Criminal Trial Begins for #Excelsior4 Activists

For their roles in activism at Excelsior Hog Farm in 2019, Amy Soranno, Nick Schafer, and Roy Sasano face a combined fourteen indictable charges of break and enter and criminal mischief (see Issue 12, Litigation Updates). Jury selection was completed on June 25th and the four-week trial began on June 27th. Although a publication ban prevents comprehensive reporting on the case, Amy Soranno shared an Instagram post criticizing the first week of proceedings, including the disappearance of video evidence, improper warrants obtained by police, the judge ruling that the treatment of the pigs at the farm is irrelevant, and failure of the Crown to disclose video evidence. See #Excelsior4 updates here, and read more here.