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Racine Ravers Freed As Court Surrenders to the ACLU

Author: Jonty Adderley (
Saturday, January 25, 2003
US Prosecutors involved in the notorious case against 442 innocent ravers backed down this week, admitting they couldn't prove their case. All 442 revellers were cleared of all charges, which related to a police raid on a party in Racine, at which gun toting cops issued $898 citations to every single party goer.

"I think that will send a strong message to other cities in the state and perhaps in the country that the constitutional rights of individuals trump any concern about possible drug use," Racine lawyer Erik Guenther told The Racine Journal Times.

The local authorities backed down after most defendants pleaded not guilty and the ACLU threatened a class action lawsuit, the Racine Journal revealed.

"The ACLU urges the City of Racine to respect the First Amendment rights of electronic music attendees in the future," said Micabil Diaz, Legal Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, following the prosecution failure.

"We also applaud the hundreds of attendees who defended their constitutional rights".