100 CENTRE ST, 6 P.M.–Hundreds of friends and family members of the nearly 1000 protesters arrested Tuesday gathered outside the courthouse all day today, hoping that one of three court orders issued today—at 1 p.m., 2:20, and 5 p.m., respectively—would lead to the release of those held for 24 to 48 hours and up.
According to Daniel Meyers of the National Lawyers Guild, by 6 p.m., the city was in contempt for violating the writ of habeas corpus the group had submitted to the court, and a judge imposed a fine of $1,000 per arrestee. It remains to be seen how many people will be included in that tally and who will actually collect the cash. In the meantime, hundreds of prisoners were indeed sprung by 9 p.m., walking across the street to cheers, a plate of hot food, and a well-deserved rest.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 2, 2004