March 25th, 2008 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Lawyers Ask Judge to Give Tre Arrow a Taste of Freedom

     
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Lawyers for environmental activist Tre Arrow have asked that he be released from his Portland jail cell while he awaits trial.

Arrow should not be considered a flight risk after giving up his Canadian extradition fight last month and returning to Portland with the expressed purpose of facing trial, his lawyers argue in papers filed Monday at U.S. District Court.

They ask that Arrow be confined at all times to a house in Portland while wearing an electronic monitoring device. After spending nearly four years in Canadian prisons, Arrow returned to Portland on Feb. 29 and has been confined in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

U.S. District Court Judge James Redden has not yet ruled on the lawyers' request.

Dubbed an "environmental rock star" by Rolling Stone magazine (and a domestic terrorist by the FBI), Arrow faces arson charges in connection with separate 2001 attacks on logging and cement trucks that did $260,000 in damage.

As recently chronicled in WW, Arrow's attorneys appear poised to cast doubt on fellow environmental activists who agreed to testify against him in return for lighter sentences.
 
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