo; Murphy said Tuesday. &ldquo;This investigation is all about obtaining associational information that infringes on our First Amendment rights to organize.&rdquo;<br /><br />In September the FBI raided homes and an office of several organizers in Chicago and Minneapolis. They were among 14 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan who refused to appear before a grand jury in Chicago in October. <br /><br />Some of the September subpoenas suggest the government is investigating foreign groups it calls terrorist.<br /><br />Officials haven&rsquo;t charged any of the activists or confirmed that the September and December subpoenas are part of the same investigation. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, said officials could not comment on the proceedings. <br /><br />Attorneys for the Chicago-area activists say they&rsquo;ve written Fitzgerald&rsquo;s office, asserting Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.<br /><br />Prosecutors could offer immunity from charges and issue new subpoenas. The activists could eventually face jail time if found in contempt of court.</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify Feds order more activists to grand-jury hearing http://www.wbez.org/story/antiwar-activists/feds-order-more-activists-grand-jury-hearing <p><p>The FBI is serving more Chicago-area Palestine solidarity activists with subpoenas to appear before a grand jury. <br /><br />Maureen Murphy, 28, said she received a subpoena from two FBI agents at her North Side home Tuesday morning. She said the subpoena orders her to a January 25 hearing at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is an outrageous expedition,&rdquo; said Murphy, who volunteers with the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago. &ldquo;None of us have done anything besides oppose unjust U.S. policies, like bankrolling the Israeli occupation.&rdquo;<br /><br />At least four Chicago-area residents have received subpoenas for the January hearing, according to James Fennerty, an attorney who&rsquo;s gathering information for the activists. <br /><br />Ross Rice, a spokesman for the FBI&rsquo;s Chicago office, said officials can&rsquo;t comment on grand-jury proceedings.<br /><br />Fourteen Midwest activists defied orders to appear before a grand jury in Chicago this October. Their subpoenas suggest an investigation relates to foreign groups the government calls terrorist.</p></p> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 22:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/antiwar-activists/feds-order-more-activists-grand-jury-hearing