WA man refuses to testify about May Day protests

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A fourth person has been found in contempt of court for refusing to discuss what he knows about those who participated in Seattle's May Day protests.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/PbW4ql ) that U.S. District Judge Richard Jones of Seattle allowed 23-year-old Matthew Pfeiffer of Olympia to remain free on Friday, but he must surrender to federal authorities on Dec. 26 unless he changes his mind about talking.

He'll be held until he agrees to testify or until a Seattle federal grand jury expires. That could take as long as 18 months.

The grand jury is hearing evidence about a group of so-called anarchists that law enforcement blames for much of the violence and vandalism during the protests.

The other three people went to jail rather than testify under immunity. Leah Lynn Plante of Portland, Ore., has since been released. Katherine Olejnik and Matthew Duran remain in custody.

Pfeiffer declined to talk as he left court Friday.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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