Article on InsideBayArea highlights punitive effects of being named in the injunction

From 12/2/10:

OAKLAND — Forty people accused by the city attorney of being dangerous gang members will have to pay almost $1,000 in court fees simply to show up and defend themselves and are not legally entitled to a public defender, an attorney fighting a proposed gang injunction said Thursday. Oakland City Attorney John Russo announced the injunction request in October, naming 42 people he said were members of the Norteno street gang police say is responsible for half the criminal violence in the area.
“Because the injunction is a civil complaint rather than a criminal charge, laws providing defendants with free-of-charge, court-appointed attorneys don’t kick in and the defendants are fending for themselves,” said civil rights attorney Michael Siegel, who is fighting the injunction.

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