DeMuth, a sociology student, says that one of the reasons he refused to testify is that information he possesses is part of university-based research, and that professional ethics prohibit him from revealing his sources. He has attracted support from a number of academics.
In some ways, his situation is even more egregious than many of the other Green Scare cases. In most of them, the State has turned sabotage into 'terrorism.' But, with DeMuth, the State is charging him with terrorism for refusing to become a snitch.
Unable to make the "contempt" charge stick on DeMuth, the state released him, only to charge him days later under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
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